Punjab v Mumbai, IPL 2013, Dharamsala May 17, 2013

Mumbai Indians look to preserve dominance


Match facts

Saturday, May 18, 2013
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

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Sitting comfortably at the top of the table, Mumbai Indians have done enough to cement their place in the playoffs. In their last match of the league round against Kings XI Punjab, they would want to carry their winning momentum before meeting Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier.

As formidable as they appear, their opponents would have made note of how the Mumbai batsmen managed just 34 runs in the last five overs against Royals. Prior to that match, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai's batting was struggling until Kieron Pollard came in and thwarted Sunrisers with a blistering innings.

Sachin Tendulkar, who missed the previous game, has been declared fit* but could still sit out the game. "The games are coming thick and fast and it has been just three days since he sprained his wrist," Anil Kumble, the Mumbai Indians mentor, said. "Though he has recovered, he will probably give the match here a miss." Local boy Rishi Dhawan might also find a place in the side.

Sunrisers' victory over Rajasthan Royals put Kings XI out of the reckoning for the playoffs spot. With their tournament drawing to a close, Kings XI would like to register one last win and beating a high-profile team like Mumbai would certainly please their fans.

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In the spotlight

Adam Gilchrist's announcement of his retirement from the IPL at the end of the season evoked a sense of déjà vu, just like his batting over the last couple of games. Having scratched around for form in the early part of the tournament, his innings have been crucial to the side's wins in the last two games.

Will Glenn Maxwell get an extended run? Or will he make way for Dwayne Smith? IPL 2013's most expensive player didn't last for too long in his first outing as an opener for Mumbai this season. He dominated the bowlers for as long as he was at the crease, but his wicket came after he had gotten off to a good start. For all the hype that surrounds his selection, the team will be expecting more runs from him.

Stats and trivia

  • Among Kings XI batsmen, Shaun Marsh has scored the most runs against Mumbai Indians, scoring 337 in 7 matches.
  • Adam Gilchrist is the most successful wicket-keeper in the IPL with 66 dismissals in 79 matches.
  • Kings XI's lowest total in IPL - 87 - came against Mumbai in 2011.


"We are not taking Kings lightly. Rohit (Sharma) is doing his job very efficiently. He is smart, very cool and young."
Mumbai Indians' mentor, Anil Kumble

* May 18, 3.30am GMT This story has been updated with news of Sachin Tendulkar's fitness

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    i think the ipl will be very tough for both the team so i congrtas both the team to do well kings and mumbai banglore And Chennai confirm Win For Chennai

  • Smrithilal on May 18, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    This should be the Playing XI for the Play-off Matches. 1. Sachin 2. Maxwel 3. Tare 4. Karthik 5. Rohit 6. Pollard 7. Harbajan 8. Johnson 9. Ojha 10. Malinga 11. Bhumra

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Karthik all off a sudden seems to b out of form. He has hardly scored any runs in last 5-6 games. With MI's playing just 6 regular batsmen they need Karthik to fire or else they can make things tough for them during the playoffs! Would like to see Rayudu batting at three today, just for the reason that he hasnt got a proper hit throughout the tournament!

  • Rakesh on May 18, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    If the opening pair clicks better say abt 65-70 in 8-9 overs...Rohit Sharma should come at no.3 else Karthik is okay...Maxwell should be given chance over Smith..

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    I think mumbai should try out new players... 1. Smith 2.Tare 3.Maxwell 4.Kathik 5.Rohit 6.Polard 7.Chahal 8.Abu nechim 9.Dhawal 10.Rishi Dhawan 11.Counter neil

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    i think ponting could be given a chance in this game

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Rishi dhawan should play today because Dharmasala is his home ground and he should replace Ohja in the eleven the bowling line up Rishi Dhawan, Harbhajan, Johnson, Malinga,Dhawal Kulkarni.Dharmasala pitch is helping seam and swing conditions

  • Chandu on May 18, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    D.Smith is just facing most of the balls, (20+ balls) in the first 6 overs, but his strike rate is not that healthy. 1)Sachin should open the innings with 2)Tare/Maxwell, 3)Karthik, 4)Rohit, 5)Pollard, 6)Tare/Maxwell, 7)Harbhajan, 8)Johnson 9)Malinga 10)Kulkarni/Bumrah 11)Ojha

    Drop Rayudu and Smith who are not in form and add Tare and Maxwell in playing 11.

  • travis on May 18, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    You know, last IPL tendulkar had 8 opening partners but mumbai indians had already has a genuine opener who opened for india in all 3 formats.

    my line up will be sachin with karthik as openers, rayudu at number 3, followed by rohit, pollard & dwayne smith or maxwell.then the bowlers.

    unlike others rayudu is yet to get many chances at the top and he is for the future so it would be better if he comes at 3 and when smith comes lower down the order, he wont waste many balls.