Chennai v Mumbai, IPL 2013, 1st qualifier, Delhi

Big boys kick off big week

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May 20, 2013

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Match facts

May 21, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)


Dwayne Bravo gives Kieron Pollard a send-off, Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, Eliminator, IPL 2012, Bangalore, May 23, 2012
Chennai Super Kings sent Mumbai Indians packing in last year's playoffs © AFP
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After 72 league matches - mismatches, in some cases - we're into the final week of the IPL. The most important week. The week Chennai Super Kings have negotiated five times previously, with more success than failure; they're the only team to progress past the league stage in every edition of the IPL so far, losing once in the semis, finishing runners-up twice (including last year), and winning the title in 2010 and 2011. Of the 10 playoff matches they've contested, they've won seven. They will go into the first qualifier knowing just how to win these big games, and with the cushion of having a second chance at making the final should they need it - both huge pluses.

But, in Mumbai Indians, Super Kings face the only IPL line-up that is arguably even stronger than their own. While the two teams match-up on the batting front - both in terms of proven performers and power-hitting - Mumbai hold the clear edge in the bowling department. This season, especially, Mumbai's bowlers have been lethal as a unit (as opposed to Lasith Malinga being the single biggest threat), with Mitchell Johnson swinging it at pace, Harbhajan Singh striking consistently while being economical, and Pragyan Ojha and Dhawal Kulkarni providing reliable support. They've already demolished Super Kings' line-up once this season, rolling them for 79 - the tournament's lowest total - at the Wankhede.

Both teams are coming off losses after seemingly letting their guard down in inconsequential matches, but before being tripped up in Dharamsala Mumbai had five comfortable wins in a row. Super Kings, on the other hand, have an up-and-down record of late after posting an record-equalling seven consecutive IPL victories earlier in the tournament. That has prompted talk of them having peaked too early.

Both teams have injury concerns to key players: Albie Morkel and Sachin Tendulkar. If Morkel is fit, he is likely to slot in as one of three overseas seam-bowling allrounders for Super Kings. If Tendulkar is fit, Mumbai will have to take a tough call - his replacement, Aditya Tare, has made two handy contributions, scoring rapidly as opener for a team that has got off to slow starts more often than not. Ambati Rayudu, who has 196 runs in 16 matches at 17.81, could be the one to miss out.

Form guide

Chennai Super Kings: LWLWL (most recent first)
Mumbai Indians: LWWWW

In the spotlight

M Vijay has had a woeful IPL 2013 so far. He came into the tournament having enjoyed much success in India's home Test series against Australia, but his form has fallen away rapidly. More than his stats - 271 runs at 22.58 in 13 games - it has been the manner in which he has batted that has inspired very little confidence: he has swung and missed, scratched around, and hardly ever dominated the bowling. Against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday, Super Kings seemed more interested in allowing Vijay to bat his way back into form than going after the steep target in the eight-over shootout. The team, and Vijay, will be quietly hoping for a repeat of last year, when he followed up a forgettable league stage with 113 off 58 balls in the qualifiers.

Lasith Malinga, by his standards, has had an average IPL. He has not been in contention for the purple cap at any point, and is only third on Mumbai Indians' bowling charts in terms of wickets taken. But his record of 17 wickets at 21.05, with an economy rate of 6.71, is far from poor and it would be silly to underestimate him; it is still likely to be Malinga who causes the most telling damage if he gets those killer yorkers right.

Stats and trivia

  • Mumbai are comfortably ahead in the head-to-head against Super Kings, winning eight off 13 games. In their last six encounters, Super Kings have won only once. But, revealingly, Super Kings have won both the playoff games between the two
  • On Saturday, Malinga became the first bowler to 100 IPL wickets. Harbhajan Singh and Albie Morkel, with 73 wickets apiece, are joint-third behind Malinga and Kings XI's Piyush Chawla for the most wickets taken for a single team in the IPL

Quotes

"I have been given the role of bowling in the Powerplays. But the only instruction I was given was to stick to whatever I have been doing so far, not think too much and try to remain as blank as I can. The coach and captain told me that whatever I have done on the cricket field so far has brought me into the IPL and the same will take me forward in my career."
Chennai Super Kings fast bowler Mohit Sharma defines his role in the team

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Posted by ProdigyA on (May 21, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

One thing I have noticed is that once a team has won the IPL, they no longer show the same hunger to win it again. We could see the hunger KKR had last time, same with MI and RCB. Its almost like, win it at least once and cool off for a couple of seasons. Of the four teams in the playoffs, only MI has not won it, so they will be giving everything they have, add SRT factor to it. They are the most desperate ones.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

My CSK team for remaining matches: hussey, du plessis, raina, dhoni, jadeja, bravo, badrinath, aparajit, morris, ashwin, sharma

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (May 21, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

My MI xi : Sachin, Tare, Karthik, Rohit, Pollard, Rayudu, Coulter-Nile, Jhonson, Harbhajan, Malinga, Ojha... If Tare falls early they can try Coulter-Nile as a pinch hitter.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

I am surprised to see that writer equates the batting power of MI with CSK. CSK is a far better batting unit. MI has own more match batting first where as CSK with strong batting line up prefers to chase. Let us see the team winning toss prefer to play to his strength or want to minimize opponent's strength. With a small ground and ball coming to bat, I would go with CSK to win the game. I expect MI to win both the games in Kolkata and win the cup.

Posted by manmishr on (May 21, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Even though MI looks a bit stronger on paper, but its a very close affair in reality and a couple of good/bad overs can shift the momentum either way. Hoping it to be an exciting turn up today. I'm counting on Dwayne Bravo, Have made him my Trump in my Fantasy team beacuse of his all round abilities. Expecting a run feast today !!! Come on Bravo !!!!!

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

For CSK to win, some shuffling should happen in their order. Move Vijay out & bring Badri to open. In place of Vijay, bring in Anirudh or Aparajith. If Albie is fit, he shall replace Holder's position. Rest all are looking good. And for death bowling, someone who sticks to their line need to be retained.

For Mumbai to win, with their stronger bowling in place (provided Malinga is NOT targeted by Men in Yellow), if they bat up with some decent contribution from the top order till Pollard, final's berth shall be confirmed easily.

Posted by spant on (May 21, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

Surprisingly, Steyn stands on 5th place in an analysis of IPL 6 bowling. 3 Indicators were taken namely - Wickets per Innings, Economy Rate and Strike Rate. Subsequently, those ballers were filtered having 10 or more wickets and an economy rate of 7 or less, thus 13 ballers were available for further analysis. In each case top and bottom ranker were provided a score of 13 and 1 respectivelywith other teams getting in between as per their standing. On adding the scores of all 3 indicators, the result was astonishing! The ballers in decreasing order are - Sunil Narain (35), Mohit Sharma (34), Faulkner (33), Amit Mishra (26) and Dale Steyn and Rampaul both securing 22 points!!! Look at the unsung achievement of young Mohit Sharma!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

my mi xi sachin tare rayudu rohit dk maxwell pollard johnson mallinga bhaji ojha

Posted by ThIrU88 on (May 21, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

As always CSK is going to rock today. Csk must bat second if they won the toss. Its time to prove against mumbai. Come on CSK show to mumbai ''Who the boss is?''. As per my instinction, today Raina is going to make the mark with the support of Badri. Expected team... no change...

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (May 21, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

@Prasanta Tripathy, your comment about Dhoni vs Rohit's captaincy skills may be right, but there simply is no evidence whatsoever to back it up. So, in that sense, it's a comment with no content. Dhoni is a highly proven commodity both as captain (in all formats) and as a player. Rohit is a nobody who has squandered far too many opportunities as a player, and has captained only a handful of MI matches with mixed results. Cricketing brain? -- I am afraid there is no comparison between Dhoni and Rohit.

Posted by cskingsipl on (May 21, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

I think morkel should play today in place Holder.. ALL THE BEST Csk and Dhoni

Posted by cskingsipl on (May 21, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

@SherjiIslam HaHa LOL...! At this time even M.Vijay is enough to Sachin... I think Sachin Should make way to both Tare and Rayudu.. But as Csk an i am more concerned about pollard and malinga than any one.

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (May 21, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

I am surprised that anyone thinks they can predict the outcome of this game with any certainty. Both teams are very strong with several match winners in each team. So, it really is anyone's game. Mumbai has in-form match winners in Karthik, Rohit, Pollard, Johnson, and Malinga and Chennai has Hussey, Raina, Dhoni, and Bravo. Two of them have to click in a team, with par performances from a few others, for that team to win. Past matches are not an indication of anything. CSK having been to 4 out of 5 finals and 5 out of 5 semi-finals means little for today's match. I am hoping for a close and exciting game.

Posted by MAYURESHmagic on (May 21, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

IPL is like a bollywood masala movie. All players are cast of the movie, some works as junior artists, some as 5 or 10 minutes roles and some plays lead roles but who is the lead actor- Salman Khan(MSD). All franchises are crews playing role of choreographer, screenplay writers etc., BCCI is director and Pepsi/DLF is producer and all sponsors are promoters and distributors. All of them knows what is the end of the movie but people don't and that's why people go to see the movie.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

I feel if MI loses today they wont be in finals.... CSK is my fav :-)

Posted by JBSA on (May 21, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

But as per my opinion. With Delhi ground suiting spin, I ll play Badri as opener. Bring in Anirudha or Saha or Aparajith for Vijay. So my XI would be

Badri, Hussey, Raina, Anirudha, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bravo, Morkel, Jakati, Mohit, Nannes

Badri can play the slow pitches well. Hussey and Raina will negotiate Malinga so easily. Anirudha, Dhoni, Bravo and Morkel are there for firy hits. Jakati and Jadeja can trouble MI top order by taking the ball awa from Right Handers(Sachin, Smith, Rohit, DK, Pollard, Rayudu). Nannes is most experienced T20 player and he needs to bowl. Hit 140+ swinging deliveries will definitely trouble Sachin, Smith and DK. I expect MSD to go with some innovative fielding for Nohit Sharma as he did with Gambhir and Kohli. Mohit I expect can trouble him easily as he is bad at playing too close to his body.

Sachin - Hussey Rohit - Raina DK - MSD Rayudu - Vijay/Anirudha/Saha Pollard - Bravo Mitch - Morkel Ojha - Jadeja Bhajji - Ashwin Malinga - Nannes Kulkarni - Mohit

Posted by Jac999 on (May 21, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Mumbai,I think, should turn down both Maxwell and Dwayne Smith. Tare can open with SRT and the overseas player spot can be given to Coulter-Nile who bowled very well in the last match and can also be useful with the bat at the death. Both Dhawal Kulkarni and Abu Nechim leak runs in the powerplay as well as the final overs. Considering MIs batting might and 5th bowler problem, I think they should go on with Counter Neil. My Team: SRT, Tare, DK, Rohit, Pollard, Rayadu, Coulter Nile, Bhajji, Johnson, Malinga and Ojha.

Posted by JBSA on (May 21, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

Feroz Shah Kotla ground in the league stage assisted spin. With MI playing heavy right handers I wouldnt be surprised if Dhoni opts for Jakati over Ashwin. I don't thin he will tiner with the team much. Only change would be if Albie/Nannes is fit, Holder would be replaced. Many are not understanding, Faf and Huss are equals and only one of them can play. Opting both will weaken the overseas bowling quota. Huss in the current form should carry on. Vijay's late shows will help him in the team again. If Ash sits out for Jakati, We can see Raina bowl few overs. Though MI batsmen are inconsistent except Rohit, anyone of them can peak and take the game away easily. I except Pollard's cameo will be short-lived and succumbed to spin. DK, Rohit and Rayudu in batting and Malinga, Bhajji, Ojha and Mitch in bowling would be key for MI. So target the 4th bowler

CSK XI: Vijay, Hussey, Raina, Badri, MSD, Jadeja, Bravo, Morkel/Morris, Ashwin/Jakati, Mohit Sharma, Nannes

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

i dont want mumbai to win today and lose to csk in finals, making it 1-3 for chennai in the tournament!!

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

CSk should win, they have done it before and will do it again. Well balanced side. All the ebst CSK. Most likely a CSK SRH Final on Sunday

Posted by abby_cricketlover on (May 21, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

They may repeat in FINALS too. CSK vs Mumbai tonight 7.30 PM, match of Titans. Both have been in prime form this IPL 2013, except 2-3 matches. There were few tense finishes as well but last minute saviour act from Sir OR Pollardious hammering, both scaped bloodded but unscathed to cross the line. on Records, CSK appeared in FINAL 4 time, WON Twice. Mumbai Never WON IPL, reached 2 final. Pollard and sachin both didnt perform in finals.

This time CSK Looked same unit almost but Mumbai has add sharp incoming Jhony over Killing bowling of slinger M A L I N G A. lot depend on HUSSY to Counter his country mate in First 4 Overs AND Dhoni's Helicopters Vs Malinga Yorked Missiles.

Mumbai has upper hand as they have beaten CSK this IPL Twice but swinging Jhony , Dhawal Kulkarni. Abu. MAY NOT GET Assist from Air, Dusty , slow Pitch of in Famous KOTLA Pitch. Ball will not be coming on Bat as per Likings of Smith, Pollard,- DK and RS holds max value and imp if they are looking for straight positi

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

my MI team for todays match is.. Sachin Tare Karthik Rohit Maxwell Pollard Harbhajan Johnson Malinga Ojha Kulkarni

Best combination from my side..

Posted by gpkeerthi on (May 21, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

CSK will win the match ,iam expecting raina should bat ......it will be the difference between two team

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (May 21, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

"Time to bring in RICKY" - Yes, CSK wants to take it easy.

The more I look at MI's batting, the weaker it becomes. Sachin is good for a few fours, Smith hasn't fired, Karthik seems to have peaked too early, Rohit is the lone warrior (atleast in IPL), Pollard is a hit out or get out types, who else? Oh! I almost forgot Ambati Rayudu, MI should try his bowling, if he is in the playing 11, he has to do something. So all in all, MI's batting makes CSK's bowling look stronger than it actually is.

Go CSK! Win by tons, thats easy!

Posted by Amar255 on (May 21, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

The "King Maker of Indian Cricket" MS VS "King of Batting" Sachin. Can't wait to watch.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

Today CSK ll win., Final CSK vs RR and Champion 2013 is CSK.,

Posted by thinkgood on (May 21, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

Both teams will meet again in final.

Posted by srinideva on (May 21, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

@SherjilIslam, yeah continue it like this when you say sachin, we say we don't want any liability to csk. When you say wright, we say s fleming...when u say kumble , we say what is he doing btw... When you say rohdes, we say rixon...when you say all this things, you forgot to say one thing, that is MSD.. #CSK

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (May 21, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

@Nampally - Your "hit and miss" logic holds good more for CSK than MI. Remember CSK's "batting might" folding up for 54/9 against MI's bowling attack earlier this season? There is no firepower in CSK's middle-order apart from Dhoni who has been a bigger "hit and miss" than Pollard (Dhoni's last ten scores: 24, 58*, 2, 4, 10, 2, 45*, 18, 67*, 21). CSK has been riding mainly on Hussey and Raina show along with the two Jadeja flukes early in the season.

I think CSK should include Aparajith in place of Badrinath. Aparajith can play the same role with the bat as Badrinath and his bowling is a bonus.

Posted by sgnp on (May 21, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

The team that bats second will win, provided the first team has made less than 200 runs. Remember that Delhi has a smaller ground and anyone and his mother can hit sixes. Mumbai has big hitters but they all can flop on their day. Remember CSK MI final. If I have to bet, I will still bet on Dhoni being the difference between the two teams. They can crumble once or twice, but remember that like their Yellow counterparts (Australia), they pick up their game when it matters the most. Go Go Go Dhoni.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

@sherjilIslam: You say sachin we say mohit sharma....

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

Time to bring in RICKY.............

Tare Sachin Kartik Ricky Rohit Pollard Harbhajan Jhonson Mallinga Oja Dhawal

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

PLS bring FAF in....Faf shd play todys match.. tis wud strengthen the batting line up. vijay shd b benched witout an option. bowling s still a concern.. bravvo though his economy s nt gr8 he has gt the knack of takin wickets. my overseas player are faf, bravo,morris & morkel (holder if not fit)dhoni s experiment his benhc today wit a domestic player..

Posted by PlanetCricket on (May 21, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

Everytime CSK are in the semi-finals :)

Posted by srikanths on (May 21, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

CSK keeps it nerve just like its captain in tough and tense situations and have a sense of occassion. I would think they have their noses ahead in the favourites stake

Posted by tenfan on (May 21, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

@ Hardik Vyas, your team is weak in batting. Oram @ 6 doesn't make sense. Need to have Rayadu @ 6 and Oram/Coulter-Nile in place of Kulkarni

Posted by Paiudupi on (May 21, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

Well, well, it is very interesting contest today. CSK vs MI. Both teams are equally good in batting, bowling, fielding. In addition, both team captains are having equal luck. After taking over the captaincy from Ricky Ponting, Rohit Sharma won most of the matches and even he is equally in good form like MSD. So, both captains are in great form, lucky also PLUS both teams are equally good enough in every field. So, in my opinion, the chances are winning this match is 50/50 for both teams. Even if any team loses today, they still have another match with the eliminator match of SRH Vs RR. So, today's match is very very interesting. But, in my opinion, MI have upper hand to win.

Posted by tenfan on (May 21, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

Both Tare and Rayadu in playing XI. My MI XI - Sachin, Tare, Karthik, Rohit, Pollard, Rayadu, Harbhajan, Johnson, Coulter-Nile, Malinga, Ojha.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (May 21, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

"We say Ponting, you say Hussey, We say Rohit, you say Raina We say Pollard, you say Bravo We say Bhajji, you say Ashwin We Sachin, you say change the topic"

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

If I was Rohit Sharma, I would give Oram a go. He would provide an ideal buffer should Rohit and Pollard both fail. Plus the conditions at Kotla and Eden should favor his style of bowling. He didnt do badly in the BPL either and was one of the leading bowlers. My team for MI : 1. Tare 2. Sachin 3. DK 4. RS 5. Pollard 6.Oram 7.Harbhajan 8. Mitch 9. Ojha 10. Malinga 11. Kulkarni

Posted by Naresh28 on (May 21, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

Rajastan Royals are facing a big challenge and have lost some of their zip due to the spot fixing. Sunrisers have played well as a unit and their bowling is really great. MI have Pollard who is everywhere and gets into everyone's skin. We await a good innings from Rohit Sharma. CSK are still hurting from their failure last year and are determined as ever. 4 good teams are through and we look forward to some good games my only wish was that the games were played closer together as there are too many gap days in between.

Posted by C_r_i_c_Fan on (May 21, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

IMO CSK ve an edge over MI since tey ve performed well in away games dis seasons and tey ve performed consistently in all the playoff games earlier... where as MI r SA(chokers) of playoff games... though rohit is a new young captain but he is not having ne experience of captaining ne playoff games.... he can easily loose his cool coz f high pressure f d game... he is no match of MSD's captaincy in the playoffs...if CSK is chasing, den MSD should be very careful about his wicket since he can change the face of game at ne tym... the only edge MI ve over CSK is der bowling attack but not sure hw tey perform in away ground.... v ve already seen MSD easily hitting sixes n fours in der 1st encounnter... its d catch which pollard took t get MSD out.... that won dem d match otherwise the game was goin into CSK's hand.... neways.... all the best to both d teams.... ve surely ve cracker of match 2day.... cant wait to C d match... :D :)

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

Some people dont know about the full squad of the CSK team and they were selecting on their own. Hilfenhaus is not in India and he was in AUS who injured few months before and now practicing for Ashes, please dont put squad without knowing the full team.

Posted by mumbairainos1 on (May 21, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

My Team for tonite: Tendulkar, Tare, Karthik, Rohit, Suryakumar Yadav, Pollard,NM Coulter-Nile, Harbhajan, Johnson,Malinga, Ojha. Mumbai would win surely.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 21, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

Bravo's economy is high(8+) because he always bowls in death overs. While others are going for 10, 12, 15 runs in that period Bravo's figures are commendable. He also takes wickets. Even though MI is good on paper they have been swapping and changing players to often and haven't gelled as a team yet. It might have an effect on crunch matches. Where as CSK only made one or two changes during the entire league phase and looks the more settled side. MI bowling is better than CSK but we never know which Johnson will turn up today the killer or the sprayer. Which ever it is Vijay is waiting. Go CSK.

Posted by SpeedCricketThrills on (May 21, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

CSK has won the toss in 7 / 16 matches. Of these 7 matches, they have won 6. MI has won the toss in 11/16 matches. Of these 11, they have won 7.

So toss is likely to be won by MI.

CSK has won 6/7 matches, batting 1st; 5/9 matches batting 2nd. MI has won 8/10 matches, batting 1st; 3/6 matches batting 2nd.

Signs of CSK winning: Win toss, Bat 1st; Lose Toss, Bat 1st

Signs of MI winning: Win Toss, Bat 1st; Lose Toss, Bat 2nd

In Delhi, 6 matches played. 3 won by teams batting 1st - so it's Evens Stevens!

On the whole, team batting 1st likely to win.

:-) Enjoy the Scientific Number-based Prediction! Reduce your tension anticipating the result. Let's chat again after toss :-)

Posted by srdoc on (May 21, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

It's strange Ben Hilfenhaus, Aparajith ,and Faf Du Plessis were not tried even once so far and one will not expect them to do so in curcial playoffs . A case of abundance in rich for CSK !!! And teams like SRH are not in a position to look beyond a handful players. Badrinath was not utilized properly or the situation never warranted for his utilization. One feels Ravinder Jadeja should have played up the order for a few matches to be in fine nick for the important games ahead. With relative disadvantage in bowling department compared to MI , CSK should think of replacing inexperienced Holder with Albie Morkel. Dhoni has kept a lot of faith in Ashwin, unfortunately he did live up to his potential. If the openers can negotiate the initial spells from Mitchel Johnson and Malinga, then CSK can sail through comfortably with the imposing batting line up they have.

Posted by praveen23CSK on (May 21, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

someone has said that rohit sharma have a better cricketing brain than MSD and MSD is simply lucky.ROFLOL i guess joke of the decade.. and someone said that rohit is the next captain next to MSD..FOr being a captain first he should cement a place in 11 after 100 matches for india his place is simply wobbling.

Yah MI have better bowling line up than CSK but when it comes to crunch matches Dhoni knows how to handle pressure.

Its a pre finals both these two teams will meet again in eden garden for the finals.

Posted by TheDarkKnight1988 on (May 21, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

CSK definately have a edge since they are used to play in these stages,Today will be the real test of MUMBAI INDIANS,MI are poor chasers, toss will be crucial, if mi bat first, mostly they will win, but if CSK bat first and post a big total like they last year CSK will win, As a MI fan i would love to see mi win

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

MI have a very good bowling unit, Malinga and jhonson - the speed guns are doing well. bhajji too is economical this year and striking in crucial times.Ojha and dhawal also been impressive. The thing is that, whether MI will go for a specialist 5 bowlers or not.My opinion is rather than going with 5 specialist bowlers, we can put one extra batsman.Pollard or smith can bowl together that 4 overs. So my fav squad for MI for this crucial match is - Smith, Tendulkar ,Tare, karthik,Sharma ,Pollard,Rayidu,Harbhajan,Jhonson,Malinga,Ojha

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

Big boys kick off big week MI Vs CSk if MI plays with dis squad den they also strengthen Bowling ang batting also Mumbai: Tendulkar, Tare, Karthik, Rohit, Rayudu, Pollard,NM Coulter-Nile, Harbhajan, Johnson,Malinga, Ojha.

Win is Sure.

Posted by Paddy789 on (May 21, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

My MI for tonite : Suryakumar Yadav, Aditya Tare, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu , Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha

S Yadav can bat better at up the order, Coulter-Nile is a very good alrounder bowls 140 plus and can bat, this is what we need to clean CSK at play offs.

Posted by TheLastJeed on (May 21, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

I will be honest. Csk has one of the less potent bowling attack in this IPL.jadeja and ashwin goes for runs. bravo may be wearing the pruple cap but at an economy of 8.

mohit only contains and i am not sure what to make of holder and morris.

get tare to open with sachin followed by karthik, rohit, pollard, rayudu.

Then you got hard hitters like bhajji, johnson and nile.dhawan is also good with the bat.then malinga.

Chennai batting line up is good only for T20 so mumbai has to have 5 regular bowlers.

Probably open with johnson and dhawan followed by one over malinga spell and then have bhajji goes through the middle overs with either dhawan or nile and inish of the last 5 with malinga.

biggest drawback for both the team. they played just one match at kotla.

so not sure if 180 is a par score or 150.

not sure of bowling condition.

if not so seamer friendly, replace dhawan with ojha.

Posted by magicumesh on (May 21, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

CSK lost to MI in the league matches because they selected Ben Laughlin in both the matches and he went for plenty. Today CSK must go in with 3 allrounders in the form of Bravo, Morkel and Morris. Hussey, Vijay, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Badri, Mohit and Ashwin will make this a complete side. Go CSK Go... Get in to the 5th final in 6 years. Prove all the haters that, we are not lucky, we are talented and we play as a team and we are not depending on individuals.

Posted by gumpforrest on (May 21, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

CSK are well known for their league stage struggling and they'll press hard at the accelerator in fourth gear at play-offs. It has been pretty common for them in all seasons.

However, If they rely on Murali Vijay, MI'll be the favourites for sure.

Posted by MAYURESHmagic on (May 21, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

Mumbai: Smith, Tendulkar, Tare, Karthik, Rohit, Rayudu, Pollard, Harbhajan, Johnson, Ojha or Nechim, Malinga. Technically speaking, Rohit and Dhoni has great leadership qualities and India is looking after Dhoni for captaincy which might go to Rohit, he can handle team in huge pressure not like Kohli who always become panic and say offensive words even to his teammates. Balancewise, both are extremely balanced. Compare head-head, MIbatting<Chennai amd MIbowling>Chennai

Posted by Rohan_K on (May 21, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

Everybody questioning MIs away performance must remember that they defeated CSK at home and Away. I Dont think any team hold the advantage as MI has a better bowling line up and likely CSK has a better batting one. A good contest on offer. MI is far better on head to head counts in IPL with 8-5 and also won more league games than CSK in all seasons.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

DuPlessis,Hussey,Vijay,Raina,MSDhon,badrinath,jadeja,Bravo,morkel/morris,Ashwin,Mohit sharma i think best eleven for CSK slow track in delhi .CSK in Indian Permier League and Manchester united in English Permier league both teams unbeatable

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (May 21, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

It is going to be CSK's batting might against MI's bowling might. While the former is for real, the latter is actually an illusion. Mitchell Johnson, possibly, is the only one who should be feared. CSK lost both their league match against MI but I dont think CSK has anything to worry. The first loss was CSK's first match and invariably everybody is still to come to terms with the tournament and it was also a close one too. The second loss was more a walkover from CSK. There was no desire to win after 7 (or several) consecutive wins. So Mumbai need to really watch out and CSK, if they play to their potential, will have a field day.

Very unfortunately, CSK is not likely to make any changes. Those deserving in the bench, Du Plessis and Hilfenhaus, have been warming the bench for too long and will be very rusty and hence it is too a big risk to bring them on at this stage. So I suspect, we will not see any change in CSK's team.

Posted by crikcinfo on (May 21, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

@Krishnaa Thiagarajan: Not happening. duplessis, aparajith and hilfi haven't played a single match this IPL so far. Do u think they will play directly in playoff, that too when dhoni is captain? He didn't have them play the last match even against bangalore which was in-consequent. The reason is he didn't want his regular players to loose the touch by sitting out. Why would anybody wants to change the proven winning formula. It's very sad to see that Faf didn't get a chance this time but he is gonna be the regular once Hus retires. And I don't think hilfi would do much in the Delhi track which always assists spin. So they wil surely go with the fast-bowling allrounders as always.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

How funny is it when people say 'Rohit Sharma has a cricketing brain while MS Dhoni is simply lucky?' Let's be unbiased here Mr. Tripathy - MS Dhoni is not captain of the Indian Cricket Team simply because he is lucky. Surely, if Rohit has a 'cricketing brain' he'd have been for the Indian team what Virat Kohli is now. #getyourfactsright!

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (May 21, 2013, 4:21 GMT)

I m looking for two changes in CSK today, Morris neither a good bowler nor batsman and also he got very few chance to show his batting abilities. jadeja and raina can take care of his four overs so fab du flesis should replace him and it gives more reliability at top against MI strong bowling attack. Holder should be replaced by either Dirk nannes or ben. We got that power to throw MI. I ROAR FOR CSK

Posted by Nagendren on (May 21, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

My line up for MI: Tare,Sachin,Karthik,Rohit,Pollard,Rayudu,Coulter nile,Johnson,Harbhajan,Ojha,Malinga.With the csk bowling not having great swing bowlers i feel tare can manage mohit and albie/holder.and if dwayne/maxwell open it is quite obvious that jadeja/ashwin bowls the first over.to force dhoni change his tactics tare can be used and he will come good.getting the overs of ashwin/bravo down can be used by karthik/rohit/pollard who will be effective and get maximum out of them inspite of dwayne seeing off jadeja's three overs for eighteen.coulter nile can hit the blockhole and with his variations will be effective bowling to dhoni/raina/hussey at death and frontline.so this combination will help mi march to the finals.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

the things to be clear for CSK...

1. lasith malinga and johnson's 8 overs are to be carefully played 2. attack the spinners 3. put a good score on the board if, mumbai is in chase 4. if CSK is in chase, opening partnership is crucial....

the things for MI

1. never underestimate CSK 2. be disciplined 3. do not be over confident 4. select a good team

My team for CSK

vijay, hussey, duplessis, raina, dhoni, jadeja, badrinath, ashwin, morkel , mohit sharma, bravo

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

i will looking for mi vs srh final t 20 wc srilanka should be in final dut who think wi came to the final but they won the cup also ipl i think mi favouerit but srh are the bigest under dog they should beat rr csk is the best line up but srh can beat them in slow kolkata pich also delhi and kolkata piches having slide advantage for srh should SRH lift the ipl trophy

Posted by Aryan17 on (May 21, 2013, 3:00 GMT)

@ maddy 20- csk has best away records in ipl 6 among all teams still in contention....n if we Consider total points they r table toppers :)...likes of MI has managed to win only 3 out of 8 away matches, losing tamely to bottom placed DD at kotla where today's match is scheduled..

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (May 21, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

MI scored more runs in Delhi then CSK..MI do not need home crowd there cause they are the best then CSK when it comes to Delhi

Posted by satishchandar on (May 21, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

I guess Mumbai can play with three overseas itself.. The likes of Tare and Dhawal/Abu Nechim are doing a far better job than the foreign players.. You pick your best 11 without intentionally filling the 4 men overseas quota.. My playing 11 for Mumbai would be, Tare, Sachin, Dinesh, Rohit, Rayudu, Pollard, Bhajji, Mitch, Ojha, Malinga, Dhwal/Nechim..

Strongly feel CSK will go with Vijay who usually does double fold in the play offs. CSK would badly need Morkel in place of Holder..

CSK though have loads of experience in playoffs, wouldn't be favorites.. Mumbai leads CSK by the least possible margin.. 51-49..

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (May 21, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

Nampally ..Tell me when was the last time anybody scored 180 in Delhi. I see your point supporting CSK but spinners will be the winner at Delhi...No big hitting etc. etc.. you mentioned.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 2:42 GMT)

@ Krishna & jay ajit - CSK without Bravo in the playoffs... i don think that will happen... Dude he is one wicket short to get the purple cap back... In T20s taking wickets is more imp than being economical... having said that Bravo's economy is bad either.. Abt his hitting abilities, Remember his knockin the playoff match aganist MI last year.... he has won close games for CSK when MSD was not around... Maqtches againist KKR lsat year and RR this year... truly he is a big match player.... No way that MSD gonna drop Bravo...

Only change i see is that Albie/hilfenhaus coming in place of Holder...

Posted by Vishal_07 on (May 21, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

Both MI and CSK are superior teams compared to RR or SRH. Team MI has underachieved almost every year but is looking good this time around. According to my calculations these two teams will come back and meet in the final (whoever loses tomorrow should be able to win in Eliminator 2), but then this is sports, not maths!

Posted by champion_india786 on (May 21, 2013, 2:31 GMT)

This will be a good match, I think CSK will be able to utilize the Delhi pitch more than the MI. We have already seen how MI struggled against Delhi on this track. My teams for this match: CSK - Hussey, Vijay, Raina, Dhoni, DJ Bravo, Badrinath, Sir Jadeja, A Morkel, Ashwin C Morris, M Sharma MI - Tendulkar, Tare, D Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Pollard, Maxwell, R Dhawan, Johnson, Harbhajan, Malinga, Ojha

As an SRH fan, I think SRH will find MI easier to beat so go CSK!

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (May 21, 2013, 2:12 GMT)

Today is clearly Vijay's day. Vijay is always a big match player and Dhoni knows it too well. Also, with so many right handed batsment, Morkel will come in place of Holder. If CSK bats first, they will win. If CSK chases, then its a 50-50.

Posted by 123raddick on (May 21, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

@Chibi Vijayan: It is very funny what you siad. How do you justify the cricketing brain of Dhoni? If you are judging it based on the field setting for every batsman, that won't work always for sure. And you mentioned Rohit Sharma has luck in winning the matches for his team. Can you say Dhoni's team is winning the matches just with this cricketing brain? no one is performing in the team with bat? I would want to say that Most successful team will make successful captain. Captain alone can not be successful.

Posted by siddharth_r2001 on (May 21, 2013, 1:41 GMT)

@MAYURESHmagic: Not only is your proof-reading poor, but maths doesn't seem to be your strong point either. Your line up has Tare listed twice - this is not gully cricket where a batsman is given another opportunity to bat even after he is out. And in spite of having Tare twice, your line up only has 10 players - 2 Tares and 8 others!

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

Though I am SRH fan, if my team doesnt win the cup I hope RR or MI win the cup. RR are underdogs like my team without stacked batsmen & MI has a few former DC players (rohit,ojha,d. smith). CSK is a good team but their fans make me dislike the team. So im hoping SRH/RR/MI win, it will be hard for them. Good luck MI, beat CSK!

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 0:56 GMT)

mumbai will rock chennai this time. my eleven for the match is sachin, tare, karthik,sharma, rayudu, pollard, harbhajan, colter nile, ojha, malinga,jhonson. they can drop both smith and maxwell. becos tare is doing their job easily. we just need one back up seamer for tat we can pick nile who can be dangerous with the bat too.all the best mumbai

Posted by maddy20 on (May 21, 2013, 0:55 GMT)

Though CSK is a pretty good team at home, they have failed against Mumbai, RR and Bangalore in away conditions. The only team in top 5 that they beat away from home are the sunrisers. So this might be a cakewalk for Mumbai!

Posted by iceaxe on (May 21, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

A great match-up that i can't wait to see. As a CSK supporter, I still see a hard job ahead if they are going to beat Mumbai. If Mumbai bowlers are on queue, it should be very tough...

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 22:59 GMT)

Knowing MSD I think he will include Albie Morkel for the play-off's. There is chance that it may be in place of Bravo. MI is strong on paper, but I think CSK will win this one.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 22:08 GMT)

MI without SRT should win this ipl thay r strongest

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

I hope Ponting really shares his wisdom with MI for big matches..if possible include him on 1 down and let Rohit n Sachin open...people arguing that rohit is not an opener might not be too correct as in t20 there is no fixed position to play..if virat can open so can rohit n in that way you can bring ponting's vast big match experience...

This match between MI n CSK is like a final of IPL...n indeed should be with both these teams reaching finals

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 21:36 GMT)

whatever happens in this match...both teams will play the final

Posted by Nampally on (May 20, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

MI have an unbeaten "Home" record which contributed to 6 of their 11 wins. MI were demolished by SRH for 80 runs in Hyderabad. Even In Mumbai, SRH were beaten because of superb hitting by Pollard who won the match with one ball to spare. Unfortunately Pollard connected every ball but one - mostly hitting Sixers. Now CSK plays MI on a neutral outfit- Delhi. With no home crowd backing & with unknown wkt. conditions, it ia "Game ON". CSK have the best T20 batsmen in Hussey, Dhoni, Raina & jadeja. MI have just Rohit Sharma & Karthik who are reliable hitters. Pollard is "Hit & Miss" & Rayudu is also of questionable reliability. So It is CSK batting might Vs. MI Bowling power. MI batting can crumble with reasonably good bowling led by Young Mohit Sharma, Bravo, Morris, Ashwin & Jadeja. I think if CSK can put a total of 180, MI may not have the batting to achieve that total if Pollard is dismissed early. On Delhi wkt. it is tough to get runs & CSK's reliable batting strength will prevail.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (May 20, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

Leaving out Dwayne Smith the last 2 games was a mistake Maxwell looked terrible was just sloggin across line and failed to do anything now Smith should come back for qualifier he's the only reason M.I made it with his 2 MOM winning knocks form his first 2 games he opened after M.I's terrible start.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

I can predict right now that Mumbai Indians should prevail but Ricky Ponting should be included!

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

No doubt CSK will win this match easily. If MI need to win this match it should play in Wankhede stadium. Except one previous match Mitchell Johnson was always an expensive and Malinga also was in poor form other than got some wickets of tail- enders. Whoever bat well they will win....... so CSK CSK CSK.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

My MI playing XI- Maxwell, Tendulkar, Karthik, Rohit, Pollard, Tare, Harbhajan, Johnson, Abu Nechim, Ojha and Malinga. There is no point of playing Dwayne Smith as he plays slowly in the first 6 overs where teams are actually looking to score rapidly.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

@prasanta : Rohit has better cricketing brain than Dhoni? LOL... have you even seen dhoni's field setting for each batsmen ? for ex. see his field setting for Kohli in the first CSK vs RCB game (not the 8over shootout) and the field set for sehwag,

Rohit sharma has been successful as a captain thanks to the strong bowling and his own batting performance.. not because of a cricketing brain.. infact he's the one who's lucky..!

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

Chennai's bowling has been found wanting in the last few games, they would do better to bring in Hilfy, but I cant see anyone in their side emulating the toe crushers of slinga n the zip of jonson(he is at his dangerous best these days). Csk beware of those skyliners if sharma/pollard get in. Cant wait for those. MI ALL THE WAY!!

Posted by Vaskur79 on (May 20, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

My top Eleven choice for both CSK AND MI

CSK... R Ashwin,Sk Raina.DJ Bravo, MEK Hussey, MS Dhoni।RA Jadeja.JA Morkel,DP Nannes,MM Sharma,M Vijay N S Badrinatg.

Mi...RG Sharma*,Harbhajan Singh, MG Johnson,KD Karthik†,R Dhawan.L Malinga GJ Maxwell,PP Ojha.KA Pollard,AT Rayudu,,SR Tendulkar

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

Funny how MI have a dismal W-L record against a team like KXIP who have a dismal W-L record against CSK who have a dismal W-L against MI.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

After 72 matches final stage is set for playoffs however csk is well balanced team but mumbai indians too have fire in them hope mi rocks to finals n lift the trophy they truly deseve. ...it

Posted by Jinu18 on (May 20, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

For MI - Maxwell should be given another Chance. Or Ponting should be called back. His captaincy skills will be key in such a crucial game. MI can go with an additional batsman, as Pollard, Rohit , Maxwell / Smith can do the 5th bowler role. It give little more firepower to batting. Malinga should be given an over in beginning and reserve 3 for later. My fav 11 is Tare , Sachin, Rohit , Karthik, Pollard, Maxwell , Raydu, Harbhajan, Johnson, Malinga, Ojha.

MI has always been better than CSK , but in playoff s history goes with CSK.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

There's no stopping csk from reaching d finals. So beware Mumbai, ,Csk knows how to win the big games n will be at their very best.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

it may be a final match b/w Mi and Csk....

Posted by vxttemp on (May 20, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

I'm a MI fan and I'm not a big fan of Vijay but I fear him the most when it comes to the knock out stages and must win situations( only in IPL :-) ). Hopefully MI won't repeat their mistakes of previous final where they dropped Raina twice and paid the price :-) :-) For me Chennai are favourites (mentally) but skill wise MI is far better. In playoffs/finals, one has to be strong mentally. I hope MI prove me wrong :-)

Posted by LAKingsFan on (May 20, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

To CSK: If you play with Vijay you lose. Period. He hasn't done anything to inspire his or team's confidence so far. I don't know what combination you look at but don't play with Vijay.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

one of the greatest sporting club rivalries, real Madrid vs Barcelona, man utd vs arsenal, this is el classico MI VS CSK

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

I am a Mumbai supporter but I don't agree with some people assuming MI are surely going to win tomorrow.CSK's two losses to MI in the league stage not withstanding CSK clearly start as favorites.They are better equipped to handle pressure situations in crunch games than what MI are.It'll be a huge task to beat CSK tomorrow.CSK are surely going to win.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

Vinod S Menon , seems u r dreaming very much.. who felt for 79 MI or CSK?.. Im saying , Watch out for CSK`s fall in Delhi

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

No matter who wins this match, one teams goes directly to the finals to lose to RR while the other loses to RR couple days before that. Halla Bol. Dravid rocks.

Posted by dariuscorny on (May 20, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

MI will loose both the qualifiers,CSK inherit the Aussie character not just as they don the yellow color but just they hv the best line up for knock out stages....

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

I am from Delhi and I am neutral in terms of supporting teams for this match. But on current form & strength, MI is way ahead of CSK. If Mumbai bats first, the match is as good as over because with Mumbai bowling attack, they can defend anything around 150+. CSK has been winning matches because of their batting and their bowling is their weak link infact their bowling attack is the weakest among the four qualifiers. Dhoni has been stubborn with his on field choices, he is extremely lucky to have come this far with the bowling attack he got. Ashwin & Jadeja are no match for Harbhajan & Ojha....Morris & Morkel are no where in front of Johnson & Malinga, Bravo is among the wickets, but his economy is nothing great to talk about. In my personal opinion, MI would bat first & set a target of around 165 and would defend that ......Mumbai Indians all the way, in all probability Winners of IPL 2013

Posted by Griller on (May 20, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

I feel MI has unperceivable weakness in away games. So, my money on CSK.

Posted by bijuphilip on (May 20, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

The statistics is not good at all for ambadi rayidu,he never got the really oppertunity to bat,he should be in the final eleven Johnson(as abig hitter),sachin,d smith,raidu,karthik,rohit,pollard,harbajan,malija,oja,kulkarni--that should be the line up for mumbai

Badarinath,Mike hussey,suresh raina,msdhoni,jadeja,bravo,albeemorkai,aswin,mohitsharma,holder,(one more allrounder) for chennai

RR Dravid,rahane,samsaon,sachinbaby,binny,yagnik,watson,hodge,fulner,cooper, trivedi, one more bolwer)

sun davan,patel,perara,swamy,white,amit,styen,irshant,p.prasanth,two more batting allrounders

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

considering recent form mi should register an easy win against chennai but as we know play of players of chennai will be different in play offs mi should be careful.And also MI need to bat first to win.nice to see sachin's position 2morrow along with smith back in team.

Posted by MAYURESHmagic on (May 20, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

mumbai has to go with seven batsman and four bowlers. Smith and Pollard can cover those overs which might cause exact amount of score can be taken to Kulkarni or Nechim by CSK.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

1st Qualifier winner CSK...Man of the match Raina 2nd Qualifier winner RR ...Man of the match Watson

Posted by mayurnandan on (May 20, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

All hype has come to an end. Now it's do or die for both sides. Although being comprehensively beaten up by MI twice, CSK will start as favourites, but it will not be an easy ride for them as MI is also pumped up this time around. So hoping to see a nail-biter of a match tmrw, with all big stars making there presence felt (y).

Posted by MAYURESHmagic on (May 20, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Mumbai: Tare, Tendulkar, Tare, Karthik, Rohit, Rayudu, Pollard, Harbhajan, Ojha or Nechim, Malinga

Posted by INIDAN_Nandi on (May 20, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

@ all... i suggest IPL mgmt to make few chngs.. 1.Each team should play 4 foreign players. ( from total 11 ) 2. EAch Team Should give chance to ranaji players so that they can make a good impact. So ranaji players limit in a Team should be atleast 3-4 ( from total 11 ) 3. @ last Team india players shd b atleast 3-4..( from total 11 ). So that it makes good sense..

Posted by INIDAN_Nandi on (May 20, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

@ IPL ...Next time - all players frm each team shd b put into IPL Auction , then ther will be much interest in wtchn IPL..so that imp player frm each team will b interchanged to other teams..( like othr teams must bid MSD & they must get frm CSK, Malinga frm MI, Narine from KKR and so on.. )

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

MI are dangerous in paper when compared to CSK. Their batting and bowling line up are more balanced than CSK.With CSK, it has been hit or miss in the last few games, but if they click they are very formidable. Having said all that, I would give CSK a slight edge since they would be playing on a neutral venue other than Mumbai where MI is unassailable. I think Rayudu should be dropped in favor of Tare.

Posted by santhoo24 on (May 20, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

no matter what happens in this match, one team goes on and play in finals while the other team has a shot at a place in finals, a good place to be in for either teams.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

Malinga toe-crushing yorkers ,mitchi in-dipper will destroy CSK batting lineup.ha ha ha

Posted by SillyPoint11 on (May 20, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

With both teams filled with high impact players, their state of mind will be the real decider. I hope Ricky Ponting's influence and approach to big games rubs off on MI during the playoffs. CSK, under Dhoni, will arrive with confidence.

Time for another blockbuster. Go MI!

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

CSK should concentrate on Eliminator than Qualifier match. Becoz, MUMBAI is strait to FINAL after this match. #BringItOn

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

I think CSK have persisted with Vijay for too long and that is going to hurt them, along with Morkel's injury. My prediction is a MI vs RR final.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

Bring it on CSK. We are ready. this is the high time to take the revenge.this is the perfect time to keep the pride.go MI.do it and come.we all with you.

Posted by srikanthGM on (May 20, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

Ohh don't make Rayudu sit out for sake of Tendulkar. Sachin is not in form this IPL .. even Rayudu isn't, but you will get younger set of legs with Rayudu. Moreover if Sachin plays, he will play as a opener (can Rohit ask him to play lower like 4 or 5?) and that will disturb the current opening set up.

Posted by TheDarkKnight1988 on (May 20, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

CSK definately have a edge, they love these stages as they are used to it, but i would love to see some other team win the ipl..simply because CSK fans are too very over confident ,they should be and they will be taught a lesson,mostly MI SRH finals

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 20, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Captain cool v Rookie captain: CSK clear advantage.

Pollard factor and fast bowling: advantage MI.

Match in neutral ground: advantage CSK.

It will be a thriller. Whoever who holds the nerves will be the winners. Hope it is CSK.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

MI&Pollard will choke in big matches for sure. Although Pollard will wave only 2/3 matches in a IPL. 1. CSK target the right bowler (Aron & Ishant) 2. CSK have good record in away wins, subsequently MI have poor record, that too in slow pitches they will fall like pack of cards. 3. If CSK get a good start, then its all over for MI. 4. R.Sharma, lacks patientce. Too much hipe for him. It is well proven that he is nothing but a failure at big stage. (played or India more than 100 matches but not sure of his place) 5. CSK have 11 good proven match winners compared to MI's 4/5 match winners. DK is not a match winner, he can get to a decent total, but not a winning one.

Watch out MI's fall in Delhi

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

Tomorrows Team Should BE

Sachin Tendulkar Aditya Tare G Maxwell Dinesh K Rohit Sharma Pollard Harbhajan Singh M Johnson Malinga P Ojha Dhawal Kulkarni

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Well, one cannot decide with the past because the past is not an evidence or indication of the future. History cannot be changed but it can be made and that is what MI are going to do tomorrow. We should never underestimate any team and I agree hands down both teams are equally talented and had pulled off extraordinary wins this season as well as some disappointing performances but I am sure we are in a for a thriller tomorrow. May the best man win but hopefully it is Mumbai as I am an ardent fan of MI. Nothing to hide that fact.

Posted by A.Ak on (May 20, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

CSK is the ONLY team in this IPL who had good record at both Home and Away games. Other 3 teams in the play-offs have good home record and not away. Thats gives CSK the edge.

Posted by A.Ak on (May 20, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Malinga, always failed in big games. for both MI and SL. Remember how Kholi crumbled him in that ODI?.

Posted by Sekar1984 on (May 20, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

@Prasants Tripathy - you are analyzing the players as per their Names, T20 is not per the 'name performance' instead it is the days' performance for any player. Pollard is good, but his form in this season is really anoying! Rohit/Karthik is consistent and not Tendulkar/Dwayne, they have failed to score in most of the situations. MI - Overall a very good bowling unit. But we all know MSD can crack any bowler/batsmen when needed (Playoff, semis, finals). He will surely come up with a lot of plans for them. Chennai's batting is one of the best all the seasons but considering the openers, it is not too good! that too against the bowling unit like MI they need to really step up in facing them. In T20 It all relies on who performs well in the SHORT BURST MODE. We will see tomorrow!

Posted by Otuwa on (May 20, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Malinga's Yoker vs Dhoni's Helecopter,Bravo's Slow Ball vs Pollard's Slog,Johnson's Bouncer vs Hussey's Pull,Bhaji's Doosra vs Raina's Inside Out,Ohja's Arm Ball vs Badri's Cut.Very interesting match...

Posted by Balu_raj on (May 20, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

This is a very big match! but i feel MI will trash CSK.. bcos off late CSK form is not good and MI are in fine form.. So it might be the walk in the park for MI.. and Feel MI will lift the cup for Sure.!!

Posted by gsingh7 on (May 20, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

supporting the best cricketer of all time, maybe best sportsperson ever. the heart throb of 1.2 billion indians- Sachin. plus johnson , bhajji, ojha are likeable bunch. still remember how they rolled aside csk for 79 which is lowest total of entire ipl6. expecting them to finish csk under 60 runs and making them before strategic time out"(i.e 9 overs). MI OR RR TO WIN IPL 6. come on SACHIN , WIN BIG ,WIN IPL6

Posted by MohanRagavan on (May 20, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

match between two weight teams...as a Csk fan I would like to see csk winning CSK--know how to perform in this kind of situation and dominate others under pressure...everybody would have remembered what happened in last year play off when these two teams meet csk where 0/2 and they comeback strongly to post 187...unforgettable innings from hussey .badri,dhoni,bravo...it should be thriller and not an one sided match......would love to see Dwayne Bravo gives Kieron Pollard a send-off again.. @prasanta it makes me laugh about ur comment that rohit has better cricketing brain than MSD.....let see tomorrow who has better knowledge of how to handle pressure in knockout stages.........

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

Considering Rayudu's current form, Sachin replacing him will be a good decision. But, Sachin should come in only at no 5 or 6 -- Bhaji's current batting position. Definitely after Pollard!

Both the West Indians Pollard and Bravo should be sent in to bat much earlier, by their respective teams !

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (May 20, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

CSK start off as favorites in this match since they generally play well in big matches. But they should be wary of MI this time. In Rohit Sharma they have got a cool captain. With all due respect to Tendulkar, he was a nervous captain especially in crunch matches. Rohit Sharma has brought much needed calm in MI set up according to me.

Posted by Jaga2011 on (May 20, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

Strictly speaking, the MI bowling lineup is much better than the CSK one. But CSK are a team full of proven big-match players, plus MI away from home have been nothing much to write about - It would point to a CSK win.

I think SRH will beat RR in the eliminator on current momentum and MI vs SRH will go to SRH. CSK vs SRH will go to SRH- SRH look like the Cinderella story of the year so title to SRH.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

In my view.. both the teams have positive as well as negative aspects.Match result will be a 50-50 probability thing...But considering MSD's experience in such a big matches.... CSK has an edge over MI psychologically..

Posted by srinideva on (May 20, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Dhoni vs Karthik - CSK, Sachin vs Hussey - CSK on current form, Tare vs Vijay - MI, Raina vs Rohit - very hard to decide, Pollard vs Bravo - MI, Ashwin vs Harbhajan - very hard, Mohit vs kulkarni - CSK on current form, Badri vs Rayudu - Anyday CSK, Sir Jadeja vs Ojha - CSK (all rounder) Morris vs Johnson - MI Mallinga vs Holder - no need to say about this.

Time to bring A morkel in place of holder into the XI..(The X factor)

Posted by Wolvi on (May 20, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

@MAR00N5... sending up rayadu was a strategic move. It was test to see if Rayadu is in good form with bat, which didn't work well... Expect Tare to open with Sachin and Rayadu making way for Maxwell!!..Geez what a batting line up would that make!! MI should go for a kill!!

Posted by ramv11 on (May 20, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

CSK has to remember that they lost both their league matches against Mumbai because of batting failures. And they were 0/2 in the semi final last year against Mumbai.

That being said, CSK is very conservative in their team selection. They do not try too many players in the eleven. Unless Hussey gets injured, there is no way Faf will be selected - which is a shame. This is no way to treat the South Africa T20 captain.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

You guys are gonna see a different CSK on play offs. They will be more aggressive. They know how to play on a do or die situations. Very very difficult for MI on a natural venue against such a strong opponent like CSK.

Go CSK!!!!!!!

Posted by Samychennai on (May 20, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

There is no other team best than super kings in the crunch match. While there is prey (Cup) in front lion won't miss it for sure. I think Vijay will continue as opener who could play big part in the important match as he done couple of years. Bravo should think that there is no another match and avoid eating balls. I reckon tomorrow is the day for Vijay, Raina and Ashwin.

Whistle Podu! Super Kings

Posted by TheNick on (May 20, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Hopefully it will be a thriller and not a one sided contest for any team..

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

For me both the team looks great and deserve to be in top 2 positions. I wish any of them win this match but wish the game should be fairly played......Keep up the name of Gentle man's game....Thats what is more important. All the best to all the four teams qualified for the play off's.

Posted by shrastogi on (May 20, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

Dhoni any day over Tendulkar/Mumbai irrespective of what transpires on a given day. CSK must be relieved that playoffs are not at Chennai as they have won only 6 games at Chennai which is least for home wins amongst the top 5 teams (MI & RR 8, RCB & SRH 7) but importantly they have won most away games for any team (5) this season - it would have been 6 wins but for 8 over lottery at Bangalore which suited RCB more than CSK. They have also won at Delhi whereas Mumbai lost their game there. So hopefully they can improve their record against MI.

Posted by Princepurple1979 on (May 20, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

IMO CSK is going to win this one. Most of MI's wins have come at home and they have toured poorly mostly this season. Also the Delhi & Eden garden pitches are not going to help the MI bowlers as much as wankhede. Another reason is that CSK are proven winners when put under pressure, on the other hand MI including Sachin have a habit of cracking under pressure. And finally the one reason why CSK with a weak bowling lineup is still better than MI; MSD. Rohit Sharma is just a kid as compared to MSD in negotiating these rough waters, and I don't think he has the experience or knowledge to put it across MSD in this format. Hoping for a CSK - RR final; would love to see Dravid getting the cup after all the difficulties he had to go through recently.

Posted by vj4metal on (May 20, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

@Prasanta - I can't help but laugh at your analysis. Now how about this as an unbiased opinion -

CSK have been/are big match team. The players perform 200% when it comes to play-offs. Despite having a mediocre bowling attack (in comparison to MI) MSD has managed to get the best out players like Morris, Mohit and Bravo (the bowler). Clearly a better batting side than MI.

MI on the other hand are definitely a better bowling unit. But their batting I would say has clicked in the batsmen friendly Wankhede. They are yet to dominate in slow and turning conditions. And their All Rounder segment of Maxwell, Pollard are more of a hit-miss type. Can expect them to succumb anytime.

MSD is a shrewd captain mind you. When it comes to managing resources and standing up on big matches - HE IS UNBEATABLE!!

Posted by nellaiseemai on (May 20, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

My two favorite teams are laying in the eliminator match coming up next. One thing really hurting me is that no bowler (especially indian) showing aggression against Dhoni when he is batting. Does he has the undue advantage of being Indian team captain? Even Zaheer who got four wickets did not celebrate Dhoni's wicket. The way things work in India, for manager-worker relationship it is not surprising that no one dares to challenge Dhoni when he is batting or even in the field. All bowlers, fielders are subdueded while Dhoni is in the field. It may be not his fault but the fault of our system.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

Rohit doesnt have even half of Dhoni's captaincy skills.. CSK has better openers than MI but clearly not upto the mark.. middle order better than MI.. Bowling MI is better than CSK.. and someone mentioned that CSK doesnt home advantage but does Mumbai have??? stupid logic.. hope CSK will win..

Posted by thinkgood on (May 20, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

Common CSK - enough of Vijay. Get Baba Aparajit at the crease in Vijay's place. Vijay does not deserve it.

Posted by spant on (May 20, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

Surprisingly, Steyn stands on 5th place in an analysis of IPL 6 bowling. 3 Indicators were taken namely - Wickets per Innings, Economy Rate and Strike Rate. Subsequently, those ballers were filtered having 10 or more wickets and an economy rate of 7 or less, thus 13 ballers were available for further analysis. In each case top and bottom ranker were provided a score of 13 and 1 respectivelywith other teams getting in between as per their standing. On adding the scores of all 3 indicators, the result was astonishing! The ballers in decreasing order are - Sunil Narain (35), Mohit Sharma (34), Faulkner (33), Amit Mishra (26) and Dale Steyn and Rampaul both securing 22 points!!! Look at the unsung achievement of young Mohit Sharma!!!!!

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (May 20, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

Don't think Rayudu will miss out. MI promoted him up the order in the last game in order to give him some batting practice ahead of the Playoffs. Reason why his numbers are poor is because he bats so low down the order and hardly gets to spend any time at the crease. Maxwell is a failure and Smith's weakness against spin has been exposed. I would play only three overseas players for this match. Tendulkar, Tare, Karthik, Rohit, Pollard, Rayudu, Harbhajan, Johnson, Malinga, Kulkarni, Ojha.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

I would put my money, err. my vote, on MI for many reasons. Mumbai has the best bowling attack as an unit. Johnson, Malinga, Dhawan, Bhajji & Ozzy. Best middle order in Rohit, kartik & Pollard. Smith & Sachin are a formidable opening combination. Rayudu should get another opportunity because he has not got many opportunities this season. Moreover, he is extraordinarily talented.

CSK on the other hand have been struggling in the later part of the tournament which must be playing in their mind. Law of average may catch upon Hussey. Last but not the least, CSK will be missing the home crowd. Head to head, in my opinion Rohit has better cricketing brain while Dhoni is simply lucky.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

CSK has an advantage of MSD over Rohit.. But MI has advantage in their Bowling...

CSK can take hard call to make Vijay sit and Faf to go against Mitch.. And Jakathi will be given an chance for expensive Jason considering teh Delhi pitch and so many right handers in MI...

my support will always in MSD favour, Sure cracker of the game tomorrow...

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