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  • POSTED BY cricket_best on | April 25, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    today is MI's turn......MI will rock today

  • POSTED BY parikshit_Ops on | April 25, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Yes, As @ RiSun has written. Mumbai could have retained only 2 players. So my argument about Johnson doesn't stand. Given Pollard's record. They ofcourse would have gone with him. Malinga is obvious choice. Well even after that there is no reason whatever in retaining Bhajji. Ojha probably too shouldn't have been retained. Anyway mistakes have been made. I see Mumbai finishing in last 2-3 teams if not last. What they can do is to send Corey Anderson up the order at 3. Hope Hussey comes back in form

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 25, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    today MI must step up..Rohit must display his leadership skills by scoring...MI come onn

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Mumbai xi : Hussey Saxena/Marathe Rohit Raydu Pollard Tare Corey Bhajji Suyal Khan Malinga

  • POSTED BY cvprasanna on | April 25, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    I think mi will win today... Rohit will score 50...

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Clarity during Auction & Team Selection - thats what makes CSK the most consistent team. CSK would have made the least number of changes in squad game-to-game when compared to anyother team. And everyone is sure of their role and responsibility. Baring injury for eg that of Bravo it is the clarity in team selection make CSK stand out. Most of them teams have played atleast 2 matches and still many are not sure of whom to select! this reflects on bad purchases too. CSK plan really well from purchases they are clear about what skilled player to go for in an auction. Stephen Flemming must be playing a big part in this. They do not go by names when it comes to team selection , anybody wud have played Badree looking at his incredible figures, but it is all about how you fit a skill in the playing IX matters. Balance to the team is the key.

  • POSTED BY Raziel1911 on | April 25, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Rohit should open my XI rohit, tare , corey, rayadu, hussy, pollard, harbhajan, suyal, zaheer, malinga, ojha

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 25, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    I wish MI win.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 25, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    bring on boys.. csk going well ... 100 th match fr msd mke it special

  • POSTED BY Pavinasen on | April 25, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    rajuramk, I initally said 50 , you could be right

  • POSTED BY barryrichardsfan on | April 25, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    hussey dunk pollard rohit jalaj gautam rayudu harbhajan suyal zaheer malinga................. need some power at top. dunk and pollard may take a free license with themselves with hussey as anchor.jalaj and gautam are promising and perfoming domestic players and should be included.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Need to bring corey anderson to no.3 slot. What do the team thinking by both pollard and corey for slog overs. Overall chances of defending IPL championship looks meagre.

  • POSTED BY RiSun on | April 25, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    why are people criticizing MI for not retaining Maxwell, Johnson or Smith because of their performances, It was a rule that only 2 foreigners can be retained and they retained their core in pollard and Malinga. Remember MI's first ipl performance. They clearly need some time to get gelled together and then they will perform. Give them some time guys. its too early into this season.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    hussy, jalaj, cory,rohit, poly,raydu,tare, bhaji.zak, malinga , bumrah

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    mi xi - hussy, tare, cory , rohit, polard, raydu, bhajii, jalaj, zahir, malinga , bumrah

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    i can see everyone writting MI off...as a csk fan i dont want to do that...remember it takes one good batsmen to win a game like maxwell did against us...though MI are not in form csk will always be wary of them...csk need a good start from openers especially mccullum...smith has been good hope he continues his good form

  • POSTED BY arbi785 on | April 25, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    CSK should play Badri,the top rated T20 leggie.

    and strength the batting by including Baba Abarjit.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    You have Tare, Hussey and Rayadu as the top 3 batsman. Even if they do perform well Mumbai will never be able to score over 140-150 because of how relatively slow they all are.

    Chris Gayle, Mccullum, Dwayne Smith have barely any technique. They have the power that guides there miss hits also for runs in the first 6. There is no question in my mind that either Pollard or Anderson should take the opening spot with Hussey with Rohit Sharma at one down and then the rest to follow.

    You always want your most powerful players with most potential to score quick runs to face as much as possible.

    Every time Pollard comes out he has almost no time to settle himself in. We have noticed throughout the previous ipl's that he needs his time to get in before he can start hitting big. This is true of most big hitters.

    Just my two cents... Please send Pollard/Anderson up the order where they can face some pace while field restrictions apply. Its not like they are contributing down the order anyway

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 25, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Mi will thrash CSK tonight.

  • POSTED BY rajuramki on | April 25, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    MI has been misfiring the whole season . Malinga alone cannot carry the MI bowling and they are short on good bowlers . Harbhajan and Ohja will be taken to the cleaners by CSK power hitters. On the whole,the situation is very bleak for MI . Anderson and Pollard are not good against quality spinners and I do not expect a sizeable contribution from either of them . End result : CSK winners by 45 runs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 25, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    The hugher you bat Anderson, the better he gets.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    Key and interesting match on the cards. Hearing Agarkar speak it is clear that there is not too much on the bench for MI. Some times one wonders the collective wisdom of such cricketing greats like Sachin, Kumble and Wright. How can they retain Rayudu and Bajji and let go Maxwell and MoJo. it looks like if the first 11 do not fire and consistently MI will be struggling in this competition. As far as CSK is concerned there is fair bit of Indian talent on the bench. But there are no other overseas batsmen and it looks like Faf, Baz and Smith will iplay all the matches. other than history, CSK should win

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Mumbai has a young legspinner from karnataka named shreyas gopal... With the young leggies performing in IPL , I say give him a chance in place of bhajji or ojha...

  • POSTED BY Karthi_2K11 on | April 25, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    @Dominic532: you are 100 % correct about MI's dubious auction choices that is already affecting their chances at the bottom of the league, with a sixth of the games already played out. Their choice of leaving Dwayne Smith, Mitchell Johnson, & Glenn Maxwell, out of the mix, & instead retaining Kieron Pollard, who scored 3 of 7 balls, and 6 of 8 balls in the 2 outings MI has had this season is particularly infamous. Also, they just may have made a mistake for going in with the fast fading Michael Hussey, although, it is too early to tell. They should at least have tried to retain the services of Nathan Coulter-Nile - to form the three-pronged pace spearhead attack in tandem with Malinga, & Santokie, but they let him go to the DD. The only bright choice they made was to enlist Corey Anderson. CSK, on the other hand, too, have missed a trick in retaining Dwayne Bravo. They should have put him up for the Right-To-Match card, instead of Faf, who should have been retained in the first place.

  • POSTED BY parikshit_Ops on | April 25, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Mumbai seems to be in dire straits. They have messeed big time in Auction. They continue to hold on to players like Harbhajan, Ojha, the firs one is clearly a spent force and the other one is no longer needed when you have options like Chawla, Karn Sharma ( Excluding Chhahal, as he has just come into limelight), you could have gone for Tambe if not those 2. Secondly you should have purchase extra relatively less expensive Indian Batsmen, Am Realizing it now. Tare as WK-Batsman is OK, you need one more. Pandey or Jadhav or S.Tiwary and ofcourse should have retained Johnson. Dont know if all of it would've been possible but surely most could have been achieved. Now Mumbai should Sort their batting order. As Agarkar said, take a chance with one Indian Batsman, probably Wankhede, Send him at 7 or maybe open with him ( strict instruction on scoring above 130+ SR). Lets see what happens. R. Sharma may open the batting

  • POSTED BY KnightRider12155 on | April 25, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    What the heck is MI doing by keeping Ben on the bench? He is the ideal operner for flashy starts. Give hussy a break. get ben in for a change. Look at his performance earlier this year!!!

  • POSTED BY Dominic532 on | April 25, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Today match gone a high voltage match.CSK won their 2 games out of 3.No questions about CSK perfomance.They perfomed all round.Dwayne Smith giving a good start to CSK.He is better buy then Mike Hussey is is too much old for cricket.CSK leave mike in right time.We can see how he perfomed for MI.In this year CSK have huge batting line.If they play Samuel Badree then they will have 3 spinners with Ashwin and Jadeja.So CSK is a very strong team in ipl with punjab. In this ipl how Mumbai think tank not reatained Maxwell and Jhonson this gone cost them too much.They not retained the squad from which they won ipl last year. Big changes made in MI.But they batting is very very poor and weak.Not a good opening pair and middle order is on rohit sharma who can hit some runs.In this ipl for mumbai it is impossible impossible to defend the cup like CSK done 2times. No team defended the cup only CSK done that. If Mumbai can show some fight against the Strongest TEAM CSK.They some chance they can win

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 25, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    last season channai has failled to chasedown target of 140+ in 3 times. dhoni was only batsman who played well against mi. channai should beat mi today. baba should come in for manhas. baba is pretty usefull bowler under Dubai spinning conditions. badree should play bcoz he is no 1 t20 bowler. Mumbai should drop Corey for dunk.

  • POSTED BY John54321 on | April 25, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    @rohanblue agree Rayudu hasn't done anything of note n might be not good enough for intl cricket...but Rahane???? where have u been during SA test series who along with Kohli n Pujara were the only successfull batsman....n in NZ too he scored a 100 n 90 odd....he's scored runs in overseas on his first tour n u say he's never performed 4 India cleary u r too much influenced by too much t20 cric8 which Rahane isn't much good at....

  • POSTED BY Shridharan.S on | April 25, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings got to bring in Samuel Badree for Ben Hilfenhaus in today's clash against MI.The pitch for the last game was slow and if it is the same wicket then Badree will be a handful. The average score in Dubai is 140 which indicates that the pitch is slow. The ball just holds on and comes and the spinners get a good amount of purchase. Mumbai Indians have been struggling against spin of late and the number of right handers in their team makes me to pick Badree

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    i think mi will be win nd Corey Anderson will blast 2 day

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    MI made a folly in auction by not getting there squad back which won them the cup. They dug their own grave by grabbing Michael Hussey from CSK and letting Dwayne Smith go, which turned out to be a master stroke from CSK. MI lost their aces in Johnson and Maxwell to KXII; can u imagine that? It was foolish nonetheless to lose them and to get Zaheer and Anderson in the bargain, where zaheer being the spent force and Anderson the new kid on the block who might take a season or two to establish himself. Retaining Rayudu, Harbhajan and Oja seemed more important to them. They could have easily got a young spinner instead of one of the main spinners and prospered better. We see many good new young spinners already performing in this season. Time will tell if oja and harbhajan live up to their potential when IPL shifts to India, but MI batting looks woefully short. God save them. One more thing instead of getting Anderson they could have got Shakib at a lesser price and had retained Maxwell!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    My playing XI will be: Rohit, Dunk, Anderson, Rayudu, Pollard, Tare, Saxena, Bhajji, Zak, Malinga, Ojha MI Batting 1st: Dunk, Tare, Rohit, Anderson, Rayudu, Pollard, Saxena, Bhajji & Co. MI Chasing: Dunk, Sharma, Anderson, Tare, Pollard, Rayudu, Bhajji & Co. Hope Mumbai Indians opens there a/c tomorrow and a gift to GOC-Sachin..(: Duniya Hila Denge Hum MI..:D

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    I'd have Hussey and Rohit opening. The best batsman in the team(Rohit) has to face maximum balls. He cant come in when the score is 7 overs 40 or something. Also, Anderson at 3 is a good idea. Rayudu/Tare at 4 and Pollard at 5. Pollard cant come below 5. The more balls he plays the better it is. And CM Gautam should be in the squad. MI has a good bowling line up. Strengethening the batting is important now.

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | April 24, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Ambatti Rayudu is d most overrated player in the history of cricket, dnt understand what selectors giving team india in the name of talent, rahane, rayadu, binny all these ipl wonders never performs fr india

  • POSTED BY NikSaid on | April 24, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Desperate time Desperate measures. IMHO, MI XI should be : BEN DUNK, HUSSEY/ANDERSON, Rohit, Raydu, Tare, POLLARD, Sushant Marathe, Harbhajan, Zaheer, MALINGA, SANTOKIE(97 wkt in only 52 match and 6 Econ!!)

  • POSTED BY ns4ckt on | April 24, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Experienced Nehra not preferred because of his fielding - messed up easy catch! @csk, fielding is very important and Mohit must be on a short leash with many blunders last game.

    After watching Lynn's catch, fielding is so important and nobody should get selected even if they are good in other aspects but bad at fielding.

  • POSTED BY NikSaid on | April 24, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    MI should really open with BEN DUNK and Rohit. A chance to Sushant Marathe in the middle and bring up Anderson.IMO.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 24, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    In order to see an interesting match, I would suggest MI make some hard decisions. Huss only works if there is big hitting down the order. He can play fast himself too, but he needs time and without a batsman striking at the other end, it creates pressure. So untill Pollard and Andersen find their groove, get Dunk in. Dunk is in good form and should be exciting to watch. Rohit needs to play at 4 to strengthen the middle order otherwise it becomes too fragile. Andersen should be played at 3 since MI needs thim to adjust to the subcontinent and he can build an innings. Pollard comes in at 5. MI can open with either Rayudu or Tare. With Dunk, Rayudu could be good as he seems to be the accumulator and could hold up one end. Tare can then bat at 6 as he is more of a shot maker and I think could do well finishing. The bowling is fine but MI might consider giving Santokie/Hazelwood some match time soon since Malinga will be leaving.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    CSK has found a winning combo of batting bowling and fielding except for few chinks -Baba Aaparjith would be a better fitter all rounder to play steady game which Badri did very well in the middle order floating around in place of Manhas and they will do well to bring WI Badri's spin in to the fold when they return back to Indian wickets. MI is missing inspiration of Sachin for sure and for starters, Anderson might struggle against spin. Malinga is the lone sure bet for them right now.

  • POSTED BY chikkubukku on | April 24, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    MI made big mistakes in selection. They have selected Hussey who is playing only IPL, they have left out Dwaye Smith, Mitchell Johnson. They could have retained them at the cost of Harbhajan Singh (a spent force) and Ambatti Rayudu. They could have purchased both of them in the auction may be at a cheaper rate. Malinga Johnson combination helped them win the cup last year. Even if they perform well in one or two matches, I feel MI may find it difficult to reach last four this time. Their faulty selection process will be the main reason for this.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Most of the matches which mumbai won by close margin except few. This time its chance for CSK to go high over MI. CSK should show teamspirit which is better than spending money.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 24, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    It will be odd to see CSK and Hussey playing against each other and so will it be diff for MI to see Smith playing for their opponents! It was sort of a trade between both the openers in the side....

    As the author has rightfully said, Hussey prospered because his role was well defined and perfect for the big hitters of CSK to play around him wheras with MI thats not happening. Hussey needs a flamboyant partner to open and there is no better than Rohit Sharma. Me thinks that MSD has better faith in Rohit the opener than Rohit himself!!!!

  • POSTED BY svenkat02 on | April 24, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    MI and Chennai have basically swapped their openers. Hussey with MI now, and Smith with Chennai now. I think it was smart by Chennai to do that, because Smith is a big hitter whereas Hussey takes time to accumulate runs and also age is not on his side. Also Smith can bowl useful medium pace overs with the ball.

    I think CSK will start favorites again. I am excited about this Indian duo of Ishwar Pandey and Mohit Sharma bowling in tandem and doing well. I dont think any other team have had two Indian bowlers bowl well in tandem in the IPL at the top.

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | April 24, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    No big strategy is required to revamp the losing Mumbai Indians. They set their mind with a situation where Pollard and Corey Anderson will explode at the end. It will/can happen only in few games but not in all. Just change the batting order and it will do some tricks for Mumbai, Open with Aditya Tare and Ambati rayudu and give both of them license to go after the bowling, their target should be 50 runs of 6 over, aiming to it they may get out, but no issues, but never score at slow pace. Corey Anderson should come in at 1st down and he can build his innings at his own pace with no pressure. Rohit should come in next followed by pollard. If a batting collapse happens and every batsman gone out cheaply, In comes Micheal Hussey to pace the innings with his experience. You can win 8 out of 10 matches using the above strategy. Mumbai is really a batting power house but they are always planning for the worst case scenarios and they pace their innings very slowly.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    For MI. Rohit Sharma must come at opening with Hussey. Hussey understandably is taking sometime to settle as he is playing IPL to IPL. Pollard too going through simillar phase as he was too out of cricket last 6 months due to injury. Anderson is compleately new for the IPL and also for the subcontinent conditions. MI needs Rohit to take the responsibility from the front. If Hussey gets conpany of Rohit as opening partner, he can spend some time at the wicket as Rohit is capable about scoring rate. In first two matches Hussey, Pollard & Anderson hasnt clicked atall. And Rayudu, Tare etc are capable batsmen at supporting role. We cant expect from them any Rohit, Pollard or Anderson inning. Pollard, Hussey & Anderson are nit in form. So its on Rohit Sharma who must take responcibilty of MI batting. Tommorow against CSK, Rohit must play match winning knock. Here Rohit is having very good opportunity to show his leadership qualities. And CSK is the best team for it. All the best MI & Rohit

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    I've got malinga and h singh in my fantasy team, i'm afraid it's going to be a tight game

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | April 24, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    It does not feel right to see Hussey playing against his old team he's been part of over the whole history of IPL.That is the nature of the league. All the best to Hussey. Absence of Bravo leaves csk with a long tail. The openers-specially McCullum- should bat sensibly avoiding risky shots and rotating strike early on. MI will be aiming for their first win. If csk can get RSharma and Pollard cheaply the match will be csk's.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    T2mrw Mumbai Surely Beat Chennai

  • POSTED BY PEACE_XI on | April 24, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Chennai for th win -- think Mumbai will really miss Dwayne Smith, he's been with the Bat. Then you have Jadaeja and Ashwin with the bowl. Unless Rohit Sharma has an exceptional innings can only see one winner here.

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  • POSTED BY cricket_best on | April 25, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    today is MI's turn......MI will rock today

  • POSTED BY parikshit_Ops on | April 25, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Yes, As @ RiSun has written. Mumbai could have retained only 2 players. So my argument about Johnson doesn't stand. Given Pollard's record. They ofcourse would have gone with him. Malinga is obvious choice. Well even after that there is no reason whatever in retaining Bhajji. Ojha probably too shouldn't have been retained. Anyway mistakes have been made. I see Mumbai finishing in last 2-3 teams if not last. What they can do is to send Corey Anderson up the order at 3. Hope Hussey comes back in form

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 25, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    today MI must step up..Rohit must display his leadership skills by scoring...MI come onn

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Mumbai xi : Hussey Saxena/Marathe Rohit Raydu Pollard Tare Corey Bhajji Suyal Khan Malinga

  • POSTED BY cvprasanna on | April 25, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    I think mi will win today... Rohit will score 50...

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Clarity during Auction & Team Selection - thats what makes CSK the most consistent team. CSK would have made the least number of changes in squad game-to-game when compared to anyother team. And everyone is sure of their role and responsibility. Baring injury for eg that of Bravo it is the clarity in team selection make CSK stand out. Most of them teams have played atleast 2 matches and still many are not sure of whom to select! this reflects on bad purchases too. CSK plan really well from purchases they are clear about what skilled player to go for in an auction. Stephen Flemming must be playing a big part in this. They do not go by names when it comes to team selection , anybody wud have played Badree looking at his incredible figures, but it is all about how you fit a skill in the playing IX matters. Balance to the team is the key.

  • POSTED BY Raziel1911 on | April 25, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Rohit should open my XI rohit, tare , corey, rayadu, hussy, pollard, harbhajan, suyal, zaheer, malinga, ojha

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 25, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    I wish MI win.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 25, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    bring on boys.. csk going well ... 100 th match fr msd mke it special

  • POSTED BY Pavinasen on | April 25, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    rajuramk, I initally said 50 , you could be right

  • POSTED BY PEACE_XI on | April 24, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Chennai for th win -- think Mumbai will really miss Dwayne Smith, he's been with the Bat. Then you have Jadaeja and Ashwin with the bowl. Unless Rohit Sharma has an exceptional innings can only see one winner here.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    T2mrw Mumbai Surely Beat Chennai

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | April 24, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    It does not feel right to see Hussey playing against his old team he's been part of over the whole history of IPL.That is the nature of the league. All the best to Hussey. Absence of Bravo leaves csk with a long tail. The openers-specially McCullum- should bat sensibly avoiding risky shots and rotating strike early on. MI will be aiming for their first win. If csk can get RSharma and Pollard cheaply the match will be csk's.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    I've got malinga and h singh in my fantasy team, i'm afraid it's going to be a tight game

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    For MI. Rohit Sharma must come at opening with Hussey. Hussey understandably is taking sometime to settle as he is playing IPL to IPL. Pollard too going through simillar phase as he was too out of cricket last 6 months due to injury. Anderson is compleately new for the IPL and also for the subcontinent conditions. MI needs Rohit to take the responsibility from the front. If Hussey gets conpany of Rohit as opening partner, he can spend some time at the wicket as Rohit is capable about scoring rate. In first two matches Hussey, Pollard & Anderson hasnt clicked atall. And Rayudu, Tare etc are capable batsmen at supporting role. We cant expect from them any Rohit, Pollard or Anderson inning. Pollard, Hussey & Anderson are nit in form. So its on Rohit Sharma who must take responcibilty of MI batting. Tommorow against CSK, Rohit must play match winning knock. Here Rohit is having very good opportunity to show his leadership qualities. And CSK is the best team for it. All the best MI & Rohit

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | April 24, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    No big strategy is required to revamp the losing Mumbai Indians. They set their mind with a situation where Pollard and Corey Anderson will explode at the end. It will/can happen only in few games but not in all. Just change the batting order and it will do some tricks for Mumbai, Open with Aditya Tare and Ambati rayudu and give both of them license to go after the bowling, their target should be 50 runs of 6 over, aiming to it they may get out, but no issues, but never score at slow pace. Corey Anderson should come in at 1st down and he can build his innings at his own pace with no pressure. Rohit should come in next followed by pollard. If a batting collapse happens and every batsman gone out cheaply, In comes Micheal Hussey to pace the innings with his experience. You can win 8 out of 10 matches using the above strategy. Mumbai is really a batting power house but they are always planning for the worst case scenarios and they pace their innings very slowly.

  • POSTED BY svenkat02 on | April 24, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    MI and Chennai have basically swapped their openers. Hussey with MI now, and Smith with Chennai now. I think it was smart by Chennai to do that, because Smith is a big hitter whereas Hussey takes time to accumulate runs and also age is not on his side. Also Smith can bowl useful medium pace overs with the ball.

    I think CSK will start favorites again. I am excited about this Indian duo of Ishwar Pandey and Mohit Sharma bowling in tandem and doing well. I dont think any other team have had two Indian bowlers bowl well in tandem in the IPL at the top.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 24, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    It will be odd to see CSK and Hussey playing against each other and so will it be diff for MI to see Smith playing for their opponents! It was sort of a trade between both the openers in the side....

    As the author has rightfully said, Hussey prospered because his role was well defined and perfect for the big hitters of CSK to play around him wheras with MI thats not happening. Hussey needs a flamboyant partner to open and there is no better than Rohit Sharma. Me thinks that MSD has better faith in Rohit the opener than Rohit himself!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Most of the matches which mumbai won by close margin except few. This time its chance for CSK to go high over MI. CSK should show teamspirit which is better than spending money.

  • POSTED BY chikkubukku on | April 24, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    MI made big mistakes in selection. They have selected Hussey who is playing only IPL, they have left out Dwaye Smith, Mitchell Johnson. They could have retained them at the cost of Harbhajan Singh (a spent force) and Ambatti Rayudu. They could have purchased both of them in the auction may be at a cheaper rate. Malinga Johnson combination helped them win the cup last year. Even if they perform well in one or two matches, I feel MI may find it difficult to reach last four this time. Their faulty selection process will be the main reason for this.

Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Dubai April 24, 2014

Struggling Mumbai need batting fuel

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Match facts

April 25, 2014
Start time 1830 local (1430 GMT, 2000 IST)

Play 04:15
Agarkar: Worst time for Mumbai to play CSK

Big Picture

Chennai Super Kings have been one of the busier teams in the UAE, and on Friday will play their third game inside five days. However, they may not be complaining too much about the short turnaround time, given that they have built up a winning momentum after their last two games. After steamrolling Delhi Daredevils, they were stretched by Rajasthan Royals while batting. Their bowlers stepped up for the second time after a horror opening game against Kings XI Punjab, suggesting that they are developing their all-round game early in the tournament.

Mumbai Indians on the other hand have had the last five days to regroup and reassess their poor start to the tournament, having dropped both games with underwhelming performances. Their batting was a letdown on both occasions and the problems begin at the top. Michael Hussey was never an explosive starter while at Chennai Super Kings. He could afford to be the steady accumulator due to the presence of big hitters lower down the order who would routinely shore up the innings. While Hussey is yet to find his feet in his new franchise, it wouldn't be fair to lay the blame on him.

Mumbai have explosive hitters down the order in the form of Corey Anderson and Kieron Pollard, but the lack of contributions from them has compounded their problems, as scores of 122 and 115 suggest. Even their experienced seam attack of Zaheer Khan and Lasith Malinga need a fighting total to defend, as was the case against Royal Challengers Bangalore, where 115 was still inadequate after having the opposition down at 17 for 3.

Players to watch

Corey Anderson was Mumbai's second-most expensive buy at the auction, behind Hussey, at INR 4.5 crore. Though it's still early days for him in the IPL, he is yet to show what he's capable of. He played eight balls for 2 before he was bowled by Sunil Narine and against Royal Challengers he made 18 off 19 with two fours. He has the power to clear the big boundaries in Dubai. Mumbai need him to step up as a lower-order finisher.

Super Kings have preferred to go in with a more inexperienced Indian seam attack comprising Mohit Sharma and Ishwar Pandey instead of the more experienced Ashish Nehra. Mohit was economical against Daredevils, conceding 17 off three overs and against Royals he bowled two overs for 13. Mohit has been difficult to get away when MS Dhoni stands up to the stumps, which suggests that the captain uses him as a run-saving option. Mohit said that the back of a length deliveries work better in the Dubai pitch, which wasn't the easiest to bat on in Super Kings' last game.

Stats and trivia

  • Mumbai Indians are the only team against whom Chennai Super Kings have a negative win-loss record in the IPL. Super Kings have lost 9 games against Mumbai while only winning 6, out of 15 games
  • The highest run-scorer and the highest wicket-taker in matches between these teams are from Super Kings. Raina has scored 414 runs, while Dwayne Bravo has taken 20 wickets (though he is out of this tournament).

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo