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  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    i guess todays hussey's day

  • POSTED BY unbiased_referee on | April 27, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    I have watched all the three matches MI have played and lost so far--and they have not made any impression in any department--not to say the least the captaincy!! This brings the fundamental issue to fore-it's one thing performing in IPL and CLT20 at home in India; and quite the other on foreign soil-though UAE conditions shouldn't be entirely alien to some of the Indian talent pool. MI will have to do a major overhaul in all departments today if they want to return to India with at least a win. Daredevils, having found their full-time captain fit to play of late, are favourites by all means.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    i wish both the teams good luck...and..dunk should come in for hussey!!supporting mi slightly....

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Duminy should bat higher in the order . Hussey must be given another chance .

  • POSTED BY mohanram82 on | April 27, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    they missed to retain maxi and dwyne smith... then wats they have in their hand now???

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Mumbai should take the following Lineup into the match: Rohit, Dunk, Anderson, Hussey, Raydu, Gautam, Saxena, Bhaji, Khan, Malinga, Ojha. Really Pollard has been playing based on his fielding alone....no use with neither bat/ ball....!!! Drop pollard include Dunk...Drop Either tare/ Gautam and include Jalaj Saxena!!! Sent hussey down the order, he can be a better finisher!!!

  • POSTED BY Shahed.Akhtar on | April 27, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    For DD: Open with DeKock, Vijay. followed by KP and JP. Neesham, Mayank should also play. Not sure if Karthik is a must. For MI: Continue Anderson at three. Pollard should never play lower than five. A batting order of Rohit, Dunk, Anderson, Hussey, Pollard and Rayudu - the way to go. Wake up before it is too late.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    dunk should be in palying eleven in today's match

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | April 27, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Make Malinga captain that will change a lot of things in MI. Then even Malinga will stay until IPL finishes.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | April 27, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    I prefer MI to loose next few games to make sure NI would not get selected for Semis. This will make Malinga to early leave for Ireland/England to play in National duties.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    I personally feel that the Bench strength of Mumbai was better than the playing x1 this season with Maxi, Coulter Nile and Pointing fighting for their spot in the team last time. Very bad strategic move dropping them and even not utilising the right to match for maxi. And here they are, suffering the consequences. I still think they can manage by letting hussey to settle and bring in pollard at no.3...Make sure he faces the spin bowlers.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    now many teams going for big hitters rather than their cricketing skills. big hitters only do well when the ball is coming on to the ball, otherwise they struggle and put pressure on the other batsmans as well.(Gayle, shewag, yuvaraj, sammy). but the ipl auction this year is a failure. dinesh karthik for 12cores, yuvaraj for 14cores is a risky choice. and players like mahela was not even bid for in the ipl hmm..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Hope mi will win today... my eleven fa mi s dunk,tare,rohit,corey,pollard,rayudu,shreyas,bhajji,zak,malinga,bhumrah..... mi plz give a chance to shreyas he s a good allrounder

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Mumbai is badly missing the presence of leged like Sachin. Bring him back ,things will be easy.

  • POSTED BY SachinRao on | April 27, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    MI doesnt have a impressive bench strength. I really found the think tank devoid of ideas at the auction. However, I would get Dunk, Jalaj and Shreyas in place of Hussey, Gautam and Ojha.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    dropp hussy zaheer ojha for dunk Burma shreyas. rohit u should lead from the front. KP must send JP at no3. drop shami nadeem for shukala and Rahul.bring jimmy for Parnell. it is short ground we can expect high scoring game.

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | April 27, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Who all mumbai lost from last year's squad?? Maxwell, Smith, Karthik, Johnson and oh yeah, Sachin!!! I mean thats the core of the team isnt it? MI is the most depelated team this year. So I dont think they are gonna beat DD today.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    MI - playin xi should be - Mike hussey / Ben dunk / Aditaya tare / Rohit Sharma / Cory anderson / Ambati rayedu / Jalal j saxena / Harbhajan / Zaheer / Malinga / Ojha with this combination they will keep wining games...

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 27, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Looking forward to watch this evenly matched teams face off...Mumbai need to win this to stay alive ...will get even more difficult when malinga leaves...Delhi on the other hand will look to win their matches against weak oppositions like today.

  • POSTED BY Carl13 on | April 27, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    You need to give Hussey and Pollard couple of more games . MI bench is not as strong as last year . But this team can still win this IPL .

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | April 27, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    No KP the loss was because of your sluggish innings, does this guy ever take the blame for anything?

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    all the best for mi malinga fired today

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | April 27, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    If Hussey plays today he will be the man of the match. He got out against quality bowling. Delhi is weak in that sector.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    on paper mumbai should win it convincingly.. bt crcket is plyed on field so u never know who'll win/lose... as per team selection goes i think mike hussey's glory days are almost over hence i would definately pick dunk in plce of him... i am also keen on watching kieron pollard's selection today.... first xi; 1-tare,2-dunk(w),3-cj anderson,4-sharma,5-raydu,6-pollard,7-bhajji,8-zak,9-malinga,10-ojha,11-bumrah

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | April 27, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    If Hussey opens for Mumbai today and scores a 30 ball 30 runs, then thats the end of Mumbai Indians in this IPL. Remember, replacing ricky ponting won them the title last year.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    MI should change their Captain to inspire and make a difference. Rohit Sharma is unimaginative and totally uninspiring. I would replace him with Lasith Malinga.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    This year if you notice only foreign batsman have scored runs at a good SR. Most of the Indian batsman have not shown any form. All team need to make sure their foreign batsman gets lots of time in middle as possible by sending them in early. That's the only way to go and win matches.

  • POSTED BY chikkubukku on | April 27, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Today is the best chance for Mumbai to collect its first points. It only should hope that Pieterson gets out soon. Delhi's batting revolves around its two openers, their skipper and their wicket keeper. If Mumbai misses today, I do not think it can come back in this tournament. What changes it makes in its playing eleven depends on the collective wisdom of the great think tank they have in Sachin, Anil, Jonty, Wright, whose contribution towards strategy so far, have baffled all of us.

    I think Mumbai can put it across to all us its strength in today's match. For a change Mumbai team looks stronger today, not because of its strength but because of its opponent's weakness. A relative superiority for today's match. If it wins today, may be their body language will be different from next match and still it can hope to finish in last four.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 27, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    DD has had a much better tournament than MI. they had a couple of close games and now have a settled squad with perhaps a slightly weak bowling attack. I would still consider bringing Jadhav in the lower middle order and perhaps use Rahul Sharma too.

  • POSTED BY CherryWood_Champion on | April 27, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    If Delhi is serious about winning the match, it should send Duminy up the order ahead of KP.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    @Dr. Johar - in terms of batting talent, Uthappa is probably better than most available to Team India currently. However - Uthappa has shown an uncanny ability to chuck matches that he could have won easily for his side with the bat. His focus does not seem to be on the winning side, his focus seems to be on showing off his non-existent innovation skills. I have seen a lot of instances where Uthappa was batting sensibly & winning the match for his side, he would suddenly (for no cricketing reason) try a reverse sweep OR some other cheeky, innovative shot that was not required, lose his wicket against the run of play AND end up on the losing side. Worse - the guy refuses to learn. He is clearly focussed on increasing his price in the IPL by showing off innovation, not interested in being on the winning side....Till he shows us that he is able to win games for his side, Uthappa should not be allowed into International Cricket.

  • POSTED BY sandeepkumar1886 on | April 27, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    MI's big problem is that they are not flexible enough to change their playing XI which let them down in this IPL. It's ok to replace great players like Hussey & Pollard when they are not performingand you have emerging players like Dunk & Santokie who are ready to make an impact.

    My best possible XI for this game: RG Sharma*, CJ Anderson, BR Dunk, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, SL Malinga, PP Ojha, KA Pollard, AT Rayudu†, Jalaj S Saxena & AP Tare†.

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | April 27, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    It will be nice if MI finish last this season. Vastly over-rated team, and they were ridiculous in their auction selections this season. Keeping Harbhajan and Rayudu at the expense of Johnson and Dinesh Karthik, and letting Dwayne Smith go, defied all cricketing sense.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 26, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    @ Dr.Navdeep Johar - Sri Lanka's tour of England starts with ODIs and the first match is on the 6th of May. So Malinga will be leaving at the end of the UAE leg.

    All the players u mentioned are legends in their own right as long as you see only their past performances - Yuvraj is clearly struggling and Sehwag is hardly half the force he was before.

    Rohit is the only good bat in the MI line up at the moment and u want him out?! Are u supporting MI or u want them thrashed out of the tourney?!

    Mandeep is not the best youngster - Sanju Samson is. If there is one guy whom many wud whole heartedly support not minding their difffernces its this guy! He has talent KKR wasted him in their dugout and Rahul Dravid saw the potential and brought him to the fore!

    Tare is coming good for MI, but he needs a few more games... No matter how much I love and admire Hussey I have to admit tht he needs to be dropped and Dunk has to take his place if MI are serious of qualifying for the playoffs!

  • POSTED BY NikSaid on | April 26, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    Seriously, MI needs to have Ben Dunk open (x Hussey) and Santokie to bowl(x Anderson/Pollard). Just look at these two guy's stats, you can not leave them out of XI. Too good for any T20...

  • POSTED BY rishmanisation on | April 26, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    The ODI series comes first, so Malinga will go.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Don't think malinga will go. He doesn't play test cricket. But batting. Is weak. ROHIT IS A MED I OCT PLAYER AT BEST. HE CAN'T BE LIKE SACHIN OR SAURAV nor yuvraj or sehwag. So sooner we get rid of him. Better. We need Uthapa or Man deep. He is the best youngster. Also we need sehwag back in team. He is a legend still

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 26, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Mumbai needs to get some valuable points before malinga leaves for national duty ..... anf also they need to give shreyas gopal a chance ahead of ojha as young leggies are prospering in this ipl.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 26, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    actually Mumbai got it horribly wrong with respect to the batsmen... there isnt a single reliable Indian batsmen on the bench and they just can't win matches or post high totals with gautam at no.7... the best possible XI is hussey/dunk; tare; anderson; rohit; rayudu; pollard; gautam/shreyas gopal; harbhajan; ojha; zaheer and malinga/De Lange/ santokie/hazelwood

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Can't believe that Ben Dunk hasn't had a bat yet; he destroys opposition bowlers. He might take a few overs/games to get his eye in as he's never batted on the sub-continent(?) but when he does, watch out. He went for something like $55K in the IPL auction...a ridiculous bargain

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    God bless MI when Malinga departs for national duty. They have Santokie,but he is no way near Malinga...

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    i guess todays hussey's day

  • POSTED BY unbiased_referee on | April 27, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    I have watched all the three matches MI have played and lost so far--and they have not made any impression in any department--not to say the least the captaincy!! This brings the fundamental issue to fore-it's one thing performing in IPL and CLT20 at home in India; and quite the other on foreign soil-though UAE conditions shouldn't be entirely alien to some of the Indian talent pool. MI will have to do a major overhaul in all departments today if they want to return to India with at least a win. Daredevils, having found their full-time captain fit to play of late, are favourites by all means.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    i wish both the teams good luck...and..dunk should come in for hussey!!supporting mi slightly....

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Duminy should bat higher in the order . Hussey must be given another chance .

  • POSTED BY mohanram82 on | April 27, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    they missed to retain maxi and dwyne smith... then wats they have in their hand now???

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Mumbai should take the following Lineup into the match: Rohit, Dunk, Anderson, Hussey, Raydu, Gautam, Saxena, Bhaji, Khan, Malinga, Ojha. Really Pollard has been playing based on his fielding alone....no use with neither bat/ ball....!!! Drop pollard include Dunk...Drop Either tare/ Gautam and include Jalaj Saxena!!! Sent hussey down the order, he can be a better finisher!!!

  • POSTED BY Shahed.Akhtar on | April 27, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    For DD: Open with DeKock, Vijay. followed by KP and JP. Neesham, Mayank should also play. Not sure if Karthik is a must. For MI: Continue Anderson at three. Pollard should never play lower than five. A batting order of Rohit, Dunk, Anderson, Hussey, Pollard and Rayudu - the way to go. Wake up before it is too late.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    dunk should be in palying eleven in today's match

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | April 27, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Make Malinga captain that will change a lot of things in MI. Then even Malinga will stay until IPL finishes.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | April 27, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    I prefer MI to loose next few games to make sure NI would not get selected for Semis. This will make Malinga to early leave for Ireland/England to play in National duties.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    God bless MI when Malinga departs for national duty. They have Santokie,but he is no way near Malinga...

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Can't believe that Ben Dunk hasn't had a bat yet; he destroys opposition bowlers. He might take a few overs/games to get his eye in as he's never batted on the sub-continent(?) but when he does, watch out. He went for something like $55K in the IPL auction...a ridiculous bargain

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 26, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    actually Mumbai got it horribly wrong with respect to the batsmen... there isnt a single reliable Indian batsmen on the bench and they just can't win matches or post high totals with gautam at no.7... the best possible XI is hussey/dunk; tare; anderson; rohit; rayudu; pollard; gautam/shreyas gopal; harbhajan; ojha; zaheer and malinga/De Lange/ santokie/hazelwood

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 26, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Mumbai needs to get some valuable points before malinga leaves for national duty ..... anf also they need to give shreyas gopal a chance ahead of ojha as young leggies are prospering in this ipl.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Don't think malinga will go. He doesn't play test cricket. But batting. Is weak. ROHIT IS A MED I OCT PLAYER AT BEST. HE CAN'T BE LIKE SACHIN OR SAURAV nor yuvraj or sehwag. So sooner we get rid of him. Better. We need Uthapa or Man deep. He is the best youngster. Also we need sehwag back in team. He is a legend still

  • POSTED BY rishmanisation on | April 26, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    The ODI series comes first, so Malinga will go.

  • POSTED BY NikSaid on | April 26, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    Seriously, MI needs to have Ben Dunk open (x Hussey) and Santokie to bowl(x Anderson/Pollard). Just look at these two guy's stats, you can not leave them out of XI. Too good for any T20...

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 26, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    @ Dr.Navdeep Johar - Sri Lanka's tour of England starts with ODIs and the first match is on the 6th of May. So Malinga will be leaving at the end of the UAE leg.

    All the players u mentioned are legends in their own right as long as you see only their past performances - Yuvraj is clearly struggling and Sehwag is hardly half the force he was before.

    Rohit is the only good bat in the MI line up at the moment and u want him out?! Are u supporting MI or u want them thrashed out of the tourney?!

    Mandeep is not the best youngster - Sanju Samson is. If there is one guy whom many wud whole heartedly support not minding their difffernces its this guy! He has talent KKR wasted him in their dugout and Rahul Dravid saw the potential and brought him to the fore!

    Tare is coming good for MI, but he needs a few more games... No matter how much I love and admire Hussey I have to admit tht he needs to be dropped and Dunk has to take his place if MI are serious of qualifying for the playoffs!

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | April 27, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    It will be nice if MI finish last this season. Vastly over-rated team, and they were ridiculous in their auction selections this season. Keeping Harbhajan and Rayudu at the expense of Johnson and Dinesh Karthik, and letting Dwayne Smith go, defied all cricketing sense.

  • POSTED BY sandeepkumar1886 on | April 27, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    MI's big problem is that they are not flexible enough to change their playing XI which let them down in this IPL. It's ok to replace great players like Hussey & Pollard when they are not performingand you have emerging players like Dunk & Santokie who are ready to make an impact.

    My best possible XI for this game: RG Sharma*, CJ Anderson, BR Dunk, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, SL Malinga, PP Ojha, KA Pollard, AT Rayudu†, Jalaj S Saxena & AP Tare†.

Daredevils v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2014, Sharjah April 26, 2014

Stragglers seek to catch up

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Match facts

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Start time 1430 local (1030 GMT, 1600 IST)

The big picture

The last time Mumbai Indians found themselves in a situation like this, with successive losses at the start of an IPL, was in 2008.

While their frontline bowlers have struggled for wickets, in spite of looking good in patches, it's the batting that's quickly becoming their biggest worry. Their highest score in three games so far was 141, but should they want to make changes, they risk exposing an under-strength batting bench. The only high point of their loss to Chennai Super Kings was Corey Anderson's promotion to No. 3 - it allowed the New Zealand allrounder some time at the crease and he looked to be settling well as the innings wore on.

Mumbai's opponents on Sunday, Delhi Daredevils, are facing starting troubles of their own in spite of a complete revamp of the squad after last year's drubbing. Their problem of poor starts was resolved to some extent by the pair of Quinton de Kock and M Vijay, but they have been dragged down by death bowling (exacerbated by the injury to Nathan Coulter-Nile) and the failure of their spinners. Rahul Sharma was sidelined after the first game and Shahbaaz Nadeem has already given away 114 runs at an economy rate of 9. At this stage, the best spinner in the Daredevils line-up is JP Duminy.

Players to watch

Mumbai Indians will wonder how long they ought to persist with their combination of foreign batsmen and whether they should bring in a like-for-like replacement for Michael Hussey with Ben Dunk or bolster the bowling with either Krishmar Santokie or Josh Hazlewood. At this point, Dunk may be a better option. The left-handed batsman had a breakout season in the recent Big Bash League, scoring 395 runs in 10 games to finish as the highest run-getter in the league. Moreover, a large chunk of those runs came while opening the batting for Hobart Hurricanes.

Kevin Pietersen said that one of the reasons for the four-run loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad was a sluggish start in the first six overs. In a tall chase a couple of quiet overs can change the game but Daredevils must also consider how they use JP Duminy who has shown form in this IPL. A floating role in the middle order may be the way to go for Daredevils until Pietersen and Dinesh Karthik find form and consistency.

Stats and trivia

  • Daredevils batsmen have scored the most ducks in the IPL - 70. Mumbai Indians are a close second on 65.
  • 6-6: The record in matches between Mumbai and Daredevils
  • Mumbai's best win in terms of runs has come against Daredevils, after they defeated them by 98 runs in 2010.

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo