Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2014, Sharjah April 27, 2014

Daredevils keep Mumbai winless

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Delhi Daredevils 126 for 4 (Vijay 40, Malinga 2-17) beat Mumbai Indians 125 for 6 (Pollard 33*, Unadkat 2-29) by six wickets
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Butcher: Mumbai have too many old players for T20

Mumbai Indians have John Wright as their head coach, Anil Kumble as their team mentor, Jonty Rhodes as fielding coach, Sachin Tendulkar as an 'icon' and Robin Singh as assistant coach. Ricky Ponting was added to that list of illustrious names today, joining as an advisor. The expansion of the brains trust didn't result in a change in fortunes, as Mumbai went down for their fourth defeat in a row after their batting misfired yet again.

Delhi Daredevils may not have any superstar in their bowling ranks, but they combined to stifle Mumbai on a slow surface in Sharjah. Mumbai scores so far in this tournament have been 122 for 7, 115 for 9 and 141 for 7. To that sorry list, they added 125 for 6 today, again giving their bowlers too little to work with.

Things didn't go according to plan right from the start for Mumbai. The plan to push Rohit Sharma to the top of the order in place of the struggling Michael Hussey didn't work as Rohit was run-out by a Mohammed Shami direct hit in the second over. The ploy to have allrounder Corey Anderson at No. 3 seemed to be working a touch better as he hit two muscular boundaries, before finding man in the deep. Aditya Tare had already done the same.

Ambati Rayudu, an influential member for Mumbai in recent seasons, couldn't make an impact this time, poking around for a 21-ball 14. Perhaps the biggest surprise in the Mumbai batting has been the absent form of the ultra-consistent Michael Hussey, who had another forgettable outing before being undone by a slower yorker from Jaydev Unadkat. Perhaps the time has come to drop Hussey.

CM Gautam played sweeps and reverse-sweeps to make an enterprising 18-ball 22 and Kieron Pollard overcame a slow start to unleash a couple of monster sixes and lift Mumbai's run-rate above six.

Daredevils' spinners have been one of their weaknesses this season, but Shahbaz Nadeem and JP Duminy proved hard to get away on the sluggish pitch where the ball didn't come on to the bat. The lack of pace worked for medium-pacer Laxmi Shukla as well, and he troubled Pollard in particular.

Daredevils have a formidable top five, and the target of 126 was never going to be a problem unless there were plenty of early wickets. The openers, Quinton de Kock and M Vijay, provided a steady start with Vijay going on to top score with 40. Hussey took a stunner at point to dismiss de Kock, Lasith Malinga got rid of the in-form JP Duminy, and though there were a few anxious moments for Daredevils, Mumbai never really looked like posing a serious challenge. It gave Daredevils their second win in five matches so far.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY krishna34 on | April 29, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Auctions were the best part of the IPL 2014. By placing limits on the number of players who could be retained and by having a salary cap (60 cr), this edition could be the best ever.

    There was a salary cap of 60 crores. So with every player retained the salary cap reduces by a predetermined amount - thereby reducing that team's capacity to buy back players. So in simple terms, teams that retained 5 players had less money to spend on the auctions and teams that retained 3 players had more money to spend.

    The idea was to make IPL more competitive like the NBA where they have a DRAFT POLICY for local and foreign players. No wonder the NBA is a highly regarded sports competition.

    No point in the blaming the auctions as they were the same for every team. The MI batsmen need to step up their game. Hussey needs to become Mr.Consistent again. Rohith needs better form. Pollard needs to live up to his monstrous image.

    IPL AUCTIONS WERE TOTALLY FAIR AND IS THE BEST WAY FORWARD!!!

  • POSTED BY MADHUR.KHOSLA on | April 29, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    @ramz30380. I agree that MI benched Maxwell for majority of their matches last year but that was because the team was winning and the 4 overseas players were doing their job well. MI's playing XI of last year was very strong and they couldn't accommodate Maxwell...plain simple.....this doesn't mean that Maxwell was being wasted ....no point in critising the management just for the sake of it. And the bottom line is that AUCTIONS ARE UNFAIR TO THE STRONGER TEAMS!!

  • POSTED BY JoshFromJamRock on | April 28, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    Why can't the other teams be like Chennai? They pick players based on what they offer to the balance of the team and their ability to turn a match on their own. I believe IPL teams need no more than six overseas players. This six should be made up with two openers, one top order batsman, one allrounder and two quality seam bowlers. If eight are chosen, let two be young lads who have the talent and are willing to give their best when needed albeit unlikely.

    Chennai no doubt has got this right with BMac & Smith (openers), Faf (top order bat), Bravo (batting allrounder) and Hilfy&Hastings (seam bowlers with batting potential). Badree and Henry are quite unfortunate as the former isn't needed with so many spinners (Raina, Jadeja & Ashwin)already present, while the latter is a 2nd back up for Hilfy after Hastings, but at least he's young with lots of talent.

    Apart from Badree selection (which was an excellent bargain), Chennai's auction team and management got it right once again.

  • POSTED BY krishna34 on | April 28, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    @Cricketfan11111, Please have a look at the IPL auction rules.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2014/content/story/703647.html

    Each team could only retain 5 players (limit for Indian players is 4 and overseas players is 2). So you could either retain 4 Indian players and 1 overseas player or 3 Indian players and 2 overseas players.

    There was a salary cap of 60 crores. So with every player retained the salary cap reduces by a predetermined amount - there by reducing that team's capacity to buy back players. So in simple terms, teams that retained 5 players had less money to spend on the auctions and teams that retained 3 players had more money to spend.

    These rules were made to ensure every team had an equal shot at the trophy. Because previously, CSK and MI had better teams than all the other teams in the IPL!!!

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 28, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    @MADHUR.KHOSLA - I disagree with you mate, one team cannot flex its muscles over the others because they can use their money power and buy all players in the auction. Last season they spent more on Maxie but benched him for most of the matches - so whts the point in buying players and benching them - a dog in the manger situation!

    Applying some sense was wht was needed and Im sorry to say tht the think tank of MI did not do tht! If u had noticed in all teams the coach, mentor was given all freedom to choose players, but I am not so sure abt the same in the MI dugout!

    Why did they retain Bajji, Rayudu and Ojha? Emotional decisions did them in! They cud have bid for Vijay than Hussey, why did they falter there. If MI are bad in an equal stage auction, then it is clear tht there is something very wrong with their management!

    There were restrictions on retaining foreign players to 2 & thts why Mumbai let go, if they cud have had everyone they never wud have let go a MJ or a Maxwell.

  • POSTED BY MADHUR.KHOSLA on | April 28, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    @karthikeyan.thandavamoorthy... Nice team that you have suggested

  • POSTED BY MADHUR.KHOSLA on | April 28, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    @MrCricketJknothussey. My friend IPL is as much about cricket as it is about commercial interests....if poorer owner can't afford good players then I guess it is their problem...this tournament is highly competively and not a friendly one where we need to favour poorer teams so that they can compete better. It is all about winning at all costs ...Asking stronger teams to give up even one of their players is not done...If there has to be an auction then there should not be any restriction on the amount of money that can be spent.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Change playing XI of Mumbai to stay in this tournament. Do no what John, Kumble, Sachin, Robin,Jonty, Pointing doing? Totally moral down. Not only batting is bad, fielding also not up to the mark. Most guys are 30+ so no motivation and no self belief overall. Bowling of Zaheer, Harbhajan, Ojha is like secondary attack because of lack of international practice and age factor. Rest Hussey, Ojha and replace with Ben Dunk and Indian player in bench - Jalaj Saxena. Batting order need to change. Probs Mum XI: 1. Gautam 2. Ben Dunk 3. Rohit 4. Anderson 5. Rayadu 6. Pollard 7. Tare 8. Saxena 9.Harbhajan 10. Zaheer 11. Malinga.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 28, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    @MADHUR.KHOSLA A lot of people complained about the auction right after it happened. Hussey's form was under scrutiny since without regular international cricket, greats such as Gilchrist and Tendulkar have all failed. MI banked hard on unproven players like Anderson and nobody really said they were good buys while everyone praised CSK for nabbing Smith. Also, this auction has been a great equalizer and it was necessary. All teams no look much more even. Over the past few years, the strong teams like MI have picked up the best players because they could and benched them like Maxwell. Thus, poorer teams like KXIP could not do well as most of the players were warming benches. This year has been much more exciting and the limited budget at the auction really separated the mindless spenders (MI) from the intelligent buyers (KXIP, CSK, RR...pretty much everyone else). This auction was needed because the teams had to be balanced out. MI failed to keep up with the others, so its their fault.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    2013-14 Big Bash League Dunk named BBL's Player of the Tournament for scoring (395) runs.dunk desrves to be in playing xl for mumbai indians.

  • POSTED BY krishna34 on | April 29, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Auctions were the best part of the IPL 2014. By placing limits on the number of players who could be retained and by having a salary cap (60 cr), this edition could be the best ever.

    There was a salary cap of 60 crores. So with every player retained the salary cap reduces by a predetermined amount - thereby reducing that team's capacity to buy back players. So in simple terms, teams that retained 5 players had less money to spend on the auctions and teams that retained 3 players had more money to spend.

    The idea was to make IPL more competitive like the NBA where they have a DRAFT POLICY for local and foreign players. No wonder the NBA is a highly regarded sports competition.

    No point in the blaming the auctions as they were the same for every team. The MI batsmen need to step up their game. Hussey needs to become Mr.Consistent again. Rohith needs better form. Pollard needs to live up to his monstrous image.

    IPL AUCTIONS WERE TOTALLY FAIR AND IS THE BEST WAY FORWARD!!!

  • POSTED BY MADHUR.KHOSLA on | April 29, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    @ramz30380. I agree that MI benched Maxwell for majority of their matches last year but that was because the team was winning and the 4 overseas players were doing their job well. MI's playing XI of last year was very strong and they couldn't accommodate Maxwell...plain simple.....this doesn't mean that Maxwell was being wasted ....no point in critising the management just for the sake of it. And the bottom line is that AUCTIONS ARE UNFAIR TO THE STRONGER TEAMS!!

  • POSTED BY JoshFromJamRock on | April 28, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    Why can't the other teams be like Chennai? They pick players based on what they offer to the balance of the team and their ability to turn a match on their own. I believe IPL teams need no more than six overseas players. This six should be made up with two openers, one top order batsman, one allrounder and two quality seam bowlers. If eight are chosen, let two be young lads who have the talent and are willing to give their best when needed albeit unlikely.

    Chennai no doubt has got this right with BMac & Smith (openers), Faf (top order bat), Bravo (batting allrounder) and Hilfy&Hastings (seam bowlers with batting potential). Badree and Henry are quite unfortunate as the former isn't needed with so many spinners (Raina, Jadeja & Ashwin)already present, while the latter is a 2nd back up for Hilfy after Hastings, but at least he's young with lots of talent.

    Apart from Badree selection (which was an excellent bargain), Chennai's auction team and management got it right once again.

  • POSTED BY krishna34 on | April 28, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    @Cricketfan11111, Please have a look at the IPL auction rules.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2014/content/story/703647.html

    Each team could only retain 5 players (limit for Indian players is 4 and overseas players is 2). So you could either retain 4 Indian players and 1 overseas player or 3 Indian players and 2 overseas players.

    There was a salary cap of 60 crores. So with every player retained the salary cap reduces by a predetermined amount - there by reducing that team's capacity to buy back players. So in simple terms, teams that retained 5 players had less money to spend on the auctions and teams that retained 3 players had more money to spend.

    These rules were made to ensure every team had an equal shot at the trophy. Because previously, CSK and MI had better teams than all the other teams in the IPL!!!

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 28, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    @MADHUR.KHOSLA - I disagree with you mate, one team cannot flex its muscles over the others because they can use their money power and buy all players in the auction. Last season they spent more on Maxie but benched him for most of the matches - so whts the point in buying players and benching them - a dog in the manger situation!

    Applying some sense was wht was needed and Im sorry to say tht the think tank of MI did not do tht! If u had noticed in all teams the coach, mentor was given all freedom to choose players, but I am not so sure abt the same in the MI dugout!

    Why did they retain Bajji, Rayudu and Ojha? Emotional decisions did them in! They cud have bid for Vijay than Hussey, why did they falter there. If MI are bad in an equal stage auction, then it is clear tht there is something very wrong with their management!

    There were restrictions on retaining foreign players to 2 & thts why Mumbai let go, if they cud have had everyone they never wud have let go a MJ or a Maxwell.

  • POSTED BY MADHUR.KHOSLA on | April 28, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    @karthikeyan.thandavamoorthy... Nice team that you have suggested

  • POSTED BY MADHUR.KHOSLA on | April 28, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    @MrCricketJknothussey. My friend IPL is as much about cricket as it is about commercial interests....if poorer owner can't afford good players then I guess it is their problem...this tournament is highly competively and not a friendly one where we need to favour poorer teams so that they can compete better. It is all about winning at all costs ...Asking stronger teams to give up even one of their players is not done...If there has to be an auction then there should not be any restriction on the amount of money that can be spent.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Change playing XI of Mumbai to stay in this tournament. Do no what John, Kumble, Sachin, Robin,Jonty, Pointing doing? Totally moral down. Not only batting is bad, fielding also not up to the mark. Most guys are 30+ so no motivation and no self belief overall. Bowling of Zaheer, Harbhajan, Ojha is like secondary attack because of lack of international practice and age factor. Rest Hussey, Ojha and replace with Ben Dunk and Indian player in bench - Jalaj Saxena. Batting order need to change. Probs Mum XI: 1. Gautam 2. Ben Dunk 3. Rohit 4. Anderson 5. Rayadu 6. Pollard 7. Tare 8. Saxena 9.Harbhajan 10. Zaheer 11. Malinga.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 28, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    @MADHUR.KHOSLA A lot of people complained about the auction right after it happened. Hussey's form was under scrutiny since without regular international cricket, greats such as Gilchrist and Tendulkar have all failed. MI banked hard on unproven players like Anderson and nobody really said they were good buys while everyone praised CSK for nabbing Smith. Also, this auction has been a great equalizer and it was necessary. All teams no look much more even. Over the past few years, the strong teams like MI have picked up the best players because they could and benched them like Maxwell. Thus, poorer teams like KXIP could not do well as most of the players were warming benches. This year has been much more exciting and the limited budget at the auction really separated the mindless spenders (MI) from the intelligent buyers (KXIP, CSK, RR...pretty much everyone else). This auction was needed because the teams had to be balanced out. MI failed to keep up with the others, so its their fault.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    2013-14 Big Bash League Dunk named BBL's Player of the Tournament for scoring (395) runs.dunk desrves to be in playing xl for mumbai indians.

  • POSTED BY VIkrant_V on | April 28, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    There was no restriction on overseas players in retention, but one could have kept maximum four indian capped players. Why many of you are saying MI could kept only two foreigners, thats abslty false. There is no way that MI think tank has not made the biggest blunder of all time. What were they thinking by- letting go maxwell, johnson, D smith, D karthik and keeping Harbhajan, Rayudu and Ojha (by RTM card). You seriously think these seven decisions are right and you will defend the title? Being MI fan, completely heartbroken and sadly have to say they deserve it. Cricinfo pls publish it

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    MI ..Please change ur playing XI for next match.....Ben Dunk should be in for Mike Hussey....

  • POSTED BY MADHUR.KHOSLA on | April 28, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    @Ashwin Kumar for your kind knowledge MI selected 4 foreign fast bowlers including Malinga because they need backup for him as he wont be available for the final stages of IPL....makes perfect sense to me

  • POSTED BY MADHUR.KHOSLA on | April 28, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    To the person addressing to me, MI selected 4 foreign fast bowlers including Malinga because they needed backup for him as he wont be available for the final stages of the IPL...makes perfect sense to me

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 28, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    who on earth told tat ppl never spoke abt mi not retaining Dwayne or a Mitch... get Ur facts right Mr madhur... the analysts always kept saying it was a gamble to let go off these 2. and where had the mi so called think tank left its brain?? cricketing minds badly failed there... no sensibility in their buys... go check their overseas lists... 4 foreign fast bowlers including malinga ... what's the use... can they replace a struggling mike or Corey now... the mi team failed overall in the auctions and let them pay the price...

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Don't knw guys wht i shld comment.... but the 4th match has some positive tht i see..... hussey's rejoice after the stunning catch ..the smile tht we used to see having a confidence in it..... Pollard's performance...as a starter for the rest of the show....and he maintained calmness...to make the score above 100 and hit.... to be precise he made the best with available balls.... gautam...has also shwn sme batting...... on bowling....thy had shwn a team effort..catching dumini and dinesh....

    I hope from all these....we ca epect some good consecutve wins...... Regarding Maxwell..i hope MI released bcoz last year Maxwell was gven 2/3 chance and he didnt shine well..... It's reallyour bad luck.....

    Let's expect the best.....

  • POSTED BY avani on | April 28, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    K Jadav looks promising for DD. He came in in a bit pressure situation but batted very sensibly. He not only hit odd boundaries but nudged the balls for singles in between to keep the score board ticking. Faced Malinga confidently. Very cool guy who can be relied upon. DD please take note and nurture this guy.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | April 28, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    MI has a habit of buying older players and young ,untested players. They bought Jayasuria who was a success. Then Andrew Symonds who wasn't used much. Now Hussey ,the orange cap holder of last season, but looks out of form this season. Yongster Levi was a one hit wonder. Corey Anderson looks promising but need more experience to be consistant.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Butcher says: Mumbai have too many old players for T20.

    I have a suggestion. MI can immediately hire two of them as additional coaches. Zaheer as a swinging coach, and Bhajji as a off-spinning one! (Kumble is already there as a leg-spinning coach). One day or the other, MI will hire these two, for boosting their "Coaching Collection". Then, why not now?

  • POSTED BY ramli on | April 28, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    DD were supposed to be the whipping boys ... it seems that they have handed the baton to MI this year ... superstars can bring advertising revenue to the franchise all the time but not necessarily the wins ... but there is still HOPE

  • POSTED BY MADHUR.KHOSLA on | April 28, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Very easy to say MI should have retained Smith,maxwell,etc after watching their good performances...where were these advisors at the time of Auction. Nobody said that hussey shouldn't have been bought at that time.

    This whole auction process is unfair to the stronger teams of last year. I am an MI fan and I dont understand why we have to release all our foreign players except two. If teams like Kings XI and DD want to build a new team, they can release all their players and buy new players from various other T20 leagues who are not a part of any Ipl team. Why should they grab players from good teams like MI who have already gelled together.

    It is said that auctions are done to make IPL interesting and fair for all. On the contrary holding Auctions will always be unfair to stronger teams as they will lose out some of their better players against their wish. There should only be player transfers...Teams that are unhappy with a couple of their players may sell them to others

  • POSTED BY SouthPaw on | April 28, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Mumbai has to get rid of the deadwood like Zaheer Khan, Bhajji Singh, Robin Singh and Rahul Singhvi. They also need to drop Pollard and Hussey for a couple of games. Most importantly, they need to have a talk with the captain because his laissez faire attitude (his run out is a classic example of this) is being transferred from personal to the team.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | April 28, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    @krishna34, I don't think there are any limits to the number of foreign players being retained. Only for Indian players there is a limit: maximum 4. MI could infact have retained all of Polard, Malinga,Maxwell, Smith and Johnson and let go of all their indian players so to speak.

    Auction rules are same for every body. CSK bought back Faf and MSharma. They had to let go Hussey, Albie and Vijay who served them well in the past. New acquisitions Smith and Brendon pairing has been a treat to watch for the CSK fans so far.

  • POSTED BY rajkirp on | April 28, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Can somebody really explain what is the individual role of each of these John Wright, Robin Singh, Anil Kumble, Sachin Tendulkar, Jonty Rhodes and now Ricky Ponting in MI? Like what does Anil Kumble do that Sachin Tendulkar does not and vice versa. What does Robin Singh do that Jonty Rhode does not.

    Ultimately, MI should realise too much advise from non-players is more likely to confuse the players rather than bring in victories.

  • POSTED BY mayuresh11 on | April 28, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    poor selection of team in auction hussy zaher oza with the saw card the cost would be even less if they had purchased partiv patel, sehwag, maxwell, chahal

    line up would be patel sehwag raidu rohit maxwel polard malinga bhaji chahal & still 2 bowler we can add out of it 1 international spinner or fast bowler who and 1 indian all rounder local talent.

  • POSTED BY PhilioXI on | April 28, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Even Gambhir opened his account. When will Mumbai Indians open their accunt?

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Mumbai must drop Tare, Hussey, Ojha/Bhajji and Gautam to get in Sushant Marathe, Ben Dunk, Shreyas Gopal and Jalaj Saxena....

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | April 28, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    Having sachin, kumble, rohdes, ponting and robin in the support staff wont win you the game on the ground. Keeping your matchwinners from last year does. When MI let go Dinesh Karthik, Dwane Smith, Maxwell, Johnson etc, the core of last year's winning team left the team. Now mumbai batting is led by an out of form NoHIT Shama and a wannabe Rayudu. And for the slog overs they are left with a recovering from injury Pollard. But they keep on spending on support staff. May be trying to emulate the Rajastan formula. But RR start from the basics, not halfway through the tournament.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 28, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    Judge: Do you want to stay with your mom? Child: No. She beats me. Judge: Then do you want to stay with your dad? Child: No. He beats me too. Judge: Do you want to stay with your grandparents? Child: No, they also beat me. Judge: Ok. So do you want to stay with your uncle? Child: No. They beat me too Judge: Ok. So tell me who you want to stay with? Child: I want to stay with Mumbai Indians.

    They dont beat anybody????

  • POSTED BY xylo on | April 27, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    One good thing about the MI squad is that they do not have Sachin Tendulkar in it. If not, the results could have been worse!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    my message to the Mumbai Indians is to drop Hussey no matter how good he played last season he isn't continuing his amazing form from last year. Select Ben Dunk he is a class act which was shown in the BBL and will have success in the ipl

  • POSTED BY cricpanther on | April 27, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    If Mumbai Indian wants to bounce back, Throw completely out Anil Kumble from franchise. When Sachin was there, he can not do any wrong, but now he is least bother and complete wrong auction he has done, which franchise owner can not see and come to know once mumbai will be out of the tournament!! Give all rights to Ricky Ponting, also pressurize Rohit to give his own performance and strict warning to rayadu!! If possible change the captain and appoint Pollard as new captain!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    MI should include Sachin, Ponting, Kumble, Robin.. Actually they should play their support staff in place of their playing XI... it seems their support staff is much capable of winning matches for them.

  • POSTED BY krishna34 on | April 27, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    MI fans need to understand that only 5 players could be retained at the auction. The maximum number of overseas players that could be retained was 2 players. There was absolutely no way that they could've retained Johnson and Dwayne Smith. They chose Rohit, Harbhajan, Rayudu - local players and Malinga, Pollard - overseas players.

    Every team had to make that difficult choice of letting go match winners. Just imagine mighty CSK had to let go of Hussey, Morkel, Bailey, Southee and Murali Vijay. Everyone with the exception of Hussey seem to have an exceptional tournament with their new teams this IPL.

    The problem is that MI depend on their overseas players to win matches. For the most consistent team - CSK - it is the other way around. Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin and Mohit Sharma are the members of the Indian contingent that have made a huge impact in the IPL.

    T20 cricket is about having the right balance in your team and not just superstar names!!!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 27, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    All I can say is Mumbai are useless. They will probably go winless in this IPL which will be a shame to all their fans. What a bunch of clueless players, support staff and owner (Neeta Ambani). Poor decisions made at the auction table with old school thinking and planning. T20 is a game of instinct and street-smart thinking. We don't need boring test cricket ideas or principles here. Clearly Hussey is no Dwayne Smith and Corey Anderson is no Glenn Maxwell. Hahaha !

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Mubai made a tragic mistake at the auction and it is affecting them and that is evident of their on field performance. The champion should know that the others teams were going to come after their players to break up their unit. water under the bridge but the core was smith pollard shama malinga johnson which they never retain. The solution of the problem is the batting line up sharma must bat with hussey give him confident ryadu in next, i would use santokie runs win matches but wicket win u championship which MI forget how they won the titles last year. Dehli seems to work out their batting line up, which will be key to their season. still think their bowling is a little weak but with the changes KP trump up will always be effective. MI cant afford to loose the next two game else that is the season for them. Happy hunting but MI must look at other players in their squad instead of big name

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 27, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    problem in UAE is no one know how the pitch is going to behave,even if u win toss you will loose a game. IPL should be played in india only where players knows the pitch conditions better. Feels for mumbai indians but they are themsekves to blame fir not retaining players like smith,maxwell,rishi dhawan and for retaining raydu..they could havd taken karthik in his place.

  • POSTED BY ksquared on | April 27, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Batting again is MIs downfall they have let go most of their batting talent and now don't have anyone to fall back to. Hussey looks very very rusty and bringing in Anderson looks to be a blunder as he has no clue playing under low slow conditions. They should bring in Ben Dunk for either Hussey or Anderson. Still they are a batsman short they should have retained one or bought a top order batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Aditya Tare needs to be dropped or shifted down the order !!!

  • POSTED BY reshav.chandan on | April 27, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    These are the Players who belongs to Mumbai Indians but now playing for another team. Glenn Maxwell, Jp Duminy, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Saurabh Tiwary, Yuzvendra Chahal, Akshar Patel, Suryakumar Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Manish Pandey

    Based on this year Performance Having a great team though..

  • POSTED BY reshav.chandan on | April 27, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Mumbai badly misses Dwayne smith, most reliable prospect of their ipl triumph. it's good for Chennai having the most dangerous opening pair Smith and Baz. Mumbai Bought Hussey and chennai goes for Smith.. and the luck is in the favour of Chennai.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Big disoppointment as MI is still havent opened its account. The main players which Mumbai banked, Hussey, Anderson & Pollard are consistantly going out of form. Pollard slowely growing his confidence. We may see better and old Pollard in next matches. Lets hope for the best. I think Hussey is prooving big questionmark for MI think tank. Like Ponting last year MI should take bold decision to replace Hussey and bring another Aussi player sitting on bench. Still MI has very much chance in this IPL. Rohit Sharma rightely came as opener today but badluck for as him got runout. Anderson, Rohit & Pollard, all these batsmen needs to take initiatives as early possible. Time is slowley running out for MI. Still its not that much serious but in a match or two it will get serious. Rohit Sharma has to lead from front as last year. A very good chance for him to proove himself a good leader. Otherwise crtics are just preparing themselves to pass the comment, last years Rohits performance was a fluck

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Pathetic Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh have made India win loads of matches in the past and are bowling well even in this tournament .You cannot expect them to win matches if we post 125 like totals .Harbhajan got 22 wickets last IPL which was more than any other indian spinner apart from Imishra I think .Yes we are going to have a lot of trouble this IPL .In first IPL we lost four on a trot in the beggining but won six on a trot after that .The same although highly unlikely can happen .Pollard R sharma Anderson Rayadu have shown glimpses .Get in dunk for hussey .Dont change Gautam he is good .

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | April 27, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    This Corey Anderson is overrated. His bowling is normal or below and batting is inconsistent. Clueless when the ball is spinning. Mumbai should've brought quality experience foreign players instead otherwise they wouldn't have been doing so poorly so far. This NZ side cannot even win the plate championship lol

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 27, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    @ Hussain Kurawadwala - Ur right mate, I am a Mumbai fan too, but thouroughly disapponited. I thought today they will put up a fight and win it against the DDs. Dismal performance, I cudnt digest it mate, just because we love a team, it is not necessary that we have to be blind to their short comings.

    Imagine, Malinga will leave after this UAE leg, wht will happen to the bowling then?! Santokie is nowhere near the quality of Malinga.... I seriously did think tht MI shud make the most when he is available for them, but they have just gone about doing the opposite!

    Complete brain freeze by Rohit while attempting tht run! There was only one thing right this game - their batting order! Apart from tht nothing came thru. Whts the point in having Kumble, Sachin, Ponting,Wright, Rhodes & Robin Singh when u cant get ur combination right??! These legends cant play the match, the ones on the field were just not there! If this continues, I wont be surprised if they get the wooden spoon this yr!

  • POSTED BY prakash_mishra on | April 27, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Oh How terribly can a team go down in terms of impact that it created in last 4 seasons. After first two season Mumbai Indians had become a formidable unit, but this season they made a huge mistake while retaining players and could not get hold of better players during auction. They did let go of Johnson, Maxwell, Smith, R. Dhawan, D.Karthik ho were important players last season. Now what they are left with is a depleted unit with no proper replacement and problem is they don't have much bench strength either. This time around they will finish last in the IPL and nobody can help it. They have a pathetic batting line up and a horrible bowling line up. If you feel likes of Pathetic Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh can win you IPL, Please get a Psychiatric evaluation, team management. the only thing they can do is look and buy some players in the middle of the season and hope to save their team. Please play anyone but not Zaheer Khan, Bhaji, Hussey, rayadu and Tare

  • POSTED BY PadMarley on | April 27, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Looks like Malinga is the only reliable player among all the other unreliable players of MI! He must be feeling like, damn! I wish I was not retained and bought by someone else!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Mumbai lacks the confidence in the batting as it is seen in their body language today... But as an MI fan u cannot rule them out they can make miracles as they have potential players who can do it......Come on MI

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | April 27, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Rohit Sharma bowling that second over clarifies all my doubts on why Mumbai is not performing well this season. If you want to give respect to Hussey just build a temple for him in you backyard, don't choose playing him as a way of worship. Opening with Rohit sharma is the second worst decision which will never workout. Lost hopes on MI, moving over to CSK.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    mi batting needs to click otherwise they are gone.. bowling is OK but they should be given enough runs to defend

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Sloppy,bad,worse,full of pathetic selections. What more can i say?MI r going from bad to worse. Good comeback by DD though. Bowling has improved. Hoping they continue theipr good form.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    @ramz30380 MI have been the second most consistent team in IPL .Shiw some respect

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | April 27, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    All of a sudden what happened to the holding Champions is a mystery.Mumbai a shadow team of Sachin is facing disaster.Perhaps the lack of a proper leader to guide them in the absence of Sachin.Pollard is also not in form at present. After having lost all the matches until now,it is to be a matter of speculation whether the rejoining go Ponting coi\uld solve the problem for Mumbai. Even if it does ,the possibility of retaining the title seems to be a very tuff job for Ricky Ponting also. Last season the performance of Ponting was not very encouraging.If Sachin also returns after a lot of pleadings from the team,perhaps,they could still make a gambling. but with the tremendous performance from Mohali T20 Team in which MAXMILLS are in extraordinary form with able support fem Chownarine,the fate of Mumbai hangs in balance.

    Malinga too looks out of form even in th final overs of the match where he used to excel.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | April 27, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    DD got their batting order right in this match. KP and Duminy can switch places in the future matches depending on the form. Well done DD. MI's struggle continues. But don't write them off yet. They have lots of quality players.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Bad captaincy by the mi's captain rohit sharma,so the successive result doesN't come out in mi fever according to me this is very hard season for mumbai indians. anyway good luck mumbai indians #aniket

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 27, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Mumbai en route to claiming the wooden spoon this season.... sad, pathetic and completley dissappointed... 4 out of 4 - this shud be their worst performance in quiet a while....

    Champs last yr and hitting the bottom this year. This is why CSK is regarded as the best team across seasons as they have been the only team to consistently be right up there! Its easy coming to the top but consistently staying there is quiet something!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    still winless!!! i guess its gonna be a tough fight for the wooden spoon btwn mi vs srh vs dd

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    ok can someone please tell me why k.santokie not play as yet?this guy along side malinga can do wonders ,thats 8 overs in the bag for MI ,they will take wickets plus reduce the run rate .come guys yall try it and see the out come .

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 27, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    It will be a wonder of the world if MI win a single game in this IPL. With only malinga,harbhajsn as world class bowler and only rohit sharma,pollard as class batsmen..you can nit compete with only 4 good players in your side. They let go 6 players who were instrumental in winning performances in last 3 yrs. They let go-smith,maxwell,johnson,rishi dhawan,dhawal kulkarni,dinesh karthik. Bought-hussey,anderson and zaheer khan. Can ambani, sachin,john write,kumble,ponting explains what made them to do so ,what is the logic behind this.So many MI supporters are disappointed..even commentaters are asking same question.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Delhi had made a good step as dropping Tiwary and placing Jadav

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    good to see gautam bat well.... guess its time to try the guy at the opener s slot ... gautam/ dunk/ Anderson/ rohit/ pollard/ rayudu/ tare/ harbhajan/ zaheer/ ojha/ santokie

  • POSTED BY aravind077 on | April 27, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    mumbai will wi today if they make 125+

  • POSTED BY cvenka on | April 27, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    I am very much surprised with MI going on with the same team inspite of losing 3 in a row with the same players. logic defying! but another way of thinking is there is no classic batsmen in the side other than rohit. hussey seems to be a spent force & rayudu not learning even after n number of chances given to him. Whoever selected players in the auction need to be condemned...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 27, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Its the final chance for hussey n pollard to prove there metal who ever fails today ahd b replaced by k santokie n try to play an indian batsmen in middle order my team wud b ( tare,rohit,rayudu,c anderson,hussey or pollard,c gautam,bhajji,malinga,zaheer,santokie, Ojha)

  • POSTED BY Venkatesh0718 on | April 27, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    MI is looking very poor even compared to DD and Pune of 2013 IPL who were playing well but unable to post victory.MI is not at all playing well forget about winning the game

  • POSTED BY varada59 on | April 27, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Duminy's economical bowling makes him the most valuable player for Delhi.The advisors,coaches,mentors and icons may not save Mumbai unless the players are self motivated.Mumbai owners and talent hunters are to be blamed for the performance so far.Instead of main contenders for the cup they are languishing at the bottom of the table.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 27, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    i think MI should leave this yr IPL and let other good 7 teams compete ,they do not have a team to compete at all. May score 100 only in thus game today.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    MI is the bad team of i p l

  • POSTED BY SatishTembey on | April 27, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Mumbai Indians lack confidence in batting, therefore it is difficult to set target. MI should have fielded first and should have change batting line-up based on score.

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

    Corey Anderson isn't sure what to do at the moment, why not play Ben Dunk? MI are crumbling from the top.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 27, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Bad condition of mumbai indians

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 27, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    MI to loose again. May score only 130-140

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  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 27, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    MI to loose again. May score only 130-140

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 27, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Bad condition of mumbai indians

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

    Corey Anderson isn't sure what to do at the moment, why not play Ben Dunk? MI are crumbling from the top.

  • POSTED BY SatishTembey on | April 27, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Mumbai Indians lack confidence in batting, therefore it is difficult to set target. MI should have fielded first and should have change batting line-up based on score.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    MI is the bad team of i p l

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 27, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    i think MI should leave this yr IPL and let other good 7 teams compete ,they do not have a team to compete at all. May score 100 only in thus game today.

  • POSTED BY varada59 on | April 27, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Duminy's economical bowling makes him the most valuable player for Delhi.The advisors,coaches,mentors and icons may not save Mumbai unless the players are self motivated.Mumbai owners and talent hunters are to be blamed for the performance so far.Instead of main contenders for the cup they are languishing at the bottom of the table.

  • POSTED BY Venkatesh0718 on | April 27, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    MI is looking very poor even compared to DD and Pune of 2013 IPL who were playing well but unable to post victory.MI is not at all playing well forget about winning the game

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 27, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Its the final chance for hussey n pollard to prove there metal who ever fails today ahd b replaced by k santokie n try to play an indian batsmen in middle order my team wud b ( tare,rohit,rayudu,c anderson,hussey or pollard,c gautam,bhajji,malinga,zaheer,santokie, Ojha)

  • POSTED BY cvenka on | April 27, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    I am very much surprised with MI going on with the same team inspite of losing 3 in a row with the same players. logic defying! but another way of thinking is there is no classic batsmen in the side other than rohit. hussey seems to be a spent force & rayudu not learning even after n number of chances given to him. Whoever selected players in the auction need to be condemned...