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  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    i guess its a nice move not to include an extra foreign bowler as it would have weaken the batting!!

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | May 6, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    @Gagg Really ? M.I problem is they have Indian accumulators like Rohit Tare and Raydu Hussey doesn't add to the balance of the team even if he performs what they need is someone who can go from ball 1 and give a quick start like Smith did for them giving momentum to the rest. Simmons has been a good T20 opener for years for Trinidad outperforming Dwayne Smith and last year in the first CPL he was top run scorer for Guyana before the finals so I don't know what you're talking about he's exactly what Mumbai need at the top to inject some adrenaline into this dead side that relies entirely on Pollard at the end to pull of miracles every game.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 6, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    MI's have a great challenge in putting a balanced XI on the field with ZAK's injury. They my need to expend 2 pros to make up the pace bowling- Malinga + De Lang/Santooki. This leaves them with just Pollard & Anderson as 2 other All rounder pros. Local seamers Bumrah/Suyal will be the third bowler + harbhajan the solo spinner. Gautam &Tare will be the WK candidates will have to play. Rest of the team is rather weak in batting with Rohit Sharma & Rayudu the only 2 experienced bats up front. The last spot is a toss up between Gopal & Ojha. So the entire team is rather weak & relies heavily on Pollard Anderson to be real all rounders. Hussey cannot find a spot because of bowling deficiencies require 2 Pros. as bowlers + 2 as all rounders. MI squad composition is unbalanced & egs the question what were the administrators thinking when they got rid of Maxwell & Johnson.RCB is well balanced strong team albeit little suspect in bowling. MI's best chance is to put up 200 & hope RCB collapse!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    MI may have the last chance to save the nominee of playoff against strong RCB

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    mumbai will lose. poor batting team

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    M I indians holds the home ground advange but don't forget gayle strom is coming soon it doesn't matter which opponents and ground ...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    toss will be important roll in this match. u won the toss and select the bowlling first.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Then what is the best possible solution? You have tried every possible combination yet you have failed, therefore leave this opening batsman dilemma and concentrate on the middle order. Another would be open with harbajan& rayadu. They get out early won't cost too much.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Hope MI win.... because well talented batsman there.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    my mi xi is 1.tare 2.c.gautam 3.Corey 4.rohit 5.rayudu 6.pollard 7.harbhajan 8.malinga 9.stankoie/hussey 10.suyal 11 ojha

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Mumbai has got the advantage of home and would win the match

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 6, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    BRUTALANALYST well if we are being Brutal then Simmons should thanks his lucky stars that someone payed more than a dollar for him. If anything Hussey should come back for Dunk as if he clicks then you have a base, he is proven, Simmons is not.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    today mi playing the better team and they r win this match

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | May 6, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    I'd play Simmons over any other of the overseas as opener or 3, he was in some great form v England in the series before World Cup looking much improved batsman and he will add a boost to Pollard's moral as fellow Trini. Pollard is clearly key to Mumbai turning there woes around and any boost to him should be considered most West Indians have really taken to Ipl and I don't see why Simmons wouldn't either just like Smith who was given opportunity about this same time halfway through last year after Mumbais poor start.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    to day mumbai win tha mach rohit make 75 ran

  • POSTED BY shockValue on | May 6, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    I have a feeling that Mumbai will pull this off against the odds

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    As Much as Gayle is an Important Player in this Lineup if he isn't 100% fit then he should rest every now and then so that he doesn't place too much stress on his back when Playing. RCB can't afford for him to aggravate his injury and be forced to withdraw. RCB need someone to rotate the strike up the top of the order and with Gayle's back hampering his running it is something that RCB might be just missing out on.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    when is malinga scheduled to fly to England for d odi series? He is d key for mumbai if they want to come in the reckoning for the playoff spot.

  • POSTED BY SamWintson92 on | May 6, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    My Teams:

    RCB XI: (A Morkel in for Russuow, Takawale in for Harshal) 1 Gayle 2 P Patel (WK) 3 Kohli (C) 4 De Villiers 5 Yuvraj 6 A Morkel 7 Takawale 8 Starc 9 Aaron 10 Dinda 11 Chahal.

    MI XI: (M Hussey in for Dunk, Suyal in for injured Zaheer) 1 M Hussey 2 C Gautam 3 Rayudu 4 Rohit (C) 5 Pollard 6 C Anderson 7 Tare (WK) 8 Harbhajan 9 Malinga 10 Bumrah 11 Suyal.

    Waiting for: GAYLE STORM & KOHLI VS MALINGA because Kohli does like the bowling of Malinga !

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Well this shall be a good game. Mumbai coming off a good win, and Bangalore also winning thanks to AB. Key men for Bangalore are Kohli, Gayle and AB. Key men for Mumbai are Pollard, Anderson and Malinga.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Like Corey Anderson, Ben Dunk needs time to get used to conditions outside, by giving him more game time It'll give him more experience and like Corey Anderson his results should start to improve. Hussey had four chances to cement his place in the team but he unable to do so. As for Zaheer Khan, they should go back to P.Ojha despite his torrid run, since they're back in India and his results should improve now that he is back in familiar conditions.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    other these teams can prosper only in home conditions..that is why there is a huge gap between these ordinary exams and the mighty csk

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | May 6, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Tare, Gautam, Corey, Rohit, Pollard, Simmons, Rayudu, Baaji, Malinga, S.Gopal, Pawan Suyal. This batting order will win matches easily for mumbai. Playing Pragyan ohja and micheal hussey will kill mumbai easily.

  • POSTED BY j4884 on | May 6, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Hope MI plays Pawan Suyal today. Suyal is an excellent prospect for India. Left arm pacer who bowls 140+ and can swing the ball back in to the right hander.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    mumbai Indians will easily lose. they have weak batting and pathetic bowling . only malinga is good. rcb are clear favorites

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    MI have a huge dilemma in choosing the team hope they get the balanced team and get the better out of the team to beat RCB..... And also Malinga leaving out on national duties , they need to test a foreign pacer to get into the groove as quickly as possible as they don't have the leisure of testing with players

  • POSTED BY apusumit on | May 6, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    If Virat & ABD can bring back the consistency they provide in ODIs, then RCB needs only 3 batters. Gayle is always amazing;always won 3/4 mantch single handed; if virat & ABD can do for 2 matches each then RCB easily qualifies for semis. But this has not happened last two times. ABD is brilliant in last game;action reply of last year of Steyn-hitting. He needs to play similar innings against others too.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    rohit sharma should go in as an opener instead of the very in experienced cm gautam

  • POSTED BY chethanshivram on | May 6, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    I think RCB has an upper edge both in batting and bowling as Zaheer is not in the playing eleven. Mumbai lacks indian pacer who can bowl at the death overs. So i think they need to go for an overseas pacer Merchant who can bat a bit. Still waiting for see GAYLESTORM. Hope i will find it today!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    same team plz mumbai. get the better of rcb......plz pollard and anderson ..fire in all the cylinders.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    i insist on going with ben dunk. you cant judge a batsman on two outings

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    mumbai must play pawan suyal in place of zak and hussey inplace of dunk.my team for today hussey,gautam,rayudu,rohit,corey,kp,tare,bhajji,malinga,bumrah,suyal

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Malinga will not be available during the later part of the tournament due to National duties. So this time it will be very difficult for the defending champions to make it to the last 4.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    hussey/ gautam/ rohit/ anderson/ pollard/ rayudu/ tare/ harbhajan/ ojha/ bumrah/ malinga

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 6, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    Malinga, Hussey, Pollard and Santokie. Then Rohit, Tare, Gautam, Rayudu, Bhajji, Bumrah and last slot for a batsman Marathe or Wankhede. Pollard, Rayudu and Rohit can be their 5th and bowl the 4 overs

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 6, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Look at the Indian pacers. With the exception of Bhuvi, all the big names like Zaheer, Ishant, Shami, Umesh Yadav have failed. The lesser mortals but oldies like Tambe, Bhatia, Balaji, Laxmi Shukla are doing well!

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    Rcb saved by the lady luck last match,would be eger to see their run machine first kholi back in form. Although we haven't seen enough of rosuoèe but surely his ability to hit the ball hard is admirable. For Mumbai I am afraid they still have serious batting issue and selection delima. Would be interesting game of cricket,with rcb having the upper hand,but don't forget wankhede the fortress of the mi.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    Hope to see Kohli's rampage against Malinga... Almost comparable to ABD's against Steyn...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Wanna see Virat go crazy while facing Malinga... Almost comparable to the ABD vs Steyn competition

  • POSTED BY xylo on | May 5, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Could we also add a section on the latest addition to MI's think tank?

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    i guess its a nice move not to include an extra foreign bowler as it would have weaken the batting!!

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | May 6, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    @Gagg Really ? M.I problem is they have Indian accumulators like Rohit Tare and Raydu Hussey doesn't add to the balance of the team even if he performs what they need is someone who can go from ball 1 and give a quick start like Smith did for them giving momentum to the rest. Simmons has been a good T20 opener for years for Trinidad outperforming Dwayne Smith and last year in the first CPL he was top run scorer for Guyana before the finals so I don't know what you're talking about he's exactly what Mumbai need at the top to inject some adrenaline into this dead side that relies entirely on Pollard at the end to pull of miracles every game.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 6, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    MI's have a great challenge in putting a balanced XI on the field with ZAK's injury. They my need to expend 2 pros to make up the pace bowling- Malinga + De Lang/Santooki. This leaves them with just Pollard & Anderson as 2 other All rounder pros. Local seamers Bumrah/Suyal will be the third bowler + harbhajan the solo spinner. Gautam &Tare will be the WK candidates will have to play. Rest of the team is rather weak in batting with Rohit Sharma & Rayudu the only 2 experienced bats up front. The last spot is a toss up between Gopal & Ojha. So the entire team is rather weak & relies heavily on Pollard Anderson to be real all rounders. Hussey cannot find a spot because of bowling deficiencies require 2 Pros. as bowlers + 2 as all rounders. MI squad composition is unbalanced & egs the question what were the administrators thinking when they got rid of Maxwell & Johnson.RCB is well balanced strong team albeit little suspect in bowling. MI's best chance is to put up 200 & hope RCB collapse!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    MI may have the last chance to save the nominee of playoff against strong RCB

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    mumbai will lose. poor batting team

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    M I indians holds the home ground advange but don't forget gayle strom is coming soon it doesn't matter which opponents and ground ...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    toss will be important roll in this match. u won the toss and select the bowlling first.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Then what is the best possible solution? You have tried every possible combination yet you have failed, therefore leave this opening batsman dilemma and concentrate on the middle order. Another would be open with harbajan& rayadu. They get out early won't cost too much.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Hope MI win.... because well talented batsman there.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    my mi xi is 1.tare 2.c.gautam 3.Corey 4.rohit 5.rayudu 6.pollard 7.harbhajan 8.malinga 9.stankoie/hussey 10.suyal 11 ojha

  • POSTED BY xylo on | May 5, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Could we also add a section on the latest addition to MI's think tank?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Wanna see Virat go crazy while facing Malinga... Almost comparable to the ABD vs Steyn competition

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    Hope to see Kohli's rampage against Malinga... Almost comparable to ABD's against Steyn...

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    Rcb saved by the lady luck last match,would be eger to see their run machine first kholi back in form. Although we haven't seen enough of rosuoèe but surely his ability to hit the ball hard is admirable. For Mumbai I am afraid they still have serious batting issue and selection delima. Would be interesting game of cricket,with rcb having the upper hand,but don't forget wankhede the fortress of the mi.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 6, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Look at the Indian pacers. With the exception of Bhuvi, all the big names like Zaheer, Ishant, Shami, Umesh Yadav have failed. The lesser mortals but oldies like Tambe, Bhatia, Balaji, Laxmi Shukla are doing well!

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 6, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    Malinga, Hussey, Pollard and Santokie. Then Rohit, Tare, Gautam, Rayudu, Bhajji, Bumrah and last slot for a batsman Marathe or Wankhede. Pollard, Rayudu and Rohit can be their 5th and bowl the 4 overs

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    hussey/ gautam/ rohit/ anderson/ pollard/ rayudu/ tare/ harbhajan/ ojha/ bumrah/ malinga

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Malinga will not be available during the later part of the tournament due to National duties. So this time it will be very difficult for the defending champions to make it to the last 4.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    mumbai must play pawan suyal in place of zak and hussey inplace of dunk.my team for today hussey,gautam,rayudu,rohit,corey,kp,tare,bhajji,malinga,bumrah,suyal

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    i insist on going with ben dunk. you cant judge a batsman on two outings

Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers, IPL 2014, Mumbai May 5, 2014

RCB hold slight edge against Mumbai

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Hattangadi: Mumbai should keep faith in Hussey

Match facts

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

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In their last meeting in Dubai, Royal Challengers Bangalore stomped all over an unsure Mumbai Indians, restricting the latter to 115 and then chasing it down with seven wickets to spare, despite being reduced to 17 for 3.

Both teams will meet on Tuesday at the Wankhede with similar wins in their previous games, wins that could easily have turned into defeats had it not been for individual performances and the teams are similar on many other counts, too. Mumbai and Royal Challengers have powerful line-ups on paper, but that potential has been inconsistent on the field, save for the odd knocks from their stars.

Bowlers from both sides have, given the opportunity, done well but have also found themselves defending a few sub-par totals. Royal Challengers bowlers, however, have had a better run than Mumbai, with the presence of genuine quicks in Mitchell Starc and Varun Aaron and a legspinner in Yuzvendra Chahal.

Mumbai are likely to face up to Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Co, but they will be sweating on the fitness of Zaheer Khan, who is undergoing a fitness assessment after he left the field in the game against Sunrisers clutching his shoulder; Rohit Sharma said the team would "miss" Zaheer, on the eve of the game, so the signs are not good for him. Mumbai have the option of replacing him with young left-arm pacer Pawan Suyal or leaving out Ben Dunk in favour of one of their foreign pacers, Marchant de Lange, Josh Hazlewood or Krishmar Santokie.

Form guide (most recent first)

Mumbai Indians: WLLLL
Royal Challengers Bangalore: WLLLW

Watch out for…

The Russian roulette that is Mumbai's opening slot. They've had three different opening pairs in their last three matches - four in the tournament - and are still searching for a start that betters the 24-run stand Michael Hussey and Aditya Tare put on against Kolkata Knight Riders in their opening game. If Ben Dunk does play, they may want to continue with him and CM Gautam at the start, for the simply luxury of stability if nothing else.

With its quick outfield, and a batsmen-friendly track, a few Royal Challengers batsmen will be looking to find their groove at the Wankhede. One of them is Chris Gayle, who's shown glimpses of his destructive batting in the brief 20s he's made at the crease. Gayle has 108 runs from three games at this ground and his return to runs will come as immense relief to Royal Challengers fans

Stats and trivia

  • Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli are the most successful pair in IPL, with 1436 partnership runs in 27 innings, which includes five century stands
  • Ambati Rayudu has the most runs against Royal Challengers from among the current Mumbai batsmen. In 10 games, he has 308 runs with two fifties at an average of 38.50

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo