Mumbai Indians v Super Kings, IPL 2014, Mumbai May 9, 2014

Super Kings look to set Mumbai record straight


Match facts

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

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They may be at opposite ends of the points table but Mumbai Indians will go into Saturday's match against Chennai Super Kings aware of one record - they are the team to have defeated Super Kings the most number of times in the IPL, nine out of 16 encounters. At the Wankhede, their IPL record against Super Kings stands 4-0. To top that off, Mumbai have won 10 successive IPL games at the ground.

While they would have come as immense confidence boosters, Mumbai's last two wins at home have only underlined how heavily reliant the batting is on Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard. The focus, though, will be on Mumbai's bowlers, fresh off having reined in Royal Challengers Bangalore. Harbhajan Singh had been economical through this tournament, but against Chris Gayle and co, he stepped up as the bowling leader Mumbai needed in the absence of Zaheer Khan. He and Lasith Malinga will have to take charge again - Praveen Kumar comes into the IPL with little cricket in recent months, and Jasprit Bumrah will be playing his first match against the formidable Super Kings.

It says something about the quality of your side when the world's best T20I bowler is warming the benches. It took an outrageous innings from Glenn Maxwell to halt Super Kings' six-match winning streak but on one of their worst days in the IPL, they also ended up scoring 187 for 6, despite the early loss of Dwayne Smith. Despite that failure, Smith will be a key player for them, with his familiarity of Mumbai's conditions and their bowling.

Form guide

Mumbai Indians: WWLLL
Chennai Super Kings: LWWWW

Where they stand

Mumbai Indians: 7th on the table with two wins in seven games
Chennai Super Kings: 2nd , with six wins in eight games

Previous encounter

In their match in Dubai, Brendon McCullum's unbeaten 71 set up Super Kings' chase of 142 after Mohit Sharma had dismantled Mumbai's batting with returns of 4 for 14. Rohit Sharma's 50 and Corey Anderson's 39 were the only substantial knocks in an otherwise average batting effort.

Watch out for

In the last three IPL seasons for Kings XI Punjab, Praveen Kumar picked up 31 wickets. In the lead-up to this IPL, he played seven limited overs matches in the 2013-14 domestic season and went unsold in the auction. His history of fitness and disciplinary issues is well documented but he has also stated in the past how important the IPL is in making a national comeback.

So strong has the Super Kings' top-order been in this IPL that Faf du Plessis' scores of 24, 7, 20 and 0 - all prior to the match against Kings XI Punjab - barely made a dent. In his last outing, du Plessis made use of the opportunity to play himself into form during an improbable chase and his 52 off 25 only adds muscle to an already robust line-up.

Stats and trivia

  • Among bowlers who have bowled at least 50 overs, Mohit Sharma has the best overall strike rate in the IPL of 13.6
  • Super Kings have 17 hundred-run partnerships in the IPL. Mumbai are second with 12
  • MS Dhoni needs three more dismissals to overtake Adam Gilchrist as the most successful wicketkeeper in the IPL. Gilchrist has 67 dismissals, while Dhoni has 65


"I guess the main thing is you don't panic. We have won two now and (teams on) the table are actually not that far apart. Anyone is sort of biding for that third or fourth spot at the moment."
Corey Anderson is hopeful of Mumbai Indians' bid for a playoff spot.

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Mumbai Indians are now facing the Mission Impossible where they must win almost every game...and i think hussey should have given an another chance,because in indian soil he will be dangerous.......

  • Android on May 10, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    MI at Wankhade , just like fish in water :- the favourable spot for MI !!!! i m sure , they can overcome CSK and make it 11/11...

  • Android on May 10, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    csk want to win the match they should change the bowling combination if mum want to win the match they should bring back hussey in place of bunk

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Mumbai having won the last two shouldn't need to make any changes. They may consider replacing Simmons with Dunk or Anderson, more probably Anderson considering he hasn't used in the bowling and his batting hasn't made any statements other than the two thirties he's got and also the fact that Simmons is a part time bowler of the highest calibre. CSK can't really make any changes without upsetting their current winning formula, Badree might just have to wait until he finds a team that needs his services whether that may be at CSK or in another team

  • Cricket on May 10, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Though he is a bit reluctant to give youngsters a go in the National team, in the IPL, Dhoni has done well in that regard. Raina, Ashwin, Gony, Mohit, Pandey, Vijay are all examples of this. The reason they aren't changing their XI is because they are winning. Their bowling has done well and is balanced. That match against KXIP was an anomaly since Punjab is playing on another level right now. CSK needs 3 pacers like any other team int he tournament, especially in Mumbai. They can't go in with 3 spinners. Badree can't get a chance unless Jadeja/Ashwin is dropped and then CSK needs to replace Hilfy with Nehra or Faf with someone else and that just makes the team weaker as a whole.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    For who all saying CSK is not giving chance for young domestic players first you have see other franchisee's. They are struggling to keep a perfect team for each IPL that's why they are rotating their team with their stock domestic players where their International and Indian players are failed to do the job. If a team is perfect and win consistently then why should they change. Its a nice move from Dhoni where he trouble shoots the problems in which ever way affecting the team. That's the success of CSK which other franchisees struggled to do. CSK is the only team who utilized the domestic players skills well and made them into international level when compared the stats with other teams.

  • Vivek on May 10, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Don't underestimate Dhoni's captaincy. He is one of the best limited over captain in the world. All are asking to give chance to baba and badree. But CSK is well settled.

    It is not good to drop hiffy and give chance to badree bcoz CSK need three fast blowers and also mannas is doing well in depth. In this batting lineup babu cant have chance to play up the order. So this team is ideal for CSK.

    MI need their captain and pollard bat like last match otherwise it will be difficult for them. I think CSK can bat well against their bowling.

  • Android on May 10, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    It's not all over of MI.If DD win this afternoon and MI tonight they Will jump at no.4. Still it's all open for all teams.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    ok.. for info of a lot of guys.... dhoni does support young players... raina in 2008, mohit sharma, manpreet gony, ashwin, murli vijay, ishwar pandey... are just some of the player's that have benefited from turning up for csk.. and if I am not wrong, dhoni is just testing pandey to see whether he is ready for the big league.. and he might just draft pandey into the playing 11 soon for India... though on topic.. being a staunch MI supporter.. I just hope that MI win today.. if for nothing else, then to spice up the points table further... as for the playing 11

    Gautam, Dunk, Rayudu, Rohit, anderson, pollard,tare, bhajji, bhumrah, praveen kumar and malinga...

    Yup.. that's the 11.. that might play.. and if anything mostly simmons might just come in for dunk.. but apart from that I doubt if we will see wankhade and gopal in action

  • BaLASUBRAMANIAN on May 10, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Chennai's record against Mumbai is not in conformity with the very high standard it has set for itself and the sheer consistency for the last 100 odd matches. It is unmatched and two or three matches it could have won but just lost. That is it. The last year final loss was not on cricketing abilities, but because of Meiyappan factor.

    I think Mumbai will play well again today against Chennai, as they have nothing to lose now, but their over dependence on Pollard will let them down at a crucial stage, I am sure about that. Rohit can bat only when someone else take the lead role. He is not capable of taking charge. I do not think two wins by Mumbai in Wankhede has something to cheer about. But today will be a keen tussle and I think Chennai will come on top today. The key men for Mumbai would be Hussey, Pollard and the best bowler in T20, Malinga. For Chennai, all 11 are key players. This is the difference. Best wishes to both the teams.

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