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  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 23, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    I want Delhi Daredevils to kick Mumbai out of the tournament tonight cz a)Mumbai is an ordinary, overhyped team. b) Don't want a limping team in the playoffs cz playoffs supposed to be exciting not dull. c)I hate mumbai franchise cz they don't appreciate good talent, they just want like to flaunt their monetary solidarity otherwise why would they kick out maxwell, Dwayne Smith and Mitchell Johnson.. Mumbai Indians don't deserve to be in the playoffs.. Go Delhi Go!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 23, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    they need to chase and chase it as quickly as possible if they had 50+ partnership at the opening then pollard should come in at 3 to finish things off

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 23, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    They shouldnt drop hussey today as finally they have found a openimg combination

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    MI should win the match but is it going to be with Harbajan or without?.....2day's MI 11 should be:Hussey,Simmons,Rohit,Pollard,Rayudu,tare,Praveen,Harbajan,bumrah,gopal,de lange

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 23, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    Today MI needs to win big and hope that RR looses to KXIP, if MI win and RR wins too then it's end of the road for MI. Fingers crossed

  • POSTED BY dogandbone on | May 22, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Hope DD try something different...a new capt for starters..

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Mumbai needs to win, win it comprehensively to lift net run rate. They could have finished last game earlier. Now they will have to show the hunger on the field. Hopefully MI turn it around and win both games in style. RR are under pressure and Punjab would like to go into play off with wins. Hopefully MI can make it to play offs. MI will be good contender of winning if they makes into play offs. All the best guys.

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 23, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    I want Delhi Daredevils to kick Mumbai out of the tournament tonight cz a)Mumbai is an ordinary, overhyped team. b) Don't want a limping team in the playoffs cz playoffs supposed to be exciting not dull. c)I hate mumbai franchise cz they don't appreciate good talent, they just want like to flaunt their monetary solidarity otherwise why would they kick out maxwell, Dwayne Smith and Mitchell Johnson.. Mumbai Indians don't deserve to be in the playoffs.. Go Delhi Go!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 23, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    they need to chase and chase it as quickly as possible if they had 50+ partnership at the opening then pollard should come in at 3 to finish things off

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 23, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    They shouldnt drop hussey today as finally they have found a openimg combination

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    MI should win the match but is it going to be with Harbajan or without?.....2day's MI 11 should be:Hussey,Simmons,Rohit,Pollard,Rayudu,tare,Praveen,Harbajan,bumrah,gopal,de lange

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 23, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    Today MI needs to win big and hope that RR looses to KXIP, if MI win and RR wins too then it's end of the road for MI. Fingers crossed

  • POSTED BY dogandbone on | May 22, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Hope DD try something different...a new capt for starters..

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Mumbai needs to win, win it comprehensively to lift net run rate. They could have finished last game earlier. Now they will have to show the hunger on the field. Hopefully MI turn it around and win both games in style. RR are under pressure and Punjab would like to go into play off with wins. Hopefully MI can make it to play offs. MI will be good contender of winning if they makes into play offs. All the best guys.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Mumbai needs to win, win it comprehensively to lift net run rate. They could have finished last game earlier. Now they will have to show the hunger on the field. Hopefully MI turn it around and win both games in style. RR are under pressure and Punjab would like to go into play off with wins. Hopefully MI can make it to play offs. MI will be good contender of winning if they makes into play offs. All the best guys.

  • POSTED BY dogandbone on | May 22, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Hope DD try something different...a new capt for starters..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 23, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    Today MI needs to win big and hope that RR looses to KXIP, if MI win and RR wins too then it's end of the road for MI. Fingers crossed

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    MI should win the match but is it going to be with Harbajan or without?.....2day's MI 11 should be:Hussey,Simmons,Rohit,Pollard,Rayudu,tare,Praveen,Harbajan,bumrah,gopal,de lange

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 23, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    They shouldnt drop hussey today as finally they have found a openimg combination

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 23, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    they need to chase and chase it as quickly as possible if they had 50+ partnership at the opening then pollard should come in at 3 to finish things off

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 23, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    I want Delhi Daredevils to kick Mumbai out of the tournament tonight cz a)Mumbai is an ordinary, overhyped team. b) Don't want a limping team in the playoffs cz playoffs supposed to be exciting not dull. c)I hate mumbai franchise cz they don't appreciate good talent, they just want like to flaunt their monetary solidarity otherwise why would they kick out maxwell, Dwayne Smith and Mitchell Johnson.. Mumbai Indians don't deserve to be in the playoffs.. Go Delhi Go!!

Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2014, Mumbai May 22, 2014

Mumbai seek to stay alive, Delhi seek pride

The Preview by Rachna Shetty
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Match facts

Friday, May 23, 2014
Start time 1600 local (1030 GMT)

Play 03:26
Guha: Simmons has given Mumbai the platform they lacked

Big Picture

Following a morale-boosting win against Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians find themselves in with a chance, albeit a tough one, of sneaking into the playoffs. Mumbai's last two league games are at home, and both are undoubtedly must-win ones, but they also need help from other teams to stay in contention.

With Kolkata Knight Riders beating Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad beating Chennai Super Kings on Thursday, Mumbai now find themselves in a race with Sunrisers and Rajasthan Royals for the last playoff spot. If Kings XI beat Royals, the last league match between Mumbai and Royals will decide which team makes it to the top four - and progression will depend on net run rate in Mumbai's case. If, however, Royals beat Kings XI, Mumbai and Sunrisers will be out of the race.

In Daredevils, they have an opposition that has struggled all season; the only thing at stake for Daredevils is pride. That can be an oddly liberating thing, though, especially for the marquee players who have lurched from the 30-somethings to single-digit scores regularly. The odds are stacked heavily against them, but all of the pressure is on Mumbai, giving Daredevils the freedom to play fearless cricket.

Form guide

Mumbai Indians: WWLWL (most recent first, completed matches only)
Delhi Daredevils: LLLLL

Where they stand

Mumbai Indians: Sixth on the points table, with five wins in 12 games
Delhi Daredevils: Last, with two wins in 12 games

Previous encounter

Delhi Daredevils notched up their second win of the tournament the last time the two met. Shahbaz Nadeem, JP Duminy and Wayne Parnell all gave away less than five runs an over as Mumbai were stifled to 125 for 6. M Vijay's 40 and an unbeaten 18-ball 26 from Kevin Pietersen then took Daredevils to a six-wicket win the 19th over.

Watch out for

Brought in to lend some stability into a shaky top order, Lendl Simmons has found his feet in the IPL. In five innings, he has scored 280 runs at an average of 70 with one century and two fifties. In the last two games, his partnerships with Michael Hussey have set the foundations for Mumbai's wins.

M Vijay is one of three current players in the IPL to have two or more hundreds in the tournament. Both came for his old franchise, Chennai Super Kings. This is shaping to be a poor season for him - he has 199 runs in 10 games - and the fact that Daredevils have nothing to lose could spur him on to finish the tournament on a strong note.

Stats and trivia

  • Among all partnerships to score at least 100 runs for Mumbai this season, the pair of Michael Hussey and Lendl Simmons have been the quickest. They have added 188 runs while opening the innings in two games. The pair have also added only the second century-partnership for Mumbai this season
  • Kieron Pollard is the second batsman after Chris Gayle to have hit 300 sixes in T20 cricket
  • With seven successive losses, Delhi Daredevils are one defeat away from equaling their worst streak of successive losses in the IPL - eight across 2012-13
  • Seven teams have picked up 56 or more wickets in this IPL. Delhi Daredevils, however, have only taken 41 wickets and their economy rate of 8.44 is the worst for this season

Quotes

"Since Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard have played for Mumbai Indians, they always vouched for me to the owners that I am a good player and that they should bid for me."
Lendl Simmons credits his West Indies and Trinidad & Tobago team-mates for bringing him into the IPL

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo