Mumbai v Chennai, IPL 2010, Mumbai March 24, 2010

Chennai anxious for turnaround against Mumbai

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Match facts

Mumbai v Chennai, in Mumbai
Thursday, March 25
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big picture

The importance of momentum in the shortest format of the game cannot be over-emphasised, and the two teams that line up for match 21 of the IPL illustrate this in contrasting styles.

After finding a way past Yusuf Pathan in their opening game, Mumbai Indians have epitomised efficiency, be it in their in-form batting line-up, led by Sachin Tendulkar, or their star-studded bowling attack, which has achieved success by keeping things simple. Despite the slip-up against Royal Challengers Bangalore, the one team that has managed to look more complete than them in this tournament, Mumbai came back strongly to brush aside Kolkata Knight Riders with a concerted strategy to bowl in the block-hole, a script that was followed faithfully by everyone from Lasith Malinga to Harbhajan Singh. Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo have not made an impact with bat or ball, and that's not even been a cause for concern, showing how well the team has worked as a unit.

Contrast that with Chennai Super Kings, whose IPL campaign thus far has been a study in the art of flattering to deceive. MS Dhoni singlehandedly batted them to victory against Kolkata, but after turning in a clinical performance to out-punch Delhi Daredevils, Chennai have veered from the basics, failed to seize the crucial moments and lost their way.

If hare-brained batting in the end overs cost them the game against Kings XI Punjab, their bowlers' inability to maintain control in the death overs did them in against Bangalore. Nothing captures their current woes better than the way their most impressive suit - their catching - has fallen apart. While Chennai were spectacular in the field against Delhi, R Ashwin and Murali Vijay put down decisive sitters from Robin Uthappa on Tuesday. Add to the mix some questionable team decisions that have backfired - the inclusion of George Bailey, and the decision to use Ashwin in the slog overs - and you have a side that desperately needs its most influential player back.

Form guide (most recent first)

Mumbai WLWW
Chennai LLWWL

Team talk

If Dhoni makes it, he could not have timed his comeback better. Chennai's coach Stephen Fleming said that the team management was happy with his progress, and he seemed at ease during practice on Wednesday evening, but the final call will be taken on match day. If he's available, Parthiv Patel will relinquish the big gloves, and Murali Vijay could move up to open the innings. Bailey looked all at sea during his scratchy innings against Bangalore, and in Justin Kemp's continued absence, Thissara Perera could take his spot.


For the hosts, Sanath Jayasuriya could continue to sit out after an indifferent start to the tournament. "We want him to play explosive cricket. If he is not going to fulfill that role i don't think he is doing his job. We need to give him time and he has only played two games," Robin Singh, the Mumbai coach, assessed Jayasuriya's prospects.

Shikhar Dhawan looked impressive against Kolkata, in the absence of the injured Ambati Rayudu who is likely to miss out once again. Aditya Tare's dodgy showing behind the stumps is a minor source for worry, given that Mumbai don't have a replacement wicketkeeper in the squad.

Previously…

Chennai 2 Mumbai 2

In 2008, Chennai drew first blood in this rivalry with Hayden's pyrotechnics just about outlasting Mumbai in the first encounter in Chennai. Mumbai had their revenge in the return match, winning by nine wickets, thanks to a Jayasuriya special. Mumbai prevailed again in the opening match of the 2009 edition, at Newlands, but Hayden returned the favour with a measured innings in Port Elizabeth, which all but knocked Mumbai out of the tournament.

In the spotlight

Muttiah Muralitharan has gone out of the way to emphasise that he has only looked to contain batsmen, but the purple cap on his head suggests he's also been attacking. Murali has always been a handful for left-handers, and of late, he has perfected the art of preying on right-hand batsmen with a nagging round-the-wicket line, making both the offspinner and the doosra potent weapons. Ask Mahela Jayawardene and Virat Kohli respectively. He has got the topspinner working well too, as Rahul Dravid found out on Tuesday. Murali's battle against Sachin Tendulkar could well emerge as the most important sub-plot in this match.


Barring one stupendous innings against Delhi, Matthew Hayden is yet to really impose himself on the opposition this year. He will be up against Harbhajan Singh tomorrow, another duel to watch out for, especially when he's batting with the Mongoose.

Prime numbers

  • Mumbai don't have a single bowler in the top 10 wicket-takers so far in the IPL. Harbhajan with four wickets is 14th on the list, while Zaheer Khan and Lasith Malinga have picked up three each.

  • With 28 fours, Sachin Tendulkar is second in the list of boundary-hitters, eight behind Jacques Kallis. Hayden, along with Uthappa, has hit the most sixes in the tournament - 11. Tendulkar has hit none.

  • With two fifties each in four innings, Tendulkar and Saurabh Tiwary are tied in second spot in the list of players with most 50-plus scores. Chennai's batsmen have between them managed only three 50-plus scores in five matches.

The chatter

"We wanted to use him as a batsman. In this format you hardly get on an average 25% of the balls through to the keeper. For the role we have given him we are happy with his performance."
Robin Singh, Mumbai's coach is not too concerned by Aditya Tare's wicketkeeping woes.

"We dropped two catches and also didn't bat well. I think, we have to relook at our batting line-up."
Stand-in captain Suresh Raina identifies one of Chennai's shortcomings in the loss to Bangalore.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • vigneshvinu on March 25, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    It is good to see perara getting a chance & vijay,ashwin is replaced.but i am still surprised that Ntini is missing instead of joginder,tyagi should be retained bcoz he bowled really well in last game against RCB.

  • Sajin09 on March 25, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    PLay Perera! He will rock tday

  • Sajin09 on March 25, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Chennai is not gonna win unless they play guys like ntini nd perera .... bailey is such a waste ...how can they think of him in the eleven?? Cmon raina think postive ..play positive... or else give way to the master Mahendra Singh Dhoni!!!!!!

  • on March 25, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    @goforsandeep85: go with u without any issues.. well said

  • manusharma on March 25, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    seeing performance in IPL so far, Indian squad for T20 world cup sud be Manish Pande, Gautam Gambhir, Saurabh Tiwari, Virendra Sehwag,Yuvraj Singh Mahendra S. Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Vinay Kumar Praveen Kumar

    Extra: Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant, Kumble, R sathish

  • Srvna-Recluse on March 25, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Bowling at the death,some shoddy fielding in the previous match, failing to hold nerves in the match against Punjab and most importantly, missing a charismatic captain in Dhoni all had made the life worse for CSK... Chennai of late has been making news only about the mongoose bat... Quickly gaining control in the upcoming matches is the need of the hour... Time for some changes in the squad and also for all the players in the team to be more responsible... Hope MSD plays today as his very influence will lift up the spirits of the team... Still, Chennai has all the talent to bounce back... Hope they play well in the upcoming matches... C'mmon CSK!!!!!!

  • on March 25, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Mumbai doesn't have a replacement wicketkeeper ? As far as I know there are 6 wicket keepers in the side. We still have Pinal Shah and Takawale both played in IPL 1 and 2. Not to mention Marathe, who I think is a better choice than Aditya Tare.

  • on March 25, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    ya............ mumbai won

  • SayNoToPinal on March 25, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    It seems we just have all the CSK fans here :) Good to know you guys don't mind Sachin playing well as always.

  • hcacani on March 25, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    We wud've won last match if we got hold of that one of the sitters from Robin. Fielding need to be improved..and ofcourse Bailey is in a wrong tournament I think. MSD tactics to be watch out if he returns today against the Best Batsman in the world. Though am a fan of Chennai, I expect Sachin's feast in every match as a typical Indian.

  • vigneshvinu on March 25, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    It is good to see perara getting a chance & vijay,ashwin is replaced.but i am still surprised that Ntini is missing instead of joginder,tyagi should be retained bcoz he bowled really well in last game against RCB.

  • Sajin09 on March 25, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    PLay Perera! He will rock tday

  • Sajin09 on March 25, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Chennai is not gonna win unless they play guys like ntini nd perera .... bailey is such a waste ...how can they think of him in the eleven?? Cmon raina think postive ..play positive... or else give way to the master Mahendra Singh Dhoni!!!!!!

  • on March 25, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    @goforsandeep85: go with u without any issues.. well said

  • manusharma on March 25, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    seeing performance in IPL so far, Indian squad for T20 world cup sud be Manish Pande, Gautam Gambhir, Saurabh Tiwari, Virendra Sehwag,Yuvraj Singh Mahendra S. Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Vinay Kumar Praveen Kumar

    Extra: Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant, Kumble, R sathish

  • Srvna-Recluse on March 25, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Bowling at the death,some shoddy fielding in the previous match, failing to hold nerves in the match against Punjab and most importantly, missing a charismatic captain in Dhoni all had made the life worse for CSK... Chennai of late has been making news only about the mongoose bat... Quickly gaining control in the upcoming matches is the need of the hour... Time for some changes in the squad and also for all the players in the team to be more responsible... Hope MSD plays today as his very influence will lift up the spirits of the team... Still, Chennai has all the talent to bounce back... Hope they play well in the upcoming matches... C'mmon CSK!!!!!!

  • on March 25, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Mumbai doesn't have a replacement wicketkeeper ? As far as I know there are 6 wicket keepers in the side. We still have Pinal Shah and Takawale both played in IPL 1 and 2. Not to mention Marathe, who I think is a better choice than Aditya Tare.

  • on March 25, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    ya............ mumbai won

  • SayNoToPinal on March 25, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    It seems we just have all the CSK fans here :) Good to know you guys don't mind Sachin playing well as always.

  • hcacani on March 25, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    We wud've won last match if we got hold of that one of the sitters from Robin. Fielding need to be improved..and ofcourse Bailey is in a wrong tournament I think. MSD tactics to be watch out if he returns today against the Best Batsman in the world. Though am a fan of Chennai, I expect Sachin's feast in every match as a typical Indian.

  • manoj.c on March 25, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    useless raina..is a useless captain..csk have ganapathy on of the leading wicket taker in ranji this season and he is not being utilised..ashiwn should come in the middle overs..badri is the captain of TN side and in absence of MSD he should have been the captian..this shows the discrmination of TN players..

  • on March 25, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    @goforsandeep85, Chennai is not bribed, its because of srikanth, he is the one for this.

  • carolindian on March 25, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    am from kerala and now am concerned about the fan following for the kerala IPL team, if sreesanth is in the team am damn sure that 95% of keralites wont support this team.........my dear owners of kerala ipl team..take this advice from me.....pls dont take SREE SANTH in the team........he is loser and stupid fellow.

  • prabhatjha on March 25, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Looking at the current team playing for CSK, i don't think they are capable of beating MI . They have only Hayden & Raina who can win them game.I don't think Vijay , Badrinath can win u a t20 game. Balaji should be dropped for ever . It seems Albie morkel has forgotten his destuctive batting as well.Nothing seems good for them .Dhoni & Hussey's return can only save them . MI are really looking great this year with great performances from young indian players lead by the youngest of them , sachin Tendulkar. It gives me immense pleaure to watch sachin bat the way he has batted .You see his shots and say 'ah' in pleasure . He is scoring at such a high stike rate playing normal cricket shots .such a pleasure to watch him .

  • on March 25, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    No one understand TNCA selection policy, too generous to other state and foreign players, have little support for local players. Look at the body language of local players playing for Chennai, they are meek, low in confident not proud of themselves, they are strangers in their own land. TNCA selection policy is not working proof they can't produce one international quality players for past quarter century after Srikant. There are some talents which is being ignored by TNCA, for instance take R.Satish , he hailed from small town Trichy, good player, india's best fielder, good leader, yet could not find regular place in TN team. He has to play for Assam and ICL to proof himself. R.Sathish not backed by TNCA as much as they did it for Badrinath or Badhani. TNCA show some mercy on your backyard players too.

  • on March 25, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Chennai need perera for his explosive hitting, which chennai lack in the end overs and also he is fine fast bowler,who can hit the block hole.A perfect guy to have for chennai.. Mumbai well the only reason they are winning is mainly due to tendulkar,dropping sana is a HUGE mistake!!Dropping such iconic players,is a huge dissapointment!!

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 25, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Chennai has absolutely no chance of winning....... MI will up to the top after this win...

  • on March 25, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Kindly inform Albi Morkel to practice more before he gets into crease because he wastes so many balls before get a touch. Senior / foreign players should take more responsibility on guiding others but now things are different. They are taking pressure themselves and spoiling the execution. When you take pressure, you are undoing your skills & talent. Find the right team composition at the initial stage not later. Dear CSK coaches Flemming & Prasath. Please wake up… Let the players enjoy their game. They are very good players but do not ask them to overdo their work like what we see in Hayden. Bring the confidence into every one and make sure they are not depending on each other except building partnerships and the team wins.

    Best Wishes to MY CSK. If you want a player please contact me.

  • on March 25, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    My preferred Chennai Super Kings team: 1. Arun Karthik 2. Hayden 3. Badhrinath 4. Raina 5. Dhoni / Parthiv 6. Albi Morkel 7. Thissara Perera 8. Badhani 9. Ashwin 10. Ganapathi 11. Muralitharan

    Viajy and Balaji need some rest and inclusion of Badhani and Perera brings the batting stability (Right - Left Combination) as depth and bowling variation too. Please CSK make this team and play as one unit. Surely Chennai rocks and we never choke in the future. We are Indian but Tamilan never let anyone down as team.

    Common CSK guys.

  • KannanAnanya on March 25, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    i think this time around CSK is jinxed a lot. we have lost 3 players whom dhoni had immense faith - Oram, Flintoff and Kemp. all the 3 are big hitters and are game changers, even if they are inconsistent. but one thing puzzling is i dont know why badani is not picked. he has good experience in ICL and is a brilliant fielder as well. prospective team can be like this: Hayden, Patel, Badri, Badani, Dhoni,Perera, Morkel, Ganapathy, balaji, murali and Ntini. take out sachin and u win half the battle.

  • venkatesh018 on March 25, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    my XI for the csk against mumbai will be:parthiv,hayden,badri,raina,badani,morkel,thisara perera,ganapathy,ashwin,balaji,murali in that order. this will give batting atleast till no.8 and also extra bowling options with both perera and ganapathy being allrounders. but whatever eleven they put on the field, beating mumbai indians will be very difficult if sachin keeps scoring the way he has done so far. i also totally agree with ssenthil's views regarding r.satish and the way he was treated by both tnca and csk(of course both r the same). he is not the first nor will be the last player from outside chennai (satish hails from tiruchi) to be treated like this.

  • Sohin on March 25, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Well its high time CSK turn the tables around. A few changes in the team, and a bit of shuffling in their line up, should help them . Dhonis return should bolster the team strength. Throughout the tournament so far the ICL players have made a mark, and that has really helped the individual teams, for instance Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Ambati Rayudu, R. Satish . So it would be a good chance to take by bringing in Hemang Badani i/o Badri, and Ganpathy i/o Vijay. Morkel should have the new ball ahead of Balaji. Ashwin could be handy, but is not in form, so should be replaced by Jahakti.

    XI: Hayden , Patel, Raina,Badani, Dhoni, Morkel, Perrera, Ganpathy, Balaji, Murali, Tyagi ( Spin can be done by Badani, Raina )

  • Crime.Master.Gogo on March 25, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Good one Gubbsy... but tell me is this your own obsession with silly stats or you're instructed to do this - no. of fours and sixes, no. of fifties!!

  • goforsandeep85 on March 25, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    I feel Chennai is bribed this time.. With players like Ntini, Thissara Perrerra, Badani, Ganapathy in the bench How could chennai think of players like Bailey, Vijay, Balaji.. They are good players but not for this format.. I feel that chennai should lose all the upcoming matches so that there would be lesson learnt from selecting the team...

  • Rukeerox on March 25, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    i think Jayasuriya should play this match coz of the previous records against Chennai is good and he is still very very dangerous player against all oppositions.i wonder why sachin choose Mclaren instead of Jayasuriya.last match he went for few runs also and with the heavy batting line up in the team his service of batting is not that much needed.

  • amilasan on March 25, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    I totally agree with you Shashank Shetty. Eventhough Mumbai has won three matches dropping Jayasuriya and asking Tendulkar to deliver the goods every time does not make sense. Jayasuriya is a player who has the ability to win matches single handedly and also he has done it years for Sri Lanka. But the problem is Mumbai should give him opportunity to play. Another good point on Jayasuriya is that if he does not perform well in the batting on a given day he will do his best on balling and fielding and performs well and get the results for the team. Therefore he is not a player that any team would even think to be dropped from the team. His age does not matter for his ability. He is still fit like a 20 year old youngster. I really love to watch how Jaysuriya bats. Most probably he will get in to the soon. Let's wait till then.

  • Leading-Guru on March 25, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Poor team selections are causing CSK games. They need to take M Vijay and Bailey out for sure, and get Badani and Parrera in. Parrera will win the game for them. Haydon is trying too much with mangoose, he needs to be consistent with his own regular bat. Please get Ashwin complete his overs in middle, dont give Balaji and Ashwin do death overs, they need to use Murli and Morkel for last two overs. Raina is playing too casual, he needs to understand you cant hit every ball out of the part, be little faithfull to CSK fans, and play more sensible game. All the best CSK

  • Rajesh. on March 25, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    I'm from Chennai but wouldn't mind another special innings from Sachin :-) He transcends everything........

  • cricnar on March 25, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Balaji is to be definitely dropped. With due credit to his abilities to vary pace, he is inconsistant and indiciplined. He kept bowling short to uthappa and hurt chennais chances badly.

  • PradipRajput on March 25, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Gony should play today.... He is bowling good but numbers not showing tht....

  • PradipRajput on March 25, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Open with Parthi - Moongoos.... Murali Vijay should be out.......... Ashawin is doing ok... but need someone who can take wicket... CSK shoudl only b looking for thr strengths rather than Mumbai's...... I am fan of CSk so hoping for good show...

  • dilscoop on March 25, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Dhoni's return will turn things around in a jiffy - he is more than 3 in 1. I would persist with parthiv & drop vijay on dhoni's return - parthiv should keep & that will ease the pressure on dhoni especially in his first match after injury. I hope CSK never plays Gony again - he cannot bowl, bat or field - I would rather go with 10 players instead of including Gony in the 11. Though vijay and Badri's style of batting does not suit this format - badri has gutted it out while the same cannot be said about vijay (despite a bad decision by harper vs KXIP). Raina is poor man's Yuvraj - has one lofted shot to mid wicket that clears the fence most times - but can get out any time to the same shot. Dhoni's & Hussey's return will provide the stability to the middle order. But chennai better not dig a huge hole for even Hussey can't bail them out then. Tyagi bowled well vs RCB & should play today - thissera periera for bailey. lost 2 matches as they chose to field winning the toss. Bat first.

  • ssenthil on March 25, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    I don't think CSK is going to give a even a small scare to MI until they play the useless S.Raina as a captain who not even Captained his Home State UP at Domestic level promoted to Captain all the senior players of his team, note down he is the youngest person in CSK and all other players except Parthiv are higher age than him.

    Sachin have a very good chance to score a century if MI bat first, he is in wonderful form and no CSK bowler have the capability of Taking Sachin wicket except Murali, Sachin is a class act and he is in his best form of his life and I hope he will thrash CSK.

    Watch out for R.Sathish, if he promoted up the order and I am sure MI will do, he will tear away CSK bowlers to show his worth to his home team and all the discrimination shown to him by the CSK and TNCA.

    Go MI, Go, don't take it easily and Thrash CSK all the way left and right.

    Chance to regain the Top of the Table.

  • on March 25, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Chennai is capable of bouncing back.They were in a similar situation even last year.They made it to the last four. Chennai must include C.Ganapathy and drop Bailey.He is fast medium bowler and is more than useful bat. With his hard hitting abilities he has in more than one ocassion has come to the rescue of Tamil Nadu in the last Ranji Season.

    Although my support is for RCB,I would like to see Chennai and DC do well and make it to the last four as they did last year.

  • on March 25, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    Sanath is not playing because he is in Srilanka for some election thing. he was not removed from the team. Mumbai Indians will not remove him becos he is out of form. He is a player who can make a team win in any situation due to his capability to score fast runs. Hope Sanath comes back soon and hope Bravo starts performing again with bat and ball

  • on March 25, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Mumbai is in great form really, big worry for chennai is absence of dhoni.. if hayden replaces dhoni;s absence chennai may have chance to win th game.. however bowlers have to strike. Fielding should be improved. Hope chennai will do better.. ! ! !

  • Arunkr on March 25, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    Chennai's problems are much more than return of Dhoni.. firstly they need to identify the roles each player will perform and perform it with conviction, agreed they are deprived of accomplished start barring hayden. that is just not an excuse for some hapless performance from their players.. just what is Balaji is doing in the team. T20 isnt a game where you drop a ball at length and expect batsman to miscue it.You have got have an attitude and ammunition( Good slower balls, Yorkers ) to snuff out batsmen. What is the role of one Mr Mi Vijay..His drop of Robin the other night was atrocious.. Barring Hayden, Raina ( Dhoni, Kem injured ) to other batsman would ring an alarm in the opp camp. Same in the bowling dept. Barring Murali. will the oppn even bother to respect the likes of Balaji / Ashwin.. atleast You need to utilise your bowlers effectively. Balaji is not the one to bowl at death.. one 25 run over by the chennai bowlers.. and once You have Hayden out the batting is dusted

  • on March 25, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    how can u keep players like jayasuriya out of the side?his 1 ining can turn things around....and mclaren cud do nuthin xcept giving away sum valuable runs....so watz the point of jayasuriya being kept out the playing 11???

  • Jenilkarthick on March 25, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    It was such a pathetic and knee jerking display put up by CSK and of course, any sensible person would learn from the past mistakes galore. It is not a post mortem but the think-tank have almost lost their plot a 2nd time within a week that is truly devastating. Why CSK did not choose to bat first when batting is their sworn strength? What purpose did the capping of George Bailey serve (good fielder?) in the 1st place and why slotted at No. 3? Bailey could not rotate strike and this made Hayden so desperate to literally throw his wicket away! It is a foregone conclusion that Balaji is unable to bowl at the death as was evident in IPL II; so why give him the 19th over that proved to be almost the turning point of the match? CSK bowling otherwise was spot on with Murali proving yet again that experience counts in T-20. On the field, CSK were clinical in earlier games with great spirit and dedication but came unstuck with vital dropped catches off Robin Uthappa !

  • gp_csk2010 on March 25, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    It's Perera..he's going to make a difference..Chennai has been making a mistake till now not picking him. Hopefully they will pick him today at least. He's a wicket taking all rounder with the ability to accelerate very fast. Chennai needs him and Dhoni badly in the middle order. They should also give ganapathy a chance. Acc to me the best line up for chennai goes like : Hayden, Badrinath(openers), Raina, Ganapathy, Dhoni, Perera, Morkel, Muralitharan, Balaji, Ashwin, Jakati/S.Tyagi

    Murali vijay is good for nothing, badrinath is slightly better than him. Jakati should be tried as Tyagi will be demolished by the Mumbai meastro Sachin and S.Tiwary combination.

  • on March 25, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    Chennai BEWARE of SACHIN. Stick to your basics instead of going for Mongoose....Keep your wicktes in tact till the 14th Over. Don't give away runs on platter in the final overs, You may have a chance to overcome MI's. You miss any of the 4 above things Mumbai will swallow you.

  • RajeshSuyambulingam on March 25, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Ashwin should be left out of team if they want to win this match.

  • on March 24, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    keeping in mind the momentum, Mumbai seems to have a better chance. The inclusion on Ms Dhoni is also a big determining factor in the game. But the decision that could work against Mumbai would be the dropping of Sanath Jayasuriya, as a player like him even though out of form, on a good day could win a game for his side. Sanath provides immense strength to the batting line up which have to match up to the likes of Hayden and Dhoni, and also adds as an extra spin bowler, who we have seen are very effective in the early seasons of IPL.

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  • on March 24, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    keeping in mind the momentum, Mumbai seems to have a better chance. The inclusion on Ms Dhoni is also a big determining factor in the game. But the decision that could work against Mumbai would be the dropping of Sanath Jayasuriya, as a player like him even though out of form, on a good day could win a game for his side. Sanath provides immense strength to the batting line up which have to match up to the likes of Hayden and Dhoni, and also adds as an extra spin bowler, who we have seen are very effective in the early seasons of IPL.

  • RajeshSuyambulingam on March 25, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Ashwin should be left out of team if they want to win this match.

  • on March 25, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    Chennai BEWARE of SACHIN. Stick to your basics instead of going for Mongoose....Keep your wicktes in tact till the 14th Over. Don't give away runs on platter in the final overs, You may have a chance to overcome MI's. You miss any of the 4 above things Mumbai will swallow you.

  • gp_csk2010 on March 25, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    It's Perera..he's going to make a difference..Chennai has been making a mistake till now not picking him. Hopefully they will pick him today at least. He's a wicket taking all rounder with the ability to accelerate very fast. Chennai needs him and Dhoni badly in the middle order. They should also give ganapathy a chance. Acc to me the best line up for chennai goes like : Hayden, Badrinath(openers), Raina, Ganapathy, Dhoni, Perera, Morkel, Muralitharan, Balaji, Ashwin, Jakati/S.Tyagi

    Murali vijay is good for nothing, badrinath is slightly better than him. Jakati should be tried as Tyagi will be demolished by the Mumbai meastro Sachin and S.Tiwary combination.

  • Jenilkarthick on March 25, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    It was such a pathetic and knee jerking display put up by CSK and of course, any sensible person would learn from the past mistakes galore. It is not a post mortem but the think-tank have almost lost their plot a 2nd time within a week that is truly devastating. Why CSK did not choose to bat first when batting is their sworn strength? What purpose did the capping of George Bailey serve (good fielder?) in the 1st place and why slotted at No. 3? Bailey could not rotate strike and this made Hayden so desperate to literally throw his wicket away! It is a foregone conclusion that Balaji is unable to bowl at the death as was evident in IPL II; so why give him the 19th over that proved to be almost the turning point of the match? CSK bowling otherwise was spot on with Murali proving yet again that experience counts in T-20. On the field, CSK were clinical in earlier games with great spirit and dedication but came unstuck with vital dropped catches off Robin Uthappa !

  • on March 25, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    how can u keep players like jayasuriya out of the side?his 1 ining can turn things around....and mclaren cud do nuthin xcept giving away sum valuable runs....so watz the point of jayasuriya being kept out the playing 11???

  • Arunkr on March 25, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    Chennai's problems are much more than return of Dhoni.. firstly they need to identify the roles each player will perform and perform it with conviction, agreed they are deprived of accomplished start barring hayden. that is just not an excuse for some hapless performance from their players.. just what is Balaji is doing in the team. T20 isnt a game where you drop a ball at length and expect batsman to miscue it.You have got have an attitude and ammunition( Good slower balls, Yorkers ) to snuff out batsmen. What is the role of one Mr Mi Vijay..His drop of Robin the other night was atrocious.. Barring Hayden, Raina ( Dhoni, Kem injured ) to other batsman would ring an alarm in the opp camp. Same in the bowling dept. Barring Murali. will the oppn even bother to respect the likes of Balaji / Ashwin.. atleast You need to utilise your bowlers effectively. Balaji is not the one to bowl at death.. one 25 run over by the chennai bowlers.. and once You have Hayden out the batting is dusted

  • on March 25, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Mumbai is in great form really, big worry for chennai is absence of dhoni.. if hayden replaces dhoni;s absence chennai may have chance to win th game.. however bowlers have to strike. Fielding should be improved. Hope chennai will do better.. ! ! !

  • on March 25, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    Sanath is not playing because he is in Srilanka for some election thing. he was not removed from the team. Mumbai Indians will not remove him becos he is out of form. He is a player who can make a team win in any situation due to his capability to score fast runs. Hope Sanath comes back soon and hope Bravo starts performing again with bat and ball

  • on March 25, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Chennai is capable of bouncing back.They were in a similar situation even last year.They made it to the last four. Chennai must include C.Ganapathy and drop Bailey.He is fast medium bowler and is more than useful bat. With his hard hitting abilities he has in more than one ocassion has come to the rescue of Tamil Nadu in the last Ranji Season.

    Although my support is for RCB,I would like to see Chennai and DC do well and make it to the last four as they did last year.