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The Preview by Sidharth Monga
April 18, 2010
Match factsKolkata v Mumbai, Kolkata
Dilhara Fernando, given two chances after Lasith Malinga was rested, has created a headache too: his split-finger slower ball hasn't been picked at all, and his eight overs have gone for 56 runs and four wickets.
The third team issue for Mumbai is the wicketkeeper: neither of Aditya Tare, Ambati Rayudu or Chandan Madan has been good with the big gloves. For the Bangalore match, Tare came back, and wasn't great. In the same game, Abhishek Nayar returned to fitness and played ahead of Ali Murtaza and R Sathish. Monday's match will be one final opportunity for Mumbai to sort out the combinations before the knockout stage.
Kolkata could decide to draft in those who haven't had many opportunities this year.
In their first match this season, Mumbai managed to subdue Kolkata with yorkers and low full tosses: Chris Gayle scored 75 off 60, and Kolkata 155 with only three wickets down. Mumbai chased it down with ease.
In the spotlight
The last time Sachin Tendulkar played at the Eden Gardens, he scored a Test century against South Africa in a famous series-levelling, No.1-retaining win for India. The Eden crowds have been the most partisan in the IPL: when Virender Sehwag scored a half-century for Delhi Daredevils, he met with a hush from the same crowd he had sent into delirium in that Test match. If Tendulkar gets going, though, it will be the biggest test of how partisan the crowd can be.
Prime numbers and trivia
The chatter"A lot of people are also surprised by my fielding. I am not, because it is just a reflection of the hard work put in throughout the year. That's what makes it more frustrating. We were not that bad a team to have to depend on others to know our fate."
Plays of the day from the CLT20 game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings