The IPL Watcher
Raina wary of Mumbai Indians
A round-up of IPL news on April 15, 2013
Chennai Super Kings have won the IPL title twice and finished runners-up twice. They are the punters' choice every year and this season is no different. But Suresh Raina, one of the Super Kings' senior players, believes Ricky Ponting's Mumbai Indians pose a threat this year. Currently Mumbai are leading the points table with three wins from four matches and six points. Despite the patchy form of Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai have imposed themselves on the opposition with some consistent and powerful batting performances from Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma, who are among the top six run-makers this season. "One team that I feel is on a roll is the Mumbai Indians," Raina told Mid day. "They have a new captain in Ricky Ponting. Also their batting unit is clicking with Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma scoring heavily. They really seem to be the team to watch out for."
Vinay backs RP
Fast bowler RP Singh received some much-needed support from Royal Challengers Bangalore team-mate Vinay Kumar, after his dramatic last over against Chennai Super Kings cost Royal Challengers the match.
Vinay Kumar, whose ability to bowl tight overs under pressure helped Royal Challengers beat Mumbai Indians earlier in the season, put it down to plain bad luck. "RP (Singh) bowled really well in the last two games and even today he was good," Vinay Kumar told the Times of India. "The no-ball was unfortunate. The format is such that anything can happen. Unfortunately the first two balls went for 10 runs. RP did well to pull it back so it was a bit of bad luck, I would say."
Penney twists ankle
Kolkata Knight Riders' fielding coach Trevor Penney suffered a freak injury when he twisted his ankle after slipping on the ball during the warm-up drills. The incident occurred minutes ahead of Knight Riders' home match on Sunday against Sunrisers Hyderabad, which they won convincingly. According to the Telegraph Penney has been advised a couple of days of rest.