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What Match 28 of DLF IPL 2012 will see the Mumbai Indians clash with Kings XI Punjab.
The Mumbai Indians have maintained a low profile since their drubbing at the hands of the Delhi Daredevils on Monday. Harbhajan Singh’s men have had five days to regroup since they were bowled out for 92, and they will want to put up a better show as they eye a quick move up the ladder.
Kings XI Punjab have blown hot and cold so far. After losing their first two matches, they recovered well to beat the Pune Warriors India convincingly at home. After that, they held their nerves in a tight contest against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Since then though, they’ve been at the receiving end against the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. KXIP face a massive task to lift themselves from the bottom half of the table; and they need to do it in a hurry, lest they will find themselves out of the title race very quickly. When
Sunday, April 22, 2011, 04:00 p.m.
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Apart from Sachin Tendulkar, who will be under the microscope every time he takes the field, Mumbai Indians have plenty of talent in their line-up. Ambati Rayudu is among the best of the modern crop of Indian batsmen. The 26-year-old batted at the pivotal No.3 position and finished among the top two run-getters for his team in IPL 2011. However, he hasn’t quite found that form yet in IPL 2012 and has only managed 89 runs in five innings.
Look out for the explosive Kieron Pollard too; the Trinidadian showed glimpses of how destructive he can be in the match against the Rajasthan Royals when he scored his first half-century in IPL 2012. The 24-year-old’s biggest problem has been his inconsistency, and MI will hope he can deliver those big blows frequently.
Also keep an eye on Harbhajan Singh’s decision-making. The off-spinner came in for a lot of flak after the game against the Delhi Daredevils, when he chose not bowl on a spinner-friendly surface at the Wankhede Stadium. With the Mumbai Indians set to miss the services of Lasith Malinga, they need someone to raise their game. Will Harbhajan Singh be up for the challenge?
The overseas trio of Shaun Marsh, David Hussey and Azhar Mahmood are the three key players in the Kings XI Punjab line-up. Marsh has been a consistent performer for the team, while Azhar Mahmood gave glimpses of what he is capable of in the match against RCB. David Hussey has a very good track record as captain in Twenty20 cricket; however, captaining an IPL team is a different challenge altogether. How well he will be able to shoulder that responsibility – along with that of being the team’s premier batsman – remains to be seen.
Kings XI Punjab hold a slight edge in their meetings against the Mumbai Indians. The two teams have met on eight occasions and KXIP have emerged victors in five of those. In the two matches last season, both teams shared honors by winning their respective home games.
The Mumbai Indians have the lowest scoring rate of all the nine teams in IPL 2012; their overall scoring rate is 6.73 so far.
The next time both these teams will be seen in action is on April 25 when Mumbai Indians travel to Mohali for their away fixture against Kings XI Punjab.
Delhi Daredevils’ mentor says team composition for tomorrow’s game is yet to be decided
By IPL Staff
New Delhi 20 April 2012
Table-toppers Delhi Daredevils are set to take on the Pune Warriors India at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium tomorrow. The heroics of Kevin Pietersen won them the match against the Deccan Chargers last night here, and they will be hoping for more convincing victories in the forthcoming matches. Mentor T.A. Sekhar spoke to the media ahead of DD’s match against PWI.
Excerpts from his pre-match press conference:
On team composition
We have not thought about it. We have to have a look at the wicket and we need to talk to the captain. We have not thought about it yet. On whether there is a concern about the batting; Kevin Pietersen’s innings yesterday overshadowed the collapse in the batting earlier in the innings
[It is] not a concern, because we have batting [lower down], and Yogesh Nagar is capable of batting and he did a good job of finishing the match; and that’s what we have assigned Yogesh Nagar, [the role] as a finisher. It happens in some matches, when you have big cricketers there is possibility of a collapse, but we have arrested that. KP played one of the best knocks so far in the tournament and we are satisfied with it. On Varun Aaron’s availability, since the bowler has been seen practicing in the nets
He is getting very close to 100 percent fitness. I think, in maybe a week, he should be ready to bowl in the IPL. These fast bowler’s injuries, you cannot rush, because if it recurs, then he goes back by another two months. We are playing it very safe. He is almost ready to bowl, but we want him to be mentally [prepared], because he hasn’t played for a long time. Mentally, also he should be match fit. On what he says to a bowler who has had an off day, like Umesh Yadav had yesterday
We normally don’t talk to the bowler immediately after the match, because it is not right. He has played lot of cricket, he has played exceptionally well in Australia. In the previous four matches, he has bowled really well. If you look at it, couple of fours went through the edge and couple of shots were played. It happens in Twenty20 cricket. It doesn’t bother me, because he is a quality bowler. He can always come back really strong. On the Pune Warriors India
Pune [Warriors India] has been doing really well, and they have got some very good middle-order batsman, who can finish the match, and then they have got some even up the order. They have some very good batsmen and they have got very good Indian bowlers. It is a good side, and we are not taking it [the match] very lightly. It will be a very good match too for the fans to watch.
On promising bowlers in the DD squad and the IPL
We have played with almost a similar team. We have made only one change after the first match. But [based on] whatever I have seen in the practice matches and nets, Pawan Negi looks very promising and Sunny Gupta is bowling well; these two are the spinners [in our team]. Pawan is genuine left-arm spinner and Sunny Gupta is a genuine off-spinner. These are the boys, who really impress me. Iqbal Abdulla [from Kolkata Knight Riders] did well last year [but] this year he hasn’t got enough opportunity to play. If you look at Bhargav Bhatt, he has played just one or two matches and done reasonably well. In Rajasthan Royals, [there is] no young spinner at all. In Royal Challengers Bangalore, there is no young spinner at all. They have not played [them]. They have [them] in their squad, but they have not played [any young players].
Basically, everybody is going with experienced spinners and experienced fast-bowlers. The wickets are such that they suit fast bowlers early on. Maybe as we go along [progress in the tournament] the wickets will wear out, and then we can see some spinners playing.