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Mumbai Indians take on table-toppers Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla
By Arun Gopalakrishnan
Mumbai 26 April 2012
The clash between the Delhi Daredevils and the Mumbai Indians is among the most anticipated contests in the Indian Premier League. These two teams will face off for the second time this season in Match 36 of DLF IPL 2012.
While the Delhi Daredevils are coming off a resounding victory over the Pune Warriors India, the Mumbai Indians edged past Kings XI Punjab in a close match recently. Both teams have played seven matches, and while the Delhi Daredevils sit pretty at the top of the table, the Mumbai Indians are locked in a closely-contested mid-table race.
Friday, April 27, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi The Protagonists
It is heartening to see Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag lead from the front. Despite being blessed with immense talent, he has often left his fans frustrated with poor shot selection. However, this season he seems to be playing the thinking game more often, and that reflects in his numbers – 236 runs in seven innings at a strike rate of 151.28.
Keep a watch on Kevin Pietersen too; the England batsman is expected to fly back home in a couple of weeks, and he will want to leave his mark on the tournament before his departure.
In order to make an impact, the Mumbai Indians need Sachin Tendulkar to drop anchor and play through the innings with the other batsmen batting around him. The big-hitting Kieron Pollard hasn’t done anything noteworthy – apart from the match-winning 64 against the Rajasthan Royals – and he will need to justify his place in the team, especially given that the likes of Herschelle Gibbs, Richard Levi and Mitchell Johnson are warming the benches. Previous Meetings
The Mumbai Indians will be aware that they not only have a 5-4 win-loss record against the Delhi Daredevils, but have also beaten them twice in three contests at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Virender Sehwag’s boys got the better of the Mumbai Indians when these two teams met at the Wankhede Stadium earlier this season. The hosts were bowled out for a paltry 92 on that occasion, and Sehwag and co. chased it down convincingly with 31 balls to spare. Trivia
Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh has picked up just the one wicket so far in IPL 2012.
The Delhi Daredevils and the Mumbai Indians are among the best bowling sides in IPL 2012. Both teams have taken 48 wickets in seven matches this year. While the Delhi Daredevils’ runs-per-wicket is 19.81, the corresponding number for the Mumbai Indians is 20.29. What next?
The Delhi Daredevils will play their second home game in less than 48 hours when they take on the Rajasthan Royals on April 29. The Mumbai Indians will be seen in action later the same evening when they square off against the Deccan Chargers at the Wankhede Stadium.
Mumbai Indians mentor says his team wants to set the record straight against Delhi Daredevils
By IPL Staff
New Delhi 26 April 2012
Despite the cloudy weather due to which their opponents cancelled their practice, the Mumbai Indians went ahead with their net session at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. They kept at it until the rain came down, at which point they had to leave the ground.
MI are keen to beat DD, who had defeated them in their own backyard. Their mentor, Shaun Pollock said the visitors are looking forward to set the record straight in tomorrow’s game. Excerpts from Pollock’s press conference:
On Lasith Malinga
Lasith will bowl in the nets to see how he feels. He knows his body best and you have to rely on the player in these circumstances. So he will let us know how his body is at the moment. So we will see from there.
On close games in the IPL
In a tournament like this those kind of games are very important. [It] helps [gain] momentum, helps self-confidence, [and instills] self belief that you can get yourself out of certain scenario. [...]
We believe we can win under all circumstances. We believe we can win batting first and we can win chasing totals as well. On the possibility of the last-over or last-ball miracles not panning out all the time
No they are not, but the key is that when they do go down to those circumstances, you come out on top. And we have done it twice now. [...] On whether there was any particular reason for MI to go with three overseas players in one game
We just felt that, that was the best combination. At the end of the day, you want to pick the best eleven players that can win you the game. If there are no overseas players and that is going to win us the game and that is the best combination, so be it. It is not the first time that the Mumbai Indians have done that and probably won’t be the last. But Malinga wasn’t available, and so we looked at other options.
On why Rob Peterson, who conceded only three runs in the first over against Kings XI Punjab, did not bowl again
[...] The captain decides on who he feels is the best equipped to bowl each individual over. I know that twice Robbie was asked to warm up and then something happened in the over before he bowled and they went for another option. It just happened. On whether Harbhajan Singh’s form is a cause for concern
[...] Harbhajan Singh has won many matches for Mumbai Indians. [...] It’s still early days in the tournament and there is still lot of cricket to be played. As we know from years gone by that he can win matches on his own, and we are looking forward to him to doing that as the tournament goes on. On Harbhajan’s approach and bowling
How you approach each over is [dependant on] when you bowl and who you are bowling to. If you are bowling to two batsmen who are [settled] in, they may not be easy to throw the ball at. But if you are bowling to a batsman who has just come to the crease, then you have more variations to use. He is very experienced and he has played a lot of cricket in India and he can read the game pretty well. On playing DD again after losing their home leg at the Wankhede Stadium
The guys will be very motivated [to play]. They were disappointed the way they batted against Delhi [Daredevils] last time, and they want to put the record straight. They will be very keen to perform well tomorrow.