Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 28 April 2012 - 09:32pm IST
Preview: Match 40 – MI v DC
Mumbai Indians take on bottom-placed Deccan Chargers at Wankhede
Match 40 of DLF IPL 2012 will see the Mumbai Indians take on the Deccan Chargers.
Though it’s past the half-way stage, both these teams are yet to find any kind of rhythm and are placed in the bottom half of the table. The Deccan Chargers will come into this contest with a bit of confidence after registering their first victory of the season in their last outing. The Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, will need to recover from the thrashing they received at the hands of the Delhi Daredevils.
Sunday, April 29, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Apart from the usual suspect – Sachin Tendulkar – who is under the spotlight every time he takes the field, MI will need match-winning knocks from Rohit Sharma. They have shown a lot of faith in him and have promoted him to the crucial No.3 position; and it is about time he starts delivering. The 24-year-old – the team’s leading run-getter – has looked in good touch when he has got going, but he needs to realize that all that talent at his disposal will come to naught if he does not apply himself in the middle.
Apart from the one match-winning half-century against the Rajasthan Royals, there is very little else that the explosive Kieron Pollard has done this season. In his last four knocks, the Trinidadian has aggregated 27 runs at a strike-rate of 93. For a player who can cause a lot of damage in very little time, Pollard needs to perform better than he’s done in his last four innings.
Also look out for the fiery face-off between Dale Steyn and Lasith Malinga – two of the most difficult bowlers to face no matter the format of the game.
Prior to the start of IPL 2012, the Mumbai Indians and the Deccan Chargers had met eight times and both teams had won four matches apiece.
The head-to-head has swayed slightly in favour of the Mumbai Indians after their meeting at Visakhapatnam earlier this season. On that occasion, the Deccan Chargers posted 138 for nine batting first and dominated the match for most parts before being pipped at the post by MI. The visitors needed 18 of the last over – a target that came down to three off the last ball (after Rohit Sharma and James Franklin had found the boundary twice in the first four deliveries). Sharma rose to the challenge and clubbed Daniel Christian for a huge six over long-on to seal the deal for his team.
The Deccan Chargers have scored the fewest boundaries in IPL 2012. They’ve only hit 102 boundaries (70 fours and 32 sixes) in their six matches.
Both teams will play the Pune Warriors India next. While the Deccan Chargers will square off against PWI at their adopted home ground (Barabati Stadium in Cuttack) on May 1, the Mumbai Indians will travel to Pune on May 3 for their away leg.