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Match 58 of Pepsi IPL 2013 is the Maharashtrian Derby with Pune Warriors India hosting the mighty Mumbai Indians in a match which is definitely more crucial to the latter.
That PWI have had a miserable season can be established from the fact that they lie at the bottom of the table, having won only two matches. The team will be keen to arrest their eight-match losing streak and give their fans something to cheer about.
In their last outing, the Mumbai Indians trounced defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders by a mammoth margin of 65 runs. With eight wins from 12 matches, MI sit among the top four teams in the standings and are on the brink of qualification to the Pepsi IPL 2013 Play-Offs.
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 4 p.m
Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune The Protagonists
Robin Uthappa has consistently scored runs for PWI and there will be expectations of him to get the team off to a solid start yet again. Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh and Angelo Mathews have played useful hands every now and then; PWI will need at least one of them to support Uthappa by playing a big knock.
Runs from Sachin Tendulkar was the missing block in the Mumbai Indians’ jigsaw puzzle. The Little Master scored 48 off 28 balls in the previous match – a knock which drew parallels to his fluency in the late 1990s. With him back among the runs makes it the top five of MI being among the runs. The team could possibly have Tendulkar play through the innings allowing the likes of Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard to go after the bowling.
On the bowling front, MI certainly hold the edge, not only in terms of experience but also in terms of match-winners. Mitchell Johnson has been lethal, getting the ball to jag back in, while Lasith Malinga seems to be getting his Yorkers right yet again. In the spin cupboard, MI have Harbhajan Singh who seems to have rediscovered his rhythm and Pragyan Ojha who is among the top wicket-takers in the IPL.
The Mumbai Indians have won four of their five matches against Pune Warriors India. In the most recent meeting between the two teams at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, MI posted 183 on the back of a half-century from Rohit Sharma and then restricted the visitors to 142 for eight to register a comprehensive 41-run win.
Mumbai Indians have won seven of the nine matches they have batted first this season. They have also posted six scores of 150 or more batting first. The Mumbai Indians have posted the most 50-plus partnerships this season – 15. Pune Warriors India meanwhile have conceded the most 50-plus partnerships – 14.
Pune Warriors India will head out to Kolkata to take on the Kolkata Knight riders on May 15. The Mumbai Indians meanwhile will head back home to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 13.
As they prepared to take on Kings XI Punjab at Mohali, Sunrisers’ mentor, VVS Laxman maintained that their bowling attack is still capable of invoking fear among the opposition.
“You hurt when you lose a game like that (loss to CSK by 77 runs) and we did too. We were really disappointed to lose so heavily against CSK. But it’s important to learn and move forward,” Laxman said. “But still, whichever team we play against, knows the strength of our bowling and respect our attack.”
While, barring that last aberration, SRH’s bowling has been pretty settled, their real concern right though the tournament has been the lack of big scores from their batsmen. Admitting that the team depends a lot on Shikhar Dhawan, Laxman urged senior batsmen like Kumar Sangakkaraand Cameron White to get among some runs at this, the crucial last phase of the league stage.
“There’s no doubt that Shikhar is our premier batsman, given the form and the confidence he has,” Laxman said. “In saying that, we have other batsmen who are talented and have done well. Shikhar wasn’t there for the first few games and a lot of youngsters like Hanuma Vihari, Akshath Reddy did well.
“But we would love to do much better as a batting unit and especially for our experienced batsmen like Sangakkara and White to show some form, which they haven’t so far. The remaining five league games are very important in terms of the tournament and if they get some runs we will be able to post huge totals,” the Indian batting legend said.
Like most teams in the tournament, the SRH have been more formidable at home than away. Five of their seven wins have come in Hyderabad. Laxman said most of the five away losses were close games and that the defeats weren’t for the lack of skill or effort.
“We’ve lost some close games away. We won two good ones in Pune and Delhi. In Chennai (MS) Dhoni played that fantastic knock and took the game away from us. In Jaipur it was Shane Watson who did so. In Bangalore we were outdone by Virat’s (Kohli) innings. Besides the individual brilliance, we were in control of the game. So, overall we’re quite pleased with the way we have traveled and we haven’t underperformed as such. The exceptions were the game in Kolkata where we didn’t play to our potential,’ he said.
Although Laxman is with SRH as the team mentor, the temptation of picking the brain of one of the greatest Indian batsmen would be irresistible for the youngsters in the camp. Laxman said he does talk to the batsmen in terms of their game but doesn’t believe in forcing his views on them.
“It’s been very exciting working with this group. The current crops of players are very receptive to suggestions. Right since my playing days as a senior member I have always had discussions with the young batsmen in the team.
“In IPL it’s more about talking to them about the mental aspect of the game rather than the technical stuff. A lot of the talk is about how to approach and play in a certain situation. It’s not about forcing your ideas on the players but having healthy discussions.
If those talks help them find a solution to any of their problems, it’s great,” he said. The recently retired Indian batsman had some fine words to say about his fellow Hyderabadi and one of the finds of this IPL, Hanuma Vihari.
“The most important quality for a young player to have is how quickly he learns, and Vihari is very good in that respect. Prior to this IPL he didn’t have much T20 experience but from the first game till now, he has improved a lot. His strengths are his temperament and his basic technique. Once you have these qualities you can succeed in any format.
The IPL is a good learning phase for Vihari and I’m sure he will lap it up to improve his game,” Laxman said.