rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Cricket » Struggling Mumbai Indians take on confident Chennai Super Kings

Struggling Mumbai Indians take on confident Chennai Super Kings

April 24, 2014 13:11 IST

Struggling Mumbai Indians take on confident Chennai Super Kings

     Next

Next

Their campaign off to a disastrous start, defending champions Mumbai Indians would be gunning for their first win in the seventh edition of IPL but it won't be easy as they take on formidable Chennai Super Kings, who are on a roll, in Dubai on Friday. 

Mumbai could not have asked for a nightmarish start to the tournament as the Rohit Sharma-led side suffered big defeats to Kolkata Knight Riders (by 41 runs) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (by 7 wickets) in their first two games. 

The Mumbai outfit, have plenty of work to do both in their batting as well as bowling departments. 

- Please click NEXT for more...


Image: Mumbai Indians players celebrate the fall of a wicket
Photographs: BCCI

     Next

Their batting has hurt the title holders badly

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

It is their batting which has hurt the title holders badly as they could only muster 122 and 115 in their previous two games.

Ambati Rayudu got starts in both the matches but failed to convert them into big scores, while senior players like Mike Hussey, skipper Rohit, Kieron Pollard and all-rounder Correy Anderson have been far from impressive and they will be have to shoulder more responsibility if the team hopes to defend its title. 

On the bowling front, veteran Zaheer Khan and Lasith Malinga were upto the mark, but the spin department comprising Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha has let the team down. 

While Harbhajan has been economical, Ojha leaked runs in both the matches but it is their inability to pick up wickets which has affected the team badly and would be a cause of concern for coach John Wright and mentor Sachin Tendulkar.

- Please click NEXT for more...

 


Image: Mumbai Indians players in a hurdle before a match
Photographs: BCCI

Prev     Next

Chennai will start as overwhelming favourites

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Chennai, on the other hand, started their IPl-7 campaign with a six-wicket loss at the hands of Kings XI Punjab. 

But they stormed back into familiar territory with back-to-back wins over Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals. In fact, Chennai recorded their biggest-ever win in terms of runs against the Delhi Daredevils (by 93 runs) before comfortably beating Rajasthan by seven wickets. 

And going by form, Chennai will start as overwhelming favourites against a struggling Mumbai side, which is seeking to get back to winning ways. 

Two-time winners CSK will be banking on their strong batting to give them a flying start. After his 28-ball 50 against Rajasthan last night, Dwayne Smith will be eyeing yet another electrifying knock.

Please click NEXT for more...


Image: Chennai Super Kings players practice ahead of the match
Photographs: BCCI

Prev     Next

Raina will again be the man to watch out for

Prev     More
Prev

More

But it is Suresh Raina, who struck his 20th fifty in IPL recently, will again be the man to watch out for. The left-handed batsman has been one of the most prolific scorer in the IPL. 

After having failed in the last two outings, Brendon McCullum will be hoping to give the team a brisk start at the top along with Smith.

Faf du Plessis is always a dangerous customer while Ravindra Jadeja is a dependable bat as well. And then there is skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who will be eager to have a good hit in the middle. 

As far as Chennai bowling is concerned, left-arm spinner Jadeja shone with the ball against Rajasthan picking up four wickets for 33 runs.

But mostly it has been a collective effort from the bowlers, especially the pace trio of Ben Hilfenhaus, Ishwar Pandey and Mohit Sharma, who were accurate with their swing bowling.


Image: Suresh Raina celebrates with his Chennai Super Kings teammates
Photographs: BCCI

Prev     More