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Early contenders look for reassuring win
5 May 2009, 8:48 pm



Match facts

May 6, 2009

Start time 16.30 (14.30GMT)



RP Singh will need to lift his game a level higher to make up for Fidel Edwards' absence

AFP

Big Picture

Three points separate seven teams at around the half-way stage. So tight is the table that on Tuesday, Rajasthan Royals jumped from No. 7 to No. 2 with their win against Kings XI Punjab, only to be pushed back to third following Delhi Daredevils' victory over Kolkata Knight Riders later in the night. No one team can be convinced of making the semi-finals, which makes almost every game in these middle stages crucial. Especially when Deccan Chargers are playing Mumbai Indians, two teams that started off so well they were talked of as title contenders.

Deccan started their campaign with four straight wins, twice the number of matches they won last year, but three matches later they have a losing streak to overcome. Fidel Edwards has been a big loss for them, and they need to somehow get back to winning ways.

Mumbai have their own problems, not the least losing Zaheer Khan to a shoulder injury. They have won just one out of their last three games, and quite incredibly stand at No. 7. Tomorrow's game, though, is sure to change the top four in the points table. If Deccan win, they will rise to No. 2, if Mumbai win, they will enter the top four, displacing Deccan.

Form guide (completed matches, most recent first)

Deccan Chargers - LLLWW

Ryan Harris, Edwards' replacement, went for 39 runs in his four overs against Chennai Super Kings.

Mumbai Indians - LWLWL

Lasith Malinga hasn't opened the bowling in his last two games, and has gone for 47 runs in 7.1 overs - a big contrast to the 57 he had given away in 14.2 previous overs.

Watch out for

RP v Tendulkar and Jayasuriya: In Edwards' absence, RP Singh could well determine which way Deccan go from here on. He has achieved a personal target through this IPL, a return to the Indian squad for the World Twenty20, but now is the time for him to take his game a notch higher. His key men in the opening spell will be Sanath Jayasuriya and Sachin Tendulkar. RP got Jayasuriya out for 1 in the previous match, but he will know a lot of it was down to the pressure Edwards created.

Malinga v Gilchrist and Gibbs: The last time these two teams met, Malinga proved too hot, but the Deaccan openers found a way around him, managing 93 runs between them off 64 deliveries. Malinga bowled a double-wicket maiden, the last over of the innings, in his 4-1-19-3.

Team news

Deccan could try Chaminda Vaas ahead of Harris. And their other trouble has been the No. 3 batsman. VVS Laxman has scored 19 in five innings, Azhar Bilakhia hasn't been too impressive either.

Deccan: 1 Adam Gilchrist (capt./wk), 2 Herschelle Gibbs, 3 VVS Laxman/Azhar Bilakhia, 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 Scott Styris, 6 Venugopal Rao, 7 Ravi Teja, 8 Harmeet Singh, 9 Pragyan Ojha, 10 RP Singh, 11 Chaminda Vaas/Ryan Harris.

Most of Mumbai's team discussion will revolve around finding a replacement for Zaheer, who fell badly on his shoulder, while fielding during the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Dhawal Kulkarni and left-arm medium-pacer Rahil Shaikh are the frontrunners.

Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and Saurabh Tiwary have failed to set the world alight, but Mumbai will have to pick two of the three, unless they spring a complete surprise.

Mumbai: 1 Sanath Jayasuriya, 2 Sachin Tendulkar (capt.), 3 JP Duminy 4 Dwayne Bravo, 5 Abhishek Nayar, 6 and 7 Shikhar Dhawan/Saurabh Tiwary/Ajinkya Rahane , 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Pinal Shah (wk), 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Dhawal Kulkarni/Rahil Shaikh.

Stats and trivia

Gilchrist has scored 210 runs in the tournament, while his Mumbai counterpart, Tendulkar, has 209. Matthew Hayden holds the orange cap with 289.

Head-to-head

In their first game this season, Deccan won when Mumbai lost their way following the strategy time-out of their chase of 169.

Last year Mumbai were ambushed by Gilchrist in their first match. Gilchrist smashed 109 off 47 balls to set up Deccan's ten-wicket victory. However, Deccan's top order collapsed in the second match as they slipped to a 25-run defeat in Hyderabad.

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo



Source: India news from Cricinfo

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Mumbai is winning tomorrow against this Deccan side based on this sequence!
Mumbai Indians - LWLWLW
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Mumbai is winning tomorrow against this Deccan side based on this sequence!
Mumbai Indians - LWLWLW
or for DC  - WWWLLLW ;D
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Mumbai is winning tomorrow against this Deccan side based on this sequence!
Mumbai Indians - LWLWLW
I want DC to do something with that sequence.  Perhaps rearrange it for them. :)
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This should be a cracker of a game.. both teams need to recover
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Despite VVS's dismal show thus far and looking lost out there this is the lineup I would want for tomorrow.

Gilly/Gibbs/Suman/Rohit/Smith/VVS/Rao/Vaas/RPS/Ojha/Harmeet.

But there is a chance Gilly might drop one of Rao or VVS for Bilakhia or Teja and also retain Ryan Harris for Vaas.
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I haven't followed Teja too closely, But why he is not a certainty in this side?
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Despite VVS's dismal show thus far and looking lost out there this is the lineup I would want for tomorrow.

Gilly/Gibbs/Suman/Rohit/Smith/VVS/Rao/Vaas/RPS/Ojha/Harmeet.

But there is a chance Gilly might drop one of Rao or VVS for Bilakhia or Teja and also retain Ryan Harris for Vaas.

Cricinfo has Styris instead of Smith  ???
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I haven't followed Teja too closely, But why he is not a certainty in this side?
He played the initial two games but did not do well.  So they got in Bilakhia for him.  He is good and has nice range of shots to complement his game.  As long as he continues to impress in the nets and there is no way for us to know(I can surely find out if needed) about it Gilly and Lehmann will keep him in contention.  The key is when you get a chance one needs to make it count.  In 20-20 you hardly get a chance to get set given the length of the game is so short.  But then it is the same for everyone.
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Despite VVS's dismal show thus far and looking lost out there this is the lineup I would want for tomorrow.

Gilly/Gibbs/Suman/Rohit/Smith/VVS/Rao/Vaas/RPS/Ojha/Harmeet.

But there is a chance Gilly might drop one of Rao or VVS for Bilakhia or Teja and also retain Ryan Harris for Vaas.

Cricinfo has Styris instead of Smith  ???
Unless he is injured that cannot be true unless Gilly has his own reasons for such a change which I want to know.
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Must win game for us. Zaheer's loss will hurt big time. We'll need to pick two bowlers.
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Mumbai should also think of pushing Dhawan up the order if an early wicket falls..
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Must win game for us. Zaheer's loss will hurt big time. We'll need to pick two bowlers.
not sure..ZK has not set the Mumbai on fire so far anyway!
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Must win game for us. Zaheer's loss will hurt big time. We'll need to pick two bowlers.

maybe Sachin will pick another batsman instead of Zaheer - he seems to be obsessed with batters ;)
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Despite VVS's dismal show thus far and looking lost out there this is the lineup I would want for tomorrow.

Gilly/Gibbs/Suman/Rohit/Smith/VVS/Rao/Vaas/RPS/Ojha/Harmeet.

But there is a chance Gilly might drop one of Rao or VVS for Bilakhia or Teja and also retain Ryan Harris for Vaas.

there no way VVS should play ahead of Teja and even if he plays, it is useless to make him bat at #6 - might as well pick an extra bowler then !!
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Must win game for us. Zaheer's loss will hurt big time. We'll need to pick two bowlers.
not sure..ZK has not set the Mumbai on fire so far anyway!

He has maintained control in most matches ...and picked up both openers in the match against KKR. I think he is a good foil for Malinga upfront and a great option at the death.
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yup. mumbai are in trouble IMO if they dont win this game. other than the first win against us their only wins have come against lowly kolkata.
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If deccan wins this they are inch closer to SF spot alongwith DD. both may need another 2 matches , and one of them would be against KKR  ;) .
This table is real sea saw. I wish Kolkata would have had 4 wins by now. That would make the table wide open till last also Teams won't be confident of winning against KKR.
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DC wins toss and bat.

Teja comes in for VVS a good move considering he is struggling mightly.

Ojha not playing either.  Perhaps a niggle.  Harmeet gets the chance.

Dhawan and ZK out for MI.
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Gibbs goes.   4th straight failure for him.

Once Symmo comes back he should be the guy that should be replaced.
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Gibbs goes.   4th straight failure for him.

Once Symmo comes back he should be the guy that should be replaced.
Re: That dismissal.  No foot work.  Pretty much an innocuous ball.  Gibbs just did not look focussed to me on that occasion.
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Two massive sixes by Suman off HS.  Good stuff.
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Two massive sixes by Suman off HS.  Good stuff.
And he survives HS slap by getting out early to Bravo
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Now Gilly tonks HS for a Six.
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Now Gilly tonks HS for a Six.
Maximum happiness a shot can buy for Rams? Or perhaps close to maximum (VVSL)?
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Now Gilly tonks HS for a Six.
Maximum happiness a shot can buy for Rams? Or perhaps close to maximum (VVSL)?
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Now Gilly tonks HS for a Six.
Maximum happiness a shot can buy for Rams? Or perhaps close to maximum (VVSL)?
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Well here is somethign to take his happiness away:

The most aggressive batsman however playing with a strike rate of 88 after almost 9 overs

 Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR This bowler Last 5 ovs   Mat Runs Ave   
 *AC Gilchrist (lhb) 22 25 2 1 88.00  1 (4b) 13 (14b)   35 940 29.37
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Well here is somethign to take his happiness away:

The most aggressive batsman however playing with a strike rate of 88 after almost 9 overs

 Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR This bowler Last 5 ovs   Mat Runs Ave   
 *AC Gilchrist (lhb) 22 25 2 1 88.00  1 (4b) 13 (14b)   35 940 29.37
He is gone too.
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Gilly goes now.  DC in trouble.
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Smith is not in the WI team?
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First 10 overs to MI.

I think DC will lose.

The only way this team could have won was put up 180 plus given their only frontline bowler is RP.  I am not sure why Ojha is not playing.

Against SRT/SJ/Duminy/Bravo and this bowling line up anything less than 180 is  asking for trouble on this surface.
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Smith is not in the WI team?
Not in the test team.  No.
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What a six by Smith.  Planting his foot and hoisting one over mid-wicket.
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Dwayne Smith goes.  Misses everything.
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RS just not able to get on with it.
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RS just not able to get on with it.
He just is not getting the job done.
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In remaining overs, let us say they get 50 more. Makes it 150 to defend.
Looks like DC's bubble has finally burst. The not so aggressive inngs by Gilly gave a feel they were not confident of their batting line or may want someone else to hit from other side like Suman.
Anyway with Edwards gone, will be interesting to track their progress.
150 (if they can get to it ) is definitely  competitive.
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RS just not able to get on with it.
He just is not getting the job done.
Finally a four.
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