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Well, you know much about this particular team- The Mumbai Indians. Not many players have changed but some very good guys have joined this already awesome troop.
Okay, lets just have a small recap of what happened to Ambanis’ team in the past season. The first season was anything and everything that they would have forgotten. Sachin Tendulkar’s injury, Harbhajan’s poor Captaincy and Sreesanth controversy, then Shaun Pollock taking the responsibility. Finally, they found some rhythm as Tendulkar returned back ending awful moments. But, sadly they didn’t reach the semifinals. 2009 was no way like Season 1. They got in some key players in the Auction and Transfer window and let out some unwanted players. To be very brief, they fared better than 2008 for sure, obviously. Season 3 of IPL is much to talk about and the finalists Team Mumbai. They played superbly with Sachin top scoring for them. Being the runner ups, they qualified and played the CLT20. Now, its time to watch one of the favourites in this season- Mumbai Indians. Read the rest of this entry
T20 cricket is the craze among the present generation in the 21st century. Regarded as the mostinnovative and attractive format of all the three, it continues to win millions of hearts worldwide. The journey started as a dream run with the introduction of the Indian Premier League in 2008 by Lalit modi.Then as a sequel to a blockbuster movie, Champions League T20 came as a sequel to IPL every year. Read the rest of this entry
Probably, the favorites for the Champions League T20, Mumbai Indians are a serious contender and sure semi-finalists. The presence of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo strengthens the team. The team is placed along with Royal Challengers, Guyana, South Australia and Highveld Lions. They were the finalists of the Indian Premier League 2010 and just missed the cup. They were the most consistent team in the whole IPL. Read the rest of this entry
The Indian Premier League is regarded as the most innovative invention when it comes to the world of cricket. IPL season 1 introduced to us 8 teams which became bonded to us immediately. Read the rest of this entry
The Delhi Daredevils take on the Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla. DD are in great form with two wins in their bag.
Mumbai on the other hand needs to concentrate and win in the second game today. They have already won the first game with just an edge.
The Mumbai team has been boasted with the arrival with Kieron Pollard- this year’s biggest buy and all rounder Dwayne Bravo.
So, both the big bucks are to play today. Lasith Malinga will try to make it to the final eleven. But, with both foreigners and Lasith Malinga, the team has to select between Veteran Jayasuriya and all rounder Ryan McLaren.
Tendulkar has said-
Momentum is a key factor here. To start on a good note is so important. There is no time to think and 20 overs just fly by in this format. So in every match momentum will count and we will look to get as many victories as possible
In the T format, it is always very important to finish well. May it be during batting or bowling. Here, we discuss about some of the finishers of the different IPL teams. These key players are pretty much the deciding factors whether their teams cross the finish line or not.
Undoubtedly, the incredible Yusuf Pathan is their finisher. Yusuf Pathan who evolved as an exceptional T player in the first season has grown from strength to strength. His power hitting and his positive attitude have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for the Royals. The recently ( balls) against Mumbai Indians is a burning example of the effect Yusuf has on the opposition. Looking at the current form, he could be again prove to be the biggest game changer for Rajasthan Royals.
Captain cool Dhoni and Albie Morkel are the finishers for this batting heavy team. The fact that helps Superkings is that they are packed with allrounders so they are not heavily dependant on both of them. Though Raina and Haydos are the mainstays at the top, the finishing act is shared between Dhoni, Morkel, Badrinath and the all rounders.
AB de Villiers and Dinesh Karthik are the main people responsible for finishing off games. Delhi has some good local talent like Mithun Manhas, Rajat Bhatia who are capable of giving both the main finishers a good support and saving the tail from being exposed. Mainly if one of the top four Sehawag, Gambhir, De Villiers or Dilshan clicks, they make sure that they finish the game.
KINGS XI PUNJAB
The finishers are Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Pathan. The addition of an allrounder like James Hopes will help their cause. Irfan and Yuvraj have been very successful in previous editions but this time both come back from injuries so there is a big question mark on their form.
For the first season it was Abhishek Nayar and for the second season it was JP Duminy. Mumbai Indians have been the team which has underperformed purely because of they haven’t been able to win the close games. This season, they have started out well pulling off a dramatic victory over the Royals. But Mumbai Indians have identified the local talents like Sathish and Saurabh Tiwary and the return of players like Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, it will add a huge boast to the ending.
David Hussey is one of the strongest finishers for KKR. During his unavailability, Angelo Mathews has fitted into the role of a finisher perfectly. Domestic Players like Wriddhiman Saha and Laxmi Ratan Shukla have also shown that in tense situations they are quite capable of handling the finishing job.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Ross Taylor, Mark Boucher and the young Virat Kohli are the batsmen RCB will depend upon to take their team home. Ross Taylor has been their biggest finisher, especially in the nd season he had invaluable contributons to RCB’s turnaround of fortunes. During his absence, Kohli and Boucher are quite ready to handle the finishing job.
Heavily dependant on one person to do the finishing job, the very talented Rohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma was exceptional in finishing the games for Deccan Chargers in season which was one of the main reasons for their success. Though they have a great start they always put themselves in such a situation where Rohit has to bail them out.
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An astonishing -ball hundred from Yusuf Pathan could not save Rajasthan Royals from a four-run defeat to Mumbai Indians. Pathan’s hundred, the second fastest in T history and the fastest in the Indian Premier League, injected life into Rajasthan’s innings after it had stalled at - in overs chasing Mumbai’s -.
Pathan reached a -ball fifty, followed by his hundred in . He hit nine fours and eight sixes, adding in less than eight over with Paras Dogra, whose contribution to the partnership was from balls. Pathan fell with Rajasthan needing from balls. He was run out when a Dogra straight drive deflected off Sathish’s hands on to the stumps.
Dogra raised the tempo, smashing runs in the same over by Sathish. But his best efforts left Rajasthan needing from the final over by Lasith Malinga, who’d been the best of Mumbai’s bowlers today. Dogra was also run out, having made from . Malinga was unhittable in the final over, conceding just seven of the final over; denying Dmitri Mascarenhas the six needed off the final ball.
Mumbai were dealt a major blow when Harbhajan Singh had to retire hurt while batting. He was struck by a fast, low full-toss on his left-knee from Shaun Tait. The off-spinner could not bowl, and Mumbai nearly paid the price with the match.
Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar elected to bat in this Brabourne Stadium fixture. Attractive fifties from Ambati Rayudu and Sourabh Tiwary helped Mumbai to an impressive score.
Rayudu, who comes to the IPL after a stint with the ICL, struck a -ball fifty. Tiwary, one of the stars of India’s U- World Cup win in 2008, also reached a -ball fifty.
The two added from overs, helping Mumbai average over ten runs an over throughout the innings.
RAJASTHAN ROYALS VS MUMBAI INDIANS
VENUE: BRABOUNE STADIUM, MUMBAI
DATE: 13TH MATCH, 2010 (3PM START)
Team Mumbai Indians:-
The opening partnership and the start will be the key for the team. Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya, one of the World’s most explosive batsmen will open the innings. Its bad that there is no Kieron Pollard for this match. They will surely will the demolisher. The middle order is quite fragile. The likes of JP Duminy will be most important as he is the key player in the middle order. Abhishek Nayar should perform as he is vulnerable both with his bat and the ball.
The team will surely miss the power hitting of Kieron Pollard and the all round performance of Dwayne Bravo who won’t be available for the first game. But, the bowling is strong enough to restrict and defend any total. With, Zaheer Khan as the spear head of the attack along with him is Lasith Malinga, who is very dangerous in death overs. Tendulkar will look to bowl him after the 10th over. The spin department will be looked after by Harbhajan Singh.
TEAM RAJASTHAN ROYALS:-
They will be the most happiest team with IPL returning back to India. The team will surely miss Shane Watson. But, Captain Shane Warne will implement a lot of youngsters into the team. Graeme Smith will guard the opening position along with him Naman Ojha or Swapnil Asnodkar. Yusuf Pathan’s power pack hitting will be the key and he will be the trump card. With Damien Martyn bough in the auction, it adds some strength to the side. Bowling is quite okay. But, there is only one pacer good and reliable- Shaun Tait who will look to swing and hit the deck. Other than him, there is Munaf Patel and Siddharth Trivedi who are not that reliable. With Shane Watson not in, Dimtri Mascarenhas will be important in the game.
It is a flat deck and bowling will play a major role. Win the toss and bat first.
MI:- Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya, JP Duminy, Lasith Malinga
RR:- Graeme Smith, Yusuf Pathan, Shane Warne, Shaun Tait
Rajasthan Royals : Graeme Smith, Swapnil Asnodkar, Damien Martyn, Abhishek Jhunjunwala, Yusuf Pathan, Naman Ojha(w), Dimitri Mascarenhas, Shane Warne(c), Munaf Patel, Siddharth Trivedi, Amit Singh, Shaun Tait, Amit Gajanan Paunikar, Johan Botha, Faiz Fazal, Kamran Khan, Michael Lumb, Morne Morkel, Sumit Narwal, Syed Quadri, Abhishek Raut, Shrikant Wagh, Mahesh Rawat.
Mumbai Indians : Sachin Tendulkar(c), Sanath Jayasuriya, Shikhar Dhawan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Ryan McLaren, Abhishek Nayar, Aditya Tare(w), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Lasith Malinga, Murtaza Ali, Rahul Shukla, Ambati Rayudu, Rajagopal Sathish, Dilhara Fernando, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Dhawal Kulkarni, Chandan Madan, Ishan Malhotra, Graham Napier, Syed Sahabuddin, Saurabh Tiwary.
The magic of IPL knows no frontiers. In its endeavour to reach out to wider audiences, IPL’s 2010 edition will be broadcast in 124 countries.
So it doesn’t matter if your company sends you to Burkina Faso or Belize and your internet is on the blink – you can stay tuned to all the action whenever your favourite team is playing.
Networks from Africa, South-East Asia, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East, Caribbean and the Americas are all set to telecast the IPL matches in their region.
While Supersport Network will broadcast the matches in 51 African countries, Willow TV will telecast the matches in 23 countries and Arab Radio and Television (ART) will reach homes in 20 Middle East countries. Sony Set Max will telecast the tournament in the Indian sub-continent and 21 Caribbean countries will be covered too. Networks from Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand will broadcast the event live in their countries.
Meanwhile, the commentators for the premier tournament have been finalised. Three teams of commentators will be covering the tournament. Former Indian leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, retired fast bowlers Michael Kasprowicz (Australia), Danny Morrision (New Zealand) and Pommie Mbangwa (Zimbabwe) along with renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle will form one team.
The second team includes former India captain Ravi Shastri, fast bowlers Ian Bishop (West Indies) and Dominic Cork (England) while batting all-rounders Russel Arnold (Sri Lanka) and Jeremy Coney (New Zealand), and left-arm chinaman bowler Brad Hogg (Australia).
The third team comprises legendary Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar, popular commentators Mike Haysman (Australia) and Robin Jackman (South Africa), West Indian great wicketkeeper Jeff Dujon and Australian pacer Andy Bichel. Former Kiwi fast bowler Simon Doull will join the team later on.