Mumbai Indians look to upset in-form Chennai today in quest for first win this season
Dubai: Their campaign off to a disastrous start, defending champions Mumbai Indians will be gunning for their first win in IPL-7 but it won't be easy as they take on formidable Chennai Super Kings this evening.
Can MI's batsmen support Malinga? The Sri Lankan paceman (centre) has been MI’s most successful bowler this season with 5 wickets
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. MI have plenty of work to do, both in their batting as well as bowling departments.
It is their batting which has hurt the title holders badly as they could only muster 122 and 115 in their first 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. They will certainly have to shoulder more responsibility.
Zak, Malinga on target
On the bowling front, veteran Zaheer Khan and Lasith Malinga were on target, 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 wickets that has affected the team.
The number of runs Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has scored in two matches in the current IPL
> Mumbai Indians were 52 for 4 in the 10 th over, but Kieron Pollard (60 off 32 balls) batted through the innings to take them to 148, even as wickets kept falling at the other end
> Lasith Malinga, bowling the first over during the Chennai innings, first squeezed one under Michael Hussey's bat and then handed Suresh Raina a golden duck as the latter attempted to fend off an accurate bouncer. That was a perfect start for the Mumbai Indians
> MS Dhoni sent Badrinath, Bravo and Jadeja ahead of him. He had to finally come out at 36 for 5 in the seventh over. However, he ran out of batsmen and actually had to begin farming the strike with six overs to go. MI won by 23 runs