Opening match blues at home haunt Mumbai Indians

Apr 09, 2013, 07:45 IST | A Correspondent

Mumbai Indians, who are all set to play their first home game of the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 today, haven't got favourable results in front of their home crowd in the previous four editions

The 2009 edition was moved to South Africa due to security issues as the General Elections clashed with the tournament.

On three out of four occasions, MI have been at the receiving end during their opening match at home.

MiD DAY does a total recall of all those instances:

In the inaugural season, MI crossed swords with Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium. A fighting total of 165 wasn’t enough as the experience of South African veterans Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis helped RCB eke out a narrow win with two balls to spare.

Mumbai Indians held their nerve to manage a four-run win against Rajasthan Royals at the Brabourne Stadium.

Rajasthan Royals’ Yusuf Pathan hits out against MI at CCI in 2010

Opting to bat, MI piled on 212 against Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals thanks to an onslaught from Ambati Rayudu and Saurabh Tiwary. In reply, Royals were in dire straits at 66-4 but Yusuf Pathan hammered a ton in just 37 balls, leaving the bowlers perplexed. However, his monumental effort was not enough to steer the ship home.

The delight at the Wankhede Stadium after Sachin Tendulkar got his solitary hundred in IPL did not last long as Kochi Tuskers Kerala chased down 182 with an over to spare and eight wickets in the bag. Brendon McCullum and Mahela Jayawardene set up the win with a 128-run opening stand with Ravindra Jadeja and Brad Hodge giving the finishing touches.

It was the turn of their neighbours, Pune Warriors to visit Wankhede Stadium and humble Mumbai Indians. The tie was a low-scoring one as MI were restricted to a mere 101 in 20 overs, chasing a small total of 129. Put into bat, Pune never got going but the reply by the hosts was even weaker and ended up 27 runs short. Ashok Dinda, who scalped four wickets, was the chief architect of Warriors’ win.  

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