It would seem Mumbai have an easy game against the Deccan Chargers who have been struggling. Mumbai have had their own struggles at home only winning 1 of 4 matches in Mumbai. They would like to resurrect that statistic but Deccan did manage to get a win in their previous match which would of boosted their confidence.
Match Information :
April 29, Mumbai
Starting Time: 2000 Local Time (1430 GMT Time)
How the Teams Stand:
Mumbai need a win desperately against Deccan since they are 3rd from the bottom and they clearly shouldn’t be that low. A win for the Mumbai Indians would put them in a much improved position of 3rd which is where many thought they would be close to. Deccan still have a very small chance of scraping through into the top four for the finals but they need to win almost every game from now on to do that which would be an incredible feat. Mumbai are a very balanced team but they will look to exploit any defects in the Deccan batsmen. Deccan will have to attack Mumbai’s bowlers or else they could see a very low score being posted.
Shikhar Dhawan vs Lasith Malinga
Shikhar Dhawan is by far Deccan’s best Indian player, it is a good sign that they are not relying on Dhawan who has been in good form as Cameron White looks to have found some form. Dhawan is not the fastest of scorers but he is a very useful player to have for Deccan as their middle order can collapse quite easily. Lasith Malinga has recovered from a injury and still isn’t 100% but picking up 2 wickets in the previous match it is easy to tell Mumbai rely on Malinga. Dhawan will have the tough task of digging out Lasith Malinga’s toe breaking yorkers and even if he doesn’t score quickly he just needs to make sure Malinga doesn’t take any wickets.
James Franklin was ruled out of Mumbai’s previous match due to a sickness and it is unclear whether he has recovered.
Dale Steyn was rested last match for Rusty Theron who took 2 wickets but was expensive and Steyn should return.
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