Unbeaten at home, Mumbai look to stop Chennai juggernaut
They have remained unconquered at home sofar but Mumbai Indians face an arduous task to extend the record as they face a rampaging Chennai Super Kings in their T20 league match in Mumbai tomorrow.india Updated: May 04, 2013 10:51 IST
They have remained unconquered at home sofar but Mumbai Indians face an arduous task to extend the record as they face a rampaging Chennai Super Kings in their T20 League match in Mumbai on Sunday.
Chennai are coming into the match with seven wins on the trot and they are the only team to have won all their four away games this season, so Mumbai have their task cut out, despite having beaten the same rivals the first time.
Both the teams appear to be even on paper with their star-studded line-ups that bat quite deep, but on the points table Chennai (18) stand on top following nine wins from 11 games while Mumbai (12) are fourth with six wins.
Mumbai's three-match winning streak has been snapped with the seven-wicket defeat against Hyderabad in their previous game but their batting appears to be settled and has delivered in the four home games.
They have rattled up huge scores of 209 for 5 against the Delhi Daredevils, 194 for 7 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, 183 for 3 against Pune Warriors, and 174 for three against Kings XI Punjab in home games.
Opener Dwayne Smith has been in good touch, aggregating 194 runs in six matches, with two half-centuries in his kitty. Batting great Sachin Tendulkar has scored just one fifty this year while amassing 171 runs in 10 games and the local hero would be keen to score big against formidable Chennai.
The middle-order has been the strength for the hosts, with wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik, skipper Rohit Sharma and West Indian all rounder Kieron Pollard being the leading run scorers for them.