Mumbai Indians vs Cape Cobras – CLT20 2011 – 11th Match

September 30, 2011 by  
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In what should be an exciting game as far as the positions in the Group A are concerned, Mumbai Indians take on the Cape Cobras on Friday. Mumbai Indians are the shock toppers of the group so far. They have got the better of the defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the first match in a stunning turnaround and then edged Trinidad and Tobago off the last ball of the game to make it two wins in a two. The Cobras started off well with a win over the New South Wales Blues in the first game, but were outplayed by the Super Kings in the game on Wednesday. Interestingly, the Cobras looked good against Chennai but the depth of the Super Kings’ batting seemed to have got the better of them. If Mumbai Indians win, they will consolidate their top position but more importantly would be left with only a mathematical possibility of not getting to the semi-finals. On the other hand, if Cobras put it across the Mumbai Indians, there will be two teams – Mumbai and Cobras – with two wins from three games and the suspense about the semi-finalists will only get more intense.

Match Details:
Match: CLT20 2011 11th Match
Date: September 30th,2011 (Friday)
Time: 14:30 GMT | 20:00 IST
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

With Davy Jacobs injured, the Mumbai Indians are now left with 13 players in the squad, according to captain Harbhajan Singh’s estimates. They may announce a backup for Jacobs but with seven or eight players already injured in the side, it is difficult to see how the Mumbai Indians will be able to conjure up one. The other issue for the Mumbai Indians side is their poor batting. In both the games, their top-order has failed to fire and without too many on the bench, the best that Harbhajan Singh can do is to make positional changes rather than personnel ones. Andrew Symonds place would have been in jeopardy had it not been for the fitness issues. That effectively means that the burly Queenslander will be persisted with despite his scores of 3 and 0, to go with two wicketless overs for 16 runs.

The Cobras have a good balance but where they went wrong in the Chennai game was their dismissals at the most inopportune of the times. JP Duminy has been batting at the number five position which is strange given how slow the pitch becomes towards the end of the innings. It wouldn’t do the side any harm if both, Owais Shah and Duminy are moved a place higher. Their experience should help the side immensely against the likes of Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh. More of who is not; Cobras need more from Dale Steyn in the bowling department after it was his over in the 19th that turned things around against his side against Chennai. Mumbai Indians need more from the likes of T Suman and Ambati Rayadu at the start of the innings. An interesting contest in prospect given Cobras’ resources in the spin department. They should still be favourites, but one feels that the Mumbai Indians batsmen may start coming good after the couple of failures.