MI vs CSK May 23 Qualifier 2 playoff match preview, Semifinals IPL 5 Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings teams and Squads Prediction
May 23 2012, Bengaluru: The Qualifier 2 is played between the last year finalists of IPL i.e. Mumbai and Chennai. Match will be played at the best of the batting pitches of India that is Bangalore, Karnataka. Mumbai has the best bowlers in business. M Patel, RP Singh and most importantly Malinga. Chennai on the other hand has always struggled to put runs on the board.
Chennai were very lucky we must say since everything went on their way. Firstly Punjab lost the match, then Rajasthan was kicked out by Deccan and Finally the most important game where RCB had to chase 134 to qualify for playoffs and their whole batting line-up was in the pavilion. D Styne bowled well for 3 for 8 runs. And this is the reason why Chennai are into the Playoffs. They may have never expected Bangalore to lose such an important Match.
But this is not it, the winner of Mumbai vs Chennai will play against the losers of Qualifier 1 that is Losers od Delhi vs Kolkata. So if Mumbai or Chennai will make to finals only if they win 2 matches in a row, which is indeed a difficult task.
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings , Eliminator (3rd v 4th)
T20 Cricket League 2012
Wed, May 23 2012, 20:00
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Mumbai Indians MI Squad: Sachin Tendulkar, James Franklin, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Harbhajan Singh (c), Dhawal Kulkarni, Lasith Malinga, RP Singh
Chennai Super Kings CSK Squad: Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Faf du Plessis / Albie Morkel, Srikkanth Anirudha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shadab Jakati, Ben Hilfenhaus
Previous Match Reviews:
Harbhajan: It is a big game, if we win this one then we will have to get the momentum going till Finals of IPL. It makes a difference when you have experience at the top and having Gibbs back in the side is definitely a real boost to our side.
Malinga: I always try to take wickets so I’m happy that I have done that. I know I can’t swing the ball much so I know I need to take wickets to play international cricket. I can’t get a caught behind or a catch in the slip area that’s why i try and bowl yorkers at the stumps or slower deliveries to get wickets. While training I would use my old shoes and use them as a target to bowl yorkers at.
D Bravo is the real Hero, its because of him CSK is into playoffs:It was a very simple equation. We needed four to tie and five to win. So definitely boundary was the option, and I backed myself well,” he said at the post-match press conference on Monday. The bowler (Bhatia) helped with a bad delivery in that over. It was a fantastic game. You got to give credit to both teams. The fans got their money’s worth.
Harbhajan Singh: We are still trying to find out who is the best opening partner for Sachin. Gibbs played well, but today Smith was amazing. We are looking at combinations. Our fielding was a bit better than RR’s today. Overall we are quite happy with the way we played today. We wanted to give our best shot and I’m happy we did.
Dhawal Kulkarni: Feeling happy that I got a chance to play and pick 3 wickets. I am feeling very happy. Whether I play the next game or not is upto the selectors. My strength is to maintain a good line and length. As a youngster it is a great challenge to play against such stalwarts.
Dwayne Smith: It’s a great privilege to open with Sachin. Have opened before, so not something new. We talked about being positive and taking the side home. It’s good to start well and get some runs. It’s the crunch time in the tournament.
Match Predictions: Mumbai has the best bowlers and Chennai has best batsmen on the cards. Since its a Bangalore pitch 170+ will be still not enough. Both the teams will go with a minimum of 8 Batsmen for the day. A one of the unpredictable matches of IPL 5. Malinga is in best of his form and so is Ben Hilfenhaus. At the end of the day Dhoni is the game tuner and his ideas can win the game for Chennai. However the GOD of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar must be watchful. If RP singh and L Malinga will take wickets in regular intervals the match will favor the Mumbai Indians. All the best for the Qualifiers for both the team and let the best team WIN.