IPL Semi Final 1 Preview: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Navi Mumbai
The semi finals of the big Indian T20 Fix kick off today with the Mumbai Indians facing Royal Challengers Bangalore in Navi Mumbai.
Choice of trumps: Sachin Tendulkar or Jacques Kallis. With the DY Patil pitch being more helpful to pacers, I’d go for Kallis.
Team composition: Bravo could get the nod ahead of Duminy for his medium pace bowling but JP has been more consistent with the bat than any of Mumbai’s rotating no 5s. McLaren, Malinga, Zak, Bhajji and Pollard have been great through the tournament and should continue to form the bowling attack.
A question Sachin would want to settle is whether he should go in for specialist keeper Chandan Madan/ Tare or continue with Ambati Rayudu as makeshift keeper. Madan and Tare have not had practice keeping to Bhajji but Rayudu is not a regular keeper and mistakes in this match would unravel all the work put in through the past month.
It’s an issue RCB have taken a call on already. Mark Boucher, according to his tweets has flown back to SA and Robin Uthappa will continue to be the makeshift keeper. Manish Pandey is on thin ice but his consistency earlier in the season should count for something besides no other combination has worked either. Kevin Pietersen’s been a bigger asset than Cameron White or Ross Taylor for Bangalore, he definitely needs to figure in their scheme of things.
Against MI’s flaky middle order, Anil Kumble remains their biggest threat while in Steyn they have a man capable of taking out Tendulkar.
Where’s your money?