Late recovery enables Mumbai Indians post 141

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Old 10-May-2012
Late recovery enables Mumbai Indians post 141

Mumbai: Mumbai Indians, who were two for the loss of two wickets, staged a late recovery to post a competitive 141 for the loss of six wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL's only game yesterday.

Bangalore won the toss and decided to bowl at the Wankhede Stadium. Losing opener James Franklin and No.3 Rohit Sharma early, the hosts later fought back thanks largely to Dinesh Karthik (44) and useful contributions from Sachin Tendulkar (24), Kieron Pllard (21 n.o.) and Harbhajan Singh (20 n.o.).

Meanwhile, former Australian speedster and Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Andy Bichel feels the team has missed a "good finisher" in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

"If you look at a team like Delhi Daredevils, you will find guys like Virender Sehwag and Kevin Pietersen finishing off matches for them. We need someone to finish the games off. Our batting group and bowling group is fine, but we need to show character to bounce back. We need to show for consistency," Bichel stated on the eve of his team's away match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur today.

Set to turn tables

Bichel said that CSK are all set to turn tables after blowing hot and cold in the first half.

"There is still a chance for us. We are addressing our problems and trying to bounce back and carry on with that form with rest of the season."

Bichel feels that missing Mike Hussey during the first part of the tournament certianly had an effect.

"We had missed Michael Hussey and players like him and Shane Watson give huge inputs to their teams. Watson is a class player and has been doing well for his country and also for Rajasthan Royals. Others like Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane, Brad Hodge and Owais Shah also have done well so far. We can't have any specific strategy for the likes of Watson but have to bowl a good length. It might work or it may not," he said.

On pacer Doug Bollinger's fitness he said, "Doug is well now. He would be on the selection list but the team would be finalized on the basis of conditions out there."

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