Live Score: 12th match – Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, Fri, Apr 17, Mumbai

Live Score: 12th match – Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, Fri, Apr 17, Mumbai

MI v CSK: Live Scorecard | Live Commentary 

Mumbai Indians rode fantastic fifties by skipper Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard to stage an amazing recovery after an early collapse against Chennai Super Kings to post a mammoth 183/7 in the 12th match o the Indian Premier League. But an onslaught by CSK openers Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith scripted their third win.

Report: Openers fire Super Kings to third victory

Highlight: Watch: The Flying Faf

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The home team, which has lost all three matches it played so far to remain the only side without a point in the ongoing eighth edition of the cash-rich event, are under a lot of pressure to turn things around quickly.

Back-to-back defeats to defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals have left Mumbai Indians gasping for survival.

But with the round robin stage still at its infancy, the 2013 champions can take heart from the fact that they had bounced back last year also after losing five games initially in the UAE league of IPL-7.

Skipper Rohit Sharma, at least, thinks so and said as much on the sidelines of the MI-Reliance Foundation function yesterday.

“Our preparations are very good, but we are unable to execute our plans fully. Even the last time we were in a similar situation, but we came back well,” said Sharma.

Mumbai Indians at promotional event

Head coach Ricky Ponting said “as a group we are lacking a little bit in confidence at the moment”.

How well this captain-coach duo and the support staff instill the confidence into the team members would chart MI’s progress in the tournament.

In the first three games, the team failed to get off to a good start either in batting or bowling and those would be areas that need amends.

To add to the team’s woes, Australia’s Aaron Finch is set to miss the rest of the IPL due to a damaged hamstring, sustained in the last game against the Royals in Ahmedabad.

Lendl Simmons, who has warmed the bench so far, appears to be the front runner to take Finch’s place in the eleven.

Harbhajan Singh, who put up a sterling show with both bat and ball in the home game against Kings XI, missed the following game against the Royals due to a crick in his neck. But the off-spinner yesterday said that he should be able to take the field against the Super Kings.

Another encouraging news for MI is the form shown by hard-hitting West Indian Kieron Pollard in the previous match. He smashed the Royals’ bowling around, hitting huge sixes in his inimitable style. He and Corey Anderson are the two key all-rounders for the team.

Mumbai Indians at promotional event

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