CLT20 2013 – Final: Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals at Delhi, 6 Oct

Two legends, but only one perfect finish | PunterPolls Prediction

CLT20 2013 - A chance to see two legends play the T20 format for the last time was one of the things to look forward to at the start of this Champions League, but by some design and because of the quality of cricket played by Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians, the two players have got an opportunity to finish in style. The 2013 Champions League began with the Dravid v Tendulkar show, and it is ending the same way.

Despite being light-years away from their best form, they continue to inspire their respective teams - Rahul Dravid, in an active and visible role as the passionate leader and Tendulkar, as every Mumbai Indians player concedes, for being the guiding light.

Dravid joined the franchise three years ago and has managed to successfully convert Warne's Royals into Rahul's Royals after a topsy-turvy year that brought exhilarating highs and crushing lows. He had said at the start of the tournament that the team was closer because of the spot-fixing crisis they faced and that has shown in their undefeated campaign in this tournament. Their non-flashy players excelled playing a similar non-flashy brand of cricket. Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Brad Hodge, Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson have collectively stood up to every batting challenge efficiently, but it's their bowling that has surprised most, with inspirational performances from inexperienced players like Pravin Tambe, Rahul Shukla and Vikramjeet Malik.

PunterPolls Prediction

We are bit late today, but we are hoping that things will go according to our experts. Two best team of the tournament are facing each other in the decider. What a co-incidence that both team had also played the opener at Jaipur. Again; Royals have won the toss and elected to bowl first. Just like they did in their first encounter.

While analysing both the teams we can see that Royals chasing in this match is bit unsure in the absence of Brad Hodge and the venue changed to Delhi. Like to remind you all that Royals are playing very first time out of Jaipur. Though Mumbai Indians have already played two games on this pitch; this is the first time they have been asked to bat first on this track.

According to our experts, at this stage batting first is always an advantage and we have seen MI do struggle while chasing at the big stage. On the other hand, Royals in the absence of Hodge can struggle while chasing anything more than 155.

So to keep everything in mind, our experts have decided to go with Mumbai Indians in this match. We are also expecting a good match here and chasing team will play with sum pressure on their shoulders. So keep your figures cross. 🙂

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Final: Mum Indians v Royals at Delhi, 6 Oct

  • Rajasthan Royals (62% Votes)
  • Mumbai Indians (38% Votes)

CLT20 2013 – 2nd Semi-Final: Trinidad & Tobago v Mumbai Indians at Delhi, 5 Oct

T&T look to gatecrash IPL teams' party | PunterPolls Prediction

CLT20 2013 - After making the inaugural Champions League T20 final against New South Wales in 2009, Trinidad & Tobago have not reached the tournament's knockouts again. In this edition, the group stage got better and better for them. After a four-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad in their second match, they held on - helped by a late shower - in a must-win game against Titans, before shocking tournament favourites Chennai Super Kings in their final game. Their eight-wicket win against Super Kings was so comprehensive, they catapulted them into top place in Group B.

T&T's strength remains their bowling, specifically mystery spinner Sunil Narine who was the highest wicket-taker at the end of the group stage with eight scalps. While they've had the occasional sparkle from their batsmen - like Evin Lewis' quickfire 70 against Titans - it is primarily Narine, with some help from seamers Ravi Rampaul and Rayad Emrit, who has brought the team so far. Still, T&T, the only non-IPL team left in the tournament, are the underdogs in their semi-final encounter, as they face a star-laden Mumbai Indians line-up.

Mumbai's progression to the semi-finals was far trickier. A humbling seven-wicket loss to Rajasthan Royals followed by a washout against Otago meant they faced an uphill task to go through. Upon securing a much-needed victory against Lions, they showed just what their power-packed batting is capable off, mowing down 150 in 13.2 overs (they needed to do so in 14.2) against Perth Scorchers to bump their net run rate over Otago and qualify.

PunterPolls Prediction

First of like to congratulate all the punters and visitors of our website about yesterday's game, once again team supported by most punters have won. With this match one most important thing has also been cleared,  Which is: At PunterPolls most of the people would like to go with the favourite team and we been tired say "No, this is not the case". Yesterday, CSK was the favourite team whereas most punters were supporting Royals.

Lets back to today's match: Trinidad v Mumbai Indians. MI have tournaments finest batting line-up and some very good spinners. Though Sachin and Kartik is not looking in very good touch but then Smith is looking in very good form along with Rohit Sharma, Maxwell, Pollard and Rayudu. Other hand, T&T has shown superb cricket throughout the tournament. They scored big runs as well as defend couple of descent totals. Their strength is their bowling; they have talented spinners combo (Badri-Narine) and a very good medium pacer Rampaul.

According to our experts, "Today, punters are more confused as compare to yesterday's game. One of the main reason behind this is the way T&T had played against the CSK. What punter is ignoring is the way Mumbai Indians batsmen have played on Delhi's pitch.

They do have some very good players who can play spin very well (Dinesh Kartik, Rohit Sharma, Smith and master himself ). Also they do have some very good spinners who can be very useful on this pitch and this can surprise T&T batsmen. "

So, to keep all the above mentioned reasons; our experts have decided to go with Mumbai Indians on this match.

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2nd Semi-Final: Trinidad & T v Mum Indians at Delhi, 5 Oct

  • Mumbai Indians (53% Votes)
  • Trinidad & Tobago (47% Votes)

CLT20 2013 – 19th Match, Group A: Mum Indians v Scorchers at Delhi, 2 Oct

Langer hopes for a Hollies on Tendulkar | PunterPolls Prediction

CLT20 2013 - Perth Scorchers coach Justin Langer hopes one of his spinners will do an Eric Hollies on Sachin Tendulkar when they play Mumbai Indians in the last Group A fixture on Wednesday. Hollies, a legspinner from England, is best remembered as the man who bowled Don Bradman for a duck in his final Test innings, leaving him four runs short of an average of 100 in Tests.

"I hope we have a Hollies in our team tomorrow when we bowl to Sachin. Hollies - wasn't that the name?" Langer told journalists on the eve of their last match. "Well, I love watching Sachin bat and wish he never gets out. But tomorrow, I wouldn't like him to score too many runs. Even at this age of 40, he batted in the nets for two hours the other day. That was incredible."

"I would like my boys to take up the challenge of playing against superstars. This is an inexperienced side and they will learn a lot from this trip. Look at Otago Volts. They have come here three times and now it's showing results."

Tendulkar is now 26 runs short of completing 50,000 runs in first-class, List A and Twenty20 matches.

What Mumbai need to do to qualify

  • If Mumbai Indians lose, they are knocked out of the tournament and Otago go through
  • If Mumbai bat first and post anything in the region of 120 to 180, they will need to win by around 48 runs
  • If Mumbai bat second, and they are chasing 120, they need to win with 37 balls remaining. If they are chasing 180, the balls remaining comes down to 32.

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PunterPolls Prediction

Perth Scorchers haven't played any impressive cricket so far but they still have something to cheer about if they will be able to register a win in their last match against Mumbai Indians. On the other hand Mumbai Indians have must win situation over here and that too with specified margin.

According to our experts - Mumbai Indians should win this game, as far as their chances to qualify for the semi's they are bit doubtful. But if they will be able to done this magic then Otago should blame themselves for not putting the better show yesterday night's.

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19th Match, Group A - Mumbai Indians v Perth Scorchers, 2 Oct

  • Perth Scorchers (20% Votes)
  • Mumbai Indians (80% Votes)

CLT20 2013 – 5th Match, Group A: Mum Indians v Otago, 23 Sep

Depleted Scorchers seek strong start | PunterPolls Prediction

CLT20 2013 - Mumbai Indians, the IPL champions, appeared rusty against Rajasthan Royals on a juicy pitch in Jaipur and with only three more matches remaining in the group stage for them, they will need to find their groove immediately. There aren't any such problems for the team they face next. Otago Volts came to the tournament as virtual unknowns but, given their three dominating outings in the qualifiers, they are now the team to watch out for.

Otago came into the tournament well-prepared: they played four Twenty20 matches in eight days in Sri Lanka and won all of them. The effect of match practice was visible in the manner they destroyed Faisalabad Wolves in their first match and Kandurata Maroons in the second. Sunrisers Hyderabad were expected to offer a sterner test, but they too were bulldozed in the final qualifier. Brendon McCullum, the Otago captain, has been in red-hot form and his presence has made an already strong batting line-up appear intimidating. Hamish Rutherford was solid at the top and Jimmy Neesham appeared unfazed by the quality of spin. Add Ryan ten Doeschate's all-round brilliance and a balanced bowling attack to the mix and it becomes clear why the team has won their last 13 T20s.

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PunterPolls Prediction

First match already been washed out and chances for this match are very bleak. Will post whenever  the match will begin.

5th Match, Group A - Mumbai Indians v Otago, 23 Sep

  • Otago (28% Votes)
  • Mumbai Indians (72% Votes)

CLT20 2013 – 1st Match, Group A: Royals v Mum Indians at Jaipur, 21 Sep

Retiring legends face off in opener | PunterPolls Prediction

CLT20 2013 - 1st Group Match, The IPL champions, Mumbai Indians, take on the side that finished third in the tournament this year, despite all the adversity and negative publicity surrounding them because of the spot-fixing scandal. The attention will be on two legends on either side who will be playing their limited overs farewell tournament - Rahul Dravidand Sachin Tendulkar. Speaking ahead of the game, Dravid, the Royals captain, insisted that it was a contest between two teams and not two individuals. There's a match to be played, a tournament to be won and the Sawai Mansingh Stadium is a good place to start for the Royals who were unbeaten at their home venue throughout IPL 2013.

Royals have the core of their side intact. Shane Watson, who had a mixed tour of England, is coming off his match-winning 143 in the final ODI against England at the Rose Bowl. James Faulkner, the allrounder, finished the IPL season with 28 wickets at 15.25, and the Australian pair will be key to Royals' fortunes. They have the experienced Brad Hodge in the middle order, and Paddy Upton, the coach, said the team also had promising youngsters. "We are fortunate that the upcoming players like Sanju Samson and Dishant Yagnik and also Pravin Tambe, who was not so prominent, have done so well," Upton said. "It would important for us to keep the team in better shape because we have limited players now after the ban on few of our squad players."

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PunterPolls Prediction

Royals v Mumbai, what else you want from a high profile tournament to start with the bang. Our experts have done so far so good to predict the six qualifier matches, but can they able to predict today? According to our experts, both teams are equally good. Mumbai will play without Mallinga and Royals with play full throttle at their home ground.

Looking at both teams performances and the home conditions chasing shouldn't be that difficult. However Royals does have better record on this ground both chasing and defending totals.

About the winner? - Will update this section or will post as comments after the toss and final eleven from both sides.


Royals have won the toss and elected to field first, no surprises for our experts as they have predicted earlier that chasing shouldn't be difficult on this track.

Expected score shouldn't be more than 155 and we are in favour of Rajasthan Royals.

1st Match, Group A: Royals v Mum Indians at Jaipur, 21 Sep

  • Mumbai Indians (44% Votes)
  • Rajasthan Royals (56% Votes)

PunterPolls Prediction – Final: Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians at Kolkata, 26 May

A final fighting for relevance | PunterPolls Prediction

The IPL final takes place in Kolkata on Sunday, but all the news surrounding the tournament is about events off the field. As Indian cricket and its fans grapple with the dismaying allegations of the past week, the old Apartheid-era slogan - No normal sport in an abnormal society - comes to mind. However, despite the formal charges of corruption against top Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan, the 2013 season will reach its scheduled end, when Chennai Super Kings play their fifth IPL final in six seasons, against Mumbai Indians at Eden Gardens. An assertion of the game being bigger than the individuals that comprise it, no matter how abnormal the environs.

Super Kings have had an outstanding season, finishing top of the league with 11 wins out of 16 games, and blazed through the first qualifier to seal their finals berth. They are the only team to have won more games than they lost away from home this season; they have the tournament's highest run-scorer and joint top wicket-taker. Their fielders have set standards not matched by most competitors. They have been the IPL's most formidable franchise since its inception, and have the opportunity to enhance that reputation by winning a third title. To do that, however, not only do MS Dhoni's men have to deal with, and overcome the turmoil caused by Meiyappan's arrest, but they also have to deal with a tough opponent.

Mumbai Indians. Their habit of buying the flavours of the season, and of tinkering constantly with their line-up, produced largely disappointing results in IPLs past. This season began the same way, but they took tough decisions - dropping Ricky Ponting and appointing Rohit Sharma as captain - and hit upon a balanced and successful combination earlier than usual. They delighted their home crowds by winning all eight matches at the Wankhede Stadium, but the final is at a neutral venue, and they lost five league games away from home. They are the best franchise to never win the IPL, but that accolade is a slight to the millions that have gone into making the team.

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PunterPolls Predictions

If we look at the Mumbai Indians performances in the last match between Royals, only one expression - Shocking. This team can't play big matches. Their players break down in the pressure just like pop-corn. All they required one good performance in each department batting and bowling. This team with plenty of high profile cricketers with years and years of experience, played like an ordinary team.

On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings star players have played like super stars - Raina, Vijay, Jadeja, Bravo, Morris and who can forget Hussey and Dhoni. This team only can loose if they want to loose. This team does have guts and power to beat 'THE BAND' of best team of the world.  Only problem this team having is bowling and that too not to great extent.

As far as today match is concern, Only advantage that Mumbai does have over the CSK is that they have already played once over this ground/pitch. But last match pitch was quite different then the one we have seen in earlier matches of the tournaments. If today's match will going to be on the same pitch, definitely chasing team does have an advantage to chase the target below 175.

Our experts personal choice? - Chennai Super Kings

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IPL 2013: Final - CSK v Mum Indians, 26 May

  • Mumbai Indians (61% Votes)
  • Chennai Super Kings (39% Votes)