Mumbai aim to halt losing streak

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Kolkata: Can Mumbai stop their losing streak, four in a row, when the truncated side takes on host Kolkata at Eden Gardens in floodlights today.

Kolkata Knight Riders learnt a lesson in Chepauk losing by nine wickets to M S Dhoni's Chennai side after first two emphatic victories over Banglaore and Hyderabad on April 18 and 20 respectively.

All overseas players- West Indies captain Chris Gayle, Australian Brad Hodge, Pakistan's Salman Butt and Umer Gul- have arrived and are eager to play.

Already four foreigners- Ricky Ponting, Brendon McCullum, David Hussey and Mohammed Hafeez- are in the first eleven. IPL rules say only four overseas players can play for a side.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who returns home after today's play, had scored only 20 runs in the first match and no runs in the subsequent plays. New Zealander McCulllum would also go back like Ponting as they have to play for their country in next month.

Mumbai, a side worth of 111.9 million dollars, have reached Kolkata after a record 10-wicket lose at home to Hyderabad, latter's first win in four plays, probably play at Eden without beleaguered Harbhajan Singh and captain Sachin Tendulkar, who is yet to don colours in the IPL.

After stand-in-captain Harbhajan Singh was locked in slapping controversy with S Sreesanth of Mohali, now will not be able to play rest of Mumbai's matches. Former South African captain Shaun Pollock came in to lead but realised how hard to move with a truncated side.


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