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IPL : Stage Set For Mega Clashes-road to semis-videos

Postby dilip » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:26 pm

Road To Semis: Mumbai Indians

Road To Semis:Royal Challengers Banglore

Banglore and Mumbai Confident of Winning

Having made it to the last four stage in three attempts, Mumbai Indians will be banking on skipper Sachin Tendulkar's sensational form and home advantage against last year's finalist Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first IPL semi-final here on Wednesday.

The Mumbai team not only has an extra advantage in home support but also a leader in Tendulkar, who has been in prime form in the tournament leads the run-getters chart. Tendulkar, by and large, has been the fulcrum around which the Mumbai batting has revolved. With 561 runs with five half centuries and a strike rate in excess of 136, the master batsman has led the team from the front.

Anil Kumble, the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, expressed disappointment over the shift of the IPL semi-finals from Bangalore to Mumbai owing to security concerns, but was focused on the job at hand.

"When we set out the goal was to get into the semi-finals and we achieved that. We need to win two games from here to take the trophy. It's a bit disappointing we had to shift. It is not in our control. As players we have to play the game. The home crowd would have been great for us. The entire Bangalore crowd and supporters of Royal Challengers would be rooting for us tomorrow," Kumble said.

"Mumbai Indians probably did not expect to play the semi-finals here. In that sense the pressure is probably on them. It's a must-win situation for all," he said.

Pitches have slowed down over the course of the IPL, but Kumble was confident about the condition of the DY Patil track for the crunch game. "This is a fresh track, only two games have been played here and the semi-finals the third. In that sense it will be a fresh track. I'm sure it will be a good sporting wicket. Looking at the pitch it certainly looks a good wicket. For bowlers who can bend their back there's a bit in it. For batsmen it will come on nicely as well," he said.

Tight Security

Security has been tightened at the Mumbai stadium where the semi-finals of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament are being held.The match was shifted to Mumbai after blasts outside the original venue, Bangalore's Chinnaswamy stadium. Police say multi-layered security is in place and every spectator will be thoroughly checked.

IPL has been marred by controversies in the recent days with allegations of corruption and financial bungling. On Sunday, former junior foreign minister Shashi Tharoor resigned following his public spat with Lalit Modi, the head of the IPL, over ownership of the Kochi team.

More than 2,000 policemen and armed commandos and 1,000 private security guards have been deployed to secure the ground. At least 60 metal detectors have been installed and closed-circuit cameras will keep an eye on every corner of the stadium, police said. DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai is one of the finest in the country with a seating capacity of 55,000.

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