Here’s a somewhat-true number-crunching preview of the big-ticket game on Tuesday—a game that will hold no hostages, with players like Rohit, Steve Smith, Faulkner, Watson, Anderson and Malinga set to grace the not-so-hallowed turf of Amdavad:
2: Number of losses Mumbai Indians have endured out of 2 games this season.
2: The number of weeks it has taken Karnataka Captain and Ranji hero Vinay Kumar to go from hero to zero, with zero wickets from both games.
2: The number of ducks Rohit is expected to score before he proves his inconsistency with a century.
5: Number of potential uncapped young/old cricketers in this game who could make a mark: Hooda, Samson, Nair, Tambe, Tare.
4: Number of days it could take Harbhajan Singh to declare that he is the team’s sole all-rounder. Not Pollard and Anderson.
11: No. of T20 League defeats Delhi Daredevils have suffered on the trot, a joint-record.
11: Number of wickets their spin-duo Mishra and Tahir will have to take every match to ensure that they don’t lose by heavy margins.
10: Number of games it will take Mumbai Indians, under the mentorship of Ponting, Wright, Rhodes, Tendulkar, Bradman, Richards, Gavaskar, Sobers, to hit their stride this season.
0.7: Positive Net run rate of RR going into this game, thanks to three World Champion Aussies in their line-up.
0.7: Chances of out-of-form-forever Finch to connect against Faulkner in the first few overs.
7: Number of times Steve Smith will have to show his ID during this season when heading into a pub.