IPL 2013 preview: Mumbai almost there; can Kolkata click as a unit today?

Gautam GambhirGautam Gambhir will have to lead from the front today. (PTI)

Mumbai Indians are doing all the right things at home, and will look to emulate their 'A' game when they take on defending champions in the IPL 2013 match in Mumbai today.

The Rohit Sharma-led unit, after clinching high scores, defended a low total against the table-toppers Chennai Super Kings, which did wonders to their confidence.

Like most of the teams, Mumbai have enjoyed a great run at home, and are a couple of wins away from the magical number of nine wins. Stand-in skipper Sharma is doing a great job for his side, and has allowed them to field two specialist foreign bowlers, who have played a crucial role in side's glorious run so far.

Kolkata, on the other hand, have exhibited a very frustrating display with both bat and ball. Despite some quality talent in their ranks, the team has failed to click as a unit, and is struggling to get a winning combination in place.

Another concern for them is their Indian talent. The domestic recruits have not lived up to the expectations, and need to use the remaining leg of the tournament to full effect. Skipper Gautam Gambhir, apart from scoring runs, has looked very angry in the middle. After having an on-field spat with Virat Kohli, the elegant southpaw was involved in anotherThe one against the most respected player in world cricket- Rahul Dravid. Gambhir later denied exchange of words with Dravid, but the viewers and spectators had a different take.

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MCA vs Shah Rukh Khan

There will be another battle away from the field today. The much talked SRK's five-year ban and MCA's stern stand on the same. Cricketing world has backed Shah Rukh Khan, and are of the opinion that he has not done a crime, let the bygones be. So far, the association is unmoved by IPL chairman's requests and SRK's apologies. Will there be truce amid the two or will SRK cheer his side from the television sets?

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