5 teams Mumbai Indians have faced but never defeated
The Mumbai Indians are the most successful franchise in the world's top T20 league - IPL. They are the only franchise to win the IPL title in India and overseas. Also, the Mumbai Indians are the only team in the history of IPL to capture the trophy four or more times. So far, MI have won the championship five times.
Considering this number, one can assume that the Mumbai-based franchise would have defeated all of their opponents. However, the same is not the case. Mumbai Indians struggled a bit in the Champions League T20. Also, there is one team that played in IPL and has a 100% win record against MI. In this listicle, we will look at the five teams MI have faced but never defeated.
1. Kochi Tuskers Kerala won their match against Mumbai Indians in IPL 2011
Kochi Tuskers Kerala played in the 2011 edition of the Indian Premier League. While the team did not qualify for the playoffs, KTK managed to record a win against the dominant Mumbai Indians team.
In their only meeting in IPL history, Sachin Tendulkar scored a century and powered MI to 182/2 in 20 overs. However, Brendon McCullum, Mahela Jayawardene and Ravindra Jadeja's heroics helped KTK chase the 183-run target with six balls left. McCullum won the Man of the Match award for his 60-ball 81.
2. Lahore Lions
It might surprise a few fans but Pakistan's Lahore Lions have a 100% win record against the Mumbai-based franchise. Mumbai and Lahore battled in the qualifiers of the 2014 Champions League T20.
Kieron Pollard captained the Mumbai Indians in that match. MI scored 135/7 in their 20 overs, and Umar Akmal's 18-ball 38 helped the Lahore-based team win by six wickets in the 19th over of the second innings.
3. New South Wales
Mumbai Indians locked horns with the New South Wales team in the 2011 edition of the Champions League T20. NSW had many big names of Australia in their playing XI.
The likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Stuart Clark restricted MI to 100/7 in 20 overs at Chepauk. In reply, Steve Smith's 45-run knock helped NSW chase the 101-run total in 17 overs, with five wickets in hand.
4. South Australia Redbacks beat Mumbai Indians in a high-scoring match
Another Australia-based team that has a 100% win record against Mumbai is South Australia Redbacks. The Redbacks crossed paths with MI during the 2010 Champions League T20 event.
Batting first, MI scored 180 runs at the loss of seven wickets in their 20 overs. In reply, Michael Klinger and Daniel Harris' half-centuries powered the Redbacks to 182/5 in 19.3 overs. Harris won the Man of the Match award for his 37-ball 56.
5. Sydney Sixers
Big Bash League team Sydney Sixers faced off against MI in the 2012 Champions League T20. Steve Smith's 41 runs helped the Sixers post 136 runs on the board in the first innings.
Sydney had players like Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Steve O'Keefe in their lineup. They successfully defended the target by restricting MI to 124/8 in their 20 overs. This meeting was the last one between the Mumbai and the Sydney-based franchises. It will be interesting to see if the fans get to witness another match between these two teams in future.