Opportunities: Mumbai have the bowlers to stifle Bangalore's opening pair in Zaheer Khan, Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh. If they can do that, then they can control the middle of the innings and force the Bangalore batsmen to take undue risks if they want to get to a competitive total (or chase one). While batting, Mumbai just need Tendulkar to get off to a flyer. If all goes according to plan, Mumbai will want Pollard to take strike around the 15th over.
Bangalore need to form a specific plan to get Sachin Tendulkar early, preferably by unleashing Steyn. If that happens, they must then bowl accurately and to plan to tie down the rest of the batsmen. While batting, Bangalore must look to attack Mumbai's fourth and fifth bowlers, and possibly tinker with the batting order. It might not be a bad idea to send Ross Taylor to open with Jacques Kallis.
Threats: If Mumbai lose Tendulkar cheaply, and Bangalore stick to a good bowling line, the younger batsmen might play unnessary shots in the heat of the moment. Their first instinct will be to attack their way out of trouble, but they face the threat of self-destructing if they attack without thought.
Bangalore's bowling could come under severe assault from Mumbai's big-hitters, and with the bowling being relatively more inexperienced than the batting, the bowlers will need to keep their wits about them if, for example, a Tiwary or a Pollard starts middling the ball.Image:Anil Kumble needs to marshal his resources well.