Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on Highveld Lions (LIO) in the 11th match of the Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 2013 (CLT20). The match was scheduled to take place at Sardar Patel Stadium Motera, Ahmedabad but was shifted to Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur due to relentless rainfall in Ahmedabad over the past few days.
Mumbai Indian player Kieron Pollard celebrates after getting the wicket of Rajasthan Royals player Sanju Samson during match 1 of the Karbonn Smart Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2013 between The Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians held at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on the 21st September 2013
Both the teams come into the contest well aware of the fact that they have to win this match to stand a chance for the semi-finals berth. They lost to Rajasthan Royals in their respective encounters in the tournament.
Mumbai Indians have two points on the table from two games played. They conceded a 7-wicket loss to Rajasthan Royals in the opening game of the league stage before the match with Otago Volts was abandoned due to rain.
Highveld Lions too have two points on the table from two games after the first match against Perth Scorchers was abandoned. They lost to Rajasthan Royals by 30 runs in their previous outing.
The teams have met twice in the previous editions of CLT20 and Highveld Lions came out victorious on both the occasions.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (44) and Kieron Pollard (42) were the main contributors in the only match they have played this tournament as one of the scheduled fixture was washed out. The have a strong batting line-up in Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu.
On the bowling front, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rishi Dhawan and Kieron Pollard took a wicket apiece in the previous match. The team will expect key bowlers Mitchell Johnson, Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan Singh to take wickets in this crucial match.
Highveld Lions: Skipper Alviro Petersen (40) and Hardus Viljoen (24) helped the team put up a decent total in the previous match. They will expect Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, and Temba Bavuma to give a good start, giving space for the middle order to play their natural game.
On the bowling front, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Dwaine Pretorius two wickets while Sohail Tanvir took one in the previous match. They will be expected to strike early on Friday and restrict the score of the Mumbai Indians.
Highveld Lions may have good record against Mumbai Indians in the past but looking at the current players of the teams, the latter stand a better chance to win on Friday.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Ambati Rayudu, Aditya Tare, Rishi Dhawan, Abu Nechim, Akshar Patel, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell
Highveld Lions: Temba Bavuma, Gulam Bodi, Quinton de Kock, Neil McKenzie, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Ethan O'Reilly, Hardus Viljoen, Rassie van der Dussen, Alviro Petersen, Aaron Phangiso, Dwaine Pretorius, Jean Symes, Imran Tahir, Sohail Tanvir, Thami Tsolekile
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