Lions v Mumbai Indians, Group B, CLT20, Johannesburg

Will David stun Goliath again?

The Preview by Abhishek Purohit

October 13, 2012

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Match facts

October 14, 2012
Start time 1730 (1530 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar is ecstatic as Mumbai strike again , Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers, IPL, Mumbai, April 29, 2012
Lions upset Sachin Tendulkar and Mumbai Indians in 2010. Can they do it again? © AFP

Big Picture

If you are a powerful IPL franchise, the Champions League T20 is a cushy place to be. You can have the tournament rules changed midway to increase the number of overseas players in your XI from four to five.

You finish fourth in the qualification tournament for the CLT20 2012, which used to offer direct entry only to the first three IPL sides. The format changes to accommodate a fourth direct entrant from the IPL. Why go through the uncertainties of qualification? So, here are Mumbai Indians, defending champions, straight into the main draw, and will meet home franchise Lions in a repeat of the opening clash of the 2010 edition, also held in South Africa.

That game had been viewed by some as a David v Goliath clash of superstar-laden Mumbai Indians with domestic strugglers Lions. And David ended up winning the supposed mismatch, as Lions rustled up 186 and stopped Mumbai Indians nine runs short, despite Sachin Tendulkar's 69. Back then, Lions had laboured without a trophy for so long that their home crowd at the Wanderers cheered for Tendulkar and his side for most of the match. What will their reaction be tomorrow?

Lions retain a few core players from the team that played in the 2010 edition, and have been bolstered by the addition of international quicks Dirk Nannes and Sohail Tanvir. Mumbai Indians, as always, have an array of star players, and easily look the stronger side on paper.

Watch out for...

A stunned Premadasa Stadium watched Lasith Malinga disappear for six after six against Marlon Samuels in the final of the World Twenty20. Malinga going for 54 runs in four overs in a crunch match was hard to even imagine, let alone witness it. He has been one of the faces of Mumbai Indians and had a major part to play in their run to the Champions League title in 2011. It is hard not to expect a comeback from Malinga.

Ethan O'Reilly, the Lions fast bowler, should have had Tendulkar second ball of his spell in the 2010 game, only for a strong lbw appeal to be turned down. He is quick, he is sharp, and he gets bounce.

Stats and trivia

  • Among the IPL teams, Mumbai Indians have the best win-loss ratio in the Champions League, along with Chennai Super Kings
  • Mumbai Indians scored at the fastest rate in the previous edition of the tournament held in South Africa in 2010, followed by Lions


"He will be keen to make a point and he definitely can. The international guys who play a lot more against him may have figured out a way to keep him away but even then, there are domestic players who have never seen him before. He is still a seriously good strike option. I would still always give him the ball in the last over, especially if I had to defend 10 runs or less."
Shaun Pollock, the Mumbai Indians bowling coach, on Malinga

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by CricShanghai on (October 14, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

Looking at the first 3 overs, the MI probably will take this game as a good practice game, getting use to the pitch and condition...

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (October 14, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

I will be supporting all the non-IPL teams in this competition.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

Here's hoping that MI do not qualify for semis for showing their money power and getting a direct entry inspite of not qualifying in IPL while this exception was not made in the case of NSW..I am a Mumbaikar

Posted by Dhs2000 on (October 14, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

@SehwAAgfan - It is the 4th direct entry. Being last year's clt winner doesn't automatically qualify the team

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

jadeja,s Hair style.... lolz

Posted by CricShanghai on (October 14, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Love to see Sachin in action again, hope he get a quick 50 and a couple of wickets while he's at it....Go ST! Go!...

Posted by u.t.k.a.l on (October 14, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

My Mumbai Indian XI for todays match :- (1) Sacin SRT (2) Dwayne Snith (3)Rohit (4) Rayudu (5) Pollard (6) Dinesh Kartik (7)Surya Yadav (8) Harbhajan (9) Malinga (10) Munaf/RP (11) Ojha.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

My XI would be .....SRT, SKY, AR, RS, KP, DK, TP, MJ, HS*, LM, DK.

Posted by jonesy2 on (October 14, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

would love to see mitch johnson open the batting with tendulkar

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

@InsideHedge - Its essentially between Dwayne Smith and Mitch Johnson for me. With MJ in, MI need to find a suitable opener. With DS in, we miss the possible bowling firepower of MJ on SA pitches. Other 3 players are sure ins.

Posted by hussainiiiii on (October 14, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

Mr. Sachin is available for MI in CL and in IPL..but he decide for national team that he might play or not..!! what a shame

Posted by Shaikhzaid on (October 14, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

If Mumbai indians get direct entry in Clt20 as defending champion then what about NSW in 2nd year they are champion 1st year of CLt20 and unable to qualifier in 2nd year

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

If MI will with there whole potential and give chance to pollard at no 4 they have fair chances ,he need time to spend on pitch sachin has to take responsibility to play full powerplay

Posted by SehwAAGfan on (October 13, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

It's not the fourth direct entry of an ipl team.. Mumbai Indians are clt20 2011 winners..

Posted by InsideHedge on (October 13, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

Here's hoping for a MI win. They're missing James Franklin and Robin Peterson while HGibbs is plying his trade for Perth Scorchers. I just hope MI don't play Richard Levi, I've seen enough to know he can't cut it. If he does play, I hope he proves me wrong. My 4 overseas players for MI: Malinga, Mitch Johnson, Perera and Pollard. And please please promote Pollard up the order!Lions look much stronger with their overseas stars, should be a good game.

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