Despite a poor show against the Rajasthan Royals, the Indians led by skipper Rohit Sharma will put their best foot forward as they look to close the chinks in their armour. The match is also significant for this could be another of those Tendulkar days where the little master comes out and displays his awe inspiring talent. On the opposite side of the line, the Otago Volts are high on confidence after having thrashed the Sunrisers from Hyderabad. Their self-belief and aggression has found resonance even among the crowds as many have taken to cheering the side.
In the last match against Rajasthan Royals the Mumbai Indians seemed rusty and out of form. Despite a juicy pitch they were unable to score much and given the paucity of runs, their bowlers didn’t have much of leverage either. However all of that was past and that would perhaps be the way the MIs would be thinking at present. Rohit Sharma as of now is mum on his strategy to uproot the charge of the Volts, but as many experts would believe, it is just the lull before the storm. With a star studded side, the Mumbai Indians have a plethora of options at their disposal and the skipper is indeed likely to use all the good ones. Otago Volts: An unknown team were the Volts, but till last week. After their thrashing of the Wolves, Maroons and Sunrisers they are now being considered as one of the best in the tournament so far.
The side led by the ace t20 batsman – Brendon McCullum, has already proved a point in the qualifiers. If they somehow manage to defeat the IPL champions today, then their name would be perhaps written into the champion’s league final. Ryan Ten Doeschate doesn’t seem to disagree with the statement. He has said that all the members of the team are extremely motivated to perform versus the Mumbai Indians and with the power of McCullum, he doesn’t seem to consider his side as the underdog. Probable XIs: Mumbai Indians: 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Dinesh Karthik, 4 Rohit Sharma (capt), 5 AmbatiRayudu, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Harbhajan Singh, 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9 Rishi Dhawan, 10 Mitchell Johnson, 11 PragyanOjha Otago Volts: 1 Neil Broom, 2 Hamish Rutherford, 3 Brendon McCullum, 4 Ryan ten Doeschate, 5 James Neesham, 6 Nathan McCullum, 7 Derek de Boorder, 8 Michael Bracewell, 9 Sam Wells, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Nick Beard