Mumbai Indians (MI) will face Southern Express in the second qualifier match of the Champions League Twenty 20 (CLT20) on Sunday. While Mumbai look a far better team on paper, Southern Express can’t be ruled out either given the unpredictable nature of the format. Let’s have a look at the preview that may determine the outcome of the match.
Mike Hussey could play the key role for the Mumbai Indians who played a good innings against Lions. His aggressive batting style is enough to destroy opponent’s confidence. He is in good shape recently. His performance in the previous match will increase his confidence a little bit. Kieron Pollard, the Mumbai Indian skipper couldsingle-handedly win matches for their team. But more than that, it is his captaincy and tactical prowess that will be tested in the match. He could play the pivotal role in the match. The skipper’s strategy can either win a match or lose a match in T20s as a lot of matches tend to go down to the final over. He is one of the best Caribbean T20 specialist who helped his home side Tridents to win in this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Corey Anderson had always been known for his powerful striking. He is one of the best T20 player who could be the center of attraction in the next match. The Mumbai boy Aditya Tare performed quiet well in the previous match. He is in good shape, he could play his best in the next match against Southern Express. Ambati Rayadu, the one of the best young talent of this era of India, did not click in the previous match. He has potential to play well in the next match. Let’s take a look at the bowling factors which could create difference in the next match. Lasith Malinga, who could turn the match any time. He could be the power player of the next match. Harbhajan Singh, could create the difference not with only ball, with bat too.
Being defeated by Northern Knights, they are running out of confidence, but they have the potential to give a quality performance in the next match. The Sri Lankan youngster, an attacking left-hand wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella could be the key player of the match. A graceful left-hander, Jehan Mubarak plays the game as though it was his birthright. The skipper Mubarak could play the pivotal role for the Southern Express. He should focus on his strategies to win this match. The Perera pair could create a big difference. One of the brightest young batting talents in Sri Lanka, Angelo Perera is a powerful middle-order batsman with an arsenal of strokes and no lack of audacity. The 23 years Lakshan Rangika a slow left arm chinaman could play a key role in the match. Farveez Maharoof is a young fast-bowling all-rounder of exciting potential, and bowls lively seamers from an upright, open-chested action. His swings could place batsmen into trouble.
Mumbai Indian Squad: 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Michael Hussey, 3 Ambati Rayudu, 4 SH Marathe, 5 Kieron Pollard (capt), 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Aditya Tare (wk), 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Shreyas Gopal, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Pragyan Ojha, 12 Praveen Kumar, 13 Jalaj Saxena, 14 Lasith Malinga, 15 Marchant de Lange
Southern Express Squad: J Mubarak(C), N Dickwella, MD Gunathilaka, WMC Jayampathi, HIA Jayaratne, AKKY Lanka, HUK Madushanka, MF Maharoof, SS Pathirana, AK Perera, MDK Perera, MDKJ Perera, S Prasanna, TN Sampath, PADLR Sandakan.