Deccan eyes to register first win against Mumbai
Both Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians coming to meet from their respective games defeats.
While Mumbai lost to Pune Warriors by 28 runs chasing a sub-par 129, Chargers faltered in pursuit of a much bigger target – 194 – against the Chennai Super Kings.
However, both teams have reason to feel they have the edge in the game. While Mumbai have the advantage of having winning the tournament opener against Chennai, Chargers are feeling to the fact that they will be playing on their local condition, so they will know what to expect.
Neither team will be taking the other for granted. Both games involving Mumbai were low–scoring encounters, where the batsmen put up contrasting displays while chasing. While they did enough to cross the line against Chennai, they faltered badly against the Warriors. The only bright spot for Mumbai so far has been the aggressive South African Richard Levi.
The Chargers batting display in the last match against CSK didn’t do enough to give an idea of where the batsmen are form-wise and it is for this reason, that their efforts against Mumbai would be a point of interest. It remains to be seen whether the team’s regular captain, Kumar Sangakkara, who arrived from Sri Lanka will be available for selection.
The Mumbai attack was impressive in both the games. Lasith Malinga is the pick of the bowlers with four wickets so far while skipper Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha and Kieron Pollard have also showed promise. For the Chargers, Dale Steyn and Daniel Christian were exemplary with two wickets each. Left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma also impressed on debut.