Deccan Chargers are set to host Mumbai Indians, in match 9 of IPL 5, at Vizag, on Monday, April 9, 2012.
DC will be anxious to register their first win, having been beaten in their opening game, by CSK. MI also tasted defeat ahead of this game, slumping to an upset loss to PW. Both teams will want to get their IPL campaigns back on track and that is likely to make for an exciting match.
MI missed Sachin Tendulkar in the game against PW and skipper Harbhajan Singh will want to have the star batsman it and ready to play ahead of Monday’s game. Mi are unlikely to make any other changes to their squad and their top order of Levi, Rayudu and Sharma will be keen to work themselves into some sort of form ahead of the long IPL campaign.
As in the game with CSK, the MI bowlers performed well against PW, with Lasith Malinga and Munaf Patel particularly impressive and getting wickets.
DC will welcome the return of Sangakkara, back from the test series with England, and his presence will be a boost to the side whose batsmen struggled to get going against champions CSK. The bowlers, however, gave a better account of themselves, barring Manpreet Gony, whose spell of no wickets for 54 runs proved to be the difference between victory and defeat, and DC will be hoping for a much improved performance from Gony who has all-round skills.
Among the other bowlers, Dale Steyn and Dan Christian gave a good account of themselves and CSK’s batsmen could not score quite as freely against them. Ironically, Christian could find himself out of the eleven, to accommodate for the inclusion of captain Sangakkara. Barring the absence of Ishant Sharma, Sudhindra could lose his place, after proving rather expensive against CSK. Other players who could replace him, such Tanmay Srivastava and VP Singh lack Sudhindra’s pace.
With or without Tendulkar, MI have a stronger and more balanced team than DC and unless any DC batsman stands up to play an outstanding knock, it is hard to see how the home side can possibly hope to beat ast year’s Champions League winners.
DC’s probable eleven: Harris, Dhawan, Sangakkara, Patel, White, Chipli, Gony, Teja, Sharma, Steyn, Sudhindra.
MI’s probable eleven: Tendulkar, Levi, Rayudu, Sharma, Franklin, Karthik, Pollard, Singh, Malinga, Ojha, Patel.
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