By CricketCountry Staff
Visakhapatnam: Apr 9, 2012
Mumbai Indians take on Deccan Chargers in the ninth match of the Indian Premier League (2012) in Visakhapatnam.
After suffering reverses in their respective previous encounters, both Mumbai Indians and Deccan Chargerswould look to get their campaign on track when they meet in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Monday.
Despite missing Sachin Tendulkar to injury, Mumbai Indians still look the stronger side, on paper at least, but the visitors must be aware of the fact that the Chargers' would be playing in front of their home crowd.
While the Chargers lost to defending champions Chennai Super Kings to start their campaign on a sour note yesterday, Mumbai were done in by Ashok Dinda's four-wicket haul when they clashed with Pune Warriors in their last match.
The last edition's runner-up though beat Chennai in the tournament opener on April 4.
However, in the absence of Tendulkar, there was little of note in the Mumbai innings against Pune, barring Dinesh Karthik's 32 off as many balls and an identical effort from James Franklin.
While the bowlers did a creditable job in both their matches so far with Lasith Malinga, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha and skipper Harbhajan Singh being the wreckers-in-chief, a much-improved performance from the batsmen is what the Mumbai oufit would be hoping for at the Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.
Mumbai Indians: Richard Levi, Tirumalsetti Suman, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, James Franklin, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh (c), Lasith Malinga, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha
Deccan Chargers: Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel, Kumar Sangakkara (c & wk), Cameron White, Bharat Chipli, Daniel Christian, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Dale Steyn, TP Sudhindra