The visitors practiced hard for a week here to get used to the conditions and would be eager to test their mettle against the inaugural IPL champions Rajasthan Royals.
Rahul Dravid’s men hardly put a foot wrong against Mumbai and they seem have the resources to counter the Lions as well.
Most of their batsmen, especially Sanju Samson who struck a fine fifty and was associated in a mature match winning partnership with Ajinkya Rahane, are in fine form.
Shane Watson too carried his good form of Ashes series and was impressive, so was Stuart Binny who helped the hosts to a comfortable seven-wicket victory. The likes of Brad Hodge, Ashok Menaria, and Kevon Cooper have performed their roles to perfection.
The bowling too seems to going good. Vikramjeet Malik was the surprise against Mumbai while seasoned campaigner James Faulkner are more than handful.
The hosts might be tempted to play youngster Harmeet Singh or veteran Praveen Tambe keeping in view the visitors lack of exposure to such conditions.
Lions had qualified for the 2013 edition after winning the Ram Slam T20 Challenge, South Africa’s premier T20 event. Lions batsmen are expected to do their job but the onus is on the bowlers to call the shots. They have a fine new ball pair in Sohail Tanvir and Lonwabo Tsotsobe who are capable of making early inroads in the opposition line-up. Youngster Quinton de Kock and seasoned Neil McKenzie would lead the batting but they may find the going tough.
Royals, having beaten MI, are on four points with three games in hand.