Sachin Tendulkar Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians batting star Sachin Tendulkar (L) will be centre of attention in the clash against Highveld Lions © AFP

Johannesburg: Oct 14, 2012


Champions League Twenty20 defending champions Mumbai Indians will look for a winning start when they take on the home side Lions in Group B match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday.


Highveld Lions’ captain Alviro Petersen won the toss and elected to field against Mumbai Indians.


Sachin Tendulkar will be the centre of attraction and under Harbhajan Singh, the defending champions Mumbai Indians take on local team Lions in their opening Champions League Twenty20.


Tendulkar, whose last competitive game was a Test match between India and New Zealand in Bangalore earlier last month, will be keen on doing well as his performance will certainly have a bearing on Mumbai Indians’ fortune in the tournament.


For the 39-year-old champion batsman, it will also be a chance to prove his detractors wrong after he was bowled thrice during the Test series against New Zealand while Harbhajan will like to use this opportunity to get requisite confidence and make a case for himself before the Test team selection.




Mumbai Indians: Sachin Tendulkar, Dwayne Smith, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Harbhajan Singh (c), Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Johnson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pragyan Ojha. 


Highveld Lions: Alviro Petersen (c), Gulam Bodi, Quinton de Kock, Neil McKenzie, Jean Symes, Thami Tsolekile (wk), Zander de Bruyn, Chris Morris, Sohail Tanvir, Aaron Phangiso, Dirk Nannes.


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