Mumbai Indians are now in a must-win situation © IANS
Mumbai Indians are now in a must-win situation © IANS

Mumbai Indians will face Southern Express in the fourth qualifying match of Champions League Twenty 20 (CLT20) on Sunday at Raipur. Both teams lost their first match, making the game a must-win for each one. Sameer Jha looks at some of the key battles that could dictate which way the match will swing.

Kusal Perera vs Lasith Malinga: Kusal Perera played well in the qualifier match against Northern Districts, scoring a free-flowing 37 from just 20 balls. He would look to inflict similar damage against Mumbai too, but will face stiff resistance from Lasith Malinga, who interestingly will be bowling against the side he led to victory in Sri Lanka’s domestic T20 tournament.

Jehan Mubarak vs Pragyan Ojha: The best form of leadership is leading by example, and Jehan Mubarak failed to do that against Northern Districts. He’ll be determined to make amends against Mumbai Indians, but will have to contend with Pragyan Ojha who bowled brilliantly against Lahore Lions. Ojha’s 18 for two in his four overs almost bought his side back into the game after MI were restricted to just 135.

Mike Hussey vs Farveez Maharoof: Hussey, along with Aditya Tare, was the only saving grace in the Mumbai Indians batting line-up against Lahore. Even though he fell at a crucial juncture and wasn’t able to convert the start that he had got, it was still a decent effort from Mr Cricket.  Hussey will need to guard against Farveez Maharoof, who bowled superbly against Northern Districts in the first qualifier game. Maharoof took two wickets for 14 in his quota of two overs, which is a great effort considering the form Kane Williamson was in, and the amount of runs he hit off other bowlers.

Ambati Rayudu vs Dilruwan Perera: Ambati Rayudu failed to carry the momentum from his successful tour to England into the first match of CLT20, and he will be disappointed with himself after being dismissed for just three runs against Lahore. That disappointment, though, will in turn give him a lot more determination and resolve to come out and play a better innings against Southern Express. Dilruwan Perera is a steady customer, and will look to make scoring runs as tough for him as possible. Perera, like Maharoof, bowled a stingy spell against Knights, and will look to continue his form against Mumbai Indians too.

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(Sameer Jha is a reporter at CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter at @SameerJha)