Kusal Perera will be a key batsman for Southern Express © AFP (File Photo)
Kusal Perera will be a key batsman for Southern Express © AFP (File Photo)

Sep 14, 2014

Under pressure after losing their respective first matches, Mumbai Indians (MI) and Southern Express face-off in the fourth qualifying match of the Champions League T20 2014 (CLT20). The Express lost by seven wickets to Northern Knights while Lahore Lions beat Mumbai on a tight contest.

Mumbai will have to fix their top-order batting issues. They lost three wickets inside the first powerplay batting first and ended up giving away the Lahore the control of the match. Mumbai bowlers did well to keep a star Lions batting in check which took the match down the wire.

The Southern Express did not look like a top quality side in their short match against the Knights. There is too much dependence on selected players. One of them is Kusal Perera. The Jayasuriya-like batsman gave them a brisk start but failed to see his team till the end. This resulted in Express losing steam towards the end of the stipulated 10 overs.

Squads:

Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Pragyan Ojha, Praveen Kumar, Aditya Tare (wk), Jalaj Saxena, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Michael Hussey, Kieron Pollard (c), Corey Anderson, Lasith Malinga, Marchant de Lange, Lendl Simmons.

Southern Express: Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunatilake, Angelo Perera, Jehan Mubarak, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perara, Prasanna Seekuge, Ishan Jayaratne, Farvees Maharoof, Kasun Madushanka, Yasoda Lanka, Charith Jayampathi, Sachith Pathirana, Sandaken Lakshen, Tillakaratne Sampath.

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