Sydney Sixers v Mumbai Indians

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Moises Henriques is in career best form. Image courtesy of cricket.com.au
The Sydney Sixers  can score a fourth straight win at the Champions League T20 when they face the Mumbai Indians , last year’s champions, at Kingsmead in Durban on Monday night (AEST). The Big Bash champions have been untested in South Africa to date but will have to take their game to another level without the services of allround Shane Watson. Watson, who was named player of the series at the recently concluded World Twenty20, is the leading runscorer for Sydney in the tournament but has been ordered home by Cricket Australia as they try to ensure he is at peak fitness for the Australian summer.

Ben Rohrer is likely to return to the Sixers side in the place of Watson, although who moves up to the top of the order remains another matter all together. Moises Henriques and Brad Haddin both opened during the Big Bash season and are candidates for the role alongside Michael Lumb, but Henriques could get the nod to move up the order given he is in career best form.

Although Mumbai has not yet produced its best at the tournament, they have plenty of players capable of turning a match on its head. Sachin Tendulkar is widely regarded as one of the best batsman of all time and leads from the front with the bat, while Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik provide stability in the middle order. While Lasith Malinga last been below his best in recent times, both he and Mitchell Johnson are capable of ripping through opposition batting lineups with the ball, as is wily left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha.

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