Sachin Tendulkar has struggled at the Champions League. Picture: PTI Photo/indianexpress.com
The Mumbai Indians can qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 semi-finals with a big win over the Perth Scorchers at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Wednesday night (AEST) following Otago’s defeat to the Chennai Super Kings 24 hours earlier. Only the top two from each group progress to the final four of the tournament and the Indian Premier League champions are currently in third with one win, one loss and a washout from their opening three fixtures. Like Mumbai, Perth has had a match abandoned due to inclement weather but suffered heavy defeats at its other two outings in India.
Dwayne Smith and West Indies teammate Kieron Pollard led the Indians to a seven wicket victory over the Lions in their most recent match, but local heroes Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik have struggled in the competition and will be looking to make a contribution at the top of the order. Pace spearhead Lasith Malinga is unavailable for Mumbai, but Nathan Coulter-Nile will lineup against his Scorchers teammates alongside Mitchell Johnson, who plays his state cricket for Western Australia.
Already without the services of several leading players including Mike Hussey, Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh, the Scorchers have been dealt a further blow ahead of this match with Adam Voges and Liam Davis ruled out of this match through injury. Their absence is a huge blow for Perth, with the side struggling to score enough runs to be competitive so far in the competition. Former skipper Marcus North and Sam Whiteman are the only members of the squad yet to play a match during the campaign but are likely to come into the playing XI with only a handful of recognised batsmen still standing.
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