Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai
Preview: Match 19 – Perth Scorchers vs Mumbai Indians
MI need massive win to make semi-finals
The Mumbai Indians, still in with a shot at qualifying for the semi-finals, will clash with the Perth Scorchers in Match 19 of the Karbonn Smart CLT20 2013.
The Mumbai Indians, packed with match-winners, were offered a thin lifeline when the Rajasthan Royals defeated the Otago Volts. MI need more than just a win to topple the Volts from their second place; they will need to defeat the Scorchers by a huge margin to be able to progress ahead of the Volts on the basis of Net Run-Rate. MI will rue starting the season by losing their match against the Rajasthan Royals. Since that defeat on the opening day of the competition, the Mumbai Indians had their match against the Otago Volts washed out, before defeating the Highveld Lions in their most recent outing.
The Perth Scorchers have had a forgettable tournament. The team from Australia was restricted to the confines of their dressing room in their opening match against the Highveld Lions. They were no match for the Volts and Royals in their next two outings, losing by mammoth margins of 62 runs and nine wickets respectively. They will need a much improved performance all-round if they are to compete with a daunting MI line-up.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 4 pm IST
Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
Perth Scorchers’ coach Justin Langer said that his team sorely missed the services of the Marsh brothers and Pat Cummins, but stated that this tour of the subcontinent would go a long way in the development of the younger players in the team. The players will look up to skipper Simon Katich – the most experienced member in the side – to make a substantial contribution with the bat. More so on this occasion because the other experienced lad in the line-up – Adam Voges – has returned home injured. Among the bowlers, Brad Hogg is certain to get back into the Scorchers’ playing XI, and he will be expected to lead the pack of young bowlers.
There will be a lot of focus on the man at the top of the Mumbai Indians’ batting line-up. Even after 24 years of playing international cricket, Sachin Tendulkar still has more eyeballs following him than possibly any other Indian cricketer. Rohit Sharma will want to warm up for the upcoming one-day series against Australia with a good score under his belt. Like with his captain, Mitchell Johnson will also want to warm up heading into the one-day series starting shortly. The left-arm pacer has impressed with his pace since his return to the Australian team and he will be keen to get some wickets under his belt before changing into the Australian jersey.
In their two matches so far, the Perth Scorchers have struck 28 fours and five sixes. However, they have conceded 30 fours and 19 sixes.
The Perth Scorchers were at the receiving end of the highest total in CLT20 history; the Otago Volts posted 242/4 against the Scorchers recently.
The Mumbai Indians will want to set right their modest record at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium. In six visits to the venue, they have managed only two victories.
The Perth Scorchers wind up their CLT20 2013 campaign with this fixture. The team from Down Under will believe they have not performed to their potential, but will leave Indian shores knowing some of their younger players will be richer from the experience of playing against quality opponents in front of packed houses.
If the Mumbai Indians beat the Scorchers in this match and displace the Otago Volts from second place in the Group A standings, they will compete in the second semi-final scheduled for October 5.