The tournament is still in its infant stages but if Sunday's performance is anything to go by, Deccan are fast placing themselves to be known as the the whipping boys of the tournament. They are up against a powerhouse team that has suddenly found out that the league stage is not the bed of roses that they expected it to be. Will Deccan prove that Sunday's mauling was just an one-off and not a regular occurrence? Will Mumbai shed their rustiness and prove as to why rated as one of the tournament favorites? Monday's clash between the two teams will provide the answers.
It did not take too long for the worst fears of the Deccan supporters to come true. A team which had prided itself as the champions of the second edition of the IPL have slipped ever since then and Sunday's abject surrender against Chennai only sounded as a warning bell. Having made strange decisions both in the auctions and in the transfer frenzy, Deccan came unstuck against the might of Chennai with their lack of star power truly exposed. Fortunately for them, the tournament is a long drawn affair and the team can still wriggle itself out of choppy waters.
Team News: Deccan Chargers will be welcoming back their regular skipper, Kumar Sangakkara. It will mean that Daniel Harris is the most likely candidate to vacate his slot in the playing XI. Cameron White is an explosive batsman and will be expected to shoulder the burden of a weak looking middle order. Amit Mishra missed the first match with injury and the threadbare bowling line-up missed his experience. With not a lot of international quality in their ranks, Deccan will have to hope for some inspiration from their youngsters to find a way around Mumbai.
The highs of the win against reigning champions , Chennai, were bought to a sudden halt by the resurgent Pune team. The inspiring presence of Sachin Tendulkar who sat out of the match with an injured finger sustained during the match against Chennai was felt as the batting capitulated against some disciplined Pune bowlers. Sachin will not play in this match due to the injury and the onus will be on the misfiring middle order to power Mumbai towards the finishing line. The bowling has been outstanding in both matches so far and would appreciate the batsmen taking the responsibility.
Team News: Mumbai have a settled outfit and would not be panicked into making wholesale changes after just one loss which would mean that the likes of R P Singh, Herschelle Gibbs and Mitchell Johnson would spend more time on the benches.
Sangakkara v Malinga: One of the riveting features of the IPL is the clash of nationalities. Kumar Sangakkara will be up against his team-mate , Lasith Malinga, whom he would have have faced many a times in the Sri Lankan nets. It would be interesting to see as to who gets the better of whom in an actual match situation.
Ojha v Deccan Batsmen: Pragyan Ojha will be lining up against a team that he himself was a part of for four long years. How will he respond to the pressure of performing in home conditions as part of an opposition team?
Mumbai Indians (From): Sachin Tendulkar, Abu Nechim, Aiden Blizzard, Yuzvendra Chahal, James Franklin, Herschelle Gibbs, Harbhajan Singh(c), Davy Jacobs, Mitchell Johnson, Dinesh Karthik(w), Dhawal Kulkarni, Richard Levi, Clint McKay, Lasith Malinga, Sushant Marathe, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Thissara Perera, Robin Peterson, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Jaydev Shah, Rohit Sharma, RP Singh, Tirumalsetti Suman, Pawan Suyal, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Amitoze Singh, Sujit Nayak, Rahul Shukla, Apoorv Wankhade
Deccan Chargers (From): Kumar Sangakkara, Ashish Reddy, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Akash Bhandari, Darren Bravo, Bharat Chipli, Daniel Christian, Kedar Devdhar, Shikhar Dhawan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Manpreet Gony, Daniel Harris, Ishank Jaggi, Abhishek Jhunjunwala, Chris Lynn, Amit Mishra, Tanmay Mishra, Parthiv Patel(w), Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Ishant Sharma, Sunny Sohal, Tanmay Srivastava, Dale Steyn, TP Sudhindra, Juan Theron, Cameron White(c), Arjun Yadav, Atchuta Rao, Veer Pratap Singh, Sneha Kishore, Biplab Samantray, Akshath Reddy, Syed Quadri