About the Match
Mumbai Indians won the qualifier against Southern Express yesterday by 9 wickets to stay alive in the CLT20 series; they now take on Northern Knights, who have won both their qualifiers till now, on 16th Sep at Raipur. The Kiwi team is right on top of the table in the qualifiers with 8 points while Mumbai had lost their game against Lahore Lions to come in at the second spot with 4 points. The contest will be fierce as both sides have strong players who have been winning matches for their respective teams in this format of the game.
It was Michael Hussey and Lindl Simmons, who partnered and posted a strong 139-run opening stand against Southern Express, to take the team home to their first victory here. While Simmons scored 76 off 51, Hussey posted 60 off 40 balls and the duo look to be in top shape to take on the might of the Kiwi pace attack. Keiron Pollard who did well in the Carribbean also looked good in the last match while Aditya Tare had scored 37 runs in the previous match against Lahore. Ojha, who had taken 2 wickets in the match against Lahore giving away just 18 runs from his 4 over spell, contributed with 1 wicket against the Lankan team; the other bowlers like Bumrah, Malinga, Pollard and Saxena too found success, taking regular wickets to restrict the opponents to 161 runs. They need to up their game and come out stronger against the tougher challenge of Northern Districts, who are on a winning spree right from the beginning; they have the talent and with a focused approach can definitely turn things around.
The team has been winning matches till now and are comfortably placed at the top spot; they ruthlessly demolished the Southern Express batting line-up, getting them all-out in just 10 overs restricting them to only 92. Boult, Styris and Southee coming right on top of the batsmen giving no leeway; they repeated the feat against Lahore Lions this time Ish Sodhi joining in with 2 wickets while Boult and Southee took 5 wickets between them and Styris contributing with 1. The bowlers are in excellent form, demolishing batsmen match after match and they will be ready to take on the likes of Hussey and Simmons too. The batting line-up is strong too with Williamson scoring 52 off 29 against Express while Watling and Flynn posting 53 runs each from 30 odd balls against the Lions to post good totals. They are a well-balanced side with strong batsmen and established pacemen, who can keep the winning momentum going against top teams. This is a tough team to beat and Mumbai will have to plan something special to go up against this Kiwi powerhouse.
The contest will be a fierce one with the bowlers from New Zealand testing the batting skills of the Mumbai players; technique and talent both will matter and the team that can strategize well and keep the pressure on the opponent right from the start will have better odds at winning. While Mumbai has recently won a match and received a morale boost, Northern Knights look better positioned to come out trumps and maintain their top spot.
Northern Knights, 2.40 @ TitanBet