Clash of titans set to enthrall Wankhede
With the hosts having featured in Wednesday's match and the visiting team arriving in Mumbai on Thursday evening, most from the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings opted to rest on the eve of their face-off. Amol Karhadkar reports. Captain's knock | Match boxcricket Updated: Apr 22, 2011 01:57 IST
With the hosts having featured in Wednesday's match and the visiting team arriving in Mumbai on Thursday evening, most from the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings opted to rest on the eve of their face-off.
However, this could be the lull before the storm. After all, Friday night will see the two sides stack up against each other for the first time since the Super Kings beat the Mumbai Indians by 22 runs in the final of IPL 3 in April last year.
With both teams retaining the nucleus of last year's combination, including prized players Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it will be a battle between two T20 superpowers and two of the greatest cricketers of the modern era.
Having lifted the World Cup under Dhoni's leadership, Tendulkar has flourished the most as a batsman during the former's tenure at the helm.
Dhoni, while considering himself lucky to have Tendulkar in sublime form during his captaincy, has also grown in stature in all three aspects — wicket-keeping, batting and captaincy — with the master's help.No wonder that the duo has come up with some of the best IPL outings against each other. Be it Tendulkar's 72 off 52 in their first of last year's three face-offs or Dhoni's cameo 18-ball 31 in the return leg, both have saved their best against each other.
If the two World Cup stars sizzle on Friday, the match result will be the last thing on the Wankhede crowd's mind.
Sri Lanka's selection committee has asked Lasith Malinga to return home from IPL and undergo rehabilitation after the fast bowler made himself unavailable for the England Test series citing injury.