Two teams that came into the Champions League Twenty20 2013 with high expectations and as the domestic champions of their countries find themselves in a do-or-die situation ahead of their clash on Friday (September 27). Mumbai Indians were scheduled to face Highveld Lions in Ahmedabad, but the relentless rains in that city meant that the clash will now take place at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Both sides have been on the receiving end of a washout and a loss against Rajasthan Royals, and have only two points with two matches in hand in Group A. With Rajasthan and Otago Volts pulling away from the pack, the losing side on Friday will effectively be out of the running for a semifinal spot.
Mumbai ran Rajasthan closer in their loss than the Lions did, but that will mean little. Mumbai played their match on a pacy, greenish pitch, while a browner, flatter surface greeted the Lions. The Sawai Mansingh Stadium has a reputation for producing pitches with something in them for bowlers, and perhaps mindful of that and the Lions pacers led by Sohail Tanvir and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, a good bit of Mumbai’s practice session on Thursday was devoted to playing shots against a tennis ball that Jonty Rhodes, the fielding coach, served from up close.