Mumbai Indians, Lahore Lions Set to Give Champions League T20 a Blockbuster Start

Mumbai Indians and Lahore Lions will rekindle the spirit of India-Pakistan cricket as they take on each other in the first qualifier of the Champions League T20 on Saturday.

updated: September 12, 2014 12:43 IST
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Mumbai Indians would be eager to make it to the main draws and successfully defend their CLT20 title.


Raipur: After a sumptuous feast of traditional cricket, it's time again to return to the shortest format as leading players, including India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, get ready to represent their respective franchises in the sixth edition of the Champions League T20, with the qualifying rounds starting in Rapur on Saturday.(I would rather be a mean winner than a polite loser, says Gautam Gambhir)

While the tournament proper starts on September 17 with perennial favourites Chennai Super Kings pitted against reigning IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders, the start of qualifying rounds will feature defending CLT20 champions Mumbai Indians taking on a very talented Lahore Lions team led by former national T20 captain Mohammed Hafeez.

While three IPL franchises KKR, CSK and Kings XI Punjab have directly qualified for the main rounds along with five other sides, Mumbai Indians, by virtue of finishing fourth in IPL will have to slog it out from Saturday with the Lions (Pakistan), Northern Districts (New Zealand), Southern Express (Sri Lanka) at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Stadium.

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