'The pressure is on Mumbai Indians': Petersen

Published: Thursday, September 9, 2010, 16:45 [IST]
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'The pressure is on Mumbai Indians'

Highveld Lions team, one of the least fancied team to win the Airtel Champions League T20 is determined to make full use of the underdog status his side is tagged with ahead of the tournament.

The South African franchise, who finished second in the domestic Pro20 Series last season, are considered to be one amongst the weakest teams in the September 10-26 competition.

The Lions are set to get the tournament started, hosting Sachin Tendulkar led Mumbai Indians at the Wanderers stadium, in Johannesburg. Captain Alviro Petersen is quietly confident they can make major strides when the tournament begins in Johannesburg tomorrow.

"No-one is expecting us to do anything, so there's no pressure at all," he said.

"I quite like that - it means we can play our natural game.

"If we play to our potential, we could pull off some surprises.

"We don't have the big names like some of the other teams - in fact, on paper, we are probably the weakest team in the tournament.

"But cricket matches aren't played on paper and we believe we can knock some of those big names over."

The Lions are in Group B for the competition alongside Indian Premier League (IPL) sides Mumbai Indians and Bangalore Royal Challengers as well as South Australia and Guyana.

He added: "We're a very young team, but we have a lot of confidence in one another.

"We have quite a few options open to us.

"It's a big game and we know that they are more experienced than we are.

"But I think the pressure is on them - everyone expects them to win, but we can play our natural game and hopefully go away with the points.

"If we can start well against the Mumbai Indians, that could be the start of a good run."


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