Durban: After having suffered two straight defeats, the Mumbai Indians will be desperate for a strong show against Guyana in their Group B clash at Durban.
The star studded Mumbai Indians team have done fairly well with the bat in the opening two matches, but their fielding has led them down big time. Skipper Sachin Tendulkar himself dropped a crucial catch in their last outing against the Redbacks which proved to be very costly. Fielding coach Jonty Rhodes will be hoping that the fielders can put up a better show on the field when they clash against Guyana.
Their bowlers have not been able to hit the mark as well. Except for Malinga, the rest of the bowling line up have had a disappointing show in the series so far.
Pacer Zaheer Khan clearly looks rusty, bowler short of match-practice returning after injury.
Kieron Pollard did play his part as a batsman yesterday, but he was unable to deliver as a bowler in their match against Redbacks.
Perhaps this is the best and probably the last chance for the team from Mumbai to defeat a rather weak Guyana who lost their opening game against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 9 wickets.
Guyana had a poor outing against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their opening game. Their batting failed miserably against the Bangalore attack and were bowled out for a mere 103 total. And their bowling was not that impressive either. They will be banking on their Ramnaresh Sarwan to play a big innings for them and cause more upset for the already troubled Mumbai camp.
Coming into the match, it is highly unlikely that Mumbai Indians can make it to the semi-finals even if they defeat Guyana. But they will be hoping to come out with a big win and just wait for other results to favor them.
Guyana on the other hand, with a game in hand still stand a chance to qualify for the semi-finals but it will be a huge climb for the team from West Indies. They have to come up with a convincing win against the Mumbai Indians to give themselves a chance to stay in the hunt for the semi-final spot.