Mumbai of course are coming off two resounding wins - against the Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore - thanks to the destructive exploits of the man with the Purple Cap Lasith Malinga, and Sachin Tendulkar who is in contention for the Orange Cap.
What the Tuskers have going for them is that their batting line-up has shown a grittiness in adversity, especially in Wednesday's game against the Pune Warriors when they were 13/3 and 24/4. The middle order extricated their side from the dire situation and ensured a decent total of 148/8 in their 20 overs as Ravindra Jadeja (47) and Brad Hodge (38) came up with a 88-run stand against the fire and dynamite of Wayne Parnell and Co.
One could therefore argue that the side is now seasoned to take on the toe-crushing yorkers of Lasith Malinga and prevent him from holding sway. Of course, the opening combination of VVS Laxman and Brendon McCullum who hit up an opening stand of 80 in just 9 overs against Bsangalore, will have to regain their footing and give their side another robust start.
Mumbai on the other hand have everything going for them. Both their top-order and their new-ball bowlers seems insurmountable. NO one has yet appeared to have neutered the threat of Malinga who has picked up 7 wickets in just 2 matches at an average of 6.45 and an economy rate of around 4! Meanwhile, Tendulkar who is yet to record an average on account of two not-outs with scores over 40, looks in devastating touch.
The Tuskers will therefore have to get their bowling together as there hasn't been much incisiveness on that front. If they can get through the MUmbai top-order and expose the less experienced middle order, they will certainly be in with a chance of winning.