Mumbai is undergoing a case of serendipity, having just discovered that their middle order can deliver in the rare event that the top order fails. This was precisely the scenario in Mumbai's Friday victory against defending champions Chennai Super Kings. After the sure gun Sachin Tendulkar flopped with just 5, Ambati Rayudu, Andrew Symonds and especially Rohit Sharma showed their mettle. Thus the second line of defence is capable of demonstrating just the efficacy as the men that come before them.
Where their bowling is concerned, paceman Lasith Malinga continues to be as consistent as ever, taking 2/20 in four overs, while Harbhajan Singh emerged the unlikely hero with an impressive 5/18. But Abu Nechim Ahmed had a dip in form after a robust start to his IPL campaign in Mumbai's match against Pune. The bowlers will want to bowl as a unit and tighten the screws of their attack.
The Deccan Chargers meanwhile have had a wishy washy time of late, winning just two matches and losing three. However, their last encounter which was against the Delhi Daredevils, ended in victory and so the Chargers will be looking to carry some of that momentum into the next match.
The Chargers came out tops in Tuesday's match thanks to a strong performance from the top order with Sunny Sohal and Kumar Sangakkara standing out. With a competitive total of 168, the Chargers put in a creditable performance to keep the Daredvils at bay. All the bowlers in fact, pitched in with Daniel Christian and Harmeet Singh taking 2 scalps each. They will be looking to repeat that good showing against Mumbai.