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Superstars Take On Underdogs in CL T20 Opening Match

Mumbai Indians meet Highveld Lions in the opening Champions League Twenty20 match in South Africa on Friday.On paper, it is a match between Tendulkar, Pollard, Malinga, Zaheer, Bravo, Harbhajan facing the likes of  Alviro Petersen
PTI September 09, 2010 23:39 IST
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Mumbai Indians meet Highveld Lions in the opening Champions League Twenty20 match in South Africa on Friday.On paper, it is a match between Tendulkar, Pollard, Malinga, Zaheer, Bravo, Harbhajan facing the likes of  Alviro Petersen and lesser-known players, reports cricinfo.

It's also the classic tussle between the powerful and the underdog, says the report.

One team is the triumph of money, a rich, powerful ensemble, most of them bought in an auction, but also a unit that has learned to play well enough as a team to have dominated the IPL. The other team is largely a collection of homegrown talent, who have stayed together through good times and bad, winning the inaugural domestic Twenty20 competition in South Africa, then struggling for three years before finishing runners-up last year.

The Lions play as a team day in and day out, across formats;

Mumbai's superstars gather for a month or so every year just for Twenty20s, and their being together next year depends on another auction.

This is the first time Mumbai are coming across a team that is not similarly acquired at an auction. At the same time Mumbai are one of the IPL teams to have invested wholeheartedly in domestic talent, in the likes of Ambati Rayudu, R Sathish and Saurabh Tiwary.

Lions don't have much else other than domestic talent to work with. Petersen is the only current international in the squad, Neil McKenzie the most experienced, and Zander be Bruyn and Vaughn van Jaarsveld the nearly men. A clash of Twenty20 philosophies is a good way to start the Champions League with.