Jolted by the loss to Rajasthan Royals in their opening match before the second tie was washed out, IPL winners Mumbai Indians would be eager to stamp their authority in a do-or-die battle against Highveld Lions in their Group A game of the Champions League here tomorrow.
Like Mumbai, the Lions have also lost one match while another got abandoned. Both the teams have just two points from as many outings and in order to keep their chances alive in the tournament, would need to win tomorrow's game.
The star-studded Mumbai outfit could not have hoped for a worse start. They looked a bit rusty while facing the Royals and since then they had little chance to iron out their flaws.
Veteran Sachin Tendulkar, playing his last tournament for the Mumbai Indians, showed some spark with a 15-run cameo against the Royals, which included three fours.
But come tomorrow, Mumbai would need more than that from the star batsman.
Skipper Rohit Sharma continued to show good form while Kieron Pollard was also impressive with a 36-ball 47 down the order. Besides these two, the likes of Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Kartik and Ambati Rayudu have the ability to give any opponent a run for its money.
Mumbai's bowling department, in the absence of match-winning pacer Lasith Malinga, failed to take off against Rajasthan.
Pacer Mitchell Johnson, who is expected to fill Malinga's role, went wicketless, while Nathan Coulter-Nile also could not make any impression. India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh looked off-colour, too.
But if the bowlers are able to fire in unison they could easily prove to be more than a handful for the Lions who were seen struggling against leg-spinner Pravin Tambe, whose brilliant four for 15 paved the way for Rajasthan's victory last night.