Mumbai Indians, Lahore Lions, Northern Districts and Southern Express all have a chance to move to the group stage of the Champions League as we move to the last day of the qualifying stage. Southern Express looks like the weakest team in the competition and are not very likely to make it even if they manage to beat Lahore Lions. Their net run rate is very low and they would have to win very big to even stand a chance. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand would be very happy if Southern Express beats Lahore Lions as it will increase their chances monumentally. They would not have to even beat Northern Districts since they already have a better net run rate than Lahore Lions.
Mumbai Indians batter very poorly in the first match against Lahore Lions but they put up a superb batting display against Southern Express romping home to a nine wicket victory. They have one more match to go against Northern Districts and they will have to bat well once again since Tim Southee and Trent Boult are in great form at the moment. It should be a close match as both teams have good players in their side.
Mumbai Indians will rely on their batting side as their bowlers are not quite experienced. Pravin Kumar might not be fit yet so they will depend on Malinga, Harbhajan and Ojha to seal yet another victory. Northern Districs also do not have a lot of experience of playing spin bowling so Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha will look to exploit this aspect. Mumbai Indians played with three spinners in the last game but Shreyas Gopal looked out of touch. He is a good leg spinner and should do better against the team from New Zealand as they would not be too fond of playing spin bowling.
Northern Districs are almost through to the group stage as they have the best run rate among the four teams. They have done enough to warrant a place in the main draw even if they lose to Mumbai Indians. So, it will not be a surprise even if they decide to rest one of their key players. They might even get a little complacent since they are not playing a do or die match. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand have a lot riding on this game. So, I would say Mumbai Indians is favorites in this match.
Mumbai Indians – 1.65 @ Pinnacle Sports