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Chennai (PTI): Smarting from the narrow defeat in their opening IPL tie, Mumbai Indians will have their task cut out when they lock horns with...

sup2Chennai (PTI): Smarting from the narrow defeat in their opening IPL tie, Mumbai Indians will have their task cut out when they lock horns with two-time winners Chennai Super Kings here on Saturday at a venue, which has been guarded like a fortress by the home team.

Mumbai came close to beating Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday night, before going down by two runs in a thrilling last-ball finish. And the Ricky Ponting-led side now faces another stern test against a side that arguably has got the best record in the cash-rich Twenty20 league, having won it twice in 2010 and 2011.

Going into the much-anticipated clash, Mumbai also must be well aware of the fact that the hosts have an impeccable record at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.A Chennai wouldn't have the services of Albie Morkel, who is to play for the Titans in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge final in South Africa. Also missing the action in the first few games would be Faf du Plessis as the big-hitting batsman is down with an injury.

With the Sri Lankan players not allowed to play in Chennai, the home side will miss the services of Nuwan Kulasekara and Akila Dananjaya. Chennai have one of the most settled combinations among the nine teams. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has led from the front over the past few seasons. Then there is the left-handed Suresh Raina in the middle-order and opener Murali Vijay, whose confidence must have been boosted after a prolific Test series against Australia.

Among the foreigners, Michael Hussey and Dwayne Bravo will be the two men to watch out for. Not to forget the presence of Subramaniam Badrinath who can defend as well use to long handle to good effect.

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