New Delhi: When most Indian captains needed a breakthrough in a match, they used to turn to Anil Kumble and more often than not the man obliged. Mumbai skipper Sachin Tendulkar now needs a favour from old friend and the Bangalore skipper if his side is to be in even with a chance of making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League T20.
Mumbai finally won their first game in the tournament on Thursday as they beat Guyana by 31 runs. The problem though is that they squandered away their first two games and are now left with playing Bangalore on Sunday. It's a do-or-die game and everyone knows it will be a gritty affair and neither Kumble nor Tendulkar will give an inch to each other.
For Mumbai the equation is pretty clear, they have to win on Sunday and hope that Bangalore win all their remaining games. And it will only get better if the law of averages catches up with Guyana and they manage to upset the Redbacks on Tuesday.
Mumbai needs a big favour from Bangalore and Guyana if they are to move to the last four stage of the CL T20.
The Redbacks sit pretty at the top of the table with two out of two wins and four points. They are followed by Bangalore with one win but with a net run rate of +3.445. The good thing is that Bangalore has played only one game. Mumbai and the Lions are on two points each, while Guyana is yet to open its account.
A strong and in-form Bangalore may well be able to beat the Redbacks on Friday and the Lions on Tuesday. But what does look difficult is that Guyana will have to pull a rabbit out of its hat, not once but twice. Mumbai will be kicking themselves for having lost their first two games. Now it's all upto the math and unfortunately it doesn't seem to be adding up for them this time.