The upsets can continue as the Champions League action hots up in Group B, says Andy Tongue
"There’s no reason Yorkshire’s top order can’t make a good start against the Indians’ attack so we’ll back them at [3.2] and look for a trade."
Group B continues in Cape Town where Sydney and the Lions enjoyed wins over Yorkshire and the Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. The Lions chased down 159 for the loss of just four wickets, which suggests that batting second under lights here may not be such a factor after all.
Highveld Lions vs Sydney Sixers
Start Time: 12:30
TV: Live on Eurosport
The Lions have been the surprise package of the tournament so far along with the Auckland Aces, with two wins over the supposedly superior 'Big Boys' from the IPL. They have thrived in their home conditions with Neil McKenzie and then Gulam Bodi playing match-winning innings while spinner Aaron Phangiso has starred with the ball, taking 3-34 from his eight overs so far.
Our outrights picks are on the verge of qualifying for the semi-finals after two wins from two but have been rocked by the news that inspirational all-rounder Shane Watson has been called home by Cricket Australia and will fly back to Sydney after this game. That means he misses Monday's clash with the Mumbai Indians and the Sixers will be determined to secure a win against the Lions, though ante-post backers at [8.6] may want to consider laying off some of their stake for a profit.
The Lions continue to be underestimated by the layers and with the two sides looking evenly matched they have to be backed at [2.22] in home conditions.
Top Lions Batsman
McKenzie, Bodi and Quenton de Kock have all contributed handsomely and the latter could make valuable runs in the Lions' middle-order.
Top Sydney Batsman
Watson will be desperate to sign-off in style and has been in fine fettle with the bat so far.
Recommended Bet: Back the Lions at [2.22]
Mumbai Indians vs Yorkshire
Start Time: 16:30
TV: Live on Eurosport
The IPL side were shocked by the Lions in their opening match and know that anything less than victory means qualification for the knockout stages is almost impossible. The powerful batting line-up includes Sachin Tendulkar, Dwayne Smith and Rohit Sharma, all of whom got starts in that game but couldn't go on to make a match-winning score.
After battling through the qualifying stage they were outclassed by Sydney, unable to cope with the Sixers unrelenting pace attack. However, Mumbai's seam bowling is, on paper at least, one of the better among the IPL sides boasting Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson, though they may both be jaded after the T20 World Cup on the evidence of that defeat against the Lions. The likes of Phil Jacques, Gary Ballance and Joe Root will find it a bit easier going with the bat and can make a game of it at least.
Mumbai are hot favourites at [1.4], which given the IPL sides' struggle thus far in the tournament is not our kind of bet. There's no reason Yorkshire's top order can't make a good start against the Indians' attack so we'll back them at [3.2] and look for a trade.
Top Mumbai Batsman
The Yorkshire attack was taken to pieces by Sydney so we'll look to the likes of Smith and Sharma at the top of the Indians' order.
Top Yorkshire Batsman
Root, called up to the England squad for the upcoming tour of England, has been threatening a decent score and this could be when he delivers.
Recommended Bet: Back-to-lay Yorkshire at [3.2]