Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:54:47 GMT

Will Sachin return for Mumbai Indians tonight?

It is the mother of all battles in IPL-5 and it is happening tonight. Mumbai versus Delhi. All cricket enthusiasts will remember how and why this great inter-city rivalry dates back to the good old Ranji Trophy days and how about having it in slam bang cricket too? The big question though, will Sachin return to the team?

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Will Sachin return for Mumbai Indians tonight?

Mumbai: Since the IPL season opener against Chennai, Mumbai Indians have not had a solid start but with Tendulkar expected to take his spot at the top of batting order, MI can hope for a strong opening stand for the likes of Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma to feast on later.

The batting maestro sustained a finger injury in his right hand in the IPL season opener against defending champions Chennai Super Kings on April 4 and missed the next three games.

On Saturday, he took part in his first batting practice, facing throw-downs for 45 minutes while the rest of the MI team members had a net session at the Wankhede Stadium.

Neither T Suman, who opened in two games, nor Ambati Rayudu, who got a chance to launch the innings in the other game, prospered in Tendulkar's absence.

South African Richard Levi, who debuted in the IPL in style with a man-of-the-match award-winning half century when Tendulkar was at the other end, also has not done anything extraordinary since the opening game.
A victory for MI on Monday would be their third on the trot and help them shoot their way back to the top while a win for the Daredevils would take them to six points and keep them among the leading teams on the points table.

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