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Indians aiming for no slip ups against the Lions


The Mumbai Indians go into the opening game of this years Twenty20 Champions League against the Highveld Lions looking to get the tournament under way with a bang.

This years beaten Indian Premier League finalist go up against the Lions who finished second in South Africaís Standard Bank Twenty20 series at the start of March.

Although holding the advantage of playing on home soil the Lions are expected to offer little trouble to the Indians who are one of the favourites to reach the knock out stages of the tournament.

With the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Kieron Pollard and JP Duminy in their line up the Indians will be looking to readdress the balance of power after last years event in India where the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils and Deccan Chargers all performed badly.

Although the Indians are expected progress to the knock out stages; skipper Tendulkar warned that conditions in South Africa will help the Lions.

"After having played for such a long time, Iím playing in South Africa in September for the first time in my career, so conditions are slightly different. But that doesnít mean that we canít produce good cricket," said Tendulkar.

"The Highveld Lions have the advantage of knowing the conditions and the ground better than us, but that doesnít mean we canít beat them," he added.

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