Tykes face power of champions

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YORKSHIRE will be hoping to bounce back from their hammering by Sydney Sixers on Tuesday when they play their second match of the Champions League Twenty20 group stages today in South Africa.

The Tykes were thoroughly outclassed by the winners of the Australian Big Bash League and must now beat Mumbai Indians in Cape Town to realistically keep alive their hopes of reaching the tournaments semi-final stage. This match shows the true test that Yorkshire face just by being in the Champions League.

Mumbai are the reigning champions and field an all-star squad including former Tyke Sachin Tendulkar, Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson and West Indian Dwayne Smith.

Skippered by Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was man-of-the-match in last year’s Champions League final Mumbai are the most valuable Indian Premier League club with a worth of $48m.