x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

CLT20: Group B team snapshots

Mumbai Indians (India) Runners-up of the IPL Captain: Sachin Tendulkar Six-hitting specialist: Kieron Pollard Death bowler: Lasith Malinga Player to watch: After resting through the tri-series in Sri Lanka, Tendulkar will be keen to get back in the middle and make up for the Indians' surprise loss to the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL finals. Chances: The most consistent team in the IPL this season will be one of the top contenders for the title. The performances of Pollard, Ambati Rayudu and Saurabh Tiwary will be crucial. Royal Challengers Bangalore (India) Third in the IPL Captain: Anil Kumble Six-hitting specialist: Robin Uthappa Death bowler: Dale Steyn Player to watch: Jacques Kallis. One of the finest all-rounders to have ever played the game, the South Africa star will play a crucial role for the Royal Challengers with his experience of local conditions. Chances: With their combination of exciting young Indian talents and foreign professionals like Kallis, Steyn, Ross Taylor and Cameron White, the Royal Challengers are favourites to top their group. South Australia Redbacks (Australia) Runners-up of the Big Bash T20 Captain: Michael Klinger Six-hitting specialist: Daniel Christian Death bowler: Shaun Tait Player to watch: The form of Callum Ferguson, returning from an injury, could be crucial for the Redbacks, but it will be difficult to look beyond Tait for reasons of pure thrill. Chances: The Redbacks are without Pollard and Shahid Afridi and are sharing the group with two IPL teams. So reaching the last four will be a difficult task. Highveld Lions (South Africa) Runners-up in the Pro20 Captain: Alviro Petersen Six-hitting specialist: Vaughn van Jaarsveld Death bowler: Robert Frylinck Player to watch: Jonathan Vandiar, a left-handed batsman who represented South Africa at the Under 19 World Cup in 2008, is regarded as a top potential for the future. Chances Kicking off the CLT20 on their home ground, the Wanderers, against the Mumbai Indians today, the Highveld Lions will be hoping to return to the stadium for the finals. Guyana (West Indies) Winners of the Caribbean T20 title Captain: Ramnaresh Sarwan Six-hitting specialist: Jonathan Foo Death bowler: Royston Crandon Player to watch: An explosive batsman of Chinese origin, Foo, 19, is being compared to Pollard. Chances: Guyana will use Trinidad and Tobago's run last year as an inspiration to blaze their own journey. But upstaging four other contenders from their group for a spot in the semi-finals would be a demanding ask for the Caribbeans. * Compiled by Ahmed Rizvi