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Featuring players who shone at the World Twenty20, Australia's Sydney Sixers might prove to be quite a handful for the Chennai Super Kings when the two teams clash in their opening Group B encounter of the Champions League T20, here on Sunday. Sixers have quite an ace up their sleeve in all-rounder Shane Watson, the man who was destructive with the bat and incisive with the ball in the World T20. Such was the 31-year-old all-rounder's form, that he netted four Man of the Match trophies before walking away with the Player of the Tournament award even though Australia crashed out in the semifinals.
In the form of his life, if Watson manages to keep fatigue at bay, he could well turn out to be the most valuable player in the event. Led by Brad Haddin, the Big Bash champions are a decent line-up even though Watson would be their most crucial player .
The skipper, who is struggling to get back into the national fold after an injury layoff, would also be a key player for the side. On the bowling front, they have the express pace of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, who would relish the conditions here. Cummins was in good form during the World T20 and would be looking forward to working his magic in a country where he made a sensational Test debut last year.
Chennai, on the other hand, have a few issues to deal with. Skipper MS Dhoni will come into the tournament as a man under scrutiny after being an uninspiring leader during India's doomed World T20 campaign.
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Spotlight on Harbhajan, Sachin
All eyes will be on Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Harbhajan Singh as defending champions Mumbai Indians take on local team Lions in their opening Champions League Twenty20.