Deccan Chargers not overawed by Mumbai Indians

Hyderabad: Hosts Deccan Chargers are not exactly overawed by the current league leaders Mumbai Indians as they head for a first-round clash in IPL-4 at the Hyderabad International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

"We are not worried about the opposition but we have to be on top of our game against a big side like Mumbai Indians. They are a quality side," Deccan`s Shikhar Dhawan told reporters at the pre-match conference here.

Deccan coach Darren Lehman said it was a "big match" and hoped his team would put up a good show.

He said speedster Ishant Sharma, who missed the previous match, would be back for the clash against MI.

Mumbai Indians are leading the points table with four wins from five matches while Deccan have been relegated to the eighth position with just two wins from their five games thus far.

Led by the iconic Sachin Tendulkar, who incidentally turns 38 on match day, the last year`s runners-up Mumbai Indians have been in fantastic form.

Mumbai`s batting has clicked very well with Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu and now Andrew Symonds and Rohit Sharma in fine form.

"We are very excited to be playing on Sachin`s birthday," said Rayudu, Mumbai`s middle-oder batting mainstay.

"In the last two seasons, all players contributed well for the team. We are taking everything match-by-match and the tournament is progressing well for us," said Rayudu after the practice session.

The wicketkeeper-batsman said he is cherishing every moment playing with Sachin.

"It becomes very easy if Sachin is in the middle. He guides youngsters well and according to the situation.

On his own form, Rayudu said he is enjoying his batting as well as wicket-keeping.

"I am working hard on it (keeping). I have been working with coach Robin Singh for the past two years and he knows me very well. He has a big role in helping me out and making me better," Rayudu added.