On 6th April around 8 pm Indian standard time, a Maharashtra Derby will begin. The battle of two Maharashtra based franchise of Indian premier league is scheduled at the home ground of Pune Supergiant. Where both the teams are missing one or two of their important players but the clash will be exciting to watch for.
Mumbai Indians will be without the service of their strike bowler Lasith Malinga as he is out for national duty and the major missing in Pune squad will be that of R Ashwin who is sidelined due to the finger injury.
Last time they played: Last time when these teams were against each other Mumbai Indians were better in the field and won the match quite easily with 8 wickets in hand and 9 balls to spare. The target of 160 was set by the Rising Pune Supergiant courtesy a fifty by then opener Saurabh Tiwary who is currently in the squad of Mumbai Indians. Rohit Sharma played a super knock in that game to ensure that Mumbai Indians wins.
Head to head: The head to head battle between the two teams Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians are on the level with each team winning a match. The interesting part of the conflict is that both teams have lost to each other at their respective home ground.
Mumbai Indians: LWLWL
Rising Pune Supergiant: WWLLL
Mumbai Indians: Mumbai Indians in this IPL 2017 though doesn’t have any injury issues but they will not have the service of Lasith Malinga their prime bowler. Mumbai Indians are always considered to be a slow starter in Indian premier league and would love to change it. Rohit Sharma who is among the top five run-getters in IPL will like to continue his form and keep his team alive in the contest. With the absence of Lasith Malinga, Tim Southee will make a cut in the last playing eleven. And it would be interesting to see who makes it to the squad between Lendl Simmons and Jos Butler. Parthiv Patel and Ambati Rayudu will have responsibilities to built the innings early on. In middle and lower middle order, Pandya brothers and Keiron Pollard are the formations. Jasprit Bumrah had a pretty great season with the bowl and will share the pace attack along with Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan. Spin department will be heavily dependent on Harbhajan Singh. Mumbai would be eager to win and start their season with a point.
From: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Asela Gunaratne, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Kulwant Khejroliya, Siddhesh Lad, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Punia, Nitish Rana, Ambati Rayudu, Jitesh Sharma, Karn Sharma, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Jagadeesha Suchith, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar.
Probable XI: 1- Parthiv Patel (Wicket-keeper)2- Lendl Simmons3- Rohit Sharma (Captain)4- Ambati Rayudu5- Jos Buttler 6- Keiron Pollard7- Hardik Pandya8- Harbhajan Singh9- Krunal Pandya10- Tim Southee 11- Jasprit Bumrah
Rising Pune Supergiant: On paper, the team of Rising Pune Supergiant is excellent with the bat. With Fad du plessis and Ajinkya Rahane making the opening pair. And their middle order comprises that of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Steve Smith, and Mayank Agarwal. Their most expensive buy Ben Stokes will be keen to make his presence felt. The major area of concern for the Supergiant is their fast bowling which only has Ashok Dinda as their major domestic bowler. R Ashwin injury has also weekend the side domestic spin department. It will be interesting to see which out of the two Imran Tahir and Adam Zampa makes it to the playing eleven. The captaincy combo of Steven Smith and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be the fruitful side for the team.
From: Steven Smith, MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Mitchell Marsh, Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Adam Zampa, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja, Mayank Agarwal.Also read | Jasprit Bumrah, Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Dan Christian, Milind Tandon, R Tripathi, Manoj Tiwary, Lockie Ferguson
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Faf du Plessis, Steven Smith (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Ben Stokes, Rajat Bhatia, Baba Aparajith, Ashoke Dinda, Adam Zampa/Imran Tahir, Ishwar Pandey/Shardul Thakur
Players in the spotlight:
Ben Stokes: This year most expensive buy the English all-rounder had a great season with bat and ball and would love to make his IPL debut a famous one. He can prove to be a vital cog with both bat and ball.
Rohit Sharma: being out from the international scenario for quite a time, Hitman would be itching to get going in IPL 2017 and is likely to make his presence felt.
What: IPL match 2: RPS VS MI
When: 6th April, 20:00 IST
Where: Maharashtra cricket association’s international stadium
What to expect: good track for batting but spinners have the say as the game progresses. The day will be warm of up to 38°C and there will be no rain.
Pitch Prediction: A good batting track where bowl comes easily at first but as the game progresses there is a lot for the spinners.
Toss prediction: Team winning the toss will definitely choose to be batting first.
Match Prediction: Despite having a worse season last year Rising Pune Supergiant will be looking to change the table this year and have the chances of 65% winning this match.
* This will be a high scoring game and place your bets likewise.
* Teaming winning the toss have more chances of winning.
Knowing the venue:
Maharashtra Cricket association Stadium
Location: Pune, India
Matches Played Tests – 0, Odis – 0, T20s – 25
Stats and figures:
|Best Individual Score||101 by Steven Smith vs GL on Apr 29, 2016|
|Best Bowling figures in Innings||4/19 by Amit Mishra vs PWI on Apr 17, 2013|
|Most Runs||453 by Robin Uthappa (18 matches)|
|Most Wickets||13 by Rahul Sharma (10 matches)|
|Highest Team Score||196 by GL vs RPS on Apr 29, 2016|
|Lowest Team Score||106 by PWI vs KKR on May 9, 2013|
|Highest Score Successfully Chased||196 by GL vs RPS on Apr 29, 2016|
|Lowest Score Successfully Defended||120 by MI vs PWI on May 3, 2012|
|Average 1st Innings Score||154|
|Average 2nd Innings Score||140|
|Matches Won Batting First||14|
|Matches Won Bowling First||11|