The second Maharashtra derby of the season is scheduled to begin on 24th April at Wankhede stadium. Rising Pune Supergiant comes to Mumbai with a win in the last game courtesy Dhoni’s special at the end of the innings. Where as Mumbai Indians have won 6 continuous game of the season and are unbeatable from the last six games. The only team to beat Mumbai Indians in this season of Indian premier league is Rising Pune Supergiant. Mumbai Indians have not only won all the home games but they are also victorious in their away outings. Pune on the other hand have gained the momentum needed to prosper in the tournament. Mumbai Indians are currently placed at the top of the table by winning six out of their seven games.
Last time they played: this season when they first met at Pune, Mumbai Indians batting first posted a target of 184 runs on the board. The matter stretched up to second last ball and the heroics of Steven Smith won Rising Pune Supergiant the match by seven wickets.
Head to head battle: both teams have played 3 times against each other, one in this season and two in previous. And out of 3 times Pune Supergiant have won 2 times and Mumbai Indians have won one game.
Mumbai Indians: WWWWW
Rising Pune Supergiant: WWLLL
Mumbai Indians: Mumbai Indians are on the roll winning six games straightaway. This is there best ever start in Indian premier league so they won’t do much to change the teams combination. Lasith Malinga who was out from previous game due to his expensive bowling in last few games is unlikely to play this game too. Mitchell Johnson displayed a tight spell of four overs and will be in the playing eleven for sure.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel, Jos Butler, Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell McCLengan, Jasprit Bumrah.
Rising Pune Supergiant: Pune was able to register a win by chasing a traget against the best bowling side of this season IPL and they struck 56 runs in last four overs to win. Dhoni was in his prime form and Tripathi was best at the start of the innings. The form of Ajinkya Rahane at the start is a thing to worry a little. They are likely to play with the same eleven and there is only a slight of chances that Faf Du Plessis could get a chance in place of Daniel Christian.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, Manoj Tiwary, Daniel Christian/Faf Du Plessis, Washington Sundar, Jaydev unadkat, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.
Players in the Spotlight:
Imran Tahir: Rohit Sharma is having a awful journey against leg spinners and Imran Tahir who struck 3 wickets in the previous Maharashtra derby which included the wicket of Rohit Sharma is likely to perform again.
Where: Wankhede stadium, Mumbai.
What to expect: toss will play a crucial role in this game as dew will effect the game later at nights.
Toss Prediction: Mumbai Indians have won three out of four times chasing here. Team winning the toss are likely to choose bowling first.
Match prediction: winning streaks of Mumbai Indians are going to be stopped by Rising Pune Supergiant.
* Runs at the end of the innings are more likely to be scored.
* Match odds for the game are 72-73 Mumbai Indians.