Against Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiant is the only team which have won both their matches. At Wankhede stadium, Rising Pune Supergiant have won both their matches and has a unbeatable record. Rising Pune Supergiant have won five of their last six games and they must be high on confidence. But they must be aware of the fact that Mumbai Indians play really well at the end of the tournament. Mumbai Indians were the first team to qualify for the playoffs before they lost two games against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab. A win in their last match with as many as six changes against Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians would be pleased with their performance. The loser of this qualifier would get another chance but both teams would be eager to win at the first chance and doesn’t depend on the second chance. Both teams will put their best effort to book their berth for the final and leave no stone unturned.
Last time they played: when both teams were against each other at Wankhede stadium the last time. Rising Pune Supergiant posted a decent total of 160 runs at 20 overs. And with a fine spell of bowling from Pune bowlers, Supergiant went on to win the close contest by 3 runs.
Head to head battle: Rising Pune Supergiant have a slight advantage over Mumbai Indians. They have won 3 games while Mumbai Indians have won only a single game.
Mumbai Indians: with decline in the form Nitish Rana, the calmness of Ambati Rayudu can be a good option for them. Despite scoring a fifty against KKR, Saurabh Tiwary would be directly replaced with that of Parthiv Patel. The return of frontline bowlers, four more changes would be made to the squad with Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McCLengan and Harbhajan Singh.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel, Lendl Simmons, Nitish Rana/Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Keiron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McCLengan, Lasith Malinga.
Rising Pune Supergiant: Adam Zampa was a good replacement for Imran Tahir but the replacement for Ben Stokes can not be met by Pune franchise and they will surely miss the Englishmen. Lockie Ferguson or Usman Khwaja can be the replacement option for Rising Pune Supergiant as Ajinkya Rahane stated.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni, Daniel Christian, Usman Khwaja/Lockie Ferguson, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev unadkat, Adam Zampa.
Players in the Spotlight:
Ajinkya Rahane: the Mumbaikar batsman got his touch in the last match and can be brutal at his favourite ground of Wankhede stadium. RPS team would need him at the top of the order for chasing or posting a big scores.
Rohit Sharma: hitman is a player for big occasion and no other occasion would be as big as this for him to perform. He have always delivered when his team needed it the most and he will do the same in the qualifier.
What: Mumbai Indians vs Rising Pune Supergiant, 16th May, 20:00 IST.
Where: Wankhede stadium, Mumbai
What to expect: dew factor will come into play which makes the toss interesting. Pitch will favor the batsman and like the last match a high score is ready to made.
Toss Prediction: in last game, nearly 230 runs were chased, hence chasing is always on the card and team winning the toss will definitely choose to bowl first.
Match Prediction: stats and records suggest that the match would be won by Rising Pune Supergiant but Wankhede stadium been the fortress of Mumbai Indians, it won’t be easy.