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Rising Pune Supergiants vs Mumbai Indians, Match - 02 2017

Rising Pune Supergiants vs Mumbai Indians, Match - 02 2017

Last season, Rising Pune Supergiants (as was their name in IPL 2016) started their campaign on a bright note, overpowering then defending champions Mumbai Indians by a comfortable margin. Things, however, took a slide after that as they had to endure difficulties on different fronts - injuries, poor form, matches being moved out of Maharashtra - and almost finished with the wooden spoon, if not for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's heroics against Kings XI Punjab in their last game. With a hope of starting afresh, the team underwent an overhaul of personnel and also named a new captain in Steven Smith, whose incredible form with the bat and shrewd captaincy is what Supergiant will be banking on to end their two-year IPL journey on a high.

Mumbai Indians, who have been notable for turning things around after uneventful starts to their recent campaigns, will be eager to hit the straps straight away. Inconsistency was a major factor that led to Mumbai's early exit last season and they will be keen to avoid such a situation by starting with a bang and sustaining the momentum. Unlike most of the teams, who have been hit by a spate of injuries, Mumbai have the luxury of a full-strength squad (Lasith Malinga and Asela Gunaratne will miss the first match due to national duties) with players who have played important roles in the team's past successes.

Among the new recruits for Pune is England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who will be itching to showcase his devastating abilities with the bat. An economy of 9.03 in T20Is does not promise anything special, but his bowling would provide an extra dimension to a seam attack that was substandard last season, barring an impressive Ashok Dinda. The spin department is depleted with R Ashwin pulling out of the tournament, which puts extra pressure on Adam Zampa and Imran Tahir to step up and make an impact. Pune have a quality batting order with the presence of Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Faf du Plessis, Smith and Dhoni, but the adaptability of the batsmen will be key as a cursory look at their the line-up also suggests an uni-dimensional model, with the exception of Stokes, who can provide the explosions in the back end.

Despite boasting of a proven batting order, the lack of form of their batsmen, saving Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu, had a cascading effect which dented Mumbai's progress in 2016. The bowlers did a decent job but the dearth of support from the other department meant that their performances did not translate into prosperity. Going in with a similar line-up for this season, along with the addition of talented names like Nicholas Pooran, Asela Gunaratne and a host of skillful domestic players, Mumbai have all bases covered. Whether they can string in all-round efforts and come up with clinical executions is something that will be answered in the days to come.


Having faced each other two times in IPL 2016, the head to head record of the two teams is currently even-stevens. A collective effort with the ball, followed by a strong performance by the top-order batsmen helped Pune start with a nine-wicket victory in their maiden IPL game, against Mumbai. But during the return leg, Pune's inability to finish strongly with the bat after a rollicking start and a Rohit Sharma special helped Mumbai draw level.

When: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Mumbai Indians, April 6 at 8:00 PM IST

Where: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

What to expect: Of the four matches played at this venue, 185, 160, 195 and 159 were the first innings totals, suggesting a batting friendly pitch that is likely to be on offer once again. With three of those aforementioned totals being chased down successfully, with Pune ending up on the losing side in all three, the captain winning the toss will undoubtedly be tempted to bowl first. There is a greenish tinge to the pitch for the game on Thursday (April 6) but Smith reckons that it appeared good for batting. The temperature during afternoon is expected to hit a high of 38 degree Celsius, but the evening will be relatively cooler.

Team News:

Rising Pune Supergiant: The hosts will have the headache of choosing between Adam Zampa and Imran Tahir as their overseas spin presence. The Australian leggie made a big impact in the limited opportunities provided to him last year while Tahir's status as the No. 1 ranked T20I bowler speaks for itself. Skipper Smith, Stokes and Du Plessis are the other players who will, in all likelihood, complete the overseas quota allowed. With R Ashwin's services not available and Murugan Ashwin released from the team, left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma is likely to feature in a good number of games for Pune.

Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Steven Smith (c), Mayank Agarwal, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni (wk), Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Adam Zampa/Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur.

Mumbai Indians: Lendl Simmons had played a key role in Mumbai's successful campaign in 2015, but with Jos Buttler capable of doing a fair amount of damage with the bat, Mumbai too face a combination conundrum of their own. With a seam department - Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Jasprit Bumrah - that performed consistently last year, Mitchell Johnson might find it hard to break into the eleven while it remains to be seen if Malinga would be slotted in immediately once he is available.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Lendl Simmons/Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee

What they said:

In T20 cricket it doesn't really matter where you're playing. It's the same wicket and you have to play better than the opposition. Last year wasn't our year, we didn't play as well as we would have liked. But this is a new year and the start of something new, and hopefully we can start off really well: Steve Smith, when asked about RPS's poor record at the MCA stadium.

We are very confident of all three of them (McClenaghan, Southee and Johnson). Whoever gets an opportunity, I'm sure they'll come really hard (at the batsmen). All three of them are very different in what they do. That's where we have a slight advantage, having three-dimensional bowlers in our ranks: Rohit Sharma, speaking about his pace-bowling resources.

Did you know?

RPS have lost all their four home games last season at the MCA Stadium in Pune. MI, on the other hand, have won all three of their matches in Pune.

MS Dhoni will be playing his 144th match in the IPL and this will be the first time he will playing as a non-captain.

Mumbai has a 5-4 win-loss record in the opening match of a season.

RPS conceded 8.14 runs per over in the Powerplay overs last season - the worst among all teams.
Mumbai Indians (From): Rohit Sharma(c), Parthiv Patel(w), Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Lendl Simmons, Shreyas Gopal, Vinay Kumar, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, Karn Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya
Rising Pune Supergiants (From): Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith(c), Faf du Plessis, Mayank Agarwal, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni(w), Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Adam Zampa, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Ankush Bains, Ishwar Pandey, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja, Manoj Tiwary, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Chahar, Daniel Christian, Lockie Ferguson, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon, Rahul Tripathi

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