Mumbai Indians will be keen to avenge their only defeat in IPL 10 so far; when they take on Rising Pune Supergiant at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.
It is the return leg of the Maharashtra Derby; and this time it is Rising Pune Supergiant visiting the Mumbai Indians. MI sit at the perch of the VIVO IPL 2017 standings with six wins; while RPS are part of the mid-table muddle with three wins and as many defeats.
Mumbai Indians’ only loss so far in the tournament has been against RPS; in the opening match of the IPL. Since then, they are on an unbeaten run, equalling their longest winning streak.
The Rising Pune Supergiant have gottenA�back to winning ways; with a resounding win over the defending champions at Pune recently.A�The team will definitely be high on morale but they are now up against the table toppers Mumbai Indians.
In their most-recent outing, MumbaiA�defeated the Delhi Daredevils in a low-scoring contest; after posting a below-par 142-8, the MI bowlers ran in with fire, and backed by their fielders; they blew away the Daredevils line-up, reducing them to 24-6 in the first part of the chase. Seldom has one seen such intensity from a bowling and fielding side in the IPL; as one saw from MI on Saturday night.
Rising Pune Supergiant must be riding a high too after their thrilling last-ball chase against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The opening batsman Rahul Tripathi set up the chase with his maiden T20 half-century; while MS Dhoni finished the chase in style; accelerating at the right time and taking his team over the line by scoring a boundary off the last ball.
The match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium, where the sea of blue will intimidate the Supergiant for sure. Also, the fact that Mumbai Indians have been unbeaten at their fortress this season thus far; is only going to make things tougher for the Supergiant. On paper, the Mumbai camp is certainly the stronger one with all players firing in at the right time. RPS are still struggling to get their permutations right in the tournament.
Head to Head :
Parthiv Patel (wk), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma (C), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah
Rising Pune Supergiant
Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith (C), MS Dhoni (wk), Ben Stokes, Daniel Christian, Manoj Tiwary, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Jaydev Unadkat