The second match of the tenth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played on Thursday at MCA Stadium between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants. In the IPL last season, Mumbai had to face defeat from RPS at the Wankhede Stadium , Mumbai.
However, this will be the first time when Mahendra Singh Dhoni will play in the IPL without a captain. Captain of Rising Pune Supergiants is in the hands of Steve Smith this time.
By the way, Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants were fight in the IPL 2016 twice each other and both won once . Rising Pune Supergiants had a fantastic start by defeating Mumbai by nine wickets in the first match on its home ground last time. But after that team battled the injured players and was seventh in the eight teams. Mumbai caught the rhythm later in the league stage. But it was late and in the end MI had to be content with fifth place.
The Supergiants team looks quite balanced. He has three superb batsmen in the form of Smith, Faf du Plessis and Ajinkya Rahane whos are in excellent form. As Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Team has the best finisher in the world, who released from the captaincy, will be free to go to the ground. Pune has tied Ben Stokes , one of his best all-rounders. All eyes will be kept on this England player bought in the biggest auction price this year.
Ashok Dinda, Daniel Christian and Shardul Thakur will take over the fast bowling department of Pune. It would be interesting to see how Smith uses experienced all-rounder Rajat Bhatia .
Rising Pune Supergiants Team : Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Steve Smith (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Ben Stokes, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur .
RPS Vs Mi Live Streaming , Score & Team Details
Match : Rising Pune Supergiants Vs Mumbai Indians
Vanue : Maharashtra Cricket Association’s International Stadium, Pune
Time : 08:00 PM
It is not easy for Mumbai to achieve the goal of winning in the beginning. The team led by Rohit Sharma will try to break this myth. But in front of RPS it will be difficult to start because RPS many star players including captain Steven Smith.
Mumbai’s bowling attack looks strong. But the lack of practice of his players in the batting can be a problem for the team. Captain Rohit Sharma is ready to play after recovering from injury, but in the last six months, he has played only two competitive matches.
With Rohit, Parthiv Patel or Lendl Simmons can start the innings while the middle-order responsibility will remain on Ambati Rayudu and Jos Buttler. Kieron Pollard is still the key player of the team. But this Caribbean all-rounder has been struggling with bad form for some time now. In such a situation, the responsibility of Pandya brothers Krinal and Hardik increases.
In the presence of Lasith Malinga and Jaspreet Bumrah, Mumbai is the best attack of death overs. Mitchell Johnson is also in the team , while the responsibility of the spin department will be on the shoulders of experienced off spinner Harbhajan Singh.
Mumbai Indians Team : Rohit Sharma (captain), Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Lendl Simmons, Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Kunal Pandey, Hardik Pandey, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mitchell McLenagan, Tim Southee.