It’s Mumbai vs Pune in Qualifier 1 today; Winner makes Final
Three weeks ago, when Rising Pune Supergaint took the expressway from Pune to Mumbai to play hosts Mumbai Indians, their Campaign was just beginning to take flight – after having suffered three reversals on the trot – with a win in the opening game against the same opponents.
They had won two games in a row after a long time. There big players were beginning to warn up. MS Dhoni had engineered a heist in the team’s last win over Sunrisers and Ben Stokes was beginning to justify his expensive price tag and even proved to be the talisman against Mumbai Indians in a tense three run win.
The Supergaint, though, also found another hero that day who, till then , was not known to deliver under pressure in the shortest formats – Wiry Saurashtra left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat, bowling a mixture of wide Yorkers and slow off-cutters which stuck in the sluggish pitch, Unadkat stifled players with serious T20 pedigree like Rohit Sharma.
The success and impact that players like dashing opener Rahul Tripathi and pacer Shardul Thakur and young offie Washington Sundar have had its proof of that. It is the mix that has helped them to finish their league engagements as No.2 and earn the right to face table-topper Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier at Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.
Hosts Mumbai Indians, who have also had different players do well for them, will undoubtedly be aware of their two loses to RPS this season. They will also be aware that without Ben Stokes, Pune are not one, but three players short as the feisty Englishman is a match-winner with the bat, ball and the field.
With Jasprit Bumrah in good form and Krunal Pandya back to full fitness and Harbhajan Singh proving to be frugal, MI appear to be well served in the bowling department. One can excuse the bleeding at the Wankhede Stadium against Kings XI Punjab last week as that pitch was less a pitch more a road. The batting also looks good despite no one featuring in the top 10 run getters’ list. Ambati Rayadu’s return to full fitness and form would gladden the team management as Nitish Rana’s scores were tapering off. Pune don’t have the firepower without Ben Stokes.
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Time: Tuesday, 16 May 2017 at 8.00 PM IST
MI vs RPS Squad
Rising Pune Supergiant : Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni(w), Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa, Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja, Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Chahar, Lockie Ferguson, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon
Mumbai Indians : Saurabh Tiwary, Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma(c), Ambati Rayudu(w), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Karn Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Tim Southee, Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Jos Buttler, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Nicholas Pooran, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya
Who will win today?
MI vs RPS Today Match Prediction IPL 2017 Qualifier one. Who will win today’s match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergaint ?