May 16, 2017, 08:00pm local time (02:30pm GMT)
As the Indian Premier League season 10 heads for the business end, Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant will lock horns in the Qualifier 1 derby clash at Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.
Mumbai Indians have been the best team on the group stage having topped the table but they will be wary of the fact that they are yet to win a game against Pune this season. In their first meeting this season, fifties from Steven Smith and Ajinkya Rahane helped Pune chase down 185 in the final over while in their second encounter brilliance from Ben Stokes and Imran Tahir prevented Rohit Sharma from helping Mumbai going past the line in a chase of 161.
However, Pune will be without their key performer this season - Stokes as he has headed back to England ahead of the series against South Africa. Also, Tahir, who had a successful season with his new franchise will be missed but Pune will be hoping for the leading wicket-taker last season Adam Zampa to step up. Apart from MS Dhoni, not many players in the team have the experience of playing a knock-out game in an IPL tournament and the nerves are sure to be tested at Wankhede on Tuesday.
Mumbai on the other hand do not have such problems. Even though Jos Buttler will join Stokes on the trip back to England, they have found Lendl Simmons finding the groove at the top and the fact that they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens despite making six changes will give them a lot of confidence when they face Pune. Even though, Saurabh Tiwary had a good first outing, he is likely to make way for Parthiv Patel.
The dilemma for Mumbai will be whether to play Nitish Rana or back their proven performer Ambati Rayudu, who has loads of experience and has been one of the mainstay of the batting line-up. Even though, Rana capitalised on Rayudu's injury and had a good successful first half, his recent performances has been a worry for the team management. Meanwhile, Rayudu made a sound comeback in the game against Kolkata with a match-winning half-century.
Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajan Singh and Mitchell McClenaghan will joint he attack along with the Pandya brothers. Lasith Malinga despite a struggling tournament will be the front-runner considering his track record in this format.
Mumbai Indians - W, L, L, W, W
Rising Pune Supergiant - W, L, W, W, W
Performances in Group Stage:
Mumbai Indians - 10 wins from 14 matches as they went on to top the table
Rising Pune Supergiant - Nine wins from 14 matches and managed a second position.
Mumbai Indians - Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel (wk), Rohit Sharma (capt), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah
Rising Pune Supergiant - Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith (captain), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni (wk), Daniel Christian, Rajat Bhatia, Lockie Ferguson, Adam Zampa, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat
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