Two in-form teams, Mumbai Indians (MI) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) face off at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday night, in match 28 of IPL 2017. These two teams have played seven matches apiece and are taking on each other for the second time this season, with Rising Pune having won the first leg at the MCA Stadium by seven wickets.
Mumbai showed their versatility against Delhi Daredevils, with the bowlers stepping up to the plate and making up for the off night the batsmen had. A small total (142) was successfully defended by the two-time IPL champions, who as a result go into tonight’s clash after having won six on the bounce.
Rising Pune registered a thrilling win a few hours earlier on Saturday, with MS Dhoni delivering a finishing masterclass and taking his team to a six-wicket win with a 34-ball 61*. RPS are a mercurial side, whose batting and bowling have taken turns to let the team down.
Form Guide: MI vs RPS
Mumbai: WWWWW (from left to right, most recent result first; current position on the points table: 1st)
Pune: WWLLL (current position on the points table: 4th)
MI vs RPS Head-to-head
Pune Supergiant hold a 2-1 head-to-head record against Mumbai, who they beat at the Wankhede Stadium in IPL 2016. If they can repeat that result, tonight’s visitors will be on cloud nine. Also, if they play like they did against Sunrisers, no reason why Supergiant cannot bring MI’s winning streak to an end.
Match 28: MI vs RPS Playing XI
Lasith Malinga was apparently unwell for the match against Delhi and he was replaced by Mitchell Johnson. If the Srilankan pacer has regained fitness—which seems to be the case, with Malinga having trained a day before the match—then he probably will replace the left-arm Australian quick, who will make way despite having had a good match with the ball.
As aforementioned, the Mumbai batsmen had an off night against Delhi and will look to make amends in the Maharashtra derby tonight. So, other than potentially Malinga returning to the playing XI, Mumbai aren’t expected to make changes.
MI’s playing XI vs RPS: 1. Rohit Sharma (c), 2. Parthiv Patel (wk), 3. Jos Buttler, 4. Nitish Rana, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Hardik Pandya, 7. Krunal Pandya, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Mitchell Johnson/Lasith Malinga, 10. Mitchell McClenaghan, and 11. Jasprit Bumrah
Actual playing XI for Mumbai: 1. Rohit Sharma (c), 2. Parthiv Patel (wk), 3. Jos Buttler, 4. Nitish Rana, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Hardik Pandya, 7. Karn Sharma, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Mitchell Johnson, 10. Mitchell McClenaghan, and 11. Jasprit Bumrah
Update: Former Sunrisers leg-spinner Karn Sharma makes his Mumbai Indians debut, thanks to an injury to Krunal Pandya. Mitchell Johnson keeps his place.
Contrary to what Mumbai did in their previous match, the RPS seamers let their team down a bit at the death against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur leaked runs at the back-end of the Hyderabad innings and might have cost their team the match if not for Dhoni’s batting heroics.
Going to the Wankhede and against a strong Mumbai batting line-up, I wonder if Pune will add another spinner to their bowling attack, in place of a seamer. They should, ideally, to combat a Mumbai batting line-up which has five right-handers in the top and middle order. Rising Pune can look at bringing in left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma or leg-spinner Rahul Chahar.
Pune’s batting line-up is settled and should ideally remain the same for the third consecutive match.
Therefore, here’s what I believe will be RPS’s playing XI against MI: 1. Steve Smith (c), 2. Rahul Tripathi, 3. Ajinkya Rahane, 4. MS Dhoni, 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Manoj Tiwary, 7. Daniel Christian, 8. Washington Sundar, 9. Rahul Chahar/Ankit Sharma, 10. Jaydev Unadkat, and 11. Imran Tahir
Actual playing XI for Pune: 1. Steve Smith (c), 2. Rahul Tripathi, 3. Ajinkya Rahane, 4. MS Dhoni, 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Manoj Tiwary, 7. Daniel Christian, 8. Washington Sundar, 9. Shardul Thakur, 10. Jaydev Unadkat, and 11. Imran Tahir
Update: Rising Pune stick with their winning combination from the last match.