Match and Pitch Condition
Weather is expected to be clear during the course of the match with the temperature around 25-30°C.
Pitch condition: In the last year’s IPL, four matches were played at this ground and the four first innings scores read 185, 160, 195, 159 and the chasing team winning three out of four times. The pitch is expected to be batting friendly and the team winning the toss would want to field first.
- Pune have lost all the four matches they have played on this ground. In those four matches, they batted first in three matches and 2nd in one match.
- In IPL 9, Steven Smith’s four innings on this ground read as 4,31,101, and 45 at a strike rate of 167.59.
- In IPL 9, Ajinkya Rahane hit 3 fifties in four matches on this ground. His scores read 60, 67, 53, 4.
- In the last match played between these teams on this ground, Rohit Sharma hit a 60-ball-85 to chase down a score of 159 easily.
Probable Playing XI: (In the Batting order)
Rising Pune Supergiant: Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Faf du Plessis, Steven Smith(c), MS Dhoni(wk), Ben Stokes, Rajat Bhatia, Ashok Dinda, Adam Zampa, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Parthiv Patel(wk), Ambati Rayadu, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah.
This is the most likely playing XIs for RPS and MI. However, if there are some changes in the above team, what could that be?
For Rising Pune Supergiant:
- There could be some replacements for Jaydev Unadkat. The most likely are Washington Sundar/Ankit Sharma/Rahul Chahar (all as a 2nd spinner).
- Imran Tahir might play instead of Adam Zampa.
For Mumbai Indians:
- Mitchell Johnson could be replaced by Tim Southee.
The players who are unavailable for tomorrow’s (6th April) match are:
RPS: Ravichandran Ashwin (ruled out of the tournament).
MI: Lasith Malinga, Asela Gunaratne (both unavailable for the 1st match only).
My Dream11 pick
Rising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Faf du Plessis, Steven Smith(c), MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, Rajat Bhatia, Ashok Dinda, Adam Zampa, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Manoj Tiwary, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Jaskaran Singh, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khwaja, Rahul Chahar, Daniel Christian, Lockie Ferguson, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon, Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Parthiv Patel, Ambati Rayadu, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell Johnson, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Karn Sharma, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya.