Preview: Mumbai Indians (MI) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) take on each other in the second match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) on Thursday in Pune, with the match being dubbed as the 'Maharashtra Derby'.
With the match taking place in RPS's home ground, the Steve Smith-led team will look to get off to a winning start in to boost their chances of posting a turnaround this tournament after finishing second-from-last in their debut season last year. The side boasts of a high-profile recruit in England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who sold for a record Rs 14.5 crore, as well established names such as veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Usman Khawaja, etc.
Two-time champions Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, failed to reach the playoffs last year for the first time since 2009, and will look to put that disappointment behind when they take on their neighbours on 6 April. The Rohit Sharma-captained team retained most of their old match-winners — Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, etc and their most notable purchase in the auction was that of former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson, who enjoyed a season of success in the recent Big Bash League (BBL).
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, Karn Sharma, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya.
Rising Pune Supergiant: MS Dhoni, Steve Smith (Captain), R Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Ankit Sharma, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Daniel Christian, Rahul Chahar, Ashok Dinda, Faf du Plessis, Lockie Ferduson. Usman Khawaja, Jaskaran Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Ben Stokes, Milind Tondon, Manoj Tiwary, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa.
Published Date: Apr 06, 2017 11:45 pm | Updated Date: Apr 06, 2017 11:46 pm