Thursday , January 17 2019

IPL 10: Mumbai and Pune lock horns to seal a spot in final

Mumbai Wankhede stadium had produced 453 runs in the final game when a fresh field was used.


Mumbai: IPL leaders Mumbai Indians will stare to carry their impetus into Qualifier 1 and cover a final berth when they take on state competitors Rising Pune Supergiant at Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.

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Two-time champions Mumbai Indians gained back the advantage after a nine-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on this Saturday after back-to-back sufferers. The victory came in spite of six changes in the playing XI, presenting their strong workbench strength. The crew had hardly altered before the last game excepting for forced variations and everybody in the XI chipped in with vital assistances when wanted.

The bowling has been self-controlled and they had one off game contrary to Kings XI Punjab on Thursday but the batters then stood up and had taken the crew close to a mark of 231 before falling short by 7 runs.

Wankhede formed 453 runs in the final game when a fresh pitch was utilized. The parity score is in the 170s and racing has been a benefit with dew making it hard for bowlers to hold the ball.

Ambati Rayudu’s rigid comeback from a wound in the previous game has given the home side a choice dilemma. Saurabh Tiwary also approached well in his first game of the period but he is improbable to find out a place in advance of Nitish Rana.

The well-experienced Lasith Malinga in spite of his discrepancy, wicket-taker Mitchell McClenaghan and the trustworthy Jasprit Bumrah are likely to be back after a one game remaining along with the off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

Mumbai have mislaid both games to their matches to Pune this period so it might be at the hind of their mind. However, it is not a stunner game as the losing side will get a 2nd shot at the last berth in Qualifier 2 in Bengaluru on 19th May Mumbai will be intense to do at home where they gained five games and lost two games of this season.

Pune had knocked out Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets in a final league match at home. Foray bowler Jaydev Unadkat who is racing Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the purple cap, run the way.

The people though will definitely miss England all-rounder Ben Stokes who has been notable with bat and ball and taken certain unbelievable catches. The left-handed batter who made a record 14.5 crores at this year’s IPL auction has reverted for national duty.

Pune have no immediate replacement obtainable for Stokes and will either go with Australian batter Usman Khawaja who hasn’t frolicked yet or New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson.

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