Second Match of IPL 10: Rising Pune Supergiants VS. Mumbai Indians

Cricket fans can’t hold on to their delirium as 2017 Indian Premier League is just a month away. The much-awaited IPL will begin from 5 April 2017 and end on 21 May 2017. Whilst the first match will be played between the current champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore, the 2nd match of the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League will be played between Rising Pune Supergiants and team Mumbai Indians. The match will be held on6th April 2017 in Pune (Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium)which serves as the home ground for the Rising Pune Supergiants.No doubt Mumbai Indians has been one of the most successful teams in the IPL so far, Rising Pune Supergiants is all set to make a difference this time. Let’s have a look at the performances and the squad of both these teams.

Rising Pune Supergiants: All Charged Up for Victory

Rising Pune Supergiants was introduced in 2016 Indian Premier League as a replacement for the two teams defunct from the tournament. In the last season, Pune Supergiants made an outstanding debut by defeating the defending champions Mumbai Indians in the very first match of the series. Their victory was huge as they won the match by 9 wickets. Unfortunately, the fresh face of IPL struggled throughout the season finishing on the 7th spot on the team rankings. But this is a new year, and many changes have been made to the squad of Rising Pune Supergiants. Let’s have a look at the revamped squad of Rising Pune Supergiants.

The Likely First XI of Rising Pune Supergiants

Steven Smith (Captain): 9/10

MS Dhoni (Wicket Keeper): 8.5/10

Mayank Agarwal: 8/10

Faf Du Plessis: 8/10

Ashok Dinda: 8/10

Ajinkya Rahane: 8.5/10

Adam Zampa: 7/10

Rajat Bhatia: 7.5/10

R Ashwin:8.5/10

Ishwar Pandey: 7/10

Ben Stokes: 7.5/10

Overall Team Rating: 8/10

Mumbai Indians: Make it big or not?

Mumbai Indians is considered as one of the most successful teams in the Indian Premier League so far. Although the team struggled in the early years of the tournament, it get back on track in the recent ones. The team has won the title twice, for the first time in the year of 2013, and the next time in 2015 which also makes it one of the most established teams in the league. However, the last season wasn’t much good for the team as it failed to reach in the playoffs and ended on the 5th spot in the league. A little changes and replacements have been made in the squad this season, let’s have a look at the likely first XI of Mumbai Indians.

The Likely First :XI of Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma (Captain): 8/10

Ambati Rayadu: 7/10

Kieron Pollard: 8/10

Parthiv Patel (Wicket Keeper): 6.5/10

Harbhajan Singh: 7/10

Jos Butler: 7.5/10

Mitchell Johnson: 7/10

Hardik Pandya: 7.5/10

Krunal Pandya: 6.5/10

Jasprit Bumrah: 6/10

Lasith Malinga: 8.5/10 (Leading Wicket Taker in the IPL so far with a total of 143 wickets)

Overall Team Rating: 7/10

As per the overall ratings and the individual performances of the team members of both the teams, it is likely that this time Rising Pune Supergiants might defeat Mumbai Indians in their very first match. Last year also, Supergiants won over the established team by a major difference. Hence, this time also Pune might win!