About the Match
With IPL fever increasing heavily on all the viewers, the league brings in yet another match and that too between two neighboring cities. The match between Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors India may not be of a very high interest for the neutral, but it has all the ingredients to turn into a nail-biting match. On the other hand the confidence level of the Warriors must have reached a certain adequate level after their win in the last game against Rajasthan Royals, a side which has been superb in the tournament so far.
With all their matches being close encounters till now except the last one against Delhi which was almost a one sided game, Mumbai Indians are proving their worth after winning in two out of three games, one of which includes the win against the giants Chennai Super Kings. Maybe the talks majorly include Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting while discussing the Indians; Dinesh Karthick has shown his capabilities in the last game by hitting tremendous 86 runs off just 50 odd balls. If the match goes as the script is written by many, this team should be able to win against the Warriors in the upcoming clash.
Pune Warriors India:
The journey of Pune Warriors has been quite different till now as per the expectations from them. On one side where they got defeated by Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings Punjab they came back strongly in the league by beating one of the strongest teams Rajasthan Royals and that also quite convincingly by a margin of seven wickets. The win has depicted what Angelo Mathews’ men can do including the likes of Yuvraj Singh and kiwi bombshell Ross Taylor ably supported by Steven Smith and Robin Uthappa. The bowling department led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ashok Dinda is also showing some promise and to add to their smiles, improving with each game is their lead spinner Rahul Sharma.
The journey of both the teams in this IPL has been more or less the same. Indians looked out of sorts in their first two games and it was no different with Warriors. In the third game, however, both of the teams bounced back quite strongly. On paper, Mumbai looks way above Pune, but it would be on field display that would matter. Pune has players like Yuvraj, Finch and Taylor who can turn any game at any point of time. Mumbai, on the other hand is studded with stars and no score is big enough for them to chase. I’d choose Mumbai over Pune just due to team they have and their last performance.
Mumbai Indians, 1.90 @ Bovada