So, it is the giants meeting at the first qualifier of the season. Mumbai Indians and Pune Supergiant will tussle head-on in the next fixture of the season. Mumbai is now at the top of the chart winning against Kolkata, while, Pune had their latest luck against Punjab finishing as the second strongest team. Pune has been the only team, that defeated Mumbai twice in the season. Somehow, the Rohit Sharma squad remained unsuccessful against Steven Smith at both their home and visiting pitch. The winning side will move to the final fixture, which is scheduled at Hyderabad. The losing side will play the next qualifier scheduled on May 19 in Bengaluru. Mumbai found itself against the team, it could not defeat early, right at the crucial threshold of the tournament.
This season, Mumbai batsmen might not get an edge of Pune bowlers, but they have been the most competent ones in the tournament. Lest the consistency of players who left for their national duties, the replacement batsmen like Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard has been imperative. Skipper Rohit Sharma has been playing as the backbone of the team. Also, the young guns of the team, Nitish Rana and Parthiv Patel has been heavy on bowlers. The Pandya brothers, Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya delivered up to expectations.
In their last fixture, Pune defeated Punjab by nine wickets. The season for Smith’s team has been all with ups and downs, but their raise is rather dramatic from the bottom four positions. Several players broke through with their performances within the team. Ben Stokes was exemplary in one of the matches with his high match winning score. While Jaydev Unadkat has been ravaging with both balling and batting since his debut in the tournament. He already scalped 21 wickers, while Shardul Thakur has been in control with economy. Another bowler, Dan Christian has been impressive. In batting, the aggressive Rahul Tripathi proved his brilliance this season.
The only difference among the teams is Mumbai has found their perfect combination of players and Pune still seems to struggle to find perfection. Still, given the fact that Pune has been the only team who were able to defeat Mumbai this season, the upcoming match is certainly going to be serious.
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