The Mumbai Indians, who lost their opening match of Pepsi IPL 2013 but recovered swiftly to register two convincing wins, take on Pune Warriors India in Match 15.
The Mumbai Indians have experience and match-winners in every department and are a very formidable team. Pune Warriors India too should be on a high, after they defeated the Rajasthan Royals in their previous match to end their 11-match losing streak.
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 4 p.m
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai The Protagonists
With all the focus on the two legends – Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting – Dinesh Karthik has silently emerged as the team’s go-to-batsman. The Chennai-lad has scored two brilliant knocks so far; his counter-attacking 86 against the Delhi Daredevils – after Tendulkar and Ponting were dismissed with just one run on the board – will for long be remembered as one of the best innings played in the IPL. The wicketkeeper-batsman mentioned that he enjoyed batting at number three, therefore look out for many more runs from him.
Pune Warriors India seem to have finally found the spark they so desperately needed. Aaron Finch and Robin Uthappa got them off to a flying start in the match against the Rajasthan Royals. The team will expect similar performances from them on a consistent basis and expect cameos from the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Ross Taylor, both of who rank among the most-destructive middle-order batsmen in the world.
Off the four meetings between the Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors India, the former hold a 3-1 win-loss record. While the Mumbai Indians won both the league fixtures in the 2011 season, both teams won their respective home matches in the 2012 season.
Teams chasing have had better success at the Wankhede Stadium; they’ve won 14 of the 24 matches.
Only once has a player managed to score more than 50 in the four previous matches between the Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors India.
The Mumbai Indians will travel to the Pink City next to take on the Rajasthan Royals on April 17. Pune Warriors India meanwhile will venture down South when they take on the Chennai Super Kings in Chennai on April 15.