MI vs RPS Match Prediction & Playing 11: The 1st qualifier of the IPL 2017 will be played between Mumbai Indian and Rising Pune Supergiant on May 16 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. These two teams have the different fortune in this season. Mumbai started the season with a loss against this very side. But, since they have managed to perform well in all the matches. MI consistency in the performance is indicated by the fact they finished at the top of the points table after the league stages.
On the other hand, Pune started the tournament with a win but after that, they suffered three massive losses and it was looking like they would be knocked out of the tournament. But, credit should go to the captains and the players for the way they have turned the tables in their favor. They have performed well since that sluggish period. In the last match, they bowled KXIP for less than 80 runs. Both the side would want to win this one and book their place in the final.
Mumbai would be the clear favorites in this match especially because of the way they have performed in this season. They have dominated both the batting and the bowling department. In this match, they would be hoping that Simmons and Pollard could have some swing with that heavy bat. The batting responsibility would also be on the shoulders of Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu. In the bowling department, Bhumrah and Malinga would lead the charge.
They will have to bowl well as Pune side have some quality batsman that could really hit the ball long.
On the other hand, Pune would be looking to repeat the performance as they did in the first match against Mumbai Indians. They are in great form and it should not surprise anyone if they beat Mumbai Indians comprehensively. In the batting department Smith, Rahane are in great form.
They are equally supported by Dhoni, Manoj Tiwari. The unavailability of Ben Strokes in the key match will surely dent their chances but they have other quality players also. In the bowling department, Tahir and Jaydev are in the great form specially Jaydev who has really bowled well I the death overs that have helped the side restrict the opponents to a low score.
Surely, the match would a great to watch as both the teams lock horns for the place in the final. The team that plays well on that day will go on to win the match. But, whatever be the result one thing is sure that the team that loses this one will have one more opportunity to play in the final. This is the advantage that the teams get when they finish in the top 2 position in the league. Mumbai would be looking for their third title in the IPL history and RPS would be looking to open their account.
MI vs RPS Match Prediction
The wicket of Wankhede usually favoured the batsmen. However, this season, the wicket has become bit sluggish and batsmen has struggled. Also, the dew is expected to come in the second innings. so, the captain winning the toss should choose to field first.
If MI bat first: Predicted Score: 180; Predicted Winners – MI
If RPS bat first: Predicted Score: 170; Predicted Winners – MI
Expected Playing 11:
Mumbai Indians Playing XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Ambati Rayudu, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah
Rising Pune Supergiant Playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steve Smith (C), Manoj Tiwary, Usman Khawaja, MS Dhoni, Dan Christian, Washington Sundar, Adam Zampa, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat.