MI vs RPS, Qualifier IPL Live Biss Key satellite tv 16 may
19:12 Local Time, 13:42 GMT, 19:12 IST: As for Mumbai, they fielded a completely different unit against KKR in their last league game and still came out triumphs, enough testimony of the reserves they possess. Ambati Rayudu looked in supreme touch and will all likely keep Rana out of the team. Parthiv should come back at the top of the order and so shall Bumrah with his wardrobe full of yorkers. Malinga, McClenaghan and Harbhajan should ideally return to the mix as well. Half-a-dozen changes expected! Toss and team sheets in a few minutes from now.
19:05 Local Time, 13:35 GMT, 19:05 IST: Pune will be handicapped as Stokes and Tahir have gone back. Though Zampa has promised every now and then, he can be an answer to Tahir’s absence, the role that Stokes played will have no single player doing it. Dan Christian though good has waning powers with the ball and with the bat, it is upto MSD to step up and ensure that the Big Ben theory is not missed much. Manoj Tiwary has stepped up for RPS and they would want his purple patch to extend its streak over a couple of games more. Lockie Ferguson and Usman Khawaja, one of them is certain to replace Stokesy. Our man – Gokul has spotted Lockie marking his run-up. Is that a giveaway? Rahane’s woes are well documented as well but will the Mumbaikar come good in his own backyard?
19:00 Local Time, 13:30 GMT, 19:00 IST: A Maharashtrian Derby. A giant versus a novice. Two times winner versus first time play off entrant. Mumbai Indians versus Rising Pune Supergiant it is! Pune have been Mumbai’s bogey team. Mumbai have a 1-3 record against their newbie neighbours. All of it counts for none tonight. It is the big night as the two most consistent units of IPL X fight for a place in the finale. The umpteen battles over the last 40 days hold no relevance anymore. Time for the ball to be set rollin!
Preview by Gokul Gopal
Rising Pune Supergiant are the only team that has beaten Mumbai Indians both times in this edition of the Indian Premier League, and among the current sides, are the only one to have an undefeated record against them at the Wankhede Stadium. But those stats would count for little when these two sides face off in the first Qualifier on Tuesday (May 16) that will determine one of the finalists of IPL 2019.
With five wins in their last six games leading into the play-offs, RPS will go in with a lot of confidence, but they’ll also be wary of the might of MI, who despite losing some steam after becoming the first team to enter the second round, are a deadly force when it comes to the business-end of the tournament. The loser of this game will have another shot at making it to the final, but both teams will be eager to avoid that extra game which will only add to the pressure. Plus the fact that ever since the play-offs were introduced in 2011, only one team has gone on to clinch the title after ending up on the losing side in the first qualifier – that team being MI in 2013 – the teams won’t leave any stone unturned to take the first flight to Hyderabad.
After losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets, which came as a hurtful loss for MI as they could only manage a total of 138 while batting first, MI ran Kings XI Punjab close in a chase of 231, which Kieron Pollard had termed as a confidence booster. With a nine-run victory against KKR in their final league game, despite the absence of several key players, MI proved that they have enough resources to get the job done, which augurs well for the team.
It’s been either fifty-plus scores or single-digit ones for Lendl Simmons in the four innings that he’s played so far and MI will be counting on his familiarity with Wankhede to fire at the top of the order. That Rohit Sharma has scored a couple of fifties in the latter half of the league stage would also come as a big boost for MI, as would the form of Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. With Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu doing well in the last game, Mumbai will have some selection headaches.
Among the bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah has been the stand-out performer for MI, with his ability to deliver key strikes and also his exemplary death-bowling skills serving the team well. Mitchell McClenaghan, for yet another season, remains a vital cog in the bowling department, although his tendency to leak runs remains a concern for MI, who will also be worried about Lasith Malinga’s lack of impact. In Krunal Pandya and Harbhajan Singh, MI have two bankable spinners whose economy rates of less than 7 speak of their importance in the middle overs. There are more positives as compared to drawbacks for Mumbai, who’ll be hoping for a collective effort to get the better of RPS, having failed to do so on earlier occasions.
On the other hand, Pune will be unsettled in the absence of two of their MVPs this season. The all-round skills of Ben Stokes and the wiles of Imran Tahir were among the chief reasons for RPS to sail through to the next round. However, both these players won’t be with the team at their most important juncture due to national committments, which has left Pune with a lot to think about in terms of combination.
There will be extra responsibility on the Indian bowlers who have fared well for RPS this season, especially Jaydev Unadkat, who has been their most reliable bowler. The likes of Daniel Christian, Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar have also done well, which is why no opposition has surpassed 170 the last six times that RPS have taken the field. But it remains to be seen how they go about in the face of pressure, should MI get off to a blistering start that they are well capable of.
What will also worry RPS is that Ajinkya Rahane and Mahendra Singh Dhoni haven’t really set the stage on fire as far as their batting is concerned. Steven Smith and Rahul Tripathi have masked their inadequacies to an extent, but the former hasn’t been converting his starts into substantial contributions with his last half-century coming seven innings ago. With Stokes no longer available to add depth to the batting order, Manoj Tiwary and Dhoni will need to step up their game further.
When: MI vs RPS, IPL 2019 Qualifier 1 – Tuesday, May 16 at 8:00 PM IST
Where: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
What to expect: The conditions are expected to favour the batsmen, as has been the case with Wankhede several times. The last game at this venue saw a target of 231 nearly being chased down and it wouldn’t been wrong to expect another high-scoring feast. Teams have preferred to chase here, especially with the dew factor coming into play, which makes the toss crucial.
History: RPS have a 3-1 advantage heading into Tuesday’s clash, with two of those wins coming at the Wankhede stadium.
Considering that Nitish Rana’s form has waned as the tournament has progressed, the calmness that Ambati Rayudu brings with his game could be a good option for Mumbai Indians to have. Saurabh Tiwary, despite his half-century against KKR, could be the one to make way for Parthiv Patel, who has provided solid starts. The return of frontline bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh, would mean four more changes.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma (c), Ambati Rayudu, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
Rising Pune Supergiant:
In Adam Zampa, RPS found a readily available replacement for Tahir, but Stokes’s departure has left a gaping hole, one that RPS might find very hard to plug. Lockie Ferguson and Usman Khawaja were two names that Ajinkya Rahane mentioned as possible replacements, but the England cricketer’s all-round skills would be sorely missed, unless Dan Christian can step up a notch with the bat. Ferguson though, can come in handy with the extra pace option, restricting the batsmen upfront.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith (c), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni (wk), Usman Khawaja/Lockie Ferguson, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa
Rising Pune Supergiant (From): Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni(w), Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa, Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja, Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Chahar, Lockie Ferguson, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon
Mumbai Indians (From): Saurabh Tiwary, Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma(c), Ambati Rayudu(w), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Karn Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Tim Southee, Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Jos Buttler, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Nicholas Pooran, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya