Pepsi IPL Is now VIVO IPL. Defending champions Mumbai Indian will play against newbie’s Rising pune giants at Whankade. Opening ceremony got tremendous response from all cordons. Pune are new only in terms of attire, all the hearts behind them are very well experienced. Indian skipper MSD will lead Pune’s Debut match. Curtain raiser of ninth edition will be played today,9th of April, at Whankade. Gujarat will debut this season along with
Whankade is an absolute ripper for batting. We have witnessed some infamous matches this T20 World cup. We remember England chased down mammoth score of 229 against proteas .Opening match is expected to be high scoring one and a visual feat for fans.
Mumbai will start as favourites like previous editions. They will enter this edition with strengthened squad. They have abundant match winners in form of Anderson, Rohit, Simmons, Pollard. Inclusion of Butler in squad will enhance their batting depth. Lack of clarity on Malinga’s Availability is big drawback. All eyes will be on Bumrah, Pandya and Simmons who have impressed in recent T20 world cup. Spin department looks like weak link in Mumbai squad. No noticeable spin bowlers apart Harbhajan singh.
Pune are looks like one of the favourites in their debut edition. Dhoni being its skipper is the main season. He will get assistance from the likes of Du plesis, Steve smith, Kevin Pieterson, Ajinkya Rehane. Spin looks decent in their line up with Ravi Ashwin, Adam Zampa and Murugan Ashwin. Pace attack also looks decent with Rp singh, Ishwar Pandey and Ishanth Sharma. Only drawback is that their batting is looking one Dimensional, which will increase onus on Dhoni to finish.
Top batsmen pune- Rehane
Top Batsmen Mumbai- Rohit Sharma
Back 1st innings runs over 170
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