Recharged Warriors run into sizzling Mumbai | PunterPolls Prediction
One of the biggest mysteries of the IPL is how did Pune Warriors manage to lose 11 games on the trot with such an impressive squad. Probably on par in mysteriousness is how Mumbai Indians have not been able to win a single IPL title with some of the biggest names on their rosters, both playing and non-playing. While Mumbai Indians have made it to the knockouts for the previous three seasons before stumbling, Warriors' string of defeats - an IPL record - had become self-perpetuating in a way.
Match after match, their top order would look like it would rather be somewhere else. There was no intent, there was no attempt to take on the opposition. There was a strange hesitation, as if they were waiting for someone else to take charge, and no one was actually doing it. It took a frank call from their captain Angelo Mathews to evaluate their "intent and attitude", and an injury to Marlon Samuels, to finally wake up the sleeping Warriors.
Aaron Finch came in to partner Robin Uthappa at the top of the order. It wasn't just the fact that the pair added 58 inside five overs against Rajasthan Royals to get rid of the losing streak. It was the way they went about doing it that showed Warriors were serious about discarding their diffidence.
Warriors are up against a side which, in its previous game against Delhi Daredevils, recovered from 1 for 2 to make 209 for 5. The first two wickets were those of Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar. Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma's response was to blitz 132 in 13 overs. It shows what this Mumbai Indians side is capable of doing.
Pune have won a match after a long time and now they have to face mighty's Mumbai Indians. Its just the begning day of the IPL 2013 but we have already seen lots of dramatic endings of the matches.
Predicting, who will win the match is turning out to be a very tough job. As you may have seen, their are occassions where our predictors have predicted the team before the match begins and some of the matches we didn't post anything, reason behind is our experts confidence behind the game and sometime it din't work.
Back to the match, on this very home ground MI have had scored 200+ against the Daredevils and have registered a comfortable win. MI is a strong team and one can not belive that this team havn't won a single IPL. What we have noticed is, MI game is totally different when they are chasing a target, on top of that their openers are not performing at all, though middle order is doing extremely good in this season.
Its going to be real test for Pune bowlers to restrict MI under 170 if they bat first. Pune warriors do not have good bowlers, whereas MI have decent bowling attack to defend a compartive total 140-150.
Experts pick: MI is a seems to be a safer team as of now. But if they will be chasing a target above 160 or 170, we have bit doubt. And for this very same reasons, our experts will remain online during the match. Please talk to them personally.
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RESULT Match 15: Mum Indians v Warriors, 13 April
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