IPL Saturday 11th May, 58th Match sees this Series whipping boys Pune take on Mumbai at The Sahara Stadium, Pune have all to0 often disappointed South African bowling hero Alan Donald who currently Coaches Pune with their poor bowling at the end of a innings.
Recently Pune batting has improved vastly scoring 170 whilst chasing RCBs 187 and a178 run total which Rajasthan Royals beat by 4 runs with a ball to spare.
Mumbai on the other hand beat top of the table CSK last week by 70 runs with good contributions from all the 7 batsman that took to the crease. Tendulkar is still looking to hit form but a 48 from 28 balls against KKR will boost his confidence and the Pune bowling attack could suffer Saturday.
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Combined with the talented Smith, Karthik and Sharma scoring runs for Mumbai who are chasing the magic 9 wins which usually guarantees a top 4 spot .
Who’s doing what this Series.
Mumbai stand out player’s, R.Sharma 400+ runs- avg 59, K.Karthik 350+ runs-avg 32 and Messrs Smith and Pollard both having +200 runs each.
With the ball M.Johnson leads the way with 17 wickets including 3 for 27 verses R.Royals ,Mr reliable Harbhajan Singh has 16 victims and Royals only managed to score 13 runs from his 4 overs a statistic any 20/20 captain would relish on his score sheet.
Lasith Malinga seemed to be out of sorts coming into this Series, slightly over weight and not firing on all cylinders hence only 9 wkts from 10 games but on the other hand P.P.Ojha has took 12 from 8 innings.
Pune have RV.Uthappa to thank with 54 & 75 runs recently against R.Royals / RCB and currently has 343 runs this Series, Captain AJ. Finch has 340+ runs so far but then we drop down to Yuvraj Singh with 171 runs and the other batsmen have little to offer.
Bowlers for Pune have disappointed, Kumar, Sharma and Dinda share 33 wkts in total with Dinda being top wicket taker on 12.
There really isn’t much to shout about with Pune’s bowling this Series but midweek they kept KKR down to 152 runs with B.Kumar taking 3 for 25 of 4 overs,Uthappa’s 31runs and Mathews 40 runs but Pune lost by 46 runs .
As it stands going into this match Mumbai are 1 win away from 9 wins after bowling KKR out for 105 in 18 overs and the way its shaping up there could be 5 teams on equal wins going into the play off stages so Net Run Rate could decide who fills these places.
Mumbai will looking to the Pune encounter as a run rate builder.
Pune are playing for pride and personal stat accumulator for next years IPL Series 7 as the various owners of each team base squad selections at the pre season auctions.
Advidsed Bet- Mumbai win 8/15 Paddy Power