The Indian Premier League juggernaut has started with the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad winning against Royal Challengers Bengaluru. However, slow-starters Mumbai Indians get to start their campaign against rejuvenated Rising Pune Supergiant at the MCA stadium in second game of the 10th season of the IPL
RPS have a new captain in Steve Smith and they would like to script a completely different story in comparison to their performance last year. With the inclusion of fresh faces in form of Ben Stokes and Imran Tahir the Pune outfit looks balanced this year.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians have been boosted by the return of their captain Rohit Sharma who would be raring to get back on the field and prove his fitness for the Champions Trophy to be held after IPL. Mumbai is an injury-free side with almost all their players available for selection for the season opener. The likes of Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, and Kieron Pollard would look to get back to business as soon as possible.
Let’s have a look at the top fantasy picks from our side.
Top Fantasy Pick: Batsman
Steve Smith: Going by the kind of form he showcased in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy, only a gambler having too much belief on his luck will not go with the Aussie captain in his fantasy side. Although Smith is yet to perform magically in the tournament, the extra responsibility of captaincy may bring the best out of him.
Top Fantasy Pick: Bowler
Lasith Malinga: Of late, victories of Roger Federer in Australian Open, India n Wells and Miami Open have proved that age is just a number in sports. A Similar rule is applicable with the evergreen Malinga and his toe-crushing yorkers and low economy which is still good enough to win you points.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 6, 2017
Top Fantasy Pick: All-Rounder
Ben Stokes: It won’t take a second thought for a cricket lover to pick Ben Stokes on his fantasy team. He can smack long sixes, get valuable runs and chip-in with important wickets. Overall, he can be a perfect impact player on his day and can send your fantasy score soaring.
Top Punt Player
Jasprit Bumrah: Jasprit Bumrah has already proved his death-bowling capabilities at the International Cricket and he would be looking to set the stage on fire at the tournament where he took everyone by a surprise. You can bank on him as the silent killer who can accumulate a lot of kills for you without making much noise.
Rising Pune Supergiant vs Mumbai Indians Probable XI:
Rising Pune Supergiant: Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Steve Smith, Manoj Tiwary, Ben Stokes, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Adam Zampa, Imran Tahir, Ashok Dinda, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishwar Pandey.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel, Amabati Rayudu, Jos Butler, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Johnson.
You can tune into Sony Max (for English) and Sony Six (for Hindi) on your TV sets to enjoy the live action from Mumbai. Viewers can also watch the live streaming of the match at Hotstar from 8 pm onwards tonight.