Mumbai, Apr 5: After a comprehensive win against the defending champions in the tournament opener of Indian Premier League (IPL) 5, Harbhajan Singh led Mumbai Indians would look forward to extend their dominance in their second match against Pune Warriors to be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.
Though the first match failed to draw attention after defending champions Chennai Super Kings faltered badly as they struggled to score runs on the board, which did not pose a challenge for the mighty Mumbai Indians who reached the target with 19 balls to spare.
With a dangerous batting line-up, an explosive batsman like Levi opening the innings, can change the fortunes of the team, the team boasts of many match-winners. Kieron Pollard, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu to name a few.
Mumbai Indians is one of those teams that have a balanced side as they have a deadly pace attack with Lasith Malinga and RP Singh, with class spinners and part timers also assisting them when the need arises while their strength is batting, as they bat lower down the order.
But the only issue is with master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who injured his finger against Chennai in the tournament opener, as the status of the injury is unknown, he is a doubtful starter for the team's clash against Ganguly led Pune on Friday.
With Lasith Malinga and Pollard available for the entire season, Mumbai will look forward to utilise their services in the fifth edition of the IPL.
While the Pune Warriors, have a tough task at hand, playing against the mighty Mumbai Indians, as they have proved it yet again that they were truly impressive on field. Yuvraj Singh, Pune's key player, will be missed as he is recovering from a rare germ cell cancer.
Pune's woes continue to torment the think tank, as the team will not get the services of Michael Clarke, who is off to Carribbean on national duty and is not available till April 27, while Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews, is busy as he is representing Sri Lanka in the Test series against England.
While Windies batsman, Marlon Samuels, might be replacing Yuvraj Singh in the Warriors' squad, as he has the ability to hit the ball hard, bowl well and is agile on the field.
Samuels nad Robin Uthappa are the key batsmen for Warriors, while Ashok Dinda, Ashish Nehra and Rahul Sharma will be the key bowlers.
Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal will add more strength to the batting, while there are high expectations on local players like Manish Pandey and Mahesh Rawat.
According to stats, Mumbai Indians have played two matches against Pune Warriors and have both the matches and might continue to extend their dominance in the fifth season as well.
Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Abu Nechim, Amitize Singh, Aiden Blizzard, James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Y Chahal, Herschelle Gibbs, Davy Jacobs, Richard Levi, Dinesh Kartik, Dhawal Kulkarni, K Yadav, Lasith Malinga, Sushant Marathe, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Robin Peterson, Sujit Nayak, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Jaydev Shah, Rudra Pratap Singh, T Suman, Pawan Suyal, Aditya Tare, Apporva Wankhede.
Pune Warriors: Sourav Ganguly (Captain), Ashok Dinda, A Trivedi, Raiphi Gomez, Harpreet Singh, Dheeraj Jadhav, Kamran Khan, Murali Kartik, Harshad Khadiwale, Mahesh Rawat, Bhuwanesh Kumar, Anushtup Majumdar, Mithun Manhas, Rahul Sharma, Ali Murtaza, Mohnish Mishra, Ashuish Nehra, Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa, Wayne Parnell, Jesse Ryder, Marlon Samuels, Sachin Rana, Alphonso Thomas, Tamim Iqbal, Shrikant Wagh, Luke Wright. Callum Ferguson.
Match starts at 16:00 IST on Friday.
Also playing on Friday: Rajasthan Royals Vs Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur at 20:00 IST