Two-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will lock horns with a rejuvenated Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in Match 2 of IPL 10 on Thursday, at Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune. The live cricket telecast of all the matches of IPL 2017 will be available on Set Max, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD. The live online streaming of all the IPL 2017 matches will be available at ESPN, SonyLIV and Hotstar. Both teams have played against each other twice in 2016 and the record is even. MS Dhoni will not be leading the side for first time after RPS handed the captaincy to Steven Smith post finishing seventh in their maiden edition. Full Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 2017, Match 2 at Pune
This season is hit by injuries and RPS are also affected by a few. Ravichandran Ashwin and Mitchell Marsh will be missing out the tournament. Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen will be seen behind the mic during this edition. This has provided opportunity to current No. 1 ODI and T20 bowler Imran Tahir, who went unsold in IPL 2017 auction. But the big fish Ben Stokes will be on focus who was bid for a whopping INR 14.5 crores. With presence of other think-tanks like Ajinkya Rahane and Faf du Plessis, who have also captained their respective national sides, RPS can hope for a remarkable turnaround this time.
MI also went through change of guard with Mahela Jayawardene appointed as head coach replacing Ricky Ponting. However, this is one team who have not been marred by injury yet but two players are returning after long layoffs– Rohit Sharma and Lasith Malinga. The Sri Lankan cricketer is likely to join on April 7.
However, MI’s formidable unit and their IPL experience give them an edge over RPS, despite the latter playing at home.