Pune Warriors v Mumbai Indians – IPL 5 – Toss Report
In the 45th match of the ongoing fifth season of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL), the visiting side from Mumbai has won the toss and elected to bat first in a bid to post a defendable total against a decent side from Pune in today’s game about to begin at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune.
With Mumbai Indians sitting at third place on the points table and Warriors lingering at the bottom just above Deccan Chargers, the clash holds great importance for both teams and especially for Pune as they need to climb back among the top contenders of the tournament after getting off to an impressive start in the season.
If they beat Mumbai by a big margin, they will surely go up the order and improve their standing in the points table.
Pune skipper, while speaking to the media after the toss, was wary of how important the game was for his side and expected to give Mumbai a hard time in the clash.
“It is an important game. All games are important but towards the end of the league stage, each and every game is important. We need to get back to winning ways. I would have loved to bat first as well. We have a couple of changes in our side. Ryder and Ashok Dinda are back in the team,” he said.
Meanwhile, things aren’t a bunch of roses for Mumbai either as they failed to prosper earlier in the tournament and are still not out of the woods, the main problem for them is the form of their skipper Harbhajan Singh, who is not showing any colour and while before the tournament it was expected that he would be looking to impress the selectors in order to make a comeback in the national team, however, that possibility seems ever so far now.
The pitch is expected to help the bowlers, however, it does have something in it for the batsmen if they stay on the wicket long enough to get their eye in.
Pune Warriors (Playing XI):
Jesse Ryder, Michael Clarke, Sourav Ganguly(c), Steven Smith, Robin Uthappa(w), Mithun Manhas, Wayne Parnell, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Murali Kartik, Ashish Nehra, Ashok Dinda
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI):
James Franklin, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik(w), Ambati Rayudu, Thissara Perera, Robin Peterson, Harbhajan Singh(c), Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel