Pune Warriors face Mumbai Indians today and a lot has changed since the start of this IPL season for the Warriors. The once points table toppers have slid down to just one above the last team on it. They kicked off their campaign in an impressive manner by beating the team they are to meet today, deemed then by many to be an upset. But their fortunes have changed and of the 10 games they played they have only won four. If they need to make it to the playoff stage, they need to pull up their socks and focus, for they just have only six games to play.
Mumbai Indians too is none the better with just one more win that their opponents from nine games. It must be said that last year’s runners up are yet to show their true mettle. Apart from Lasith Malinga, none of their bigshots have come good. Notable names are that of Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Harbhajan Singh. Rohit Sharma though has been touted as one of the most promising talents along with Virat Kohli is yet to show the consistency that is expected of him. Agreed, he is the top scorer for Mumbai, yet he has shown a propensity to throw away his wicket when his team needs him most.
Warriors will be glad that they have Michael Clarke with them. It seems formats don’t matter to Pup and his amazing adaptability is evident from his 41 from 31 balls in his first outing this season.