IPL 2013 preview: Battle-weary Pune Warriors India face aggressive Mumbai Indians

Pune has to be wary of the fact that Karthik has been subdued since his recall to the Indian team, and a characteristic flamboyant innings is round the corner.

updated: May 11, 2013 01:15 IST
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On April 13, when 11,000 kids, as a part of the 'Education for all' scheme, watched Mumbai Indians beat Pune Warriors India by 41 runs at the Wankhede Stadium, the 2013 season's Pepsi Indian Premier League was just ten days old. Since then the two teams have had contrasting journeys. Mumbai's aggressive brand of cricket has helped them notch up 16 points in 12 games while Pune, with just two wins in 13 matches, have failed to get going.

Therefore, when they meet again on Saturday (May 11) for their return fixture at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune, Mumbai will be favourites to secure a win and move to the second position on the points table.

Dinesh Karthik deserves a lot of credit for Mumbai's dominance this season. His sparkling 60 in the first game, when they lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by two runs, provided the initial thrust to their campaign and since then they have won more games than they have lost. Karthik's form allowed Rohit Sharma to get back in form, and with 818 runs between them the pair have spearheaded Mumbai's batting. Additionally, Rohit has revelled in his new role as captain, having won five out of six games.

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