IPL 6: Mumbai Indians start favourites vs hapless Pune Warriors, feel Gavaskar, Akram

Chance for Mumbai Indians to improve their run-rate against the tournament's punching bags. A win today at Pune will make Mumbai level on points with second-placed Rajasthan Royals, who have 18 from 13 matches.

updated: May 11, 2013 15:18 IST
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Although T20 can be a funny game, Mumbai Indians start overwhelming favourites against Pune Warriors in the first Indian Premier League match on Saturday evening, according to two of the game's pundits. Sunil Gavaskar sees this contest as a great opportunity for Mumbai, his home city, to catch up with Rajasthan Royals in the points table (18 from 13 games) and also better their run-rate against the tournament's weakest team.

Former Pakistan Test skipper and ex-Kolkata Knight Riders bowling coach Wasim Akram too feels Mumbai will be unstoppable, not because Sachin Tendulkar is looking good again, but due to their bowling department, led by Australian Mitchell Johnson.

Gavaskar feels Mumbai's biggest strength lies in its bowling attack.

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