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M S Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are captains and key players of their respective teamsGetty

Rising Pune Supergiants take on Mumbai Indians in the 29th match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, on Sunday, 1 May.

Where to watch live

The match starts at 3.30pm BST/8pm IST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 5 and Sky Sports 5 HD in the UK. Set Max, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN and Sony ESPNHD will telecast it in India. Click here for the live streaming link.

Overview

It is not often that you see a side led by M S Dhoni struggle in the shorter formats of the game, but this is exactly what is happening to Pune who are stuck in the bottom half of the table.

Injuries have struck key players and Kevin Pietersen and Faf du Plessis have been ruled out of the tournament. As with all new franchises, the players take time to bond. Their bowling has been their weak point, and they have actually lost matches which they could have won if the bowlers had been effective.

The biggest disappointment has been the performances of off-spinner R Ashwin who has taken only two wickets in seven games at an average of 77. The Supergiants desperately need to win here if they are to stay in contention for a spot in the knock-out stages.

The team with arguably the best squad in the competition, Mumbai come into this game on the back of consecutive wins and will look to maintain their momentum when they face Pune. Skipper Rohit Sharma has led the team from the front scoring 298 runs in eight games. He stands second in the list of the highest run-scorers in the tournament.

Mumbai have always been slow starters and it is midway that they usually fire and it is no different this time. Key players such as Ambati Rayadu and Kieron Pollard have found form with the bat, while Mitchell McClenaghen has again showed why he is rated so highly taking 12 wickets to stand as the top wicket-taker so far.

Mumbai might look to give Corey Anderson a game in place of the misfiring Jos Buttler. Barring a last minute injury, they are expected to field the same team that beat Kolkata in their last game.

Prediction

Mumbai Indians to win

Betting Odds (betfair)

  • Rising Pune Supergiants to win: 6/5
  • Mumbai Indians to win: 5/8

Team News

Rising Pune Supergiants

Possible XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Saurabh Tiwary, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Mitchell Marsh, Thisara Perera, Rajat Bhatia, R Ashwin, M Ashwin, Ashok Dinda

Mumbai Indians

Possible XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Ambati Rayadu, Krunal Pandya, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan.