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Impressive Mumbai can see off Gujarat

Lions may be tamed by Sharma's men

Harbhajan Singh brings bundles of experience to the Mumbai Indians team
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Mumbai v Gujarat
Sky Sports Mix, 11.30am Sunday

Mumbai Indians lost their opening game of the IPL season but Rohit Sharma’s men have shown great character in three subsequent victories.

They beat Kolkata, despite needing 49 off the last three overs, and reduced Hyderabad from 105-1 to 158-8 with an impressive bowling display.

Last time out Mumbai’s top order was filleted by a hat-trick from Bangalore’s Samuel Badree but they recovered from 7-4 to chase down a target of 143.

At 4-6, the Indians are worthy favourites for a home win over Gujarat Lions, who picked up their first victory at the third attempt thanks to Aussie bowler Andrew Tye’s 5-17 against Pune.

Their gameplan revolves around top-order power hitters but Mumbai have a bit more craft and depth about them, with an array of international pacemen, canny spinner Harbhajan Singh and the Pandya brothers, Hardik and Krunal, providing all-round balance to the side.

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Bangalore v Pune
Sky Sports 2, 3.30pm Sunday

Bangalore’s stellar squad have made an underwhelming start to 2017 with three defeats in four and opponents Pune also have something to prove after losing their last three games.

Pune are 6-4 with Bangalore 8-13 but no bet stands out with both sides under pressure.

Last time out Mumbai’s top order was filleted by a hat-trick from Bangalore’s Samuel Badree but they recovered from 7-4 to chase down a target of 143
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