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Mumbai Indians to take on Pune Supergiant in Qualifier 1

Mumbai Indians to take on Pune Supergiant in Qualifier 1

The match will commence at the place at the Wankhede, Bumrah yorkers and the captain magic from Rohit can be seen here.

Mumbai Indians, even after resting six of their regular XI, outplayed the Kolkata Knight Riders in their last league match to secure the top spot. RPS also happened to be the neighbour of the team Mumbai.

After being asked to bat on a favourable chasing ground, Rising Pune Supergiant lost a majority of the first innings. Stokes, the costliest player of this IPL edition, has flown back for national duty after scoring 316 runs from 12 games.

RPS don't really have a foreign recruit who could fill in the big boots of the Englishman and skipper Steve Smith admitted that someone will have to put his hand up in the remaining matches. The Gujarat bowler has been the only one to restrict the flow of runs and grab a few wickets in the death overs.

In the absence of Jos Buttler, Lendl Simmons is giving good performance and the team is having some key players including Rohit Sharma, Pollard and Pandya brothers and something huge being we can expect from them. Jasprit Bumrah, Parthiv Patel, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana and Harbhajan Singh.

Also, hitting Harbhajan for too many runs now it seems easy for the team to give competition to the opposite team. In short, a nail-biting thriller match will be the witness at IPL qualifier 1 in MI V/S Pune match. It gives the victor a straight passage into the IPL 2017 final and the loser another crack at making the finale.

It was a must-win game for both sides and one highly anticipated, but only one team showed up. A target of 163 wasn't daunting, especially with Pune without star players Ben Stokes and Imran Tahir.

Dhoni walked in to join Tiwary and did not take long to hit his first six, depositing a half-volley off Karn Sharma over deep midwicket. But this fact will not be enough for the first qualifier match that is held today (May 16, 2017) at Wankhede Stadium.

On a wicket that was on the slower side, Mumbai were expected to chase down Pune's 162 easily but first they lost Lendl Simmons, who was run out, and then Rohit Sharma was wrongly adjudged LBW as replayed suggested their was an inside edge. "It was a slow wicket and it was hard to time the ball but MS and Manoj did a terrific job to get a few over the fence and get us to that total", Smith said.

Rohit Sharma: The MI skipper has had a hot and cold league so would be keen to come good in the Play-offs, not to mention the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.