Both the side would want to win this one and book their place in the final. The victor of this game will directly get the way to play in the IPL 2017 final. There are very rare occasions when you get a good wicket to bat on but whatever wicket you get, you have to play at least 20 overs for your side. After the high of scoring 230 against Mumbai Indians in the last game, their campaign hit the worst note as it became a virtual no-show.
But, a match as important as the Qualifier 1 could see new things happening.
Ben Stokes (0-10) was economical in his final appearance before leaving to join up with the England ODI squad for their series with South Africa but a wicket to sign off with was not forthcoming. Mumbai need 163 to win the game. "We have a couple of options (to replace) Stokes", said Smith, who is also the Australia captain.
Earlier RPS had a very wobbly start of their innings as they lost the inform batsman Rahul Tripathi and Captain Steve Smith in the first two overs.
It is hard for the RPS to bring any new player at this end of series for finals. Some of the predictors recommended the name of Australian batsman, Usman Khawaja. Saha played one (good) innings, Manan Vohra played one innings but apart from that none of the others played responsibly.
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In the bowling department, Pune has the huge advantage of having Englishman Stokes, whose lethal yorkers have made him the most valuable player for his franchise. Both have left to join their worldwide sides ahead of South Africa's ODI series in England. Magnificent (talking about Washington Sundar).
It was a night when nothing went right for Mumbai Indians as they succumbed to 20-run defeat at the hands of Rising Pune Supergiant in Qualifier 1 of the 2017 IPL at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday, despite a half-century from Parthiv Patel.
Former Sri Lankan batting legend is happy with the fact that two-time champions finished in top-two of the points table and hence, they will get two chances to make it to the final. Apart from this, in the balling frontline, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajan Singh, and Lasith Malinga will have a positive impact on the team.
After losing the toss and being sent in to bat on a damp wicket Kings XI were immediately in trouble. The past game on Wankhede witnessed an almost-achieved chase of 231 runs.