Rising Pune Supergiant rode on fine half-centuries from Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane and impressive off-spin bowling from teenager Washington Sundar (3/16) to defeat Mumbai Indians by 20 runs in the first qualifier and enter the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday.

Tiwary (58), Rahane (56) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (40 not out off 26) helped Pune post 162/4 in 20 overs. Sundar, 17, then ran through the Mumbai top-order as the hosts could only score 142/9 at the Wankhede Stadium. Medium pacer Shardul Thakur (3/37) created problems for Mumbai at the death overs.

Having finished the league stage in the top position, Mumbai on Friday will have another chance to enter the final as they will face the winner of the Eliminator match between Kolkata Knight Riders and defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad — who face-off on Wednesday.

Two-time champions Mumbai are too good a side to flounder the way they did against Pune. After asking Pune to bat, Mumbai had a near-perfect start, removing in-form Rahul Tripathi (0) and captain Steve Smith (1) in the opening two overs. New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan drew first blood for the hosts, cleaning up Tripathi for his first duck of the IPL, on the last ball of the opening over before a leading edge off Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga got skipper Smith walking, with Pune at 9/2.

With the visitors in desperate need of a partnership, Rahane and Manoj did the job for them, helping the odd ball to the boundary as Mumbai maintained a perfect line and length.

The right-handed pair went on to add 50 runs off 44 deliveries with Manoj playing the perfect second fiddle to the local boy Rahane, who got to his half-century off 39 balls.

Just when things began to fall in order for Pune, leg-spinner Karn Sharma jolted the visitors, by trapping Rahane, who by now had helped the ball to the boundary on five occasions and once over it.

The fall of Rahane brought in Dhoni who, along with Manoj, played out five overs inconsequentially before the Bengal batsman took the attack to the opposition.

Continuing his fine run with the willow, Manoj first slogged at a good length ball off McCleneghan to get to his half-century off 45 deliveries before taking the bowler to the cleaners. Dhoni too joined the party, clearing the Kiwi twice in the penultimate over.

Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma threw the ball to his death-over specialist Jasprit Bumrah for the final over, but with Dhoni at his attacking best, young Bumrah was clobbered twice out of the park as the final two overs yielded 41 runs for Pune, who managed to post 162/4.

During the chase, opening batsman Parthiv Patel (52 off 40) held one fort as he executed his strokes perfectly from the start. However, Lendl Simmons’s wicket opened the floodgates for Mumbai. Patel’s straight drive off a slower delivery from medium pacer Shardul Thakur was finger-tipped by the bowler before the ball hit the stumps as Simmons was found to be short at the non-striker’s end, with Mumbai at 35/1 in 4.3 overs.

After the wicket, Sundar then had his impressive bowling spell. Rohit Sharma (1) was adjudged lbw as he went for the sweep shot and missed the ball which hit the pad, while Ambati Rayudu (0) pulled straight into the hands of Steven Smith at short midwicket. Smith got hold of another catch at the same position to send back Kieran Pollard (7) as Pune had Mumbai on the mat, with the scoreboard reading 51/4 in eight overs.

Parthiv, who was playing well, was then joined by Hardik Pandya (14) but the pair could only forge a 24-run stand for the fifth wicket as the latter hit a ball from medium pacer Lockie Ferguson straight into the hands of Daniel Christian at long-on, with Mumbai at 75/5 in 11.1 overs.

With Mumbai still behind the target by 88 runs, it was a huge task for the hosts. Under the pressure of mounting required run-rate, Hardik Pandya (15) and Parthiv fell in the 15th over bowled by Thakur. With Mumbai needing 60 runs off five overs, the task proved too much for the lower-order batsmen. (IANS Match Report)

 

Ball-by-ball highlight of the match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant

 

11: 41 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, MI 142/9. Rising Pune Supergiant beat Mumbai Indians by 20 runs

19.6: Malinga finishes the over with a SIX to mid wicket

19.5: Bumrah takes a single to mid on

19.4: Lasith Malinga is the new batsman, starts with a single to long on

19.3: WICKET! Mitchell McClenaghan 12(11) edges the ball to short third man Unadkat. MI 134/9

19.2: McClenaghan plays a dot

19.1: Shardul Thakur to bowl the last over, starts with a single to Bumrah to mid on

11: 34 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, MI 133/8. Mumbai Indians need 30 runs in 06 balls

18.6: SIX! McClenaghan pulls the ball over long on

18.5: Bumrah takes a single to short third man

18.4: Swing and a miss for Bumrah 

18.3: Bumrah plays a dot; good slow ball by Unadkat

18.2: McClenaghan takes a single to long on

18.1: Unadkat into the attack, starts with a single to Bumrah to mid wicket

11: 30 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, MI 124/8. Mumbai Indians need 39 runs in 12 balls

17.6: Bumrah picks a single off the last ball

17.5: SIX! Bumrah picks the slow delivery and lofts over mid wicket for a maximum

17.4: Bumrah slices the ball to off side for another 2 runs

17.3: Bumrah takes a couple to leg side

17.2: DROPPED! McClenaghan plays to sweeper cover, Rahul Tripathi drops a sitter. 1 run in the end

17.1: Dan Christian into the attack, Jasprit Bumrah gets off the mark with a single to point

11: 26 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, MI 107/8

16.6: WICKET! Karn Sharma top edges the ball in the orbit, Dhoni completes the catch with ease; slow ball by Unadkat doing the damage

16.5: McClenaghan takes a single to short third man

16.4: Karn takes a single to mid on

16.3: McClenaghan pulls to backward square leg for a single

16.2: McClenaghan plays a dot

16.1: Unadkat into the attack, starts with a single to Karn to point

11: 21 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, MI 107/7

15.6: Karn takes a run to backward point off the last ball

15.5: Karn plays a dot

15.4: Karn pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

15.3: McClenaghan takes a single to long on; good slow ball by Christian

15.2: McClenaghan plays a dot

15.1: Karn Sharma gets off the mark with a single to backward point

15.1: Dan Christian into the attack, starts with a WIDE ball

11: 16 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, MI 103/7

14.6: WICKET! Parthiv Patel 52(40) gets top edge off the slow ball from Thakur, hands a simple catch to Dan Christian at long off

14.5: Swing and a miss for Parthiv

14.4: McClenaghan gets off the mark with a single to short fine leg

14.4: WIDE!

14.3: WICKET! Krunal Pandya 15(11) goes for the big hit, mis-hits the slow knuckleball from Thakur straight to Dan Christian fielding at long off. MI 101/6

14.2: Parthiv takes a single to short third man

14.1: Thakur into the attack, starts with 2 runs to straight boundary; FIFTY for Parthiv Patel 

11: 10 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, MI 98/5

13.6: FOUR! Krunal Pandya pulls to deep mid-wicket boundary; good attempt by Shardul Thakur in the deep 

13.5: FOUR! Krunal opens the face of the bat to guide the ball to third-man boundary

13.4: Krunal pulls the slow ball to deep mid-wicket for 2 runs

13.3: Leg byes (1 run); Parthiv off the strike

13.2: Krunal takes a single to short cover; good slow ball by Christian

13.1: Dan Christian into the attack, Parthiv slices the ball to extra cover for a single

11: 04 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, MI 85/5. Mumbai Indians need 78 runs in 42 balls

12.6: Parthiv takes a single off the last ball

12.5: Parthiv plays a dot

12.4: Krunal takes a single to mid off

12.3: Krunal plays a dot

12.2: Parthiv takes a single to mid off

12.1: W Sundar into the attack, starts with Leg Byes (1 run); Krunal off the mark

10: 59 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, MI 82/5

11.6: Parthiv plays a dot of the last ball

11.6: WIDE! Third of the over for Ferguson 

11.5: Krunal takes a single to mid on

11.4: Leg byes (1 run); Parthiv off the strike

11.4: WIDE! Second of the over for Ferguson 

11.3: Krunal Pandya gets off the mark with a single to backward square leg

11.2: Krunal Pandya is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

11.2: WIDE!

11.1: WICKET! Hardik Pandya 14(10) hits the slow off cutter by Ferguson straight to Christian at long on; MI 75/5

10: 51 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, MI 75/4

10.6: Parthiv plays a dot of the last ball

10.5: Hardik takes a single to deep mid wicket

10.4: Parthiv takes a single to long on

10.3: Hardik takes a single to backward square leg

10.2: Hardik plays a dot 

10.1: Dan Christian into the attack, starts with a single to Parthiv to short cover

10: 47 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, MI 71/4

9.6: Hardik plays a dot of the last ball

9.5: Parthiv takes a single to mid wicket

9.4: Hardik flicks to fine leg for a single

9.3: Hardik pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

9.2: SIX! Hardik picks the tossed up ball over long off boundary for a maximum

9.1: Adam Zampa into the attack, starts with a single to Parthiv to mid wicket

10: 43 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, MI 62/4

8.6: FOUR! Hardik guides the ball to fine leg boundary

8.5: Hardik takes a single to mid wicket

8.4: FOUR! Parthiv slices the ball outside off stump to backward point boundary

8.3: Parthiv plays a dot

8.2: Hardik Pandya gets off the mark with a single to mid off

8.1: Thakur into the attack, starts with a single to Parthiv to extra cover

10: 37 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, MI 51/4

7.6: WICKET! Pollard 7(10) flicks straight to the hands of short mid wicket fielder Steve Smith

7.5: Pollard plays a dot

7.4: Parthiv takes a single to long off

7.3: Pollard takes a single to square leg

7.2: Parthiv takes a single to long on

7.1: Sundar into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Parthiv

10: 33 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, MI 48/3

6.6: FOUR! Pollard drives the low full toss to sweeper cover boundary

6.5: Another dot to Pollard; good change of pace by Ferguson

6.4: Pollard plays a dot

6.3: Parthiv takes a single to third man

6.2: Pollard takes a single to extra cover

6.1: Ferguson into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Pollard

10: 29 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, MI 42/3. End of Power Play

5.6: Kieron Pollard gets off the mark with a single to short fine leg

5.5: Kieron Pollard starts with a dot ball

5.4: WICKET! Ambati Rayudu 0(3) chips the ball straight to Steve Smith at short cover; Sundar strikes for the second time in the over

5.3: Rayudu plays a dot to short third man

5.2: Ambati Raydu is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

5.1: W Sundar into the attack, starts with the WICKET of Rohit Sharma (Lbw); MI 41/2

10: 23 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, MI 41/1

4.6: Parthiv flicks off the pads to fine leg boundary for FOUR runs off the last ball

4.5: Rohit Sharma is the new wicket, gets off the mark with a single to mid off

4.4: Parthiv flicks to mid wicket for a single

4.3: WICKET! Parthiv hits straight down the wicket, Thakur gets the tip of his finger and straight to the wickets at the strikers’ end; Simmons 5(13) is run out. MI 35/1

4.2: Parthiv gets 2 runs to long on

4.1: Shardul Thakur into the attack, Parthiv gets up and over to extra cover boundary for FOUR runs

10: 17 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, MI 29/0

3.6: Simmons plays a dot of the last ball

3.6: WIDE! Second of the over for Ferguson

3.5: Simmons plays a dot; good change of pace by Ferguson

3.4: Parthiv takes a single to point; Rahane saves a certain boundary 

3.3: SIX! Parthiv picks the short of the length ball to pull it over backward square leg

3.2: Simmons takes a quick single to short cover

3.1: Simmons plays a dot; that was fast from Ferguson

3.1: Lockie Ferguson into the attack, starts with a WIDE ball down to leg side

10: 11 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, MI 19/0

2.6: Simmons takes a single off the last ball to short cover

2.5: Parthiv tries to pull as the short ball rushes on him. Gets a single to mid on 

2.4: Parthiv plays a dot to short fine leg

2.3: Simmons takes a quick single to short third man

2.2: Parthiv takes a single to mid off for a single

2.1: Unadkat is welcomed by Parthiv with a SIX over mid off

10: 07 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, MI 9/0

1.6: Parthiv takes a single to mid off

1.5: Parthiv Patel gets off the mark with a SIX over square leg

1.4: Parthiv Patel plays a dot

1.3: Simmons flicks the ball to short mid wicket for a single

1.2: Simmons pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

1.1: Washington Sundar into the attack, starst with a dot ball to Simmons

10: 03 PM IST | 1 over bowled, MI 1/0

0.6: Dot to end the over for Parthiv

0.5: Parthiv Patel plays a dot

0.4: Lendl Simmons gets off the mark with a single to point

0.3: Three dot balls on a trot for Unadkat

0.2: Another dot ball to Simmons; good slow ball by Unadkat

0.1: Jaydev Unadkat into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Simmons

09: 58 PM IST | The Chase Begins! Mumbai Indians openers Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons are in the middle

09: 44 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, RPS 162/4

19.6: WICKET! Tiwary is run out of the last ball

19.5: Dhoni plays a dot; perfect yorker from Bumrah

19.4: SIX! Dhoni picks the good length ball over bowler’s head and over straight boundary

19.3: Dhoni gets 2 runs to deep mid wicket

19.2: SIX! Dhoni launches the attack, hits the short ball from Bumrah over sweeper cover for the maximum

19.1: Jasprit Bumrah to bowl the last over, starts with a single to Tiwary to mid wicket; Dhoni comes to strike

09: 39 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, RPS 147/3

18.6: SIX! Dhoni finishes the over with a maximum over long off

18.5: Swing and a miss by Dhoni; that was in his ark

18.5: WIDE! Second of the over for McClenaghan

18.5: WIDE! McClenaghan under pressure

18.4: SIX! Dhoni picks the length ball outside off stump to loft over deep mid wicket boundary for maximum

18.3: Dhoni plays a dot; full-length ball by McClenaghan

18.2: Tiwary takes a single to long on

18.1: FREE-HIT! Tiwary picks the length ball and lofts it over long on for a SIX

18.1: McClenaghan starts with a NO ball; Tiwary begins with FOUR to fine leg boundary; FIFTY for Manoj Tiwary

09: 29 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, RPS 121/3

17.6: Tiwary takes a single to point, will retain strike

17.5: Dhoni plays to deep mid-wicket for a single

17.4: Swing and a miss for Dhoni 

17.3: Dhoni plays a dot ball

17.2: Leg Byes (1 run), Dhoni gets to strike 

17.1: Jasprit Bumrah into the attack, Tiwary gets an inside edge to fine leg for FOUR runs

09: 24 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, RPS 114/3

16.6: Tiwary pulls to square leg for a single

16.5: Tiwary plays a dot

16.4: Dhoni pulls to deep mid wicket for a single

16.3: Tiwary takes a single to mid wicket

16.2: Dhoni plays to long on for a single

16.1: Dhoni plays a dot; good recovery by McClenaghan

16.1: Mitchell McClenaghan into the attack, starts with a WIDE ball to Dhoni

09: 17 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, RPS 109/3

15.6: Tiwary sweeps the ball to mid wicket for 2 runs of the last ball

15.5: Dhoni pushes the ball to long off for a single; very good over so far by Krunal Pandya

15.4: Dhoni plays a dot

15.3: Tiwary takes a single to point

15.2: Tiwary plays a dot to point

15.1: Krunal Pandya into the attack, starts with a single to Dhoni to long off

09: 14 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, RPS 104/3

14.6: Dhoni takes a single to short mid wicket for a single of the last ball

14.5: Dhoni plays to short mid off for no run; turn and bounce for Karn Sharma

14.4: Dhoni pushes the ball to short cover for no run

14.3: SIX! Dhoni picks the fuller ball and flicks the ball over long on for a 87metres maximum

14.2: Tiwary pushes the ball to long off for a single

14.1: Karn Sharma to bowl his last over, starts with a dot ball to short cover

09: 11 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, RPS 96/3

13.6: Tiwary takes a quick single to gully point of the last ball

13.5: Tiwary gets an inside edge to fine leg, will take 2 runs

13.4: Dhoni pushes the ball to long on for a single

13.3: Tiwary takes a single to cover

13.2: MS Dhoni gets off the mark with a pull to fine leg for a single

13.1: Jasprit Bumrah into the attack, starts with a single to Tiwary to third man

09: 03 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, RPS 89/3

12.6: Dhoni plays a dot to end the over; that was a wrong one from Karn Sharma

12.5: MS Dhoni is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

12.4: WICKET! Ajinmya Rahane 56(43) is given Lbw, Karn Sharma strikes. Rising Pune Supergiant lose a set batsman, Mumbai Indians get the crucial breakthrough

12.3: Rahane takes a couple to mid wicket

12.2: Rahane places the ball between long on and deep midwicket for another 2 runs

12.1: Karn Sharma into the attack, Rahane pulls to deep mid wicket for 2 runs

08: 57 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, RPS 83/2

11.6: Rahane takes a single to long on; FIFTY for Ajinkya Rahane

11.5: Rahane sweeps to deep square leg boundary for FOUR!

11.4: Tiwary flicks off the pads to square leg for a single

11.3: Tiwary plays a dot

11.2: FOUR! Tiwary pulls between long on and deep mid wicket; that was placed so beautifully by Manoj Tiwary 

11.1: Krunal Pandya into the attack, starts with a single to Rahane to mid on

08: 53 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, RPS 72/2

10.6: Tiwary takes a single to square of the wicket of the last ball

10.5: Rahane takes a single to mid off

10.4: Rahane pulls to deep mid wicket for 2 runs

10.3: Rahane picks the slow ball from Malinga and flicks to deep mid wicket for a single

10.2: FOUR! Rahane cuts the short and wide ball from Malinga to backward point boundary

10.1: Lasith Malinga into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Rahane

08: 49 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, RPS 63/2

9.6: Rahane takes a single to mid wicket

9.5: Tiwary pulls the short ball to deep mid wicket for a single

9.4: Rahane flick of backfoot to backward square leg for a single

9.3: Tiwary takes a single to mid wicket

9.2: Tiwary comes out of the crease, Krunal alters the length. No run in the end

9.1: Krunal Pandya continues, starts with a single to backward point to Rahane

08: 45 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, RPS 58/2

8.6: Tiwary plays on the up to sweeper cover for 2 runs of the last ball

8.5: Tiwary gets an inside edge and the fall travels to fine leg boundary for FOUR; very lucky to not drag the ball into the stumps

8.4: Rahane gets a quick single to point 

8.3: Tiwary pulls the short ball to backward square leg for a single

8.2: Rahne takes a single to leg side; FIFTY up for Rising Pune Supergiant

8.1: Hardik Pandya into the attack, Rahane gets outside the crease to loft the goog length ball for straight SIX

08: 41 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, RPS 43/2

7.6: Tiwary plays a dot of the last ball

7.5: Tiwary revers sweeps to short third man for dot; very good over so far by Krunal

7.4: Tiwary plays a dot to cover point; Krunal bowling a lot flat

7.3: Rahane waits for the ball and flicks of the backfoot to square leg for a single 

7.2: Rahane pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

7.1: Krunal Pandya into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Rahane

08: 35 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, RPS 42/2

6.6: Tiwary plays a dot of the last ball

6.5: Rahane drives to long on for an easy single

6.4: Tiwary plays to long on for a single; good recovery by Karn Sharma

6.3: Tiwary plays a dot

6.2: SIX! Tiwary lofts the tossed up ball by Karn Sharma over long on boundary for a huge maximum

6.1: Karn Sharma into the attack, starts with a single to Rahane to long on

08: 32 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, RPS 33/2. End of Power Play

5.6: Single of the last ball to Rahane

5.5: Rahane cuts to point; Simmons saves a certain boundary. No run

5.4: Rahane plays a dot; another slow ball by Malinga

5.3: Rahane plays a dot to short mid wicket

5.2: Tiwary takes a quick single to gully point; Mumbai Indians appeal for run out; replay says NOT OUT

5.1: Lasith Malinga into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Tiwary; good slow ball to start the over

08: 27 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, RPS 31/2

4.6: Tiwary flicks to square leg for a single

4.5: Rahane flicks to mid wicket for a single

4.4: FOUR! Rahane makes room towards the leg side and plays inside out to extra cover boundary; that shot had class written all over it

4.3: Tiwary gets to the bounce of the ball to flick the ball to mid wicket for a single

4.2: Tiwary plays a dot to short mid wicket

4.1: Karn Sharma (off-spinner) into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Tiwary

08: 23 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, RPS 24/2

3.6: Tiwary gets an outside and the ball goes to third man for 1 run

3.5: Rahane takes a single to gully point

3.4: Tiwary takes a quick single to cover point

3.3: Tiwary plays a dot

3.2: Rahane guides the ball to short fine leg for an easy single

3.1: Jasprit Bumrah into the attack, Manoj Tiwary gets off the mark with a single to short fine leg

08: 19 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, RPS 19/2

2.6: Rahane plays a dot of the last ball

2.5: Rahane flicks to backward square leg for 2 runs

2.4: FOUR! Rahane plays the half volley on the up between extra cover and long off boundary; two in a row for Rahane

2.3: FOUR! Rahane picks the good length ball and pulls it to deep mid wicket boundary; first of the Pune innings

2.2: Rahane plays to point for a dot

2.1: McClenaghan continues, starts with a dot to Rahane

08: 14 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, RPS 9/2

1.6: Dot of the last ball to new batsman Manoj Tiwary

1.5: WICKET! Steve Smith 1 (2) wanted to pull the short ball from Malinga, gets a top edge to Hardik Pandya at point; RPS 9/2

1.4: Rahane flicks off the pads to deep square leg for a single

1.3: Steve Smith is the new batsman, gets off the mark with a quick single to short mid off

1.2: Rahane flicks to deep mid wicket for a single

1.1: Lasith Malinga into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Rahane

08: 07 PM IST | 1 over bowled, RPS 6/1

0.6: WICKET! Rahul Tripathi is bowled for duck by McClenaghan; what a start for Mumbai Indians

0.5: Rahane drives the half volley to mid off for a single; Rohit Sharma saves a certain boundary

0.5: WIDE! McClenaghan drifts to leg side

0.4: Leg Byes (1 run), Rahul Tripathi off the strike

0.3: Rahane guides the ball to backward square leg for a single

0.2: Ajinkya Rahane gets off the mark with a couple to square leg for 2 runs; first runs on board for Rising Pune Supergiant

0.1: Mitchell McClenaghan to begin the bowling attack for Mumbai Indians, starst with a dot ball to Rahane

07: 58 PM IST | Game Begins! Rising Pune Supergiant openers Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi are in the middle to kick off the proceedings for RPS.

07: 40 PM IST | Here is the final playing XI for Mumbai Indians (MI) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS):

Team Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (w), Lendl Simmons, Ambati Rayudu, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Karn Sharma, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah

Team Rising Pune Supergiant: Steven Smith (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni (w), Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Lockie Ferguson, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa

 

07: 30 PM IST | TOSS TIME!

Mumbai Indians Captain Rohit Sharma has won the toss and decided to bowl first against Rising Pune Supergiant at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Game on!

07: 25 PM IST | FAIR WARNING!

With 20 points from 14 matches, Mumbai Indians was the first team to seal a berth in the playoffs this year. Rohit Sharma led Mumbai accelerated from the word ‘play’ and looks determined to win the coveted IPL trophy for the third time — won in the year 2013 and 2015.

Contrary, Rising Pune Supergiant started their IPL run with disappointing losses and gradually got into the groove to finish second in the points table.

Steve Smith led Supergiant was the last team to seal playoff spot after they destroyed Kings XI Punjab — won by 9 wickets after bowling them out for meager 73 — in their last league game on Sunday.

The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will be jam packed with supporters for the home side led by Rohit Sharma.

With so much at stake, Steve Smith will leave no stone unturned to write the fairytale of the dark horse called Rising Pune Supergiant.

For a short closure, expect a game for exhibition tonight.

 

07: 15 PM IST | The Opponents!

Contrary to their last IPL edition outing, Rising Pune Supergiant — finished second-last in the points table — has a turnaround of fate and might go on to clinch their maiden IPL trophy this season.

Coach Stephen Fleming will want to continue the winning run despite the team has a ‘big shoe’ of Ben Stokes to fill ahead of their game tonight.

The English all-rounder Stokes — 312 runs and 12 wickets in 12 matches (includes 103*) — has been a show stopper with winning performance for the Pune Supergiant both with the bowl and the bat in this season.

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Despite getting to the playoff stage, Pune is still battling inconsistency that runs parallel to their batting line up.

Starting with the opening slot, Rahul Tripathi (388 runs in 12 matches) and Ajinkya Rahane (282 runs in 14 matches) have looked good but failed to convert the start into a big score so far.

The good news comes with the skipper Steven Smith batting at number three slot. The Australian cricketer — 420 runs in 13 matches — has found his form and makes the backbone of the middle order of Pune Supergiant.

Batting down the order MS Dhoni (240 runs in 14 matches) and Manoj Tiwary (259 runs in 13 matches) will have to keep the vigil for a strong finish for the team.

The bowling attack for Pune will be led by Jaydev Unadkat, Dan Christian and Shardul Thakur.

Unadkat — 21 wickets in 10 matches — in particular, has been very affluent every since he has held the bowl in hand for the Pune Supergiant.

With limited resources, Steve Smith will have to maneuver his troops with precision as the Mumbai batsmen have shown that all they need is a small opening to unleash fury on their opponents.

06: 55 PM IST | The Host!

Without a hint of an eyebrow, it will be purely fair to say that Mumbai Indians has been on a roll this entire IPL season.

The backbone of Mumbai Indians lies in the strength of their middle order that is good enough to make their openers solid performance look a little meek — a good problem to have in a team, while most of the team in this years’ IPL suffered due to middle order collapse.

The balanced Mumbai Indians top-order has Parthiv Patel ( 325 runs in 13 matches) and Lendl Simmons (126 runs in 4 matches) has been very instrumental in proving the good start to the team during the Power Play.

The good news for the team and Mumbai fans is the return of form for their skipper Rohit Sharma. As the season is nearing the climax, Rohit Sharma — 282 runs from 14 matches — has picked the pace and hints of a big inning waiting to be unleashed.

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The astounding figures of this year’s revelation Nitish Rana (333 runs in 13 matches) and Kieron Pollard (362 runs in 14 matches) completes the success story of a team that has come cashed on the stable starts provided by their openers.

The possession of the Pandya brothers (Hardik and Krunal) also makes Mumbai a formidable side for their opponents.

Together the two have scalped 16 wickets and 362 runs, making them the most successful brother pair in the IPL so far.

Besides the batting prowess, Coach Mahela Jayawardene will be very pleased with the way their bowlers.

Disciplined performances by — Jasprit Bumrah (15 wickets), Harbhajan Singh (8 wickets), Lasith Malinga (9 wickets) and Mitchell McClenaghan (18 wickets) — have together transformed the fortunes for the Mumbai Indians.

Mumbai is a very fine balance of experience and talent; together it is a mighty force that will settle at nothing except the coveted IPL 2017 trophy.

06: 45 PM IST | Hello and a very warm welcome to our live IPL blog for the first Qualifier of the 2017 Vivo IPL between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant played at the iconic Wankhede Stadium tonight.

First Published | 16 May 2017 6:39 PM
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