Mumbai Indians to take on Pune Supergiant in Qualifier 1

Mumbai Indians batsmen failed to show up when it mattered on their home ground on Tuesday as Rising Pune Supergiant proved a steady approach can win matches in the fast-paced Twenty20 format. However, the loser in this match gets another chance, in the Qualifier 2 at Bangalore on May 19. 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.

Sundar sent back opposition skipper Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard in a space of 12 balls to leave Mumbai gasping at 51 for four in eight overs.

On the other hand, Pune will desperately miss the services of their costliest buy this season, England's Ben Stokes, who will join his national side ahead of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy, next month.

Stokes flew back to the United Kingdom after the final league game of the Indian Premier League season, in order to prepare for an ODI series against South Africa and then the ICC Champions Trophy. Because the RPS surge up in the top four place in the IPL 2017 points table with his batting and bowling ability.

RPS rocked the visitors first ball of the match when Martin Guptill drove to the man at short cover. Though, the RPS had an option to bring the Lockie Ferguson for the last matches of this IPL 2017. Sundar was awarded the player of the match for his match-winning spell. 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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The only question mark revolves around Rana, who has struggled in the second half of IPL 2017.

Supergiant offspinner Washington Sundar's triple strike undermined Mumbai's top order as they chased the impressive target on on a slow Wankhede Stadium pitch.

Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) have 3-1 win-loss record against Mumbai Indians (MI).

Buttler was an important cog in the MI wheel, but Stokes is a much more important player for RPS.

Mumbai Indians bowlers had kept things tight in the first 18 overs till Tiwary and Dhoni smashed Mitchell McClenaghan (1/46) and Jasprit Bumrah (0/33) to give their total some respectability and spoil the bowlers' figures. With RPS largely dependent on their batting, Bumrah will be a key player to strengthen MI's case. Let watch the game for lots of surprises tonight at Wankhede.

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