Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

IPL 2017: First qualifier match, Mumbai Indians vs Rising Supergiants Pune

IPL 2017: First qualifier match, Mumbai Indians vs Rising Supergiants Pune

The ninth over saw a shift in momentum towards Pune, with 15 runs coming of Hiren Pandya's over, including a straight six by Ajinkya Rahane of the first ball. We've played some really good cricket, coming back from a big win against Kings XI Punjab. Dhoni hit five sixes in his blistering knock of 40 off 26 balls, four of which came in the last two overs.

Mumbai, a two-time champion, has one more chance to make the final, when it plays the victor of Wednesday's eliminator between defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday.

Pune's bowling will depend on Saurashtra pacer Jaydev Unadkat, who bowled a sensible last over and played a vital role in RPS' three-run win against MI on April 24 at the same venue.

Parthiv Patel (52 off 40) was solid at the other end and even used the long handle effectively to smash three sixes on the on side.

"You need to peak at the right time in tournaments like this".

The sixth over bowled by Sundar (3-16) proved to be a game changer as Rohit Sharma (1) was given out LBW despite involvement of an inside edge while Ambati Rayudu (0) was caught at midwicket. "It's not the end of the world, we still have one more shot in Bangalore", he added.

The Mumbai Indians made six changes to their lineup in the last game, knowing a top two place was pretty much secured already, and still beat KKR to clinch the No.1 spot in the IPL 2017 points table.

In the batting department, Pune will bank on their top order comprising Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane and Smith to give them a platform for Manoj Tiwary and former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to flourish later in the order.

"Washington's lengths were magnificent and it was great he did it on a big stage like this".

A couple of boundaries off McClenaghan got him going, the second being a delightful cover drive.

The Indiand could only reach 142/9 in their 20 overs. To make the situation tougher for Mumbai, Rahane was adjudged leg before off Karn Sharma in the following over.

The visitors now needed the big hits badly to post a fighting total.

The 17-year-old wasn't done though and had Kieron Pollard back in the hut in a dismissal that seemed like a replay of the Rayudu wicket.

The spin department is being led by the "Turbunator" Harbhajan Singh and along with Krunal Pandya, he will have to use all his guiles to stop the Pune line-up from amassing a huge score.

Pune stumbled at the start losing two wickets in the first two overs.

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