Rising Pune Supergiant vs Kings XI Punjab Live Streaming
- Author: Julie Sanders May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 5:30
It is the all important Qualifier 1 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 and table-toppers of group stage, Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on the No. 2 Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in search of a ticket straight in to the final.
Despite having won highest 10 matches out of 14 in all, Mumbai seem to be under anxiety ahead of the first qualifier match against Rising Pune Siupergiant at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Half centuries from Ajinkya Rahane 56 (43b, 5x4, 1x6) and Manoj Tiwary 58 (48b, 4x4, 2x6) steadied the visitors after a shaky start and Dhoni 40 (26b, 5x6) finished it with a flourish. In this match, they would be hoping that Simmons and Pollard could have some swing with that heavy bat.
Mumbai, a two-time champion, has one more chance to make the final, when it plays the victor of Wednesday's (Thursday NZT) eliminator between defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday. This was only the second time that they lost three games to the same opponent in the same season. Martin Guptill (0) was dismissed by Jaydev Unadkat on the very first ball of the innings caught at short cover by Manoj Tiwary.
At the forefront of another sublime bowling performance was Washington Sundar, tidy and accurate with his offspin, who yielded returns of 3 for 16.
"We knew the wicket is going to play slow, but we have played enough games here to understand the conditions, " Rohit said. He stayed at the wicket till the last ball, hitting 11 boundaries and three sixes.
For the entire season, Mumbai's batting has clicked. Smith would not want to let this opportunity go. We've played some really good cricket, coming back from a big win against Kings XI Punjab. "Hopefully we can be the better team on the final". "We didn't let them hit a lot, bowled back of a length and tried to take the pace off the ball and that's worked for us right throughout the tournament and tonight", Smith said. A target of 163 wasn't daunting, especially with Pune without star players Ben Stokes and Imran Tahir.
In reply Mumbai found themselves in deep trouble early and only a well-played 52 from Parthiv Patel added an air of respectability to their chase. Apart from this, in the balling frontline, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajan Singh, and Lasith Malinga will have a positive impact on the team.