IPL 2017: Match Preview: Qualifier 1 - MI V/s RPS

Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant battle for a direct entry to the final of 2017 Indian Premier League as they meet in Qualifier 1 at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.

Earlier, reports in the media quoted Fleming as saying, "We lost seven games by a close margin under MS Dhoni's captaincy in IPL 2016".

In reply, Mumbai Indians got off to a blazing start before the collapse.

While Jos Buttler, like Stokes, also had to fly back, MI, knowing that the right-hander would not be a part of the playoffs, gave Lendl Simmons an opportunity to get into his groove.

Though there is not a single MI batsman among this edition's top-10 run getters, the batting looks to be in good nick as compared to its bowling. In their last match, RPS bundled out Maxwell with 73 marks and they received nine wickets in hand.

What is likely is that RPS will back their specialists - with bat and ball - to make up for the loss of Stokes. In short, a nail-biting thriller match will be the witness at IPL qualifier 1 in MI V/S Pune match.

MI were the first team to qualify for IPL 2017 playoffs.

The most valuable player of the Rising Pune Supergiant, Ben Stokes claimed that a huge chunk of credit for the success of RPS this season goes to stalwarts like MS Dhoni and Steve Smith working in tandem.

If Khawaja plays, then RPS will go with the same bowling unit that has done so well in recent times, but if Ferguson is brought in, it could mean either Washington Sundar or Shardul Thakur, who took three wickets in the win over KXIP, sitting out.

Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune have finished in the top two positions which means they will play the first qualifier. He is a key member for both the franchise and India teams and will be looking to finding consistently good form for both. The proved him right when they were out in numbers cheering for the team's last match of the season. Khawaja had not any experience in this IPL 2017 play. Meanwhile, Rayudu made a sound comeback in the game against Kolkata with a match-winning half-century.

The one area of concern for the hosts could be the freak injury to Hardik Pandya during practice on the eve of the match yesterday.

Parthiv Patel (wk), Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma (captain), Ambati Rayudu, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Karn Sharma, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.

  • Julie Sanders