Published: Sun, May 21, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Mumbai Indians v Rising Pune Supergiant - Qualifier 1 - IPL 2017

Rising Pune Supergiant has a 3-1 advantage over Mumbai Indians heading into Wednesday's clash. Mumbai seems on the stronger side but Pune has also disappointed Mumbai twice will have to wait for tonight decider as both the team will hunt for a place in final.

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".

It will be interesting to see who fills in for the loss of Stokes, who could play the long handle besides steaming in regularly at 140 km/hr.

Mumbai Indians outplayed the Kolkata Night Riders in their last league match to secure the top spot. Team's strength majorly depends on Indian players, which is a big plus for them.

Young Washington Sundar was the pick of the bowlers for Supergiant as he picked up the crucial wickets of Pollard and Rayudu and Rohit Sharma.Although, Sharma had been unfortunate after he was given out LBW despite the replay showing ball hitting the bat. The proved him right when they were out in numbers cheering for the team's last match of the season.

It's the best time for Pune's foreign buys Lockie Ferguson and Daniel Christian to up the ante as the team tries to find an able replacement of the magical Ben Stokes. The ace all-rounder left an indelible impact at IPL 10 with his all-round performance and the team is having 316 runs and 12 wickets to his credit in 11 games before joining England for a series of the match against South Africa. As for Dhoni, he will be busy preparing for the all-important Qualifier 1 to be played tonight against the Mumbai Indians. Shardul Thakur's performance is actually going to matters at this Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai match of today. The race to the top four spots turned out to be pretty close towards the end with Kings XI Punjab's wins over MI and KKR making the going hard for the the top three teams with Mumbai confirming their qualification well in advance.

Expected playing XI:Mumbai Indians: Parthiv Patel, Lendl Simmons, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma (C), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.

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.

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