20 May, 2017
The team losing tomorrow will get another opportunity to reach gala finale and victor will be competing with each after there will be an elimination from the SRH and KKR. Mumbai need 163 to win the game.
The First qualifier match is set to play on Mumbai Indian's home, Wankhede Stadium. In the last match, they bowled KXIP for less than 80 runs. Shardul Thakur chipped in with the all important wicket of Parthiv, and with two more wickets towards the end, he combined with Sundar's efforts to floor MI. The par score is in the 170s and chasing has been an advantage with dew making it hard for bowlers to grip the ball.
Dhoni walked in to join Tiwary and did not take long to hit his first six, depositing a half-volley off Karn Sharma over deep midwicket. McClenghan and Malinga. He went with the former, and may rue his choice. This despite they finishing last after a horrendous season. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals with Shardul Thakur doing the maximum damage bagging three wickets, Shaun Marsh, Rahul Tewatia and Glenn Maxwell, giving away 19 runs in his four overs quota. McClenghan brought one back to find the gap between Tripathi's bat and pad and crash into the middle stump. Pune were off to a horrendous start losing the in-form opener Rahul Tripathi for a duck and Steve Smith who could score just a single.
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. Mumbai's bowlers found the right length to MS Dhoni and Tiwary. But everything changed in the last two. Jaydev Unadkat will be one bowler to watch out for, as he is in the run for the purple cap with effective spells so far. It's not the typical full-of-runs Wakhede pitch.
Mumbai Indians (20 points), Rising Pune Supergiant (18 points), Sunrisers Hyderabad (17 points) and Kolkata Knight Riders (16 points) have emerged as the top four teams. The probable 11 for Mumbai Indians will be Parthiv Patel (wk), Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma (c), Ambati Rayudu, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.
The team management will now have to decide on whether to revert back to Nitish Rana, who was exceptional in the early stage of the tournament or stick to the experience Rayudu today.
The side however will badly miss Englishman Ben Stokes, the costliest pick of the season, as he returns to national duty.