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

Posted May 19, 2017

Christian took wicket of Patel.

Kings XI Punjab moved to 14 points after the victory at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday, just one point behind defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, who play their last match against Gujarat Lions in Kanpur. Afterward of this match between MI and RPS also a match is all set to take place between SRH and KKR which is going to be rocking one.

Earlier there was an entertaining blitz from wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose 26-ball unbeaten 40 gave Pune the much-needed push in the final few overs. "Hopefully, the other guys will stand up for us".

Sehwag did not spare the other three overseas batsmen that Kings XI Punjab fielded for what was a must-win match for them to qualify for the play-offs. The team that plays well on that day will go on to win the match.

Looking at the history, Rising Supergiants Pune is the only team that has defeated Mumbai Indians both the time in this IPL. In short, a nail-biting thriller match will be the witness at IPL qualifier 1 in MI V/S Pune match. However, his urgency got the better of him in the final over of the powerplay as he was cleaned up by Axar Patel, but with Pune at 43/1, there was no way back for Punjab. MI consistency in the performance is indicated by the fact they finished at the top of the points table after the league stages.

The Vivo Indian Premier League 2017 is on the verge of ending.

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. Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane struck patient fifties, setting a platform for MS Dhoni to use his wiles at the end to help Rising Pune finish with momentum.

The death blow, or at least at that stage, came through in the form of Kieron Pollard's wicket when he callously flicked it straight to Smith, getting out for just seven as Mumbai slipped to 51 for 4.

That wicket kick-started an inspired spell from Indian off-spinner Washington Sandur who dismissed Sharma (1), Ambati Rayudu (0) and the risky Kieron Pollard for seven and reduce the hosts to 4-51. The side will look slightly uncomfortable with the absence of star England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has left for global dutyHowever, RPS do have hard-hitting batsmen such as MS Dhoni (240 runs this season) and skipper Steve Smith himself.