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20 May 2017, 02:51 | Pamela Mathis
The match will commence at the place at the Wankhede, Bumrah yorkers and the captain magic from Rohit can be seen here. The first qualifier of IPL 2017 gives the another chance for the loser to play IPL final. RPS also happened to be the neighbour of the team Mumbai. Atleast, their performances in the last few games have suggested that they are quite capable of going all the way.
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.
It was Pune's third win over Mumbai in as many games this season, providing them with an opportunity to win the coveted trophy in only their second season.
Kings XI Punjab's mentor Virender Sehwag was very disappointed with his team's poor show in a must-win game against Rising Pune Supergiant.
Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2017, Mumbai, May 11. "He's been very good for us throughout the tournament and hopefully he can have another good one for us in the final".
The locals would be hoping that the pre-monsoon showers - which have greeted the city for two days in succession - will take a breather on Sunday evening to help them end the IPL season on a high.
He said his batsmen "disappointed" him and none of them took responsibility once the team started losing wickets. Team's strength majorly depends on Indian players, which is a big plus for them. They were seventh among eight teams past year. Dhoni's strike rate in his first 10 balls in the IPL was 88.52.
Qualifier 1 is the only match in the playoffs that isn't do-or-die.
MI were the first team to qualify for IPL 2017 playoffs. With the ball the English all-rounder picked up 12 wickets from as many games.
Earlier, Pune rode on fine half-centuries from Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane to post 162-4 after being 9-2 at one stage. Two of those have come against Rising Pune Supergiant, MI's opponents in today's Qualifier 1 at the Wankhede Stadium.
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