Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

IPL 2017 | Pune seal their playoff date against Mumbai Indians in style

Rising Pune Supergiant claimed the final IPL play-off spot after thrashing Kings XI Punjab in the winner-takes-all clash. These two teams have the different fortune in this season. "Rahane batted beautifully at the start to give us a chance to have a launch pad at the end", Smith said in the post-match presentation.

The hosts, who are also two-time league champions, finished on top of the table with 20 points from 14 games. Mumbai has been the successful throughout the tournament but Pune is the only team which has managed to beat Mumbai and IPL 10 twice.

Mumbai Indians celebrate a win at IPL 2017.

Besides the support in stands, Smith's men will realise that the reliable all-rounder Ben Stokes and surprise package of the season Rahul Tripathi will need to be provided with valuable support in both the departments for making the cut. In this match, they would be hoping that Simmons and Pollard could have some swing with that heavy bat.

The 17-year-old wasn't done though and had Kieron Pollard back in the hut in a dismissal that seemed like a replay of the Rayudu wicket.

The spin department is being led by the "Turbunator" Harbhajan Singh and along with Krunal Pandya, he will have to use all his guiles to stop the Pune line-up from amassing a huge score.

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They will have to bowl well as Pune side have some quality batsman that could really hit the ball long.

The First qualifier match is set to play on Mumbai Indian's home, Wankhede Stadium. We are talking about Mumbai Indians vs Rising Supergiants Pune.

While batting along side Rahane at the crease, Tiwary had struck only two fours and one six. Both Manoj Tiwary and Dhoni were struggling with the wicket holding up and the Mumbai bowlers bowling a disciplined line. "Mahi bhai has helped me a lot too", said Sundar. "Hopefully we can be the better team on the final".

"It was a big day and big players stepped up". He and Lendl Simmons had taken Mumbai to 35 for no loss when a laid-back Simmons failed to get back into his crease at the non-striker's end in time and was run-out by bowler Shardul Thakur's touch on the ball. This is the advantage that the teams get when they finish in the top 2 position in the league.

Faf Du Plessis, who would have been a good option at this point, has also left to join up with the South Africa squad along with Imran Tahir, who like Stokes, has been vital to the RPS cause in IPL 2017.

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