IPL 2017: Pune Supergiant thrashes Punjab by 9 wickets, books play-off berth

Our worst performance of the season says Rohit Sharma

While Pune progress to the final, Mumbai get another shot at it when they take on the winners of Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad in qualifier 2 in Bengaluru on Friday.

In a game that swung from one side to the other, Kings XI Punjab came up trumps to record a thrilling seven run win over Mumbai Indians on May 11 (Thursday) and keep their hopes of qualifying for the 2017 IPL playoffs alive.

Supergiant finished second to Mumbai in the round-robin but beat Mumbai in both of their league matches. Dhoni hit five sixes. "The way they bowled with the little match experience they have, I think they have contributed majorly to get the team to this position in the league", said Rahane.

Mumbai would get back to their regular openers Parthiv and Simmons, and the duo would want to give them another flaying start.

Martin Guptill (0) uppishly drove to Manoj Tiwary at short cover off the very first delivery from Unadkat. On Sunday, he minced no words as he came down on his team's batsmen, the foreigners in general and skipper Glenn Maxwell in particular, as Kings XI Punjab suffered a nine-wicket defeat against Rising Pune Supergiant in Pune. 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. He's in good touch and could pose a problem to the Mumbai bowlers, who can't afford to stray in length. Marsh who was looking good after hitting a couple of boundaries tried to go for a big hit but could go only as far as Steve Smith at midoff. "It was a slow wicket and it was hard to time the ball but MS and Manoj did a terrific job to get a few over the fence and get us to that total", Smith said. Apart from them, Nitish Rana, skipper Rohit Sharma, the Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard are capable of destroying any bowling line up and put fear in the minds of the opposition.

10 Number of wickets Mitchell McClenaghan has taken in the Powerplay overs in IPL2017- most by any bowler. Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary played vital knocks and in the end, Dhoni was at his destructive best, smashing 40 off 26 balls propelling Pune to 162.

The experienced Lasith Malinga despite his inconsistency, wicket-taker Mitchell McClenaghan and the dependable Jasprit Bumrah are likely to be back after a one game rest along with off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

After the high of scoring 230 against Mumbai Indians in the last game, their campaign hit the worst note as it became a virtual no-show.

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