Pune beat Punjab to seal IPL play-off spot

Doug Mendoza
May 20, 2017

As they are the top 2 teams on the table so even the one who loses will get another chance to play qualifier but nobody wants that as the victor will fix a spot directly in the finals. These two teams have the different fortune in this season.

RPS had seen the back of Tripathi and Smith inside the first two overs and the immediate reaction in the camp would have been of panic, more so with no Ben Stokes in their side. But, since they have managed to perform well in all the matches.

The hosts, who are also two-time league champions, finished on top of the table with 20 points from 14 games. All eyes will be on Pune's Rahane, Smith, and Unadkat - as both of them play well in front of team Mumbai. The team had hardly changed before the last game except for forced changes and everyone in the XI chipped in with crucial contributions when needed.

It was Pune's third win a row against Pune this season as they reached the final of Indian Premier League.This is Pune's second and last season and it would be a great news for their fans if they can end their journey by winning the coveted trophy. Saurabh Tiwary also came good in his first game of the season but he is unlikely to find a place ahead of Nitish Rana.

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In the bowling department, Pune has the huge advantage of having Englishman Stokes, whose lethal yorkers have made him the most valuable player for his franchise. In this match, they would be hoping that Simmons and Pollard could have some swing with that heavy bat.

Pollard (50no) would have been disappointed with his effort as at one point, with the help of Hardik Pandya (30) and Karn Sharma (19), had put them on the verge of victory. In the bowling department, Bhumrah and Malinga would lead the charge. On the brighter side for Mumbai, Jasprit Bumrah has bowled really well at the death.

Mumbai Indians batsmen failed to show up when it mattered on their home ground on Tuesday as Rising Pune Supergiant proved a steady approach can win matches in the fast-paced Twenty20 format.

The batting will be completely dependent on Rahul Tripathi, Smith and Manoj Tiwari in the absence of Stokes. Dhoni and Manoj did well. "It has been helping me personally as well". He is a key member for both the franchise and India teams and will be looking to finding consistently good form for both. "Players who got out had been informing the next batsman that it's a slow wicket and even then if you throw away wickets it means that you're not up for the game", Sehwag said.

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