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IPL 2017 playoffs Qualifier 1

IPL 2017 playoffs Qualifier 1

The Mumbai Indians made six changes to their lineup in the last game, knowing a top two place was pretty much secured already, and still beat KKR to clinch the No.1 spot in the IPL 2017 points table.

Two time Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians are all set to clash with Pune Supergiant in the first qualifier at Wankhede stadium on Wednesday. Imran Tahir, who is now off for national duty, was a key player for the side and though Rising Pune Supergiant have not found an equally effective spinner, they have found their way to victory in the remaining matches.

The Rising Pune Supergiant completed a relatively straightforward 20 run win over the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.

One could argue that Rising Pune Supergiant have the most number of match winning players among all the teams in IPL. KXIP did not even get one opportunity to bounce back in the game.

In both the match Rohit Sharma's team was beaten in all forms of the game by Pune. "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.

Simmons and Pollard will look to make a comeback in the qualifier after not delivering with the willow in the last match. He's in good touch and could pose a problem to the Mumbai bowlers, who can't afford to stray in length. "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. 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. "It started well for us and we had the momentum after the wins against RCB Mumbai Indians".

The RPS innings appeared to drift along rather aimlessly after the loss of two early wickets with Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary rebuilding.

Expected playing XI:Mumbai Indians: Parthiv Patel, Lendl Simmons, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma (C), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga. "You need to understand the situation and respect them".

Powered by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Manoj Tiwary, Pune scored 41 off their last two overs to finish at 162/4. We have done all that we have planned in the team meeting.

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