Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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Sunder, who has just played five first-class games for his south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, struck twice in his opening over including the prized scalp of opposition skipper Rohit Sharma (1).

41 days of IPL with lots of ups and down has finally reached to a deciding spots where knock out matches will begin tonight as Mumbai will take on Pune at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

RPS don't really have a foreign recruit who could fill in the big boots of the Englishman and skipper Steve Smith admitted that someone will have to put his hand up in the remaining matches.

A major reason for worry for the Mumbai Indians has been their bowling.

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It is hard for the RPS to bring any new player at this end of series for finals.

There will be extra responsibility on the Indian bowlers who have fared well for RPS this season, especially Jaydev Unadkat, who has been their most reliable bowler. Some of the predictors recommended the name of Australian batsman, Usman Khawaja. Khawaja had not any experience in this IPL 2017 play.

"I was asked to play hard in the first six overs and there was good partnership with (Martin) Guptilll and we continued the momentum, it feels good after performing well", he said.

Supergiant scored 162-4 then offspinner Washington Sundar triple strike undermined Mumbai's top order and restricted it to 142-9 on a slow Wankhede Stadium pitch. RPS will be without two of their key performers as they head to the playoffs; the all-rounder Ben Stokes and Imran Tahir have parted ways with the team to join up with their respective national teams. So, the RPS need to focus on a better player who did well in previous matches in this IPL like Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur and more others.

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For Pune, a defeat will be unsafe if Sunrisers win their game against Gujarat Lions on Saturday and clinch their play-off place with 17 points.

A big advantage for Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 1 match as they won the toss and elected to bowl against Rising Pune Supergiant.

Bowling Mitchell McClenaghan 4-0-46-1 Lasith Malinga 3-0-14-1 Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-33-0 Karn Sharma 4-0-30-1 Krunal Pandya 4-0-22-0 Hardik Pandya 1-0-15-0.

Simmons and Pollard will look to make a comeback in the qualifier after not delivering with the willow in the last match. So, let's wait and watch till the game begins!

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