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Mumbai Indians vs Rising Pune Supergiant: The road to IPL 2017 Qualifier 1

Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant will face off in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2017 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday, having finished in the top two places of the league standings

ipl 2017 Updated: May 16, 2017 12:08 IST
Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant occupied the top two spots in the league phase of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL).
Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant occupied the top two spots in the league phase of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL).(AFP)

Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant have both enjoyed solid runs in their respective IPL 2017 campaigns, with both sides finishing in the top two of the league standings. Here is a look at how they got through to the Qualifier 1 of the tournament. (IPL 2017 FULL COVERAGE)

Rising Pune Supergiant

Run-up to Qualifier 1

Apr 6: Beat MI by 7 wickets

Apr 8: Lost to KXIP by 6 wickets

Apr 11: Lost to Delhi Daredevils by 97 runs

Apr 14: Lost to Gujarat Lions by 7 wickets

Apr 16: Beat RCB by 27 runs

Apr 22: Beat SRH by 6 wickets

Apr 24: Beat MI by 3 runs

Apr 26: Lost to KKR by 7 wickets

Apr 29: Beat RCB by 61 runs

May 1: Beat GL by 5 wickets

May 3: Beat KKR by 4 wickets

May 6: Beat SRH by 12 runs

May 12: Lost to DD by 7 runs

May 14: Beat KXIP by 9 wickets

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Key matches:

The 13-day period where Rising Pune Supergiant played six matches and won five, four of them at home, was crucial for the Steve Smith-led team. RPS will also be enthused by their campaign so far, where they managed to defended even modest totals like 148 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and also chased down scores like 184 against Mumbai Indians.

Big performances:

Ben Stokes justified his price tag with a scintillating unbeaten 103 to chase down the 162-run target set by Gujarat Lions during their clash at the MCA Stadium in Pune. At 10 for three, Rising Pune Supergiant were staring at their heaviest defeat of the season when Stokes took charge. The English all-rounder built crucial partnerships with MS Dhoni and Dan Christian. He also overcame cramps to see his team through and also score his maiden IPL ton.

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Mumbai Indians

Run-up to Qualifier 1

Apr 6: Lost to RPS by 7 wickets

Apr 9: Beat KKR by 4 wickets

Apr 12: Beat SRH by 4 wickets

Apr 14: Beat RCB by 4 wickets

Apr 16: Beat GL by 6 wickets

Apr 20: Beat KXIP by 8 wickets

Apr 22 Beat DD by 14 runs

Apr 24Lost to RPS by 3 runs

Apr 29: Beat GL in Super over

May 1: Beat RCB by 5 wickets

May 6: Beat DD by 146 runs

May 8: Lost to SRH by 7 wickets

May 11: Lost to KXIP by 7 runs

May 13: Beat KKR by 9 runs

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Key matches:

Mumbai Indians gained confidence and momentum from the way they started the tournament. MI were not known to be good starters, but that changed this time with coach Mahela Jayawardene and skipper Rohit Sharma stressing on the importance of beginning well. It was important for MI to win as many matches as possible in the beginning when they had to play eight matches in 18 days. Barring two, they won all and that gave them confidence. They have made no total look safe so far as they almost chased down Kings XI Punjab’s 230/3 a few days back at the Wankhede.

Big performances:

There isn’t a dearth of performers in Mumbai Indians. Kieron Pollard (362 runs) leads the batting charts, while other MI batsmen not far behind. The bowling department too is loaded with Mitchell McClenaghan topping with 18 wickets in 13 games, followed by Jasprit Bumrah (15) and Krunal Pandya (10). Even when the key players were rested, the bench strength gave a good display in the match against KKR where Ambati Rayudu and Saurabh Tiwary notched half-centuries. Mumbai Indians look a well-oiled unit and are ready to accelerate further.