IPL 2017 | Pune seal their playoff date against Mumbai Indians in style

IPL 2017 | Pune seal their playoff date against Mumbai Indians in style

IPL 2017 | Pune seal their playoff date against Mumbai Indians in style

The four teams that have manage to go through the battle and find a place in play-off's are Mumbai Indians, Pune Supergiant, Hyderabad and KKR. Earlier Rahane steadied the Pune innings after the loss of two early wickets, and scored a crucial 56 of 43 balls.

Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary made half-centuries and Dhoni produced some late fireworks, hitting five sixes, before Sundar claimed outstanding figures of 3-16 as Mumbai were only able to muster 142-9 at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.

In Mumbai Indians' last league game at this venue, Kings XI Punjab defended their score of 230 by just seven runs. The race to the top four spots turned out to be pretty close towards the end with Kings XI Punjab's wins over MI and KKR making the going hard for the the top three teams with Mumbai confirming their qualification well in advance. Sundar was awarded the player of the match for his match-winning spell. Pune were off to a horrendous start losing the in-form opener Rahul Tripathi for a duck and Steve Smith who could score just a single. The side will look slightly uncomfortable with the absence of star England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has left for worldwide dutyHowever, RPS do have hard-hitting batsmen such as MS Dhoni (240 runs this season) and skipper Steve Smith himself.

Mumbai Indians were in control till the 18th over but then all hell broke lose.

Mumbai Indians were cruising in their chase of 163 with Parthiv Patel taking the hosts to a flier.

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Pune, who have come back very strongly in the tourney, will need to get their combinations right.

Sehwag stated that the season was better than the previous two outings for the Kings XI Punjab but stressed that the incosistency did the team in. "It's a really exciting time for us".

Mumbai Indians take a lot of leverage from their batting which has been firing on all cylinders in this season of IPL, with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Parthiv Patel, Lendl Simmons and Nitish Rana among their ranks, who can take apart any bowling attack on any given day. The last two overs went for 41 runs. Pune's batting has clicked in patches and the team will be anxious by the inconsistent form of captain Steven Smith, veteran MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane.

Mumbai brought back their premier pace bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan but surprisingly left out veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

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