Preview : Mumbai Indians vs Rising Pune Supergiant , Qualifier 1

RPS is the only team who has beaten Mumbai both the times in this season. This match will determine of the finalist for this edition. With 5 wins from last 6 matches RPS will be very confident to play against Mumbai.

The loser of the game will get 1 more chance to be the finalist but both the teams will try to avoid that extra game and make their place in the Finals.

Who will replace Stokes? Usman Khawaja is one option, but his record against spin may mitigate against his selection. In the IPL, he has only scored 36 off 31 balls against spin, while being dismissed three times. In those 31 balls, moreover, he has only hit one four and two sixes. Khawaja has done a lot better against pace – 91 off 69 balls with one dismissal, while hitting 13 fours and a six.

 

Head-to-head

Overall: The teams have met four times, with Rising Pune winning three matches and losing one.

This season: Rising Pune have done the double against Mumbai this season, winning by seven wickets at home and by three runs at the Wankhede.

 

Scoring Pattern

in 7 games played at Wankhede stadium this season . First inning scores have been (1-2 denotes match won by side batting first or second)

178/2 , 158/2, 176/2, 142/1, 160/1, 162/2, 230/1

The average 1st inning total in Mumbai is 172

 

Watch out For 

Rohit Sharma 

Captain of MI has an exceptionally good history at Wankhede. He is a captain who leads from the front. His team is at the top of the table because of his excellent decision making.

 

Steven Smith 

He is a versatile player. He can play in any conditions. He adapts to the situations quickly. If he stays on the crease for some time, he will deliver excellent performance.

 

 

Probable XI

Mumbai Indians : 1 Parthiv Patel (wk), 2 Lendl Simmons, 3 Rohit Sharma (capt), 4 Nitish Rana/Ambati Rayudu, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Krunal Pandya, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Mitchell McClenaghan, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

 

Rising Pune Supergiant : 1 Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Rahul Tripathi, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Manoj Tiwary, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Lockie Ferguson/Usman Khawaza, 7 Daniel Christian, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Adam Zampa.

 

Stats And Trivia:

*Mumbai rested Nitish Rana for their last game against Kolkata Knight Riders, and the performance of Ambati Rayudu in that match may cause them to rethink bringing Rana back. Since scoring successive half-centuries against Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab, Rana has only made 78 runs in six innings at an average of 13.00.
*Rohit Sharma does not have a great record in IPL playoffs and knockout matches. In 12 innings for Deccan Chargers and Mumbai, he has scored 159 runs at 14.45 and a strike rate of 101.27
*Eight Mumbai batsmen have scored fifties this season, the most for any team.

 

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