Dhoni, Tiwary onslaught hands Pune final berth

Kings XI slump to record low as Supergiant seal play-off berth

IPL: Rising Pune Supergiant thrash Kings XI to claim final play-off place

Due to poor display of batting, Mumbai Indians (MI) lost the qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season 10 by 20 runs against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 16.

Mumbai Indians sit atop the table with 20 points and Sunrisers Hyderabad are at third spot with 17 points. Both the side would want to win this one and book their place in the final. Stokes, the costliest player of this IPL edition, has flown back for national duty after scoring 316 runs from 12 games. In previous game Mumbai made 6 changes from their regular squad but still won the match to beat KKR this proves how confident Mumbai players are and when it comes to Pune it will be tough to replace Ben Stokes and Imran Tahir as it is a big responsibility. What followed was Kings XI Punjab's worst batting performance of the season. Apart from them, Nitish Rana, skipper Rohit Sharma, the Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard are capable of destroying any bowling line up and put fear in the minds of the opposition.

He defended team management decision to bench Harbhajan Singh and field leg-spinner Karn Sharma and left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya - both of whom had a decent outing. In the first over of the innings, Mitchell McClenaghan (1-46) castled Rahul Tripathi (0) while in the second over Lasith Malinga (1-14) had Steven Smith (1) caught at backward point. But, the dew factor also plays its role. On Sunday, he minced no words as he came down on his team's batsmen, the foreigners in general and skipper Glenn Maxwell in particular, as Kings XI Punjab suffered a nine-wicket defeat against Rising Pune Supergiant in Pune.

Thakur was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Unadkat, Christian and Zampa chipped in with two wickets apiece.

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Axar Patel top-scored with 22 and added 19 runs in the company of Saha for the sixth wicket; their partnership lasted 3.3 overs, the longest partnership of the innings.

"Shot selection is very important. you need to understand the situation and the conditions and respect them". Mumbai started the season with a loss against this very side.

Mumbai Indians bowlers had kept things tight in the first 18 overs till Tiwary and Dhoni smashed Mitchell McClenaghan (1/46) and Jasprit Bumrah (0/33) to give their total some respectability and spoil the bowlers' figures.

Steve Smith applauded MS Dhoni's 40 not out off 26 balls after Rising Pune Supergiant reached their maiden Indian Premier League final beating Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.

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