Mumbai plays the victor of the Wednesday's eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders for a shot in the final against Pune.
Going into Tuesday's clash, Mumbai Indians are expected to be back with their tried and tested combination, except a few changes.
Yuvraj Singh posted an image with his mother on Mother's Day. The game will decide the second entrant of the final. This despite they finishing last after a horrendous season. Imran Tahir, who is now off for national duty, was a key player for the side and though Rising Pune Supergiant have not found an equally effective spinner, they have found their way to victory in the remaining matches.
While Mumbai Indians boast of one of the best bowling units in this edition, Pune Supergiant have some experienced batsmen in their line-up with the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith and Mahendra Singh Dhoni that can send jitters to even the best of the bowling attacks.
Mumbai Indians sit atop the table with 20 points and Sunrisers Hyderabad are at third spot with 17 points. But this fact will not be enough for the first qualifier match that is held today (May 16, 2017) at Wankhede Stadium. Punjab in the entire match managed to hit 5 fours and 2 sixes. Team's strength majorly depends on Indian players, which is a big plus for them. "He didn't take the responsibility as a captain and didn't perform for Kings XI Punjab". With the second-worst balls per boundary ratio (8.48) in overs 7-15, Mumbai Indians recognised their opponents' weakness well by employing the spin choke on a wicket which seemed two-paced.
The ninth over saw a shift in momentum towards Pune, with 15 runs coming of Hiren Pandya's over, including a straight six by Ajinkya Rahane of the first ball.
A sharp and full inswinger from McClenaghan ripped through Tripathi's defense while Smith played a loose shot off Lasith Malinga, a mistimed flick that went really high before the ball settled in the safe hands of Hardik. Parthiv Patel top-scored with 52.
While the Rising Pune Supergiant squad was doing a thank-you lap after playing its last home game, the Kings XI Punjab team director Virender Sehwag was holding nothing back in expressing his disappointment at the overseas batsmen.
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.