Lockie Ferguson helps Rising Pune Supergiant to their first IPL final

Lynette Rowe
May 20, 2017

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said their batting performance against Rising Pune Supergiant in Qualifier 1 was their worst of this Indian Premier League.

When the two teams square off on Sunday, the equation is pretty simple for Glenn Maxwell's team. But, since they have managed to perform well in all the matches.

For Pune, a defeat will be risky if Sunrisers win their game against Gujarat Lions on Saturday and clinch their play-off place with 17 points. But, credit should go to the captains and the players for the way they have turned the tables in their favor. It gives the victor a straight passage into the IPL 2017 final and the loser another crack at making the finale. This was only the second time that they lost three games to the same opponent in the same season.

Stokes has proved his worth this season, both with the bat and ball whenever the situation demanded. In this match, they would be hoping that Simmons and Pollard could have some swing with that heavy bat.

The spin department is being led by the "Turbunator" Harbhajan Singh and along with Krunal Pandya, he will have to use all his guiles to stop the Pune line-up from amassing a huge score. On the brighter side for Mumbai, Jasprit Bumrah has bowled really well at the death.

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The lanky off-spinner also got the risky Kieron Pollard (7), forcing the burly West Indian to flick a flattish delivery to Pune skipper Steve Smith at short mid-wicket.

Where Mumbai Indians drove the nail deep? In the batting department Smith, Rahane are in great form. Both Manoj Tiwary and Dhoni were struggling with the wicket holding up and the Mumbai bowlers bowling a disciplined line. Saha played one (good) innings, Manan Vohra played one innings but apart from that none of the others played responsibly. "Mahi bhai has helped me a lot too", said Sundar. The way we fought back against KKR and Mumbai, we had a good chance to play against Pune. That is a big disappointment, especially since he's experienced, having played for Australia's Test and ODI teams.

This time is will be hard to repeat the same against Mumbai as 2 of the key player in the Pune squad will be missing as Ben Stokes and Imran Tahir have flown back home. This is the advantage that the teams get when they finish in the top 2 position in the league. This was the third straight loss of MI against RPS this season in IPL 2017.

The wicket of Wankhede usually favoured the batsmen.

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