It was a must-win game for both sides and one highly anticipated, but only one team showed up. But, since they have managed to perform well in all the matches. Three times we have beaten them this year. But, credit should go to the captains and the players for the way they have turned the tables in their favor. Their key bowlers leaked over 200 runs in the last home game. What followed was Kings XI Punjab's worst batting performance of the season.
Stokes has proved his worth this season, both with the bat and ball whenever the situation demanded. Though it was a Mumbai crowd but they just started chanting "Dhoni-Dhoni" loud and clear.
Parthiv Patel also came back into the team in place of team in place of Saurabh Tiwary, while Ambati Rayudu retained his place with Nitish Rana being dropped.
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. Ahead of the IPL Qualifier 1 clash against the Mumbai Indians, Steve Smith and his men have the edge over their opposition.
Where Mumbai Indians drove the nail deep?
After the dismissal of Ajinkya Rahane (56), MS Dhoni came into bat at number five in the absence of Ben Stokes.
Martin Guptill (0) uppishly drove to Manoj Tiwary at short cover off the very first delivery from Unadkat.
Faf Du Plessis, who would have been a good option at this point, has also left to join up with the South Africa squad along with Imran Tahir, who like Stokes, has been vital to the RPS cause in IPL 2017. "It has been helping me personally as well".
Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma threw the ball to his death-over specialist Jasprit Bumrah for the final over, but with Dhoni at his attacking best, young Bumrah was clobbered twice out of the park as the final two overs yielded 41 runs for Pune.
On a wicket that was on the slower side, Mumbai were expected to chase down Pune's 162 easily but first they lost Lendl Simmons, who was run out, and then Rohit Sharma was wrongly adjudged LBW as replayed suggested their was an inside edge.
"It is good to be playing (Qualifer 1) at our home venue even though it is not going to be a home game for us". This is the advantage that the teams get when they finish in the top 2 position in the league.
The wicket of Wankhede usually favoured the batsmen.