With this game being played at the Wankhede, the odds are certainly with the Mumbai Indians, more so because RPS will be without their best player in IPL 2017. Rahul Tripathi scored 28 runs in 20 deliveries, which included four boundaries and a six.
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.
Mumbai have always been a consistent performer at IPL since the innings' was started.
Things only went downhill from that point on as Shardul Thakur ripped through the top order with a three-wicket haul.
Supergiant skipper Steve Smith said other players would have to step up Stokes's absence. Unadkat scored a direct hit at the non-striker's end to catch Eoin Morgan short of his ground in the 5th over. The wicketkeeper-batman was the glue the kept the Kings XI Punjab innings together. They are in great form and it should not surprise anyone if they beat Mumbai Indians comprehensively. The credit goes to Indian bowlers.
Speaking at the post match presentation ceremony, Smith Said, "Yeah, it's been good this year". The kind of consistency he showed, none of the other players could do that, even the Indians couldn't take responsibility.
New Zealand quick Lockie Ferguson then chimed in by dismissing Hardik Pandya before Tharkar added two more scalps, including the crucial wicket of Parthiv Patel (52), to leave Mumbai reeling at 7-103 after 15 overs. I think they were complaining that the wicket was a bit slow but when you play global cricket so much, you should get used to playing on hard or good wickets. Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Martin Guptill and Eoin Morgan were all disappointing.
2 Number of players to aggregate 1000 runs in IPL matches at the Wankhede. They were all sent packing before seven overs had been bowled. After stitching an 80-run stand for the third wicket, Tiwary happily played an able ally to Dhoni, who swiftly changed gears in the last couple of overs to take RPS past 150. He didn't take the responsibility as a captain and didn't perform for Kings XI Punjab.
"I think it's very heartening for me to do well against a big team on a good stage, in front of a packed crowd".
Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS): Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith (Captain), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Daniel Christian, Rajat Bhatia, Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur and Adam Zampa.