After the hard-fought league stages, only 4 teams remain. At the end of today's qualifier, one finalist will be decided. It is the Maharashtra derby⚔, as table-toppers Mumbai Indians🔵 are up against 💪Rising Pune Supergiant.
RPS proved to be MI's nemesis in the league stages and completed the double😎 over Rohit Sharma's side. However, among the 4⃣ teams in the playoffs, RPS are the rookies, making it to the final stages for the 1st time. MI have done it more often than not(7th time).
Pune are without a couple of their important🌟 players - Ben Stokes & Imran Tahir. Tahir has been replaced by the talented Zampa💫 but it remains to be seen if the Stokes-shaped hole can be papered over by the rest of the team. Tripathi, Tiwary have been in sparkling✨ form and need support from the likes of MSD, Rahane & Smith. Jaidev Unadkat⚡ has been a revelation with the ball for the Giant.
MI are the most settled side👌 in the tournament. Rana's stock has waned over the course of the tournament and he has been replaced🔁 by the experienced Ambatti Rayudu. They bat deep(8 different players have scored 50s) & their bowling, led by Bumrah⚡, has the knack for picking up wickets.
MI won the toss & elected to bowl
MI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma(c), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
RPS: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Manoj Tiwary, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Lockie Ferguson, Adam Zampa.