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IPL2017: Kings XI Punjab defeats Mumbai Indians by 7 runs

On the other hand, Pune Supergiant will miss the services of their best player and costliest buy of the season, all-rounder Ben Stokes, who returned to national duty.

Given the fact that the Orange Cap holder David Warner - 604 runs in 14 matches - and Purple Cap holder Bhuvneshwar Kumar - 25 wickets in 14 matches - is just the tip of the iceberg of the herculean Sunrisers Hyderabad unit.

He is the only players who have played the play-off games on eight occasions and also the only player to be a part of maximum IPL finals.

"He didn't take the responsibility as a captain and didn't perform". England will be preparing for the upcoming Champions Trophy in Spain.

"What are they going to Spain for?" said Pietersen. Axar Patel was outstanding with bat, ball, and (in) the field. He should be playing in the IPL.

"I was asked to play hard in the first six overs and there was good partnership with (Martin) Guptilll and we continued the momentum, it feels good after performing well", he said. The Englishman, who was the costliest buy this season, helped Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) win several matches with his tremendous all-round skills. "Washington's lengths were magnificent and it was great he did it on a big stage like this". "But hopefully, the other guys can step up". Rahane, in particular, seems to be enjoying himself thoroughly on his home ground, and while the Wankhede crowd are backing the Mumbai Indians, they can do little but applaud the Mumbaikar, as he plays one attractive stroke after another.

Earlier, Rahane had became the 11th player to score 3,000 runs in IPL.

"You really need to peak at the right time in tournaments like this".

The dilemma for Mumbai will be whether to play Nitish Rana or back their proven performer Ambati Rayudu, who has loads of experience and has been one of the mainstay of the batting line-up.

"I'm a bit old-school, a bit of a traditionalist with that sort of stuff".

Despite having won highest 10 matches out of 14 in all, Mumbai seem to be under anxiety ahead of the first qualifier match against Rising Pune Siupergiant at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday. The victor of this match goes straight into the final, the loser will have another shot at getting there.

In a potential knock-out clash, Pune today defeated Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets to finish second in the points table behind Mumbai Indians, which means they will get two shots for a place in the summit clash.

Australia vice-captain David Warner leads third-placed finishers Hyderabad while veteran Indian opener Gautam Gambhir leads fourth-placed Kolkata as the 10th season of IPL cricket heads for Sunday's finish line.

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