IPL 2017 Qualifier 1 Photos: Pune enter maiden final

Mumbai, May 17: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) registered a third consecutive win over Mumbai Indians (MI) last night (May 16) in the qualifier game in Mumbai.

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The Steve Smith-led team defeated Rohit Sharma's MI by 20 runs to become the first team in IPL 2017 to qualify for the final.

Batting first, RPS scored 162 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their 20 overs. After losing two quick wickets for just 9 runs, the duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary gave them some stability.

Later MS Dhoni scored a quickfire 40 off 26 balls to guide Pune to a formidable total on a slow Mumbai pitch. Mumbai scored 41 runs from the last 2 overs.

In reply, Mumbai lost wickets in regular intervals and managed to score just 142 runs in 20 overs gifting RPS a comfortable win.

Mumbai will now face the winner of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Vs Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) match on Friday (May 19) in the second eliminator.

Here are some photos from the Pune and Kolkata match:

RPS players celebrate a MI wicket

RPS players celebrate a MI wicket

Rising Pune Supergiant players celebrate a wicket of Mumbai Indians.

A pitch invader being stopped by the security

A pitch invader being stopped by the security

A pitch invader came to meet former India and RPS captain MS Dhoni. The security officials were swift enough to stop him.

An ecstatic Steve Smith

An ecstatic Steve Smith

Rising Pune Supergiant captain Steve Smith celebrates in sheer joy after their win over Mumbai Indians.

Manoj Tiwary (right) and MS Dhoni

Manoj Tiwary (right) and MS Dhoni

The partnership of Manoj Tiwary and MS Dhoni took Rising Pune Supergiant's score 162 runs.

Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane celebrating his half-century against Mumbai Indians.

Note: All images taken from IPL official website

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Story first published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 9:58 [IST]
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