Dhoni has had his critics during the tournament, but the former India captain will play in a record seventh IPL final after bludgeoning a brutal unbeaten 40 off only 26 balls to get Pune up to 162-4. Then, Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary provided the team a much-needed partnership as they both scored half-centuries to get RPS inning back on track.
From both sides, they lost each good players in this match. "It started well for us and we had the momentum after the wins against RCB Mumbai Indians".
Manoj Tiwary, who showed his temperament when the situation demanded, played a sensible inning of 58 off just 48 balls before he got run-out on the last ball of the inning.
Mumbai would be the clear favorites in this match especially because of the way they have performed in this season.
Rising Pune Supergiants are the dark horse to win this year's IPL. His absence would bite RPS in today's crucial game as players like Stokes are hard to replace.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and invited Steven Smith-led RPS side to bat first.
It is hard for the RPS to bring any new player at this end of series for finals.
Jaidev Unadkat, who was adjudged Man of the Match for his superb bowling performance, said: "It has been brilliant". Guptill and Morgan, they were the senior-most, experienced players. So, the option of Usman Khawaja is risky for the team tonight at Wankhede Stadium.
However, they will be without two of their key performers as they head to the playoffs; all-rounder Ben Stokes and Imran Tahir have parted ways with the team to join up with their respective national teams.
3/16 Washington Sundar's figures - his best in a Twenty20 match.
In Mumbai Indians' last league game at this venue, Kings XI Punjab defended their score of 230 by just seven runs. However, the MI made six chances in the last game batting lineup.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Lendl Simmons, Mitchel Johnsohn, Mitchell McClenghan, Nitish Rana, Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Saurabh Tiwary, Shreyas Gopal, Tim Southee, Lasith Malinga, Krunal Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Asela Gunaratne, Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, Jagdish Suchith, Jaspreet Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Karn Sharma and R Vinay Kumar.
Though there is not a single MI batsman among this edition's top-10 run getters, the batting looks to be in good nick as compared to its bowling. Let watch the game for lots of surprises tonight at Wankhede.