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WATCH: Comical Gary Ballance tumble manages to share limelight with MS Dhoni special on hectic IPL day

WATCH: Comical Gary Ballance tumble manages to share limelight with MS Dhoni special on hectic IPL day

Dhoni, a demi-god in his own rights, played a 26-ball 40-run knock to help Rising Pune Supergiant post a fighting total of 162 runs at Mumbai's historic Wankhede Stadium, where he famously sealed the 2011 ICC World Cup final against Sri Lanka with a six. But that tumble Ballance took made sure that cricket fans in another hemisphere get their fair share of entertainment.

IPL 2017, MI vs KXIP: When the going gets tough, Glenn Maxwell-led Kings XI Punjab get going

IPL 2017, MI vs KXIP: When the going gets tough, Glenn Maxwell-led Kings XI Punjab get going

Had Punjab lost to Mumbai last night, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) would have automatically qualified for the play-offs.

WATCH: MI batsman Kieron Pollard deliberately plays culprit to retain strike by running one run short against KXIP

WATCH: MI batsman Kieron Pollard deliberately plays culprit to retain strike by running one run short against KXIP

Pollard, returning for the second run, didn't reach the crease and the umpire called one short.

WATCH: Martin Guptill takes a wonder catch to send Lendl Simmons back in MI vs KXIP match

WATCH: Martin Guptill takes a wonder catch to send Lendl Simmons back in MI vs KXIP match

Chasing a 231-run target, the hosts rode on a brilliant opening stand of Lendl and Parthiv Patel. The duo posted 99 runs in 8.4 overs for the opening stand, and threatened to overhaul the target.

WATCH: Jasprit Bumrah goes ballistic after dismissing dangerous Glenn Maxwell in Mumbai

WATCH: Jasprit Bumrah goes ballistic after dismissing dangerous Glenn Maxwell in Mumbai

Maxwell scored 47 runs off 21 balls, with the help of two fours and five sixes. And the wicket may well prove the difference between the two sides today.

IPL 2017, MI vs KXIP: Why Gautam Gambhir, Steve Smith and David Warner will closely follow today's match at Wankhede

IPL 2017, MI vs KXIP: Why Gautam Gambhir, Steve Smith and David Warner will closely follow today's match at Wankhede

Up against Mumbai Indians, KXIP can take some confidence from the fact that they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions in their previous two matches.

WATCH: Entire Wankhede Stadium sings 'Happy Birthday To You', as Sachin Tendulkar turns 44

WATCH: Entire Wankhede Stadium sings 'Happy Birthday To You', as Sachin Tendulkar turns 44

Seeing the crowd erupted, Sachin said, "I never thought the IPL would become so big. The IPL has gone to countries where cricket didn't exist."

WATCH: Ball boy steals the show at Mumbai-Delhi IPL match, takes a breathtaking catch

WATCH: Ball boy steals the show at Mumbai-Delhi IPL match, takes a breathtaking catch

Buttler made room and connected his shot. The ball flew to the cow corner, but out of nowhere, the boy emerged to take the catch.

IPL 2017: Kieron Pollard bullet knocks out captain Rohit Sharma — WATCH

IPL 2017: Kieron Pollard bullet knocks out captain Rohit Sharma — WATCH

It happened off the second ball of the 17th over, and the duo went on to share a 68-run stand for the fourth wicket to set up the win.

MI vs SRH: David Warner takes 'double hit' against Mumbai Indians, napping IPL umpires clueless

MI vs SRH: David Warner takes 'double hit' against Mumbai Indians, napping IPL umpires clueless

David Warner, who hit a boundary off the last ball of the sixth over bowled by Jasprit Bumrah, was supposed to be the batsman at the non-striker's end.

IPL 2017: Hardik Pandya miraculously survives TERRIFYING fall in Mumbai — VIDEO

IPL 2017: Hardik Pandya miraculously survives TERRIFYING fall in Mumbai — VIDEO

Despite the fall, he went onto bowl three overs, and took the wicket of dangerous Yuvraj Singh, clean bowled.

Hyderabad to host final; Mumbai, Bengaluru set for play-offs: BCCI

Hyderabad to host final; Mumbai, Bengaluru set for play-offs: BCCI

The IPL, which will run from April 5 to May 21, will see Mumbai`s Wankhede Stadium hosting Qualifier 1, the first match in the knockout stage on May 16.

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: West Zone beat North Zone by eight wickets in low-scoring match

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: West Zone beat North Zone by eight wickets in low-scoring match

Chasing 108, Iyer and Patel built a match winning 80-run first wicket partnership which laid the foundation of victory.

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: North Zone edge over South Zone

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: North Zone edge over South Zone

Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan scored half centuries for North Zone 

BCCI announce India's U-19 squad for ODIs against England; series to begin on January 30

BCCI announce India's U-19 squad for ODIs against England; series to begin on January 30

The five-match ODI series will begin from January 30 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Michael Vaughan wants International Cricket Council to punish R Ashwin – Here's why!

Michael Vaughan wants International Cricket Council to punish R Ashwin – Here's why!

Tempers flared at Wankhede stadium during fourth Test between India and England, where players from both the teams were seen exchanging words with each other.

Virat Kohli aka Record Breaker – 11 landmarks the Indian skipper achieved on Day 3

Virat Kohli aka Record Breaker – 11 landmarks the Indian skipper achieved on Day 3

Kohli registered his 15th Test century on 3rd day, 4th Test between India and England.

Mumbai Test: Fantastic Virat Kohli hits 15th Test hundred on record-breaking day — VIDEO INSIDE

Mumbai Test: Fantastic Virat Kohli hits 15th Test hundred on record-breaking day — VIDEO INSIDE

He entered the Mumbai Test as the leading scorer of the series, with one hundred and two fifties.

Murali Vijay becomes first Indian opener to hit Test hundred at Wankhede in 14 years — VIDEO

Murali Vijay becomes first Indian opener to hit Test hundred at Wankhede in 14 years — VIDEO

The last opener to score a hundred at the venue was Virender Sehwag, against West Indies in 2002.

India vs England: Mumbai hosts first Test after Sachin Tendulkar's farewell match

India vs England: Mumbai hosts first Test after Sachin Tendulkar's farewell match

An unlikely history was created on Thursday when a buoyant Indian team under Virat Kohli took on England in the fourth Test of the five match series at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.