Dhoni and Sundar Launch Pune into IPL Final

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Dhoni and Sundar launch Pune into IPL Final


Mahendra Singh Dhoni rolled back the clock smashing five sixes in a 26 ball 40 then, seventeen-year-old Washington Sundar grabbed three crucial wickets to put the Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2017 Final with a 20 run win at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.


Mumbai who earned their top of the table position with ten victories during the regular season won the toss and inserted the visitors to bat.Mitch McClenaghan disturbed the middle stump of Rahul Tripathi for a duck with the last ball of the first over. One over later skipper Steve Smith tried to work a delivery from Lasith Malinga towards the onside got a leading edge and ballooned a catch to Hardik Pandya in the covers. Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary then built an 80 run partnership in ten overs before Rahane was struck plumb in front playing across to a Karn Sharma delivery with the score on 89/3 in the thirteenth over Pune needed to pick up their pace of scoring. Dhoni and Tiwary put on 73 in the remaining 6.2 overs the last 20 balls of the innings made the biggest difference as the highly experienced pair increased the score by fifty runs taking the Supergiant to 162/4.


Mumbai had a decent start as Parthiv Patel started by smashing two sixes and a four then, in the middle of the fifth over drove one back hard to Shardul Thakur which he was able to get a finger on before it crashed into the stumps getting Lendl Simmons out in cricket’s most unfortunate fashion. Four balls later skipper Rohit Sharma was also unfortunate to be given out leg before even though he got a sizable inside edge off the bowling of Washington Sundar. In the same over Ambati Rayudu was brilliantly caught by Skipper Steve Smith at short mid on without scoring. Kieron Pollard lasted ten deliveries before going in the same route for five. At 51/4 Mumbai was suddenly in a world of hurt. The situation never improved four batsmen achieved double figures but none passed twenty. Patel was a one man army his 40 ball 53 contained three fours and an equal number of sixes lasting until the end of the fifteenth over. Lasith Malinga smashed the last ball of the innings for six as Mumbai could only tally 142/9. 

Mumbai will now travel to Bangalore and wait to play the winner of the Sunrisers Hyderabad Kolkata Knight Riders battle.

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