Pune enter play-offs : Supergiant slay Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets
- Author: Angelo Rivera May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 7:47
The victor will become the first team to seal a place in the VIVO 2017 IPL finals, to be played in Hyderabad on May 21.On the other hand, the loser will get another chance in Qualifier 2, to be played on May 19 in Bengaluru.
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma chose to bowl in the first qualifier, against Rising Pune Supergiant, at the Wankhede Stadium.
MS Dhoni proved he is still a man for the big occasion and Washington Sundar also sparkled as Rising Pune Supergiant beat Mumbai Indians by 20 runs to reach the Indian Premier League final. Dhoni anticipated McClenaghan's good or short length, sat back and hit two sixes.
2 Number of players to aggregate 1000 runs in IPL matches at the Wankhede. Even if they didn't get early wickets, they had to keep Mumbai in check because batting was only going to get harder.
KXIP were bundled out for a paltry total of 73 runs.
Kings XI Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell opined that losing the toss played a part in his side crashing to a heavy nine-wicket loss against Rising Pune Supergaint, reported PTI.
After restricting the Daredevils to 168/8, Pune faltered in their chase with Manoj Tiwary playing a lone hand while the rest of the batsmen failed to complement the Bengal right-hander's 45-ball 60. Pune has jumped into the play off from the bottom winning 6 of the 7 games last played.
Ajinkya Rahane and captain Steve Smith mopped up the remaining runs to lead their side to victory with eight overs to spare. Parthiv Patel was the only Mumbai batsman who fought and was looking good before Shardul Thakur got the better of him. "It's a really exciting time for us". Smith would not want to let this opportunity go. You guessed it right! The probable 11 for Mumbai Indians will be Parthiv Patel (wk), Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma (c), Ambati Rayudu, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga. A win is all that they need to qualify as it will take them to 16 points with a superior net run rate. Pune, already without their mainstay Ben Stokes and Imran Tahir - both out on worldwide duty - looked to Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary for stability. "Hopefully, the other guys will stand up for us", he said after they booked second spot with win over Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.
A major reason for worry for the Mumbai Indians has been their bowling. He hit two more sixes to help Rising Pune plunder 41 in the last two overs.