IPL 2017

Dhoni, Sundar helped final berth for RPS

Dhoni, Sundar helped final berth for RPS

RPS 162/4 (20.0 Ovs)
MI 142/9 (20.0 Ovs)

It was the Rising Pune Supergiant, who had beaten them twice in the league stage. RPS, though, were jolted early but recovered in time to post a challenging total of 162 in 20 overs. Mumbai, in contrast, started off on a blistering note but were rocked thrice in two overs from Washington Sundar to find the chase going downhill. In the end, RPS sans Ben Stokes outdid Mumbai Indians on their own turf to become the first side to enter the IPL 2017 final. Mumbai would now fall back on the privilege earned by topping the table as they get a second shot to enter the final when they take part in Qualifier 2 on May 19.
Rising Pune Supergiant 162/4 in 20 overs (Manoj Tiwary 58, Ajinkya Rahane 56; Lasith Malinga 1-14) beat Mumbai Indians 142/9 in 20 overs (Parthiv Patel 52; Washington Sundar 3-16, Shardul Thakur 3-37) by 20 runs.

Washington Sundar – MoM: “I think it’s very heartening for me to do well against a big team on a good stage, in front of a packed crowd. Owe this to my mom and dad. I think keeping things simple makes me do things like this. Mahi bhai has been supportive. Right now, I am not looking to be experimental. I am just looking to go there and back myself. I think we could lift the trophy in the finals as well.”
Steve Smith – captain, RPS: “Yeah, it’s been good this year. Three times we have beaten them this year. Big day and big players stand up. MS Dhoni was magnificent, Rahane was good at the start. We went with a batter light, so had to be bit conservative, 160 was a good total. Slower wicket, so was difficult to time the ball. Dhoni and Manoj did well. You need to peak at the right time in tournaments like this. Proud of the boys, We bowled back of a length and tried to take the pace off the ball; that worked for us right throughout the tournament. There was dew but the wicket was still slow. Magnificent (talking about Washington Sundar). Big stage, quarterfinal of an IPL and to get whatever he got off his four overs is magnificent. Proud of his efforts. (Good to have) bit of a break. Hopefully we can be the better team on the final.”
Sanjay Manjrekar is here with the presentations, standing in the middle of a stunned Wankhede stadium.

Rohit Sharma: “I think 160 was below par to be honest. Having seen the scores chased at Wankhede, I think 160 was below par. I thought we didn’t bat well. Our worst performance of the season so far. We need to build small partnerships when we are chasing. We always knew the wicket will play slow. I think it was not a flat wicket where you can play shots on the rise. I think RPS bowlers really bowled well. Losing wickets in the middle is very tough. The shot becomes very important. You need to understand the situation and the conditions. And respect them. We need to go back to the basics. Take the game till the end. We didn’t and lost by 20 runs. We have lost games before. It is not the end of the world. We are gonna go back and see what we can do in Bangalore.”

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