Australian Test skipper Steve Smith's Rising Pune Supergiant are through to the IPL final for the first time after beating Mumbai Indians by 20 runs.
It is the all important Qualifier 1 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 and table-toppers of group stage, Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on the No. 2 Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in search of a ticket straight in to the final. But the players have made sure that they have their fair share of fun.
A major reason for worry for the Mumbai Indians has been their bowling.
Yuvraj Singh posted an image with his mother on Mother's Day. The poor shot selection was also one of the reasons for the loss of MI as they will have to face the winning team from the second semifinal. This despite they finishing last after a horrendous season.
The lanky off-spinner also got the risky Kieron Pollard (7), forcing the burly West Indian to flick a flattish delivery to Pune skipper Steve Smith at short mid-wicket. The four teams that have manage to go through the battle and find a place in play-off's are Mumbai Indians, Pune Supergiant, Hyderabad and KKR. The only thing which go against the Pune is that they haven't chased big total like the way Mumbai have done it. During his stay at the crease he struck 4 fours and 2 sixes. That is a big disappointment, especially since he's experienced, having played for Australia.
However, during RPS' match against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, there came a rare moment when Dhoni dropped a catch.
On the other side, the performance of Ambati Rayudu and Nitish Rana will be a game changing factor.
Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS): Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith (Captain), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Daniel Christian, Rajat Bhatia, Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur and Adam Zampa.
Pune carried the momentum into the last over and took 15 off Jasprit Bumrah.
From 32 for five in six overs, Kings XI could tally only 73 runs before being bowled out in the 16th over.
"It's been good this year, three times we've beaten them now". Parthiv Patel was the only Mumbai batsman who fought and was looking good before Shardul Thakur got the better of him. With the second-worst balls per boundary ratio (8.48) in overs 7-15, Mumbai Indians recognised their opponents' weakness well by employing the spin choke on a wicket which seemed two-paced.