Washington Sundar produced an outstanding spell of bowling to guide Rising Pune Supergiant to the final of the 2017 Indian Premier League [IPL] as they pulled off a 20-run win over Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.
Sundar, who is just 17 years old, has been an integral part of the Pune team this season and he chose a great time to register his best bowling figures (3-16 from four overs) in T20 cricket.
Chasing 163, Mumbai got off to a solid start with Parthiv Patel hitting three sixes in the first four overs, but then came a moment of fortune for Pune.Lendl Simmons, who was backing up, was caught off guard as a straight drive from Patel deflected off the bowler Shardul Thakur's fingertips to hit the stumps at the non-strikers' end which resulted in a run-out. It was then that Sundar came to the party as he took three crucial wickets, dismissing the experienced Mumbai trio of Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, and Kieron Pollard. The Supergiant off-spinner was a little lucky to get the wicket of Rohit as the Mumbai captain seemed to have got an inside edge but was given out leg-before-wicket. The Pandya brothers, Hardik and Krunal, both got starts but weren't able to kick on and play a match-winning knock. At the other end, Patel had managed to bring up his second fifty in this year's tournament and it was his dismissal in the 15th over which, more or less, ended the match as a contest. Thakur was also impressive with the ball, picking up three wickets for Pune.