Pune qualify for IPL final after 20-run win over Mumbai

Sport360 staff 16/05/2017

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.

Earlier, after being put into bat, Pune got off to the worst possible start as they lost the wickets of Rahul Tripathi and Steve Smith within the first couple of overs and were reduced to 9-2.

Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary were on hand to steady the ship as they stitched together an 80-run partnership for the third wicket which got Pune right back into the game.

Rahane notched up just his second half-century of the season as he hit five fours and one six in his 43-ball 56.

Tiwary also scored an important fifty, but Pune seemed to be heading towards a below-par total and it needed a late burst from MS Dhoni to get them to 162-4 in their 20 overs.

Dhoni smashed five sixes as he managed to score an unbeaten 40 from just 26 balls, with the final two overs of Pune's innings yielding 41 runs.

This loss isn't the end of the road for Mumbai as they will now travel to Bengaluru to face the winner of the Eliminator which will see Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders battling against each other.

On the other hand, Pune have made it to their first IPL final and will face either Mumbai, Hyderabad, or Kolkata in Hyderabad on Sunday.

Speaking after the match, Pune captain Smith said: "Big game, big players stood up. I thought MS was magnificent at the end with Manoj Tiwary. Ajinkya Rahane batted beautifully at the start to give us a chance and have a bit of a launching pad at the back-end.

"(Sundar was) magnificent. It's never easy against batters who are trying to go after you but his lengths were magnificent."

BRIEF SCORES

Rising Pune Supergiant 162-4, 20 overs [Tiwary 58, Rahane 56, Dhoni 40*, Malinga 1-14] beat Mumbai Indians 142-9 [Patel 52, Sundar 3-16, Thakur 3-37] by 20 runs.

Player of the Match - Washington Sundar.

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Who will come out on top? [Sportzpics].

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders will face off in the Indian Premier League [IPL] Eliminator at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday, with the winner booking a place in Qualifier 2.

Having finished third and fourth respectively in the league stage, Hyderabad and Kolkata come into this encounter knowing that they cannot afford any slip-ups as every game from here on in is a knockout match for them.

The Sunrisers managed to win the title from the same situation in 2016 and will be keen to bring their A-game to the table as they look for a repeat of last year’s heroics.

In David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hyderabad have the Orange Cap and Purple Cap holders in their ranks. Kolkata were, in fact, on the receiving end of one of Warner’s finest IPL knocks, as the Sunrisers captain scored 126 from 59 deliveries in one of their encounters earlier this season.

The Knight Riders lost a bit of form towards the end of the league stage, losing four out of their last five matches. The batting failed to chase down not-so-difficult targets in the last couple of games and that will be a source of concern for Gautam Gambhir’s side.

In the league stage this season, Kolkata got the better of Hyderabad in their first encounter, while the result was reversed when the sides met for the second time.

Ahead of the match, we have the latest team news, start time and date, as well as how you can watch all the action from the UAE.


DATE, TIME, VENUE INFO

Date: May 17, 2017 (Wednesday)

Time: 18:30 GST, 20:00 local time (IST), 14:30 GMT

Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru


WHERE TO WATCH, LIVE STREAMING INFO

TV: UAE – OSN Sports Cricket HD, India – Sony Six, Sony Six HD (English), Sony Max, Sony Max HD 3 (Hindi), UK – Sky Sports

Online streaming: hotstar.com, Hotstar app (in India only)

LIVE: Sport360.com


TEAM NEWS, SQUADS, PREDICTED XIs

SRH SQUAD: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Moises Henriques, Mustafizur Rahman, Naman Ojha, Deepak Hooda, Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Barinder Sran, Abhimanyu Mithun, Vijay Shankar, Tanmay Agarwal, Mohammad Nabi, Ekalavya Dwivedi, Rashid Khan, Pravin Tambe, Chris Jordan, Ben Laughlin, Mohammed Siraj.

The Sunrisers will miss the experience of Ashish Nehra as the Indian left-arm pacer has been ruled out of the playoffs due to a hamstring injury.

“Ashish Nehra won’t be fit for remainder of the tournament,” confirmed coach Tom Moody, a day before the contest.

On the other hand, Hyderabad have concerns over the availability of Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Nabi with both players set to go through fitness tests before the match.

PREDICTED SRH XI: Warner (c), Dhawan, Henriques, Yuvraj/Hooda, Shankar, Ojha (wk), Nabi/Williamson, Rashid, Bhuvneshwar, Kaul, Siraj.

KKR SQUAD: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Andre Russell, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo, Sayan Ghosh, Colin de Grandhomme.

It’ll be interesting to see if Sunil Narine continues to open the batting for the Knight Riders, considering that he didn’t do too well in the role in the two league matches against Hyderabad.

On the other hand, Narine managed to score the joint-fastest half-century in IPL history at the Chinnaswamy Stadium just 10 days ago which could prompt the Kolkata team management to stick with the strategy of going hard in the Powerplay overs with Narine and Chris Lynn.

On the bowling front, Kolkata have a decision to make when it comes to choosing between Trent Boult or Nathan Coulter-Nile as their overseas pacer.

PREDICTED KKR XI: Narine, Lynn, Gambhir (c), Uthappa, (wk), Pandey, Pathan, de Grandhomme, Kuldeep, Umesh, Boult/Coulter-Nile, Rajpoot.


FORM

(Last five matches – with latest match first)

SRH: W W L L W

KKR: L L W L L


MATCH PREDICTION

This is a very tough match to predict.

Hyderabad seem to be the more complete team and that sees us predicting a win for them. But if Narine and/or Lynn get going, things can change in a flash.

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Mumbai Indians have won the toss and will bowl first in Qualifier 1 against Rising Pune Supergiant at the Wankhede Stadium.

Mumbai have made as many as four changes with Parthiv Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, and Mitchell McClenaghan returning to their playing XI.

On the other hand, Pune have replaced Ben Stokes with New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson.

You can follow every ball of the action with our in-play scorecard, commentary, and stats below.

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