What a qualifier 1 it was for the tenth IPL edition, just the perfect to start off the Knockouts this season. Rising Pune Supergiant put on a clinical show in Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League season 10 to march into their maiden IPL final beating table-toppers Mumbai Indians by 20 runs at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Tuesday.
Who would have ever thought after a bad patch in the start of the season Pune would still rise to end at the second spot? Despite two stars players Stokes and Tahir, Pune still managed to reach finals.
After posting a competitive 162 for four, RPS rode on the brilliant show from 17-year-old offspinner Washington Sundar (4-0-16-3) to restrict the hosts to 142 for nine. Manoj Tiwary top-scored for RPS with watchful 58 off 48 while MS Dhoni provided the late flourish with a 26-ball unbeaten 40-run knock.
MS Dhoni struggled to get going early on with Jasprit Bumrah getting the better of the exchange but once he got his eye in, Dhoni launched an all-out assault taking McClenaghan for a couple of sixes and then took two more maximums off Bumrah in the final over to power RPS to a fighting total. Tiwary was run-out off the final ball of the innings while Dhoni remained unbeaten on 40.
Parthiv’s dismissal in the second innings signalled the end of MI hopes, as RPS managed to curtail the run-flow in the slog overs. Jaydev Unadkat got the wicket of Karn and Thakur added his third wicket of the night scalping McClenaghan as RPS cantered through to their maiden IPL final beating MI for the third time this season.
Goenka brothers were seen in the stadium cheering for their team and Pune team, much to the delight of their owners, rose like Supergiants indeed!
Harsh Goenka thus tweeted thanking Dhoni for his blistering quickfire innings to take Pune above the par score and also congratulated the youngest MOM award winner in IPL ever Washington Sundar.
MI will have another crack at the final and will await the winner of the Eliminator on Wednesday between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2.