Riding on Washington Sundar’s best bowling figures in T20 cricket, Rising Pune Supergiant defeated Mumbai Indians by 20 runs in the first qualifier to make it to their maiden IPL final.

Sundar starred with the ball, dismissing Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard to finish with the match figures of three wickets for 16 runs from his four overs quota.

Chasing a modest 163, Mumbai Indians were in huge trouble after being reduced to 51 for four in the eighth over. The collapse began when Lendl Simmons was run-out for only five in the 5th over. In the next over, Sundar dismissed Rohit Sharma (1) and Ambati Rayudu (0) in a space of four balls to leave the home side reeling at 41 for three. The young off-spinner was not done yet and accounted for the dangerous Kieron Pollard eight runs later too.

A 24-run stand between Parthiv Patel and Hardik Pandya stopped the rot for a while before Pandya too joined his teammates in the pavilion after scoring only 14. Parthiv and Krunal Pandya then tried to resurrect the innings but the match tilted in the Supergiant’s favour when both of them were dismissed in a space of two runs to leave their team reeling at 103 for seven. Mumbai was eventually restricted for 142 for nine.

Earlier, half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary and a quickfire knock from MS Dhoni had propelled the Supergiant to 162 for four in 20 overs.

After being asked to bat first, the Pune-based outfit went off to a disastrous start, as both Rahul Tripathi and Steven Smith returned to the pavilion with only nine runs on the board. Mitchell McClenaghan drew the first blood by shattering Tripathi’s stumps before Malinga accounted for Steven Smith in the second over.

Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary then steadied the ship with an 80-run stand before the former was dismissed by Karn Sharma for 56. The partnership undoubtedly bailed the team out of trouble but the batsmen did not succeed in upping the run-rate. The Supergiant were 89 for three in 12.4 overs when Rahane was dismissed and the side was in dire need of some quick runs.

Dhoni then joined Tiwary in the middle but he too failed to get going against a disciplined bowling attack from MI. In the next five overs after Rahane’s dismissal, the Steve Smith-led side could manage only 32, as they huffed and puffed to 121 for three after the 18th over.

But with just two overs remaining, Tiwary and Dhoni decided to free their arms. Tiwary hit a four off a no-ball followed by a six on the resulting free-hit on the first ball of the 19th over before Dhoni finished off the over with two sixes, as they collected 26 runs. Dhoni hit two more sixes in the final over to collect 15 runs off it, as Supergiant recovered from a slow start to put up a good total. Tiwary was run-out on 58 off 48 balls while Dhoni remained unbeaten on 40 off just 26 balls with the help of five sixes.

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Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians will now take on the winner of the eliminator which will be played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders on May 17 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The second qualifier will take place on May 19.

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