RPS beat Mumbai Indians to enter IPL final

Dhaka,  Fri,  26 May 2017
Published : 17 May 2017, 22:07:01
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RPS beat Mumbai Indians to enter IPL final

MUMBAI, May 17 (PTI): M S Dhoni and Washington Sundar made match-winning contributions as Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) slayed Mumbai Indians by 20 runs to reach their maiden Indian Premier League final here on Tuesday.

Dhoni was at his destructive best, smashing 40 off 26 balls in the death overs to propel Pune to 162 for four before young off-spinner Sundar took three important wickets that led to Mumbai falling short with 142 for nine in Qualifier 1.

It was Pune's third win over Mumbai in as many games this season, providing them with an opportunity to win the coveted trophy in only their second season.

Mumbai, who had topped the group stages, remain in the competition and will meet the winner of tomorrow's Eliminator, between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders, in Qualifier 2 on Friday.

With the pitch playing unusually slow, anything over 150 was a tricky target despite Mumbai batting deep.

Sundar sent back opposition skipper Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard in a space of 12 balls to leave Mumbai gasping at 51 for four in eight overs.

Parthiv Patel (52 off 40) was solid at the other end and even used the long handle effectively to smash three sixes on the on side.
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