Stokes-less Rising Pune too good for full-strength Mumbai

Rohit Sharma termed Mumbai Indians’s batting performance as their worst of IPL 2017, as they failed to chase down a “below par” 163 at the Wankhede Stadium and suffered a 20-run defeat to a Rising Pune side who weren’t fancied to beat the hosts, let alone dominate them and win by such a big margin.

But with the batsmen having put the runs on the board, Pune’s bowlers collectively did an excellent job. A certain 17-year-old Washington Sundar stood out with the ball, taking 3/16 in his four overs. The Tamilnadu off-spinner changed the course of the match by dismissing Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu in the sixth over and put his side in a dominant position. Mumbai, after being reduced to 41/3, never really recovered from this double blow, despite Parthiv Patel anchoring the innings with a 40-ball 52 (3×4 and 3×6).

Other than the wicketkeeper-batsman, none of Mumbai’s top and middle order got into double digits and the innings just went downhill after Rayudu’s dismissal. The required run-rate, which was 8.15 at the start of the innings, reached unmanageable proportions with no momentum whatsoever at any stage.

Pune have gone straight into Sunday’s IPL 2017 final in Hyderabad and will await the winner of qualifier 2 on Friday, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Washington Sundar, for his three-fer, was awarded the man-of-the-match. With this victory, Pune have kept intact their 100% win record against Mumbai this season, and at the Wankhede, too.

Earlier in the night, from 121/3 at the end of 18 overs, Rising Pune shot up to 162/4, thanks to some clean striking in the last two overs by MS Dhoni and Manoj Tiwary, who cashed in on real loose bowling from Mitchell McClenaghan, in particular, in the 19th over, which cost Mumbai 26 runs. Jasprit Bumrah didn’t hit the blockhole in the final over, and Dhoni flat-batted a couple of length deliveries over sweeper cover and long-off, to get his team past the 160-run mark.

Tiwary made a vital half-century (58) and along with Ajinkya Rahane, who himself made 56, steadied the Pune innings which had gotten off to the most undesirable start. Rahul Tripathi was cleaned up by McClenaghan on the last ball of the first over and Steve Smith top-edged a normal length delivery from Lasith Malinga in the second over, to leave Pune tottering at 9/2.

Only an 80-run partnership between Rahane and Tiwary for the third wicket, helped Pune rise from a tight corner. Rahane was out in the same over (13th) he had completed his third half-century against Mumbai in five innings for Supergiant. The Mumbai batsman hit the odd boundary every now and then, but he predominantly looked to rotate strike and get a partnership going. Tiwary too played within himself and only went after the loose deliveries.

Dhoni walked in at the fall of Rahane’s wicket and with Pune’s score at 89/3. The former skipper wasn’t at his fluent best and as he has tended to lately, struggled to find the boundary. Dhoni had been batting only on 14 runs off 18 balls, before he started connecting the ball perfectly in the final couple of overs and struck four sixes. He finished with 40 (26), giving the final flourish that his team badly needed.

Malinga replaced Mitchell Johnson in the Mumbai playing XI and he bowled a tight three-over spell, conceding just 14 runs and taking the most important Pune wicket of Smith. Karn, who had been retained, bowled cleverly and wasn’t afraid to toss the ball and invite the batsman to go for the big shots. He dismissed Rahane with a well-disguised top spinner which struck the right-hander in line with the stumps.

Mumbai’s fielding was a minor letdown once again and as a result of misfields, Pune did get an additional 10 runs. The home team, having done a good job for a majority of the 20 overs, shot themselves in the foot by making elementary errors in the latter part of the innings.

Mumbai vs Pune, 1st qualifier scorecard

Playing XIs

Indians: 1. Rohit Sharma (c), 2. Parthiv Patel (wk), 3. Lendl Simmons, 4. Ambati Rayudu, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Krunal Pandya, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Karn Sharma, 9. Lasith Malinga, 10. Mitchell McClenaghan, and 11. Jasprit Bumrah

Supergiant: 1. Steve Smith (c), 2. Ajinkya Rahane, 3. Rahul Tripathi, 4. MS Dhoni (wk), 5. Manoj Tiwary, 6. Daniel Christian, 7. Washington Sundar, 8. Shardul Thakur, 9. Lockie Ferguson, 10. Jaydev Unadkat, and 11. Adam Zampa


Pune: 162/4 (Tiwary 58, Rahane 56 and Dhoni 48*; Malinga 1/14 and Karn 1/30)
Mumbai: 142/9 (Parthiv 52; Sundar 3/16 and Thakur 3/37)

Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) innings (toss: Mumbai, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Ajinkya Rahane leg before wicket Karn 56 (43) 5 1 130.23
Rahul Tripathi bowled McClenaghan 0 (2) 0 0 0.00
Steve Smith caught Hardik, bowled Malinga 1 (2) 0 0 50.00
Manoj Tiwary run out by Bumrah 58 (48) 4 2 120.83
MS Dhoni not out 40 (26) 0 5 153.84
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson and Adam Zampa
Extras: 7 (1 no-ball, 4 wides and 2 leg byes)
RPS’s total: 162/4 in 20 overs, at 8.10 runs per over
RPS’s fall of wickets: 6/1 (Tripathi, 0.6), 9/2 (Smith, 1.5), 89/3 (Rahane, 12.4), and 162/4 (Tiwary, 19.6)
Mumbai Indians (MI) bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Mitchell McClenaghan 4 10 46 1 11.50
Lasith Malinga 3 8 14 1 4.67
Jasprit Bumrah 4 6 33 0 8.25
Karn Sharma 4 10 30 1 7.50
Krunal Pandya 4 9 22 0 5.50
Hardik Pandya 1 0 15 0 15.00
Mumbai innings (target: 163 runs in 20 overs, at 8.15 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Lendl Simmons run out by Thakur 5 (13) 0 0 38.46
Parthiv Patel caught Christian, bowled Thakur 52 (40) 3 3 130.00
Rohit Sharma leg before wicket Sundar 1 (2) 0 0 50.00
Ambati Rayudu caught Smith, bowled Sundar 0 (3) 0 0 0.00
Kieron Pollard caught Smith, bowled Sundar 7 (10) 1 0 70.00
Hardik Pandya caught Christian, bowled Ferguson 14 (10) 1 1 140.00
Krunal Pandya caught Christian, bowled Thakur 15 (11) 2 0 136.36
Mitchell McClenaghan caught Unadkat, bowled Thakur 12 (11) 0 1 109.09
Karn Sharma caught Dhoni, bowled Unadkat 4 (7) 0 0 57.14
Jasprit Bumrah not out 16 (11) 0 1 145.45
Lasith Malinga not out 7 (2) 0 1 350.00
Extras: 9 (7 wides and 2 leg byes)
MI’s total: 142/9 in 20 overs, at 7.10 runs per over
MI’s fall of wickets: 35/1 (Simmons, 4.3), 41/2 (Rohit, 5.1), 41/3 (Rayudu, 5.4), 51/4 (Pollard, 7.6), 75/5 (Hardik, 11.1), 101/6 (Krunal, 14.3), 103/7 (Parthiv, 14.6), 111/8 (Karn, 16.6), and 134/9 (McClenaghan, 19.3)
Pune bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Jaydev Unadkat 4 10 24 1 6.00
Washington Sundar 4 13 16 3 4.00
Lockie Ferguson 3 10 21 1 7.00
Shardul Thakur 4 7 37 3 9.25
Adam Zampa 1 2 9 0 9.00
Daniel Christian 4 6 33 0 8.25

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