Indian former captain MS Dhoni and skipper Washington Sundar made game-winning contributions as Rising Pune Supergiant [RPS] slayed Mumbai Indians [MI] by 20 runs to reach their first Indian Premier League final on Wednesday. The former Chennai Super Kings skipper 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 crucial wickets that led to Mumbai falling short with 142 for nine in Qualifier 1. It was Pune's third victory over Mumbai in as many matches this season, providing them with an opportunity to victory the coveted trophy in only their second season.
The Rohit Sharma side, who had topped the group stages, remain in the tournament and will meet the winner of tomorrow's Eliminator, between Sunrisers Hyderabad [SRH] and Kolkata Knight Riders [KKR], in Qualifier 2 on Friday.
Wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel (52 off 40) was solid at the other end and even used the long handle effectively to hammered three sixes on the on side.
In the begining, Mumbai Indians put up a decent bowling effort until Dhoni hit a fire of sixes to help Pune post a fighting total.
Opener Ajinkya Rahane (56 off 43) and middle-order batsman Manoj Tiwary (58 off 48) revived Pune's innings following a bad start before Dhoni finished the innings on a high note, hammering 40 off 26 balls including five sixes.