Magnificent show by Washington Sundar says Smith

Posted May 18, 2017

So, the option of Usman Khawaja is risky for the team tonight at Wankhede Stadium. Rising Pune utilised those sluggish conditions significantly better than Mumbai Indians to clear their path to the IPL final.

MI face Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the opening game of the play-offs.

A brilliant spell from Washington Sundar that saw him return figures of 3 for 16 from his four overs and shred the Mumbai Indians chances of a win.

These players are expected to make the Playing XI for today's game but coach Jayawardene says he has a "healthy headache" over selection.

Planning, check. Execution, a big red cross. Rahul Tripathi continued with his way of going after the opposition pace bowlers in the PowerPlay. The wicketkeeper-batman was the glue the kept the Kings XI Punjab innings together. Rising Pune were 9 for 2 at the same stage. They are in great form and it should not surprise anyone if they beat Mumbai Indians comprehensively.

He and Tiwary struggled to push the tempo as Pune limped to 121 for 3 after 18 overs. The five overs prior to that yielded just 32 without a wicket.

Dhoni walked in to join Tiwary and did not take long to hit his first six, depositing a half-volley off Karn Sharma over deep midwicket.

Put in to bat, Pune found themselves under severe pressure after losing opener Rahul Tripathi and captain Steven Smith inside the first two overs. Against Mumbai, he could only muster 14 off his first 17 balls. In the 19th over, Mitchell McClenaghan, aiming for a yorker produced a beamer that Tiwary dispatched to the fence.

Earlier, Mahendra Singh Dhoni rolled back the years with a display of superb hitting at the death to lift Pune to 162/4. Dhoni knew that too. After two more wides in the over, McClenaghan's last ball was sent over the boundary by Dhoni. It's on the slower side and the ball is stopping, and Pune's score of 160 may be a fighting one. They have been training really hard.

The trio will need to strike once again to restrict Mumbai and also require support from Australian leggie Adam Zampa.

With disciplined bowling from Mumbai, Pune were mostly in the shackles and it took some late hitting from Rahane and MS Dhoni (40) to take them to a decent total.

The hosts got off to a decent start with Parthiv dealing in sixes only until his partner Lendl Simmons (5) was unfortunately run-out at the non-strikers end.