Hunt for a place in finals begins as Mumbai play Pune

Ruben Hill
May 20, 2017

Currently, Mumbai and Pune both captured top position at the IPL points table on the first and second spot with 20 and 18 points both teams are having respectively.

Kings X1 Punjab were bundled out for a low total of 73 in 15.5 overs against Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL10 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here this evening.Shardul Thakur 3/19, Unadkat 2/12, Zampa 2/22 and Christain 2/10 bundled out Kings X1 for 73.

Defeat for Supergiant, whose time in the competition will come to an end after this season, would have made Sunday's meeting their final one in the IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings had scored 37 in 2012. The kind of consistency he showed, none of the other players could do that, even the Indians couldn't take responsibility. The team had hardly changed before the last game except for forced changes and everyone in the XI chipped in with crucial contributions when needed.

The victory also gives Supergiant, the cushion of two shots at a place in the final. The side will look slightly uncomfortable with the absence of star England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has left for global dutyHowever, RPS do have hard-hitting batsmen such as MS Dhoni (240 runs this season) and skipper Steve Smith himself. Batting has been quite impressive with star players performing up to their potential.

A major reason for worry for the Mumbai Indians has been their bowling.

With five wins in their last six games leading into the play-offs, RPS will go in with a lot of confidence, but they'll also be wary of the might of MI, who despite losing some steam after becoming the first team to enter the second round, are a deadly force when it comes to the business-end of the tournament. Axar Patel was the top-scorer with 22 runs while Wriddhiman Saha's 13 was the next best.

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. Washington Sunder was the best bowler from RPS side as he picked up three wickets for sixteen runs in his four overs. Patel was the first to go but the turning point of the match came in the 10th over when Martin Guptill took a brilliant one handed catch to dismiss Simmons, who was trying to hit another over the boundary, this time off Glenn Maxwell.

Unadkat was again in the game when his direct throw found Eoin Morgan (4) short of his crease. Thakur claimed wicket of Tewatia and Maxwell in the sixth over.

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