IPL: Pune restrict Punjab to 73
- Author: Julie Sanders May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 2:43
The Jos Buttler will not available in the Mumbai Indians.
11 Number of batsmen to aggregate 3000 runs in the IPL, with Ajinkya Rahane being the latest entrant to this club. With the second-worst balls per boundary ratio (8.48) in overs 7-15, Mumbai Indians recognised their opponents' weakness well by employing the spin choke on a wicket which seemed two-paced.
Wriddhiman Saha mixed caution with aggression to score an unbeaten 53-ball 93 and help Kings XI Punjab post the highest score of 2017 IPL. The Mumbai bowlers pulled it back in the next nine overs.
Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune have finished in the top two positions which means they will play the first qualifier. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings had scored 37 in 2012. Only Virat Kohli had a lower strike-rate (114.58) when he made 55 off 48 against Rising Pune Supergiant at Pune.
When Glenn Maxwell, who surprisingly dropped down the order and batted at number six, picked out the man patrolling the midwicket fence in the sixth over, KXIP were 32 for five and heading for the exit door. Sundar completed his quota of overs conceding just 16 runs. Lendl Simmons was run-out, backing up too far at the non-striker's end. But on Tuesday, the Wankhede wicket played more true to its character, rewarding good bowling.
The death blow, or at least at that stage, came through in the form of Kieron Pollard's wicket when he callously flicked it straight to Smith, getting out for just seven as Mumbai slipped to 51 for 4.
"Magnificent (talking about Sundar)".
Rising Pune Supergiant has a 3-1 advantage over Mumbai Indians heading into Wednesday's clash.
The team management will now have to decide on whether to revert back to Nitish Rana, who was exceptional in the early stage of the tournament or stick to the experience Rayudu today.
For now, all we can do is assume and take sides for either one of the team. The previous six instances for Dhoni came for Chennai Super Kings.
His all-round abilities have been one of the main reasons behind the Rising Pune Supergiant's surge up the IPL 2017 points table.
If Khawaja plays, then RPS will go with the same bowling unit that has done so well in recent times, but if Ferguson is brought in, it could mean either Washington Sundar or Shardul Thakur, who took three wickets in the win over KXIP, sitting out.