IPL 2017 1st Qualifier: Sundar books Supergiants’ place in IPL final

Sundar was named Man of the Match for his figures of 3-16 off four overs

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Washington Sundar took three wickets to help the Rising Pune Supergiants down the Mumbai Indians by 20 runs and advance to the Indian Premier League (IPL) final.

Opting to bowl first, the Indians struck twice early on as Rahul Tripathi and Supergiants captain Steve Smith were dismissed for a duck and one run respectively.

Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary stabilised the innings with an 80-run partnership, during which Rahane brought up his half-century.

However, he was not able to capitalise on it as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Karn Sharma for 56 off 43 balls, which included five boundaries and a six.

Rahane struck his 25th IPL fifty

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Tiwary and Mahendra Singh Dhoni ensured the Supergiants concluded their innings on a high as they put together a 73-run stand to help their side finish on 162/4.

Tiwary, who was run out by Jasprit Bumrah on the final ball of the innings, made 58 off 48 balls, which included four boundaries and two sixes.

Tiwary scored his seventh IPL fifty

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Dhoni, meanwhile, remained undefeated on 40 off 26 deliveries, which included five sixes.

Karn, Mitchell McClenaghan and Lasith Malinga picked up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 163 to win, the Indians got off to a brisk start before opener Lendl Simmons was run out by Shardul Thakur for five runs.

Things went downhill quick after that as the Indians went from 35/1 to being reduced to 75/5 in the 12th over. Sundar was responsible for triggering the collapse as he took out captain Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard for one, zero and seven runs respectively.

Krunal Pandya managed to make 15 before he was on his way back to the pavilion, while opener Parthiv Patel, who survived up to this point, scored 52 off 40 balls, which included three boundaries and three sixes, before he was removed by Thakur.

Patel’s 10th IPL fifty went in vain

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Once Patel was gone, it was all over for the Indians as they fell well short of their target.

Sundar and Thakur snapped up three wickets apiece, while Jaydev Unadkat and Lockie Ferguson claimed one wicket each.

Sundar was named Man of the Match.

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