IPL 2017, MI vs RPS: Harsh Goenka lauds MS Dhoni's 'explosive' knock against Mumbai Indians
MS Dhoni smashed 26-bal 40 to help his side post a competitive total of 162 on board against Mumbai Indians.
New Delhi: Rising Pune Supergiant booked a spot in the final of the Indian Premier League 2017 with convincing victory over Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, thanks to a brilliant all-round show from young off-spinner Washington Sundar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the Wankhede stadium. (IPL 2017 - Full Coverage | Schedule)
While Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary steadied a sinking RPS ship after Rahul Tripathi and skipper Steve Smith departed in the first two overs, Dhoni produced late fireworks to help his side post a competitive total of 162 on board.
Soon after Pune's innings concluded, owner Sanjeev Goenka and his brother Harsh were seen lauding the performance.
— S. MS Dhoni (@MSDsuperfan) May 16, 2017
Chasing a target of 163, the Rohit Sharma-led side could only manage 142/9 in their stipulated quota of 20 overs.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel was the lone batsman who could stay at the crease and gave the host a glimpse of victory. However, his 52-run knock off 40 balls vent in vain as none of the other Mumbai batsmen stayed long at the crease.
17-year- old Sundar was pick of the bowlers for Supergiant as he picked up three crucial wickets giving away just 16 runs in his four overs.
Harsh, in his post-match tweet, lauded the performances of Dhoni and Shardul while also giving Smith credit for his captaincy.
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) May 16, 2017
"Explosive batting by Dhoni, deceitful bowling by Sundar and great captaincy by Smith takes #RPS to the #IPL finals," tweeted Harsh Goenka.
The victory helped the Supergiant maintain their 100% cent percent win record against Mumbai Indians in this edition of the IPL, bagging a victory in all three encounters.