Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

MS Dhoni shifted momentum in favour of RPS, claims Manoj Tiwary

MS Dhoni shifted momentum in favour of RPS, claims Manoj Tiwary

Man of the Match Washington Sundar said: "It's very heartening for me to do well against such a big team on such a big stage in front of a packed crowd".

Set 163 to win Mumbai managed only 142 in response and never got going on a hard Wankhede Stadium surface.

"If you see the last couple of games or even previous year, he had been successful against Dhoni with the kind of length he was bowling". He has been bowling brilliantly throughout the tournament. You sometimes have to give it to the calibre of the batsman as well.

The fall of Rahane brought in Dhoni who, along with Manoj, played out five overs inconsequentially before the Bengal batsman took the attack to the opposition. Bumrah bowled successive dot-ball yorkers to Dhoni to end the over and the innings.

Sundar twice struck in the last over of the batting powerplay when he got a lucky lbw decision against Rohit (1), and Ambati Rayudu (0) pulled straight to Smith at short midwicket.

"Not really. I had niggle and stayed back".

Mumbai slipped to 41-3 then 51-4 in Sundar's last over when Kieron Pollard was also caught neatly by Smith.

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"That was the momentum we needed going into the bowling innings".

Patel was of the opinion that the 160-odd that the Supergiant scored was "par score" on the Wankhede track.

Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians, who faced a defeat in its last game against Rising Pune Supergiants, will be awaiting the result of today's game as it will face the victor to make way for the finals.

He defended team management decision to bench Harbhajan Singh and field leg-spinner Karn Sharma and left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya - both of whom had a decent outing. The two had been struggling as the Mumbai spinners had kept it tight. We've played well throughout the tournament, and that is why we've got another chance of playing in the final.

"We didn't have enough partnerships, it's crucial to get small partnerships in".

Sundar added, "Washington was extremely fond of cricket and would come to watch us play at the Marina ground". It's very important for us to forget what has happened today and treat the next game as the semi final.

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