Rising Pune utilised those sluggish conditions significantly better than Mumbai Indians to clear their path to the IPL final.
The Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians will be playing at their home Wankhede Stadium and will be keen to avenge two regular season losses to state rivals Pune on Tuesday, with the victor advancing to Sunday's final in Hyderabad. Dhoni finished unbeaten on 40 off 26 balls.
In the first eight seasons with the Chennai Super Kings, Dhoni was a part of the last four on all occasions. These two teams have the different fortune in this season.
The victory also gives Supergiant, the cushion of two shots at a place in the final.
Pune can now put their feet up before the final in Hyderabad on May 21, while Mumbai will be their opponents if they defeat either Sunrisers Hyderabad or Kolkata Knight Riders in a second qualifier on Friday.
An excellent direct hit from man-of-the-match Jaydev Unadkat ran out Eoin Morgan for just two, and the sixth over proved a nightmare one for Kings XI as Shardul Takur accounted for both Rahul Tewatia (4) and Glenn Maxwell (0).
"Was fortunate to win the toss, the ball was stopping", Supergiant captain Steve Smith said. We always knew that when Maxwell fires, then he can win the match on his own. Probably the worst batting performance of the season for us.
Table-topping Mumbai Indians have also lost Jos Buttler to preparations for the England-South Africa series, which doesn't begin until May 24, three days after Sunday's IPL final in Hyderabad. KXIP only lasted 15.5 overs and were bundled out for 73, their lowest total in the ten seasons of the IPL. Axar [Patel] was outstanding with bat, ball, and (in) the field. Sundar's figures were a surreal 4-0-16-3.
Even Ben Stokes (0/10 in 3 overs) looked unsafe as he beat the bat a number of times.
Continuing his fine run with the willow, Manoj first slogged at a good length ball off McCleneghan to get to his half-century off 45 deliveries before taking the bowler to the cleaners. Shaun Marsh and Wriddhiman Saha added 19 before the former miscued Shardul Thakur and holed out to mid-off. A couple of boundaries off McClenaghan got him going, the second being a delightful cover drive. Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane struck patient fifties, setting a platform for MS Dhoni to use his wiles at the end to help Rising Pune finish with momentum.
The team from Pune, as expected, chased down the runs with no fuss at all, only losing the wicket of Rahul Tripathi (28) along the way. Extras: (w 1) 1.
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