Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Quick Stats : Q1 - MI vs RPS

154 Runs scored by Ajinkya Rahane in three matches against Mumbai Indians this season - at an average of 51.33 and a strike-rate of 141.28.

For Mumbai Indians, it was wicketkeeper batsman Parthiv Patel's 53 which kept the hosts in the hunt as the wickets kept falling on the other end.

McClenaghan bowled a horror nine ball over in the 19th where Dhoni and Tiwary launched him for 26 runs which let RPS off the hook.

Some disciplined bowling from Pune ensured the victory target was beyond Sharma's side, who finished their twenty overs at 9-142. Shardul Thakur chipped in with the all important wicket of Parthiv, and with two more wickets towards the end, he combined with Sundar's efforts to floor MI.

Dhoni has had his critics during the tournament, but the former India captain will play in a record seventh IPL final after bludgeoning a brutal unbeaten 40 off only 26 balls to get Pune up to 162-4. Pune, already without their mainstay Ben Stokes and Imran Tahir - both out on global duty - looked to Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary for stability. Dhoni hit five sixes.

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Sundar, who had bowled his first over for 8, came back into the attack in the last over of powerplay with Mumbai at 41/1 and trapped Rohit Sharma in front off the very first delivery. In the next Malinga over, captain Steve Smith fell to a top edge, easily taken at cover by Pandya. Mumbai seems on the stronger side but Pune has also disappointed Mumbai twice will have to wait for tonight decider as both the team will hunt for a place in final. The previous six instances for Dhoni came for Chennai Super Kings. Pune, who looked they would struggle to get to 150 at the end of the 18, reached a competitive 162 for 4, with 15 coming of the last over.

A 73-run stand for the fourth wicket between MS Dhoni and Manoj Tiwary eventually made the difference and helped push Pune through to their first final in the Indian Twenty20 competition, comfortably overhauling Mumbai by 20 runs in the qualifier at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Tuesday.

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