RPS started off well in the tournament. With back to back six losses in eight games and being the lowest in the points table. Pune are in a deep pit. Dhoni’s luck has deserted him and Pune. The venue’s IPL jinx continues.
RPS scored 159/5 in 20 over’s with top scorer being Saurabh Tiwary(57) followed by Steven Smith(45). Bumrah is the only bowler who took the maximum wickets of the top scorers and restricted RPS.
The score looked easier for defending champions who surpassed the target only in 18.3 over’s with skipper Rohit smashing unbeaten 85 off 60 balls.
Rohit tried to change his game .With Parthiv Patel(21), Rayudu(22) and Buttler(27) making small but useful contributions. It led to the victory of Mumbai Indians.
If Supergaints fail to make it to the last four of the tournament. It will be the first time that Mahendra Singh Dhoni led the team which is not in the knock out stage.
In eight seasons of IPL with the Chennai Super Kings, Dhoni has led the team to the finals on six occasions (2008, 2010, 2011 , 2012, 2013, 2015) while the other two occasions ended in last four finishes (2009, 2014)
There was a poor phase in the Super giants innings as they lost the momentum between over’s 11 and 15 scoring only 27 runs in that phase which was the turning point.
If Pune;s game plan can be changed and the best batsman can be bought in the place of the injured batsman. It should be easier for them to win the matches.