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As we all know Wankhede is the Mecca of cricket and defeating their home team in their own pitch is never an easy task to do but the determination RPS had inspite of not having star bowlers they ended up with a great show
MI lost to RPS by 20 runs as things didn’t go well for the Mumbai Indians side at the earlier part MI was having the upper hand on the show until MS Dhoni teared the bowlers apart since the 17 over and went on to score 40 runs of just 26 balls
Sundar took the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu & Kieron Pollard and ended up with a fabulous figure of 3/16
“It feels really good, especially to have taken key members of their side on such a big occasion in front of a packed crowd,” Sundar said in an interaction with iplt20.com on Tuesday (May 16). “I think Smith has been really supportive and I would like to thank him for it. Him giving me an opportunity to play ten games in my first edition for an off-spinner, I don’t think any other team would have been willing to do that. I would like to thank him a lot.”
Sundar’s tight bowling in the powerplay has given Steve Smith the liberty to use his gun bowlers at will and at any stage of the game. Smith isn’t forced to bring on his strike bowlers in the first six overs with the offspinner keeping things tight from one end. Sundar has picked eight wickets from 10 games but more importantly has given away runs at just 6.61 per over and has provided ample support to the likes of Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur.
“I love the challenge of bowling in the powerplay, having only two fielders outside the circle,” Sundar gushed. “I have been believing in my strengths and hopefully I will be doing the same thing in Hyderabad and we will be able to lift the trophy together.
“I am very proud to have big names in my pocked tonight. To have those three, especially in a game like Qualifier 1 is a proud moment for me. It was a very heartening performance.”
Smith too acknowledged that Sundar’s contribution has been vital to the team’s success and said he was proud of his ward. “What an unbelievable performance by a young 17-year-old on the big stage,” he started. “I throw him the ball in the first six overs when the batsmen are going after him and he takes three.
“I am proud of Sundar and it was great watching him bowl so well. Hopefully, we can see one more big game in the final and lift that trophy.”