IPL 2017: Manoj Tiwari credits MS Dhoni’s death-over heroics as turning point
Seasoned Bengal cricketer Manoj Tiwary hailed charismatic Mahendra Singh Dhoni for providing the much-needed impetus to the Rising Pune Supergiant innings that proved decisive in the outcome of the Qualifier 1 against Mumbai Indians.
Dhoni smashed five sixes in his 40-run knock that propelled Supergiant to 162 four four. Supergiant reached the final with a 20-run win.
“The momentum shifted during the last two overs. We were struggling to get that until the 18th, 19th and 20th over where Mahi bhai played some outstanding shots. It was not easy against Bumrah, but he showed why he is such a highly-talented player,” said Tiwary who played a crucial knock of 58 in 48 balls before being run out.
“He has so much of ability to hit the best bowlers in the IPL. Those sixes in the crucial overs helped us to put up a good total,” said Tiwary who also put on 73 runs with Dhoni for the fourth wicket.
Tiwary said captain Steve Smith and coach Stephen Fleming told him and Ajinkya Rahane during the strategic time-out that a score of 160 was reachable.
“Our bowlers executed the plans very well. They lost a couple of wickets in the Powerplay and we never looked back …read more