Rising Pune Supergiant winning another consecutive match established itself as the team that Mumbai Indians kept on losing to. The team defended the score to 160 with a pre-ultimate over thriller denying the crucial runs to the chase. Pune slogged Mumbai on its winning streak at six consecutive victories. It is also the first defeat of Mumbai while chasing a score after five successful matches. The score of 160 did not have a massive contribution from MS Dhoni or the likes of Smith, but it had another striker, a discovery. Rahul Tripathi knocked 45 off 31 balls building the foundation for a decent score with Ajinkya Rahane. The opening partnership stretch of 9.3 brought 76 runs.
The chase was powered with Rohit Sharma’s first fifty of the season. Mumbai Indians took a strong advantage of the powerplay overs. Parthiv Patel and Jos Butler played 4.2 overs together bringing 35 runs. After Butler holed out, Nitish Rana came up with a slow stretch. The powerplay had an economic over from Washington Sunder, who disrupted the momentum. Rohit Sharma played a strong inning to keep up with the asking rate in the chase. In the inning, Ben Stokes delivered crucial overs that were the turning points for dominance of Pune over Mumbai. The wicket of Ben Stokes, curtailed the starting momentum, which could have been the key stretch for Mumbai.
The pre-ultimate over slog powered by Ben Stokes was the winning bet for Pune. After Pune bowlers dismantled the middle over. Imran Tahir bowled a couple of economic overs to slow down Mumbai. Pollard’s wicket further plummeted the chase. In the moment, Mumbai required 39 from 23 to win. However, with Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma came up with strong run rate. The player reached fifty on the 18th over. Meanwhile Pandya leveraged Jaydev Unadkad for boundaries. This reduced the equation to 24 off the last two overs.
Ben Stokes, the Player of the Match, was sent in to fill up the quota bowling the next over. It was a turning point as Sharma and Pandya could only take 7 runs, leaving too much to be done in the final over. With heightening pressure, Mumbai lost it to Pune bowlers surrendering three wickets in the last over. The result was quite apparent. Mumbai lost the match by 3 runs chasing Pune to 157.
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