Rising Pune Supergiant nicks victory from Mumbai Indians

 . Last updated on April 7, 2017, 12:40 PM
Rising Pune Supergiant nicks victory from Mumbai Indians
Smith hitting the winning shot.
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Rising Pune Supergiant won its first match against Mumbai Indians in Pune by 7 wickets with Steven Smith and Ajinkya Rahane beating the best out of bowers. The latter posed a target of 184 in the inning being capped by Supergiant’s bowlers. Especially Imran Tahir came out as the spearhead attack on Mumbai taking down both the openers and the next batsman down the line. In the chase, Rahane and Smith’s partnership of seven overs closed in the victory mark for the team. Even if, the team reached a dip by the last overs, the ex-captain, Dhoni and the captain ensured that they don’t get thumped down.

The match witnessed the most expensive over last over in IPL history. Ashok Dinda gave out 30 runs in the last over to Mumbai Indian batsmen. Else, the win could have been easier. For Pune, the bowling combination of Imran Tahir, Adam Zampa and Rajat Bhatia paid off well. With such a composition, the team successfully managed to topple Mumbai batsmen at paltry runs, denying any partnership. However, the other bowlers gave the lose end conceding 114 runs. In ten overs, Dinda, Deepak Chahar and Ben Stokes pour out enough into Mumbai’s tally, which came close to 200 runs. A couple of more runs in the score could have exerted a sheer pressure on Pune.

In the chase, Mayank Agarwal was removed early in the fourth over, but the next partnership steered straight into the victory mark. Rahane came up with a strong form similar to that in the Dharamshala test. He scored quicker than his previous innings in IPL batting for half the stretch. Both Smith and Rahane scored well but the asking rate was still more. Pune needed 92 from 59 balls by the time Rahane was dismissed. When Ben Stokes was removed, the equation was still at 42 off 28. Smith reached his half century.

Mumbai bowlers did manage to put on the pressure on Dhoni and Smith by the 17th, 18th and the 19th over, but the players did not spare a least chance of hammering boundaries. By the last over, Pune required 10 runs off three balls. The over was bowled by Keiron Pollard and on strike was Smith. The batman capitalized with excellent hits straight to the boundaries over the long on and deep mid-wicket sparing a single delivery.

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