MI:184-8 from 20 overs (Buttler: 38, H Pandya: 35; Tahir 3-28, Bhatia 2-14), Rising Pune Supergiants: 187-3 from 19.5 overs (Smith: 84, Rahane: 60; Southee 1-34, H Pandya 1-36). Rising Pune Supergiants win by 7 wickets.
Rising Pune Supergiants captain Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane win it in style for RPS against MI
Rising Pune Supergiants captain Steve Smith barely broke sweat, as he guided his side to a seven-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians, at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, in Pune, on Thursday.
Ajinkya Rahane earned 60 runs from 34 balls had gotten RPS off to a great start, belting the Mumbai Indians bowlers all over the park.
It took a brilliant diving catch by Nitish Rana to get the Team India vice-captain out. Although Rahane’s wicket stemmed the flow of runs for a while, Smith put up a 50-run partnership with Englishman Ben Stokes, to take RPS closer to their target.
It got a little close at the end, with Jasprit Bumrah bowling a tight 19th over, but with 10 runs left to win from three balls, Smith smacked Kieron Pollard for two sixes, to bring-up the win with one ball remaining.
Earlier, Pune’s South African spinner Imran Tahir produced a good performance, picking up the wickets of the top three Mumbai Indians wickets – Parthiv Patel (19), Jos Buttler (38), and captain Rohit sharma (3); Tahir finished with figures of 3-28 from his quota of four overs.
Mumbai Indians looked set for an average total, with wickets falling at regular intervals in their innings.
However, Hardik Pandya smashed a massive 30 runs off the last over of their innings, which was bowled by Ashok Dinda. Pandya’s heroics helped take Mumbai’s total to a challenging 184 for eight.
Man of the Match: Steve Smith.
Steve Smith carried his good form in Test cricket to that in T20, as he scored an unbeaten 84 to guide RPS to a thrilling win over MI.