The Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) beat Mumbai Indians (MI) by seven wickets in their opening game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
This victory, has taken the Rising Pune Supergiants, to the second place on the IPL table, right behind defending champions, Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The RPS Skipper, Steve Smith scored an unbeaten 84, for the Orrange Cap (most number of runs scored), while Ajinkya Rahane hit 60 off, just 34 balls. Earlier, Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard were the star for Mumbai Indians, and guided them to 184/8.
Rahane brought up his half-century, with a boundary on the square leg off Hardik Pandya. But, Tim Southee managed to dismiss Rahane, after a stunning catch by Nitish Rana at deep square leg.
Meanwhile, Imran Zahir, who was brought in as replacement for injured Mitchell Marsh, took three wickets for RPS, and has zoomed into the top place for the Purple Cap (most wickets taken).
Tahir, may have got Kieron Pollard, as well, in his third over. But the West Indian, was lucky to survive a huge-leg before appeal.
Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel, provided a good start to MI, but Imran Tahir bowled both of the MI openers.
Last month, Smith had scored a brilliant century on a tricky Pune pitch during the first Test win over India. However, he did not take unnecessary risks, but ensured to give as much strike as possible to Rahane. With 13, required off the final over, Smith slammed two consecutive sixes to midwicket, to finish in style.
Ben Stokes, the most high profile player of IPL 10, scored 13 runs off his first over. Stokes managed just 21 runs off 14 balls, which included three boundaries.
By the end of the over, 154 for 7 had become 184 for 8. Mumbai had never before lost while scoring 187 for 3.
Mumbai Indians - 184/8 (20); Rising Pune Supergiants -187/3 (19.5)
Playing for RPS: Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Steven Smith (C), Mayank Agarwal, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni (W), Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Adam Zampa/Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur.
Playing for MI: Rohit Sharma (C), Parthiv Patel (W), Lendl Simmons/Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee.