Rising Pune Supergiants rode on superb batting by captain Steven Smith and Ajinkya Rahane to beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in the second game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday.
Chasing a target of 185, Pune crossed the line with one ball to spare.
The hosts had started their chase on a strong note, scoring at more than 10 runs an over in the initial stages before Mayank Agarwal was dismissed by Mitchell McClenaghan. Smith then joined Rahane in the middle and the duo added 58 runs in the space of seven overs to lay the foundation of a successful run chase.
Rahane scored 60 runs off 34 balls with six boundaries and three hits into the stands. He was finally dismissed when Nitish Rana pulled off an excellent catch at deep square leg off the bowling of Tim Southee.
Smith, however, continued on and remained unbeaten on 84 off 54 deliveries. His innings included seven boundaries and three sixes.
Fittingly, it was he only who brought up the winning runs with two consecutive sixes off Kieron Pollard in the final over.
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