Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) squandered a positive start to crawl to a total of 160 or 6 against Mumbai Indians (MI), in the 28th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 tournament. Ajinkya Rahane (38) and Rahul Tripathi (45) provided Rising Pune Supergiant a strong start but an ordinary show by the middle order hampered their chances of a good total in the IPL 10 match at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday night. For Mumbai Indians, their debutant Karn Sharma claimed 2 for 39, whereas Jasprit Bumrah snaffled 2 for 29. Mitchell Johnson and Harbhajan Singh bagged one wicket each. Mumbai now need 161 to win at a little over 8 runs per over. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), IPL 10 Match 28
Rising Pune Supergiant were off to a positive start in the clash. Rahane and Tripathi added 76 runs for the first wicket, with both the right-handed batsmen playing with flair as well as command. Rahane began with a flat six over cover in the first over from Mitchell Johnson, after the pacer presented him with width outside the off-stump. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), IPL 10 Match 28
Tripathi soon followed his opening partner with a stroke over point, but the ball dropped close to the ropes and he had to be content with a boundary, in the second over from Mitchell McClenaghan. The final ball of the second over saw one of the best shots in cricket — a straight drive coming off perfectly from Rahane which beat the bowler as well as the fielders to race down the ground.
In the next over, Johnson once again presented Rahane with a delivery to be driven, and all that the batsmen needed was a gentle push down the wicket past the bowler and the fielder at mid-off.
Both Rahane and Tripathi continued with their strokeplay in the overs that followed, not allowing Mumbai Indians a breakthrough during the Powerplay. After a decent start for the Mumbai Indians’ debutant Karn Sharma, Rahane hit a four while Tripathi smacked a six to take RPS to 48 without any loss in the first six overs.
Tripathi turned the heat on McClenaghan in the eighth over of the innings when he smashed three boundaries off the left-arm pacer, which only increased the desperation in the Mumbai camp for the first wicket.
Mumbai did not have to wait for long as Karn surprised Rahane with a delivery that bounced more than expected, and the batsman got in an awkward position while trying to fend it off. The ball hit the shoulder of the bat and Karn was awarded with an easy catch to claim his first IPL wicket for Mumbai Indians.
Karn had another wicket, in the 12th over, when he got the on-song Tripathi caught by Kieron Pollard at long-off. Tripathi fell after scoring a quick 31-bakll 45, studded with 3 boundaries and 2 sixes.
On the next ball, Harbhajan Singh spilled a regulation catch in the deep which denied Karn his third wicket, that too of Steven Smith. The RPS captain immediately hit a boundary to make Mumbai realise the mistake they made, but Harbhajan was set to get the better of Smith in the next over.
Harbhajan created history of sorts when he joined the exclusive club of bowlers to have taken 200 wickets, breaking into wild celebrations after cleaning up Smith for a mere 17. He became only the third Indian bowler after Amit Mishra and Ravichandran Ashwin to enter the 200-wicket club.
MS Dhoni and Ben Stokes joined forces to take Rising Pune Supergiant ahead, but they could not do much harm. Dhoni and Stokes added a mere 22 runs in a little over three overs, before Johnson cleaned up the latter for 17.
Towards the end of the innings, Manoj Tiwary struck 4 boundaries to score 22 off 13 balls, which pushed RPS past the 150-run mark.
Rising Pune Supergiant 160 for 6 in 20 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 38, Rahul Tripathi 45; Karn Sharma 2 for 39, Jasprit Bumrah 2 for 29) vs Mumbai Indians.