Mumbai Indians (MI) made heavy weather of what should have been a comfortable chase of 161 against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), losing the game No. 28 by a mere 3 runs in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. An excellent bowling effort from Ben Stokes and a terrific catch to dismiss Hardik Pandya on the first ball of the final over turned the game into Rising Pune Supergiant’s favour. Rohit Sharma scored an fine half-century, but his effort went in vain as Mumbai Indians could never really get the big overs towards the end which could have taken them past the finish line. Mumbai Indians, thus, have lost only their second game out of eight so far in IPL 10. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), IPL 10 Match 28
Mumbai Indians began chase on a strong note, with both Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel hitting boundaries early on. After a quiet first over, Buttler opened up with two consecutive boundaries off Shardul Thakur in the second over, and Parthiv smacked Washington Sundar for three boundaries in the third over to take Mumbai Indians off to a flier. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), IPL 10 Match 28
Rising Pune Supergiant struck early when Ben Stokes removed his England teammate Buttler, getting him caught at long-on which had been moved to that position only on that delivery. The delight was evident on Stokes’ face, who bowled a wicket maiden but not before some more suspense.
Stokes managed to induce an edge off Nitish Rana’s bat on the penultimate ball of the fifth over, but Manoj Tiwary struggled to collect the ball which dropped right in front of him. Luckily for the Rising Pune Supergiant, Rana did not hurt them a great deal, being dismissed for a mere 9-ball 3 by Dan Christian in the eighth over.
It looked like Rising Pune Supergiant will make life tough for the home side, when Sundar claimed Parthiv’s wicket on the final ball of his spell. Parthiv was cleaned up by the RPS spinner for a 27-ball 33, studded with 4 boundaries.
Rohit teamed up with Mumbai Indians’ debutant Karn Sharma to take his side ahead, and the captain took charge of the proceedings. Rohit cracked two boundaries off Imran Tahir’s over which was the tenth of the innings, and also hit Jaydev Unadkat for a boundary on the final ball of the next over.
Since Mumbai Indians were not chasing a huge target, the scoreboard pressure was never really on the home side which kept ticking the scorecard despite losing wickets on a regular basis. Stokes returned to claim Karn, with the batsman chopping one on to his wickets after a 10-ball 11 with the help of 1 six, hit in the previous over from Tahir. Karn also had luck on his side as before his dismissal, Tiwary had spilled a regulation catch at cover off Tahir.
This was when Pollard and Rohit joined forces to finish the job for Mumbai Indians. Pollard began by hitting Stokes for a boundary, whereas Rohit smacked a six and a four off Tahir in the 14th over of the innings. Rohit continued attacking the RPS bowlers as he hit Stokes for a boundary and then smacked Thakur for a six, whereas Pollard dealt in singles.
Pollard was dismissed at a crucial point. Tahir got the ball to turn away sharply and the batsman played it high in the air towards cover region. Smith covered a lot of ground and took a tumbling catch running towards his left, keeping RPS in the contest..
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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) beat Mumbai Indians 157 for 8 in 20 overs (Parthiv Patel 33, Rohit Sharma 58; Ben Stokes 2 for 21, Jaydev Unadkat 2 fopr 39) by 3 runs.