Mumbai: Rising Pune Supergiant took another step towards bringing their campaign back on track after a narrow 3-run win over Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium.
The Pune bowlers were at their best as they managed to defend a below par total of 160 against the Mumbai Indians, who have proved to be the chase masters of thi season so far.
Mumbai Indians vs Rising Pune Supergiant - As It Happened
Pune were given a solid start at the top of the order by their openers Ajinkya Rahane (38) and Rahul Tripathi (45) as the duo put on 76 runs in a little under 10 overs. Batting was not easy on the pitch and the introduction spinners further helped Mumbai curb the flow of runs.
[blurb]Leg spinner Karn Sharma, playing his first match for the Mumbai outfit, gave the hosts the first breakthrough when he dismissed the impressive Rahane. He accounted for the other opener, youngster Rahul Tripathi, in his next over and that pegged the Supergiant further.[/blurb]
Skipper Steven Smith tried to take the attack back to Mumbai but was foxed by Harbhajan Singh for 17. The dismissal gave Harbhajan his 200th wicket in T20 cricket.
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Ben Stokes (17) and Manoj Tiwary (22) tried to up the ante, but were sent back to the pavillion while MS Dhoni also failed to produce the goods, as Pune settled for a below par total of 160/6.
Mumbai's chase began well with Jos Buttler playing in his trademark whirlwind fashion and Parthiv Patel giving him company. But Buttler's desire to get one over the in-field led to his dismissal as he was caught by Washington Sundar at long on off a slower delivery by Ben Stokes.
[blurb]Young Nitish Rana failed to impress as he was sent back for just 3 runs off 9 deliveries by Dan Christian. Parthiv Patel continued to play some nice shots to keep Mumbai Indians abreast with the required run-rate, but his stay in the middle was brought to an end in the ninth over by young off-spinner Washington Sundar.[/blurb]
Rohit Sharma played a lone hand as he kept Mumbai Indians in the game by hitting some crisp boundaries even as wickets kept falling around him.
Karn Sharma (11), Kieron Pollard (9) and Hardik Pandya (13) as flattered to deceive as Pune tightened the screws over Mumbai.
Mumbai needed 35 runs off the last three overs and Hardik Pandya's back to back boundaries off Jaydev Unadkat brought the equation down to 24 needed off the last two.
Ben Stoked who had already picked up two wickets earlier was tasked with bowling the penultimate over and he did a great job. The Englishman used all his experience and didn't conceded a single boundary in the over, giving away only seven runs as Mumbai now needed 17 to winoff the last over.
Jaydev Unadkat dismissed Hardik Pandya on the first delivery, but was hit for big six by Rohit Sharma off the second as the hosts now needed 11 runs off 4 deliveries.
Unadkat dismissed Rohit on the fourth delivery as he looked to hit a six with Mumbai needing 11 off the last three. Mitchell McClenaghan was run out on the next ball and though Harbhajan Singh hit the last delivery for a six, Rising Pune Supergiant managed to win the match by 3 runs, thus completing a double over the Mumbai Indians.