In what turned out to be a thrilling finish to the match No. 28 in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), the visiting side clinched a narrow 3-run win in the final over. Chasing 161 to win, Mumbai Indians stuttered at the ending stages to concede the game, thus losing only the second match in IPL 10. Rohit Sharma scored a fine 58 — his first fifty in the series — and Parthiv Patel made 33, but Ben Stokes’ brilliance and Jaydev Unadkat’s two wickets in the final over turned the game in Rising Pune Supergiant’s favour. Let us take a look at the highlights from the game: FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), IPL 10 Match 28
Rahul Tripathi taking giant strides: With the scores of 10, 33, 31, 59 and 45, the latest against Mumbai Indians, the right-handed opener has been taking giant strides in IPL 10. Tripathi has been a consistent performer for Pune, and with Ajinkya Rahane at the top, he has been ensuring strong starts for his side. Against Mumbai Indians, Tripathi hit 2 sixes and 3 boundaries to make a 31-ball 45, adding 76 runs for the first wicket with Rahane in the process.
RPS misfire again: Despite a strong start, RPS struggled in the middle overs and squandered an opportunity to put up a competitive score. RPS must consider themselves lucky to finish on the right side at the end, after Steven Smith (17), MS Dhoni (7) and Stokes (17) managing a total of 41 runs between them.
Harbhajan Singh’s roar: Having spilled a catch in the deep of a batsman as dangerous as Smith, the senior Mumbai player was under pressure. However, Harbhajan managed to work past the defence of Smith, and he broke into a wild celebration having claimed a wicket which was truly special. Harbhajan is now only the third Indian bowler to have taken 200 wickets in T20 cricket, and the celebrations from the veteran bowler were just perfect.
Manoj Tiwary’s worth: In yet another match, Tiwary provided RPS with some late but extremely crucial runs towards the end. Tiwary smashed 4 boundaries to score 22 off a mere 13 balls, but his innings helped RPS to go past the 150-run mark and end up with some momentum batting first at the Wankhede Stadium.
Stokes’ delight: How often do you get to play against one of the best players from your country at the international level? That is the benefit which T20 leagues bring to the modern day cricketer. Stokes versus Jos Buttler was one of the key battles in the clash on Monday, and the former ended up with the final laugh. With Buttler having settled in, RPS came up with the idea of dropping the man at mid-on to long-on for the delivery off which Buttler was eventually dismissed. Having claimed the wicket of his compatriot, the delight was more than evident on Stokes’ face.
Rohit Sharma’s half-century: The Mumbai captain has been batting very low in the middle-order, sending Nitish Rana up to provide him with more chances. But with their middle-order blown away, Rohit was left with the responsibility of carrying Mumbai Indians through. Rohit struck form at the right time, bringing up his first half-century of IPL 2017, smacking 3 sixes and 6 boundaries to score 58 off 39 balls. But Rohit failed to get quick runs towards the end, as Mumbai suffered a narrow defeat.
Stokes’ brilliance: Stokes proved his mettle as one of the finest all-rounders once again. In the over in which he claimed Buttler, Stokes managed a rare wicket-maiden. But the all-rounder was special towards the end, giving away a mere 7 runs in the penultimate over when Mumbai Indians needed 24 off 12. In the final over, when Hardik Pandya connected the first ball well, Stokes showed a lot of courage in coming forward to grab a low catch in front of him.
Sachin Tendulkar’s party spoiled: The Little Master opted to turn up at the Wankhede Stadium on his 44th birthday, hoping for a victory. Tendulkar cut a cake on the camera, in the company of Matthew Hayden. But the Mumbai Indians’ mentor did not have a lot to cherish at the end, as he witnessed the team suffering a defeat after an impressive winning streak.