Rising Pune Supergiant beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets, riding on half centuries from captain Steven Smith (84 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (60), in their IPL match at Pune on Thursday.
Chasing 185 for a win, Pune overhauled the target with a ball to spare in a tense finish as they reached 187 for 3 in 19.5 overs.
Smith smashed seven fours and three sixes from 54 balls for his unbeaten 84 while Rahane hit 60 from 34 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes as the duo raised 58 runs from the second wicket to set up the win.
Earlier, put into bat, Mumbai scored 184 for 8 on the back of Hardik Pandya's late heroics. Hardik Hardik Pandya (35 off 15 balls) stunned the home crowd as he scored four sixes and a boundary to take 30 runs from the final over bowled by Ashok Dinda.
South African Tahir (3/28), who was unsold in the IPL auction and was drafted in the Pune team as a late replacement for Mitchell Marsh, triggered a top-order collapse after Mumbai's rollicking start after they were put into bat.
But Pandya's late flourish negated Tahir's fine effort as Mumbai rattled up 64 runs in the last five overs.
Mumbai did not have any substantial partnership after the opening wicket stand of 45 between Parthiv Patel (19) and Jos Butler (38) before Pandya's late flourish took them to a good total. Pandya remained not out at 35 from 15 balls (1x4; 4x6) as Mumbai added 64 runs in the last five overs.
Tahir cleaned up Patel in his second ball of the match, giving Pune the first breakthrough after Mumbai had scored 41 runs in the first four overs. He dealt a body blow to Mumbai in his next over by sending back captain Rohit Sharma (3 off 7 balls) who tried to work Tahir's delivery to the leg side without any foot movement only to lose his stumps.
Just two balls later, Tahir dismissed opener Butler, who was going great guns, in an LBW decision to rock the Mumbai innings. Butler, who hit three sixes and as many fours in his 19-ball knock, was a bit unlucky as it appeared that the ball got an inside edge of his bat.
Butler had hit his England team-mate and this season's costliest buy Ben Stokes (1/36) for two consecutive sixes to set the tempo of the match.
Rajat Bhatia (2/14) had Ambati Rayudu caught and bowled for 10 before Mumbai reached 100-run mark in 13th over. Bhatia then cut short Krunal Pandya's (3) stay at the crease to just five balls to reduce Mumbai to 107 for five in the 14th over.
Delhi lad Nitish Rana tried to steady the Mumbai innings with a 28-ball 34 but he was also out in 16th over, leaving West Indian Kieron Pollard to take the responsibility.
Pollard got limited success as he was dismissed for 27 (17 balls; 3x4; 1x6) in the penultimate over by Stokes for his first IPL wicket. Hardik Pandya then stunned the home crowd as Mumbai scored 30 runs from the final over as he scored four sixes and a boundary.
(With inputs from PTI)
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