Rising Pune Supergiant’s Imran Tahir (3/28), who was unsold in the IPL auction and was drafted in the Pune team as a late replacement, triggered a top-order collapse to put restrict the Mumbai Indians to 184 for eight.
I was quite low when I went unsold in the auction, but life goes on. I came here to prove myself again and my job is to perform whenever given an opportunity. Really pleased with myself to have performed well on getting an opportunity and making the most of it.
Excited to play along side former India and RPS skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Tahir said:
I have a lot of respect for Dhoni, not only because of what he has done for his country and himself, but also because he is one of the nicest guys around. I had a few conversations with him in the practice sessions, but I did not enjoy bowling to him since he hit me for a couple of sixes (laughs). He has been very helpful to me and his advise is something that I would keep taking.
The South African leg-spinner produced a sensational three-wicket burst in the space of 10 balls.
Steve Smith, RPS CaptainTahir was magnificent, probably called him on a little bit earlier than I would have liked to. Taking wickets through the middle overs was helpful and probably helped us in the end as well. Probably 180 was a par score on that wicket, pretty nice wicket with even bounce and slightly on the slower side.
Rising Pune Supergiant captain Steven Smith said that his team was "fortunate" to have won their first IPL match against Mumbai Indians in a last-over finish.
Steve Smith, RPS CaptainIt’s a nice place to bat at Pune. Fortunate to get over the line in the end. Form is form anywhere, I guess, so you got to make the most of it when you’re hitting the ball well.
Rising Pune Supergiant eked out a seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians after Smith hit two consecutive sixes under pressure in the last over to overhaul the target of 185.
Smith, who remained not out on 84 off 54 balls, said he always knew that Mumbai would be giving one over to a spinner and they had to target him.
It was nice to hit a couple of sixes to win the game. It was one of those wickets where it was hard to find timing as soon as you come in.
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