Rising Pune Supergiants v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2016, Pune May 1, 2016

Bowlers, Rohit fire Mumbai Indians to fifth win


Mumbai Indians 161 for 2 (Rohit 85*, Buttler 27) beat Rising Pune Supergiants 159 for 5 (Tiwary 57, Smith 45, Bumrah 3-29) by eight wickets
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Rohit Sharma's five fifty-plus scores in chases this season are the most by anyone in a single edition © BCCI

Mumbai Indians brought the curtains down on Maharashtra Day with an eight-wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiants at the MCA Stadium in Pune. Rohit Sharma's fourth half-century in a successful chase this season - an unbeaten 60-ball 85 - helped make light work of a 160-run target and sealed Mumbai's fifth win with nine balls to spare.

Rohit completed the job that was set up by Mumbai's bowlers, who conceded only 66 in the second half of Supergiants' innings after Steven Smith and Saurabh Tiwary had clobbered the ball all over the ground in a swift second-wicket stand of 84.

A flurry of boundaries, misjudged catches and misfields formed the crux of the first 10 overs of the Supergiants innings after they were put in to bat. Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed early but Smith, who offered a tough chance to Parthiv Patel on 1, was quickly into his stride, hitting three successive boundaries off Tim Southee in the third over.

The confidence of a century in the previous game showed in Smith's intent to dominate. One moment, he was pulling in front of square. Next he swiftly used the depth of the crease to cut and ramp the ball over third man. He raced to 33 off 14 deliveries as Supergiants brought up their fifty in the sixth over.

Smith was not the only Supergiants batsman to ride his luck. Tiwary should have been dismissed for 4 by Mitchell McClenaghan but Jasprit Bumrah fluffed a regulation chance at mid-on in the fourth over. Galvanized by the let-off, Tiwary raced from 6 off 11 deliveries to 34 off 22 balls. He was eventually dismissed for 57 off 45 balls, his first IPL half-century since 2013.

Tiwary's formula was simple: staying deep inside the crease, he cleared his front leg and used his broad shoulders to repeatedly find the leg-side boundaries. He was severe on left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya, who was hit for two sixes and a four in his second over that went for 20.

Bumrah was brought back with Supergiants at 91 for 1 in nine overs, and he struck off his second delivery as Smith's attempted dab down to third man resulted in a deflection to MS Dhoni. From there on, the innings stuttered like a two-stroke engine running out of oil. Peter Handscomb was also dismissed quickly and those wickets not only allowed Mumbai to apply the brakes, but also brought about hesitancy in Tiwary's game. MS Dhoni, who walked in to bat at No. 5 in the 13th over, also struggled to bring out his big hits.

While McClenaghan hustled the batsmen with pace, Bumrah varied his lengths effectively with yorkers and cutters. Harbhajan Singh, too, kept a lid on the runs by darting the ball and cramping the batsmen for room. The squeeze meant that Supergiants scored only three fours and a six in their last 11 overs.

Mumbai had the momentum going into the break and Rohit made his intentions clear when they came out to bat. Happy to swing at the length balls, he got away with two thick edges that flew towards third man in the third over. Parthiv was in sparkling form, driving Ashok Dinda for three successive boundaries before nicking the fourth ball to Dhoni. By then, Mumbai had wiped out 39 in four overs.

Ambati Rayudu played a typical innings, quietly nudging the ball, picking singles and hitting the odd boundary. He switched to attack in the eighth over, Ashwin's first, by stepping out and lofting the offspinner for a six over long-on. There was little pressure to contend with and Rohit effortlessly reeled off the runs, a majority of which came in the arc between deep midwicket and long-on.

Rayudu's wicket gave Supergiants a brief respite but an equation of 67 from eight overs allowed Jos Buttler enough time to find his range. At the other end, Rohit brought up his fifty off 38 balls and ensured that Supergiants' campaign was left in disarray with their sixth loss in eight matches.

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Krishen on May 3, 2016, 12:32 GMT

    Concluding captaincy as good / bad after a team win / team loss is inappropriate. Cricket is a team sport. Captains can only marginally optimise team performance & aren't coaches either. IND achieved 8-0 win (including 4-0 white wash) in 9 tests v strong AUS at home with MSD as captain. MSD has exceptional record as a captain at home that included many 100+ & even a 200+ innings as batsman. The aberration of losses in ENG/AUS(2011-12) had more to do with fitness problems of key players & batting failures than captaincy. During last 2 yrs IND missed opportunities of test series wins in SA/NZ/ENG/AUS due to batting/fielding errors, fitness issues. MSD batting at Lords 2007 was instrumental in saving a test match & paved way for test series win in ENG after 21 yrs. There are many under pressure tests innings by MSD in AUS/ENG/SA/NZ. Contrary to views of some, MSD with his performances as player & captain has leapfrogged as best ever captain in all forms of cricket in history of the game.

  •   Deepak Tiwari on May 2, 2016, 16:25 GMT

    So far, he has been created with golden mind. But looks like he left his brilliant touch at his home. He is not the best captain of India, it was Ganguly but unfortunately he didn't get right talents at that time. He produced some very famous wins for India with a average bowling unit. Many a times, many experts have said that he doesn't utilize his mind, he waits for the things to happen. Excellency is judged on each format of the game not only on limited overs. Ganguly was excellent in all the formats he played but Dhoni, a worst captain in test matches. It was a sound blessings from Srinivasan that he survived as a captain for a long time. I know, my comments will hurt to south Indian guys.

  • Nishant on May 2, 2016, 13:19 GMT

    Well done Mumbai but I still think Nathu Singh should replace Southhee and Guptil should replace Parthiv for 2 or 3 matches and see how it goes. Not saying they are not performing well but just to test new Indian player. I heard lots of good things about Nathu so mumbai should at least try him for few matches to see what he got. Its IPL, Indian players should get chance to show their talent and anyways India always requires a good fast/seam bowler.

  • Krishen on May 2, 2016, 13:00 GMT

    IND has produced many a great cricketer but 2 biggest jewels in crown of IND cricket are SRT & MSD. SRT is the greatest ever batsman & MSD the greatest ever captain, in cricket history. Victories in cricket are secured by a team with a superior collective batting, bowling & fielding performance over the opponents. Captains can only marginally optimise team performances. Captain must make contributions in role as player, in wins for the team, stand up in tough situations. With MSD as captain IND has won world titles in 2007, 2011, 2013 & in last 3 yrs won 12 tests (7 with MSD), ODI series in ENG 2014(after 24 yrs),T20 series in AUS 2016, reached final of WT20 2014/ SF CWC 2015/SF WT20 2016 etc. with different set of players. RPS has significant resource shortfall for an experienced captain (with 2 IPL/2 CPL titles) compared to IPL8. RPS have fallen behind due to missed opportunities of wins v RCB, KKR & GL. It is time for MSD rise to the tough challenge & more wins will not be far away.

  • Cricinfouser on May 2, 2016, 12:11 GMT

    It's a good team but not well led.Dhoni need to lead from the front or he should come late in the order. Also should select good Indian bowlers like Irphan and RP(can see few frowns) in the team.Persist with both the Ashwin but ask them to bowl attacking line.

  • kirtit6230746 on May 2, 2016, 8:30 GMT

    current point table in interim state is deceptive since all teams have not played same number of matches. if for this purpose you can adopt number points divided by matches played and also apply N/R so that it can show a true current picture. this way GL WILL BE AT 1ST PLACE WITH RATIO OF POINTS /NUMBER OF GAMES =1.5, DEHLI WILL BE SECOND WITH 1.33 ,KOLKATTA H1.14 , THEN HYDRABAD 1.14 THEN MUMBAI 1.11 AND SO ON I HOPE THIS WILL GIVE PROPER PICTURE IN INTERIM STATUS

  • sowmi on May 2, 2016, 7:41 GMT

    @Sam6E Please take a quick look at Ashwin's record in all forms of cricket before commenting. Yes he was given a chance in the Indian team due to Dhoni sensing his talent but it was because he had a good first class record that he made the Indian team. The guy averages 32 with the bat and 25 with the ball in test cricket to go with his 5 man of the series awards. He has an economy rate of 4.85 in ODIs where in this day and age 275-300 is a par score. He's the only Indian bowler to take 50 t20 wickets and has an economy below 7. As far as ICC rankings go he is the 3rd ranked bowler in t20s and in ODIs no 10. Hes also the 2nd ranked bowler in tests. and Even in this IPL his economy is only 7. Undoubtedly he isn't at his best but India need him to regain his form as he has been one of our most important players in recent times.

  • Samir on May 2, 2016, 7:25 GMT

    I was there at the stadium. The first 8-9 overs were just awesome. Then Handscomb tried but couldn't do much and then Dhoni just laid waste to everything built so far. There were some great balls bowled in between by MI but the poor body-language from Dhoni was visibly palpable. He just wasn't interested. Soon nobody in the stadium was chanting his name though the Dj was egging everyone. Even the public had given up on Dhoni after the 17th over itself. Then came Rohit Sharma and showed a great knock. The Pune crowd cheered for the great batsmanship from him but one thing is clear...the end of Dhoni's legend is very near. His supporters are deserting him in droves now.

  • Shanmugam on May 2, 2016, 7:16 GMT

    I saw Dhoni twisted his ankle while batting. By citing that as an injury he can also withdraw from this IPL. That way it will give a break to Dhoni's fan also from breaking their head against wall. As a fan I do not want to see a jaded MSD on the field.

  •   Kazi Rashid on May 2, 2016, 7:07 GMT

    Good come back by the MI Bowlers to stop Pune from making big score and well support by Batsman Good Team Performance in the end for Pune they need to get the Combination right they going with same combination same set of players

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