220dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Rahane, Smith clinch thriller for Pune

An ice-cool unbeaten 84 from Steven Smith steered Rising Pune Supergiant to a seven-wicket win against Mumbai Indians at the MCA Stadium

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SPD Smith
SPD Smith
84(54) 7x4 - 3x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 26 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
7 0 18 8 7 0 29 15
AM Rahane
AM Rahane
60(34) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 9 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
19 1 11 4 2 9 12 2

Best performances - Bowlers

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir
O4
M0
R28
W3
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
R Bhatia
O3
M0
R14
W2
Eco4.66
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

Rising Pune Supergiant , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20

Match days

06 April 2017 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Rising Pune Supergiant 2, Mumbai Indians 0

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan

After a slightly one-sided opening game, the IPL is back at its exhilarating best. Mumbai continue to show that they are slow starters. They have now lost their first match in every season since 2013. After the two teams exchanged away wins in the last season, the head-to-head now has a home winner. After a forgettable debut season, Pune return with a cracking start and the highest successful chase against Mumbai. That's all we have from this game. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. Be back tomorrow when Gujarat Lions kick off their campaign with a home fixture against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders. Until then, goodbye!

"It's a nice place to bat, Pune," says Steven Smith, Pune captain and Man of the Match. "Fortunate to get over the line in the end. We always knew they would have to get an over in from a spinner or Pollard and we had to target them It was nice to hit a couple of sixes to hit the game. It was one of those wickets where it was hard to find timing as soon as you come in. Form is form anywhere, I guess, so you got to make the most of it when you're hitting the ball well. Imran Tahir 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."

Abdullah: "I would like to give some credit to Rajat Bhatia, he is one of the most under-rated all rounders in Indian Cricket, especially in the T20 format. He gave away just 14 runs off 3 overs, brilliant with his wobbly-dobbly medium pacers!!"

11.38pm Is there any stopping Steven Smith at this moment? First in the Tests and now in his first game of the 2017 IPL, he has stolen the show with an innings of poise. Smith hadn't played a T20 for Australia in a year, but in his first match as Supergiant captain, comes out and plays a blinder. Dropped on 36 by Nitish Rana and that is what happens when you let off good players. Not to forget Rahane's pristine innings at the top, laced with supreme timing that set the tone for the chase and Imran Tahir, who put behind his nightmarish last match against Mumbai Indians with three strikes in his first two overs. Presentations soon.

Arjun: "That is two matches in a row for Pune the captains have finished off the chase in the last over with consecutive sixes!!"

Shaan: "So it is not Indian team that cannot dismiss Smith, it is anyone in Indian conditions"

Saveed: "Now I cant decide whether relieving Dhoni of his duties was a bad decision or making Smith the captain a better choice on the base of individual performances"

Shankar: "Way to go Dhoni !! That's how you give transition to smith "

"I thought Smith batted really well. The kind of form he is in, he just took off from where he left," says Rohit Sharma, Mumbai captain. "The fielding didn't really help us. This is our first game and there is a lot of learning from this. Both bring very similar things to the table and Mitch McClenaghan has done very well for us which is why we picked him ahead of Mitchell Johnson. Mahela brings a lot of experience to the table, but we have a great squad and I am sure we will bounce back."

19.5
6
Pollard to Smith, SIX runs, and that is the game. Full, on middle, Smith walks across and flicks it over midwicket. Times it superbly and the ball carries the distance

Fine leg and third man inside the circle.

19.4
6
Pollard to Smith, SIX runs, is that the game! Smith launches one into the long-on stands and it is a humongous hit. Back of a length, outside off. It was a slower ball and took some serious hitting from Smith who clobbers it
19.3
1
Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, length ball, Dhoni cannot time this pull shot and the ball is fielded at the deep
19.2
1
Pollard to Smith, 1 run, Smith walks across towards off. Pollard bowls it full and Smith whips it away to deep backward square leg where Vinay Kumar tidies up

Pollard in the 20th over in the IPL - 11.15 economy rate

19.1
1
Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, shortish, Dhoni tries to pull and drags it straight down the ground as the ball crashes into the stumps at the non-striker's end

Thirteen needed off the last over. Pollard to bowl

END OF OVER:
19 | 7 Runs | RPS: 172/3 (13 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.05, RRR: 13.00)

  • MS Dhoni10 (10b)
  • Steven Smith71 (51b)
  • Jasprit Bumrah4-0-29-0
  • Mitchell McClenaghan4-0-36-1
18.6
1
Bumrah to Dhoni, 1 run, dropped. Southee spills a sitter at long-on. Full toss from Bumrah and Dhoni does not find the elevation needed. Sends it straight into the hands of Southee who puts it down. Bumrah can't believe his luck

Smith's consistency

6

Number of 30 plus scores for Steven Smith in eight innings against Mumbai Indians. All of them have come in victories

Rahane blast

41

Most runs Ajinkya Rahane has scored in the Powerplays in the IPL

Half-centurion Dinda

4

Number of times Ashok Dinda has conceded over 50 runs in an IPL spell

Dinda's dubious finish

30

Number of runs conceded by Ashok Dinda, the most expensive last over in IPL history

Sluggish Pandya

85

Hardik Pandya's strike rate between overs 16 and 20 in the 2016 IPL

Tahir redeems himself

0-59

Imran Tahir's figures in his previous match against Mumbai Indians, for Delhi Daredevils last year. He did not play again following the performance.

Unfamiliar territory

0

Before today, Ben Stokes had never bowled to Jos Buttler in a T20 match

Powerplay giant

167

Steven Smith's average during the Powerplay in the IPL - the highest. In 17 innings, Smith has been dismissed just once in the first six overs.

Even Stevens

1-1

Supergiant and Mumbai's overall head-to-head record. Both wins came away from home

Low-scoring Pune

155

The average first-innings score at the MCA Stadium in the IPL