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IPL 2017: RPS vs MI - Star Of the Match - Steven Smith

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 7, 2017, 9:09 AM IST
IPL 2017: RPS vs MI - Star Of the Match - Steven Smith

Steve Smith. (Image credit: BCCI)

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If there is one man in the cricket world a bowler doesn't want to bowl to currently, it is Steven Smith. The Australian started his Indian Premier League campaign in style by leading his team, Rising Pune Supergiant, to victory over Mumbai Indians in what is called IPL's Maharashtra derby.

Chasing a target of 185, Pune romped home with just one ball to spare and it was all due to their new captain. The hosts had started their chase on a flying note, scoring at more than 10 runs an over before Mayank Agarwal was dismissed by Mitchell McClenaghan.

Smith, who replaced MS Dhoni as captain in the 10th edition of the IPL, made his entry stretching his arms and didn't take much time to settle. Smith joined Rahane in the middle and the duo added 58 runs in the space of seven overs to lay the foundation of a successful run chase.

After Rahane's dismissal, Smith took it upon himself to take the team home and he kept on hitting boundaries to keep Pune's required rate under check. With 13 needed off the last over, Smith and MS Dhoni rotated the strike with three singles on the first three deliveries off Kieron Pollard, who was bowling the last over.

The unorthodox Australian batsman held his nerves and slammed Pollard for two back-to-back sixes to take RPS home with one ball to spare as the match went down the wire.

Smith's unbeaten knock of 84 runs off 54 deliveries was studded with seven boundaries and three sixes.

Here's how the last over unfolded (Pune needed 13 runs):

19.1: Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni plays it straight down the ground for a single.

19.2: Pollard to Smith, 1 run, Smith whips it towards deep backward square leg for a single.

19.3: Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni sends Pollard towards deep and snatches another single.

19.4: Pollard to Smith, SIX, Smith launches it towards long-on.

19.5: Pollard to Smith, SIX, Smith finishes off in Dhoni's style (He is on other end). The Australian walks across and plays it over mid-wicket.

First Published: April 7, 2017, 12:24 AM IST
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