Get the app

IPL 2017: RPS vs MI - Steven Smith Leads Pune to Super Win Over Mumbai Indians

Steven Smith led from the front in his first match as captain of the Rising Pune Supergiant as he scored an unbeaten xx to guide his team to a seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in their opening match of the the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League.

Cricketnext Staff |April 6, 2017, 11:57 PM IST
IPL 2017: RPS vs MI - Steven Smith Leads Pune to Super Win Over Mumbai Indians

Pune: Steven Smith led from the front in his first match as captain of the Rising Pune Supergiant as he scored an unbeaten 84 off just 54 deliveries to guide his team to a seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in their opening match of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League.

Chasing a tough target of 185 runs for victory, it was Smith and Ajinkya Rahane who fashioned Pune's victory by displaying some phenomenal batting skills.

Rising Pune Supergiant's innings was given a brisk start by Rahane, who hit Hardik Pandya for three boundaries in the second over itself, one of them flying through the slips. The opener cut loose against Tim Southee too as he hit the Kiwi for a six and a boundary off the next over as Pune raced to 35 off three overs.

Mitchell McClenaghan was introduced in the attack in the fourth over and he sent back Mayank Agarwal for 6 off his very first delivery. Jasprit Bumrah bowled a good first over giving away only four runs.

Captain Steven Smith joined Rahane in the middle and he hit McClenaghan for a boundary off the first ball of the last powerplay over. Rahane provided the icing on the cake as he hit the Kiwi for a boundary and a six to make it a much needed big over for Pune as they ended the powerplay on 59/1.

IPL 2017, RPS vs MI: As It Happened

Rahane completed a much deserved half century in the ninth over and continued his onslaught by hitting a maximum off the bowling of Krunal Pandya as Pune ended the 10th over at 93/1.

Tim Southee sent back Rahane for 60 off just 34 deliveries to bring Mumbai back in the contest. But Rahane's dismissal meant Steven Smith took over the mantle of getting quick runs and he got stuck into the Mumbai attack.

Nitish Rana dropped a crucial catch of Smith on the boundary off Mitchell McClenaghan, when the Aussie was on 36. Smith punished Mumbai for the error by hitting Pollard for a boundary and a six in the next over.

Pune ended the 14th over with 129 runs on the board and the duo of Smith and Ben Stokes in the middle, needing 56 off 36 deliveries. Stokes hit the first ball of the next over for a boundary and Steven Smith went on to complete his half century in the same over.

Ben Stokes hit the first delivery of Hardik Pandya's next over for a boundary, but ended up giving an easy catch in the deep off the very next delivery to depart after scoring 21 runs off 14 deliveries as Pune were now 143/3, still needing 42 runs off 28 deliveries.

That brought MS Dhoni to the middle to a rapturous welcome. Although Dhoni remained a mere spectator as Smith continued his run fest, targetting his favourite mid-wicket region to keep getting the crucial boundaries to keep the equation comfortable for the team.

Pune needed 20 runs off the last two overs and Bumrah brought Mumbai back in the match by bowling two back to back dot deliveries to MS Dhoni. The former India and Pune captain though released the pressure by hitting the fifth delivery of the match for a boundary.

Bumrah bowled a full toss on the last delivery but Dhoni couldn't middle it. Tim Southee though spilled an easy catch at the boundary allowing Dhoni to take a single as Pune needed 13 runs off the last over.

Keiron Pollard was handed the responsibility by Rohit Sharma and he made the equation tough by giving away singles on his first three delivery. Smith though got the job done in style by hitting the next two deliveries for huge sixes to help his team win the match by 7 wickets.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians were put into bat by Steven Smith and their choice of openers left a lot of people surprised and definitely caught their opponents unaware. Jos Buttler came out to open the innings with Parthiv Patel and the duo gave their team a flying start.

Both played aggressive shots to clear the in-field in the initial overs. Pune had a chance on the last delivery of the third over, when Parthiv hit Ashok Dinda straight down to thirdman, where Rajat Bhatia dropped a sitter.

Buttler took his attacking game to the next level as he punished, fellow Englishman and this IPL's costliest buy, Ben Stokes for consecutive sixes in his maiden IPL over as Mumbai Indians raced to 41 for no loss in four overs.

Parthiv Patel welcomed Imran Tahir by sweeping him to the fence off the first delivery. But Tahir got his revenge almost instantly as he cleaned up Parthiv on the very next delivery for 19, as Mumbai Indians lost their first wicket with 45 runs on the board.

Buttler though continued his onslaught, hitting newcomer Deepak Chahar for a boundary and a six in the next over as the Mumbai Indians ended their powerplay overs at the score of 61/1

Imran Tahir, though sent shivers down the MI dressing room when he clean bowled captain Rohit Sharma in his second over for just 3 runs. And the big moment came on the last delivery of the same over as Jos Buttler was given out LBW by the umpire after the ball hit his pads. Buttler, who had scored 38 runs off just 19 deliveries, looked very displeased with the decision and the replays showed that he had got a thick inside edge.

ALSO READ: Should There Be DRS in T20 Cricket?

Mumbai Indians were now in a spot of bother at 63/3 after 7 overs with two new batsmen in Ambati Rayudu and Nitish Rana at the crease. The left-handed Rana though showed some aggressive intent early in his innings by hitting a boundary and six.

Ambati Rayudu's brief stay in the middle was ended by Rajat Bhatia, whose wily medium pace got the better of Rayudu and he gifted an easy return catch to Bhatia to depart for 10 as Mumbai Indians slumped to 92/4.

Nitish Rana though went about his business, reminding Ben Stokes that reputations mattered little in IPL as he hit another big six, a pull over mid-wicket. Krunal Pandya had joined Rana in the middle but his desire to get quick runs led to his downfall, dismissed by Bhatia for just 3, as Mumbai Indians were now 107/4 after 13.2 overs.

Keiron Pollard joined Rana in the middle and hit Imran Tahir for a boundary off the first delivery of his last over. But survived a huge LBW shout off the very next delivery. Replays showed Pollard would have had to march back had DRS been a part of the proceedings. MS Dhoni even signalled for one.

Adam Zampa dismissed Rana for 34 in the 16th over, but Pollard kept getting the boundaries, although not at the rate at which Mumbai would want the big West Indian too. Pollard finally departed for 27 off 17 deliveries, caught in the deep by Mayank Agarwal who took a blinder of a catch.

Mumbai Indians at the end of the 19th over were on 154 for 7 as Ashok Dinda got ready to bowl the last over of the innings with Hardik Pandya on strike.

Pandya hit the first delivery for a maximum, slicing the full toss outside the off-stump over cover boundary. Dinda tried to bowl a leg-cutter on the next delivery, but was carted by Pandya over the long off boundary for another six.

The carnage continued as Dinda bowled a half-volley on the next delivery and Pandya obliged by hitting it over long on. An outside edge off the next delivery meant Pandya got another boundary. Dinda's limited abilities as a bowler were exposed again as he was hit for another six off the next delivery.

Tim Southee was run out off the next delivery which was wide. Dinda was lucky to escape with a single off the last delivery as Mumbai Indians scored 30 off the last over to post 184/7 after 20 overs.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5211 116
2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
see more