Rising Pune Supergiants put up a stellar performance on Thursday as they comfortably chased down the 185-run target set by Mumbai Indians in their opening IPL 2017 campaign in Pune.
The hosts first tamed the Mumbai batting lineup by taking wickets at regular intervals and then made a mockery of a their Malinga-less bowling attack thanks to brilliant half-centuries by captain Steven Smith and Ajinkya Rahane.
While Ajinkya Rahane scored 60 off just 34 deliveries, captain Smith ensured that the stiff target doesn't go beyond their reach with his 84-run knock in 54 balls.
Earlier in the day, spinner Imran Tahir took three wickets for just 28 runs in a spell that kept MI innings in check.
The visitors began with a flying start but kept losing wicket at regular interval. However, they continued to score runs as well. Hardik Pandya rose to the occasion in the 19th over with three consecutive sixes and two boundaries to take his team to 184.
IPL 2017: Live Scorecard: Mumbai Indians vs Rising Pune Supergiant
Here are the highlights
Smith finishes off 2 sixes as Pune chase down 185-run target to defeat Mumbai Indians
Game on! Smith hits a six. Pune now need 4 runs off 2 balls
Tim Southee drops Dhoni at 10 in 19th over. Bumrah looks disappointed
Smith hits a boundary. Pune now need 20 off 12 balls
Hardik Pandya removes Ben Stokes, Pune 3 wickets down; MS Dhoni comes to the crease
With 8 wickets in hand, Pune look set to chase down the 185-run target. Need 49 runs in 33 balls
Smith hits Pollard for a six. RPS: 127/2
Mumbai bring Jasprit Bumrah into the attack to unsettle Pune
Ben Stokes comes to the crease. RPS: 95/2
Ajinkya Rahane departs after third umpire gives decision in visitor's favour
Pune look comfortable in chasing the total with Rahane completes his half century in 27 balls while Smith looks to steady the innings. (RPS: 72/1)
Pune lose early wicket, Mayank Agarwal departs; Captan Smith comes to the crease. SRH: 36/1
Hardik Pandya propels MI score to 184/8 in 20 overs
Hardik Pandya on fire, hits three sixes and a boundary in a row for Mumbai Indians
Kieron Pollard departs at 27, Mumbai now 7 wickets down
Now, Zampa scalps Rana, Mumbai 6 wickets down
Rajat Bhatia scalps Krunal Pandya. Mumbai now 5 wickets down
Rana hits Ben Stokes for a six
Now, Rajat Bhatia joins the party, scapls Ambati Rayudu. MI 92/4 (11.1 overs)
Rana hits Zampa for a six. MI: 74/3
Good over from Ben Stokes, just 3 runs from it
Imran Tahir strikes again, removes Joss Buttler. MI: 62/3
Bowled!!! Rohit Sharma departs, bowled by Imran Tahir. MI: 61/2
Another six from Joss Buttler. MI: 59/1
A fantastic over for Tahir, 7 runs and a wicket! After 5 ovs, MI 48/1
Gone! Tahir removes Parthive Patel
Second bowling change for Pune. Imran Tahir comes in. Patel welcomes him with a four
Wow!!! Joss Buttler hits Stokes for two sixes in a row
Mumbai off to a flying start with boundaries from both ends
# Parthiv Patel hits four at fine leg
# Ashok Dinda takes first over at Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel take guard
Rising Pune Supergiant (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Steven Smith(c), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni(w), Ben Stokes, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Adam Zampa, Imran Tahir, Ashok Dinda
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Parthiv Patel(w), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Nitish Rana, Jos Buttler, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Jasprit Bumrah
Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma after the toss- We are actually playing with 6 batsmen, Mitchell Mcclenaghan get back into the playing eleven. Southee shall spearhead the pace attack. Both Pandya brothers are in.
Toss: Steve Smith wins the toss, invites Mumbai to bat first
Pitch report: No sign of cracks. Looks like a belter of a wicket. Good covering of grass and reckon there will be a bit of movement for the fast bowlers.