Rising Pune Supergiant bowlers scripted a three-run victory for their team over IPL table toppers Mumbai Indians. It was a great performance by the Pune team which needed this victory badly to stay alive in the competition.Rising Pune Supergiant beat Mumbai Indians in a last over thriller and won the match by three runs while pursuing a target of 161 runs.
The RPS bowlers scripted a heroic victory with medium pacer Jaydev Unadkat and all-rounder Ben Stokes took two wickets apiece. Apart from them, Imran Tahir, Daniel Christian and Washington Sundar played their part well and took a wicket apiece. Young Jaydev Unadkat held his nerve as he defended 17 runs in the last over.
Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma played his best knock of IPL 2017 and hit a sublime half-century. However, Unadkat grabbed both his and pinch-hitter Hardik Pandya's wickets to help his team earn a highly-deserved victory.
Ben Stokes rose to the occasion and took two wickets in his four overs while giving only 21 runs. He changed the course of the match and provided his team timely breakthroughs.
His excellent efforts were recognised and he was awarded the Man of the Match.As far as Mumbai Indians were concerned, apart from captain Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel, the other batsmen were unable to convert their starts and Pune brought their winning streak to an end.
Earlier, Rising Pune Supergiant were given a positive start by their openers Rahul Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane. However, the Mumbai Indians bowlers made a brilliant comeback in the match as Rising Pune Supergiant were able to score only 160 runs for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Mumbai Indians spinners Karn Sharma and Harbhajan Singh weaved magic with their variations as they sent Pune on the backfoot. Jasprit Bumrah too played his part to perfection as he deceived the Pune batsmen with his slower balls and off-cutters.
Karn Sharma, who came in place of the injured Krunal Pandya took two wickets in the match and applied the initial brakes on the Pune innings. Harbhajan Singh took his 200th T20 wicket and Bumrah grabbed two as the Rising Pune Supergiant couldn't convert their start to a mammoth total. However, in the end, the Pune magic worked and they were able to maintain their dominance over Mumbai.