Highlights IPL 2017 RPS vs MI, cricket scores and updates: Smith, Dhoni guide Pune to 7-wicket win

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Highlights IPL 2017 RPS vs MI, cricket scores and updates: Smith, Dhoni guide Pune to 7-wicket win
  • 00:30 (IST)

    That's it from us in our coverage of the second match of IPL 2017 between Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians. Do join us tomorrow for the third game between Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders in the former's backyard at Rajkot! Till then, goodnight! 

  • 00:08 (IST)

  • The last time Steve Smith batted on this ground, he scored a scarcely believable 100 in the second innings of a Test match dominated by the bowlers to win his side the game. This time the pitch was different, but the result was the same. Another standout knock, another win for his team. Smith's innings was a masterclass in pacing an innings; patient at the start, and belligerent towards the end. 

     
    The win means that RPS get their first win in Pune, and their new acquisition Stokes has provided some balance to the team. But the latecomer Tahir and old hand Rahane were the other stars on the night. 

  • 23:51 (IST)

    Steve Smith is the Man of the Match for his scintillating innings of 84 off 54 balls. Does so on captaincy debut in the league! 

  • Some jitters there at the end but it was always Pune's game to lose after that platform from Rahane and Smith, and Mumbai looking one bowler short. Dropped catches are a constant comic relief in IPL where the fielding standards regularly swing between outstanding and ordinary. That Dhoni drop in the nineteenth over could have deflated Mumbai Indians spirit at the end. It's incredible how batsmen back themselves to clear the fence in the final over these days. There was a time when two sixes in the final over would count as a miracle but here we were expecting either Dhoni or Smith would connect one soon.
     

    Pune did more things right in this game right from team selection to pacing their chase and were the deserving winners. Pune had won their first game in the last season as well only to follow it up with a dismal season. They look a more confident team this time round though and will look to string a series of wins from here and stake early claim at a playoff spot.

  • This is the first win for RPS at Pune from five matches in IPL. 

  • Highest targets successfully chased by teams against Mumbai Indians in IPL:
     
    185 by RPS at PUNE in 2017*
    184 by CSK at Mumbai in 2015
    183 by KTK at Mumbai in 2011
    177 by DD at Delhi in 2008
     

  • 23:38 (IST)

    After 20 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 187/3 ( Steven Smith (C) 84 , MS Dhoni (W) 12)

    Pollard to bowl the last over (seriously, Rohit?). Dhoni uproots the stump at the non-striker's end with a pull in the first delivery, getting only a single. Just a single in the second ball as well, as Smith only sends it to the fielder at back of square. Single off the third over as well, and suddenly the excitement is back in the game. SIX! That was the one big hit that Pune needed, and it is Smith who does it for the hosts! Clears the slower ball over long-on! SIX! That's it! Smith it is who does the finishing job for Pune, and he does so in style with a big hit over midwicket! 

    Rising Pune Supergiant win their first game on home soil by seven wickets

  • Most runs in maiden innings as a captain for a team in IPL:
     
    71* - STEVE SMITH (RPS)*
    64 - Aaron Finch (PW)
    55 - Murali Vijay (KXIP)
    54 - Adam Gilchrist (DC)
    49* - Suresh Raina (CSK)
     

  • 23:33 (IST)

    After 19 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 172/3 ( Steven Smith (C) 71 , MS Dhoni (W) 10)

    Bumrah into his last over, and given his death-bowling skills, Rohit might be hoping for a miracle now. Unsuccessful appeal for caught-behind in the third ball of the over after a couple of singles, which is then followed by another swing-and-miss. Just when the pressure seemed to be returning into the Pune camp, Dhoni smashed a back-of-length delivery towards back of square with a powerful pull for a boundary. DROPPED! Dhoni smashes the last ball towards midwicket, straight into Southee's hands, only for the ball to somehow pop out and fall to the grass! There was your miracle Mumbai, and you just let go of it! 


    Pune need 13 off 6 balls. 

  • 23:29 (IST)

    After 18 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 165/3 ( Steven Smith (C) 70 , MS Dhoni (W) 4)

    In a now-or-never over for Mumbai, McClenaghan ends up conceding 7. Dhoni heaves the second ball towards the leg side for a single. The Kiwi pacer then follows it up with a bouncer in the third delivery that somehow is not called a wide. Couple of singles exchanged between Smith and Dhoni, with the former smashing the last ball towards wide long-off for a boundary, reaching out for the shot from well outside off. Pune nearly there now. End of Mitch M's quota of overs. 


    Pune need 20 off 12 balls. 

  • Mumbai Indians still looking a spinner short but they managed to get IPL's most expensive player ever without giving away much. The Pune crowd didn't mind that wicket though as they started chanting Dhoni-Dhoni as soon as the wicket fell. No amount of money can buy you that kind of adulation. Dhoni will be looking to run hard and give Smith the strike who looks in supreme touch now. If these two stay till the end then Mumbai have no hope of winning this one.

  • 23:24 (IST)

    After 17 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 158/3 ( Steven Smith (C) 65 , MS Dhoni (W) 2)

    Slower ball by Bumrah to start off his third over of the innings. Couple of singles to start the over, with the 150 coming up for the hosts. Smith ends the over with a stylish late cut that carries to the third man boundary after waving McClenaghan goodbye along the way. 


    Pune need 27 off 18 balls. 

  • 23:19 (IST)

    After 16 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 148/3 ( Steven Smith (C) 56 , MS Dhoni (W) 1)

    FOUR! Stokes now picking the gaps with remarkable ease, hammering the first ball towards cow-corner. He fails to connect from the meat of the bat two deliveries later, and sends the ball straight into Southee's palms at deep midwicket. Dhoni walks out to play his first IPL innings as a regular member of the team. Nine runs and a wicket off the over. Maybe another wicket, and Mumbai might rekindle their hopes of a win. 


    Pune need 37 off 24 balls. 

  • 23:16 (IST)

    Ambati Rayudu is stretchered off the field at the moment. Looks serious. More information to follow on that. 

  • 23:13 (IST)

    OUT! Hardik Pandya gets the wicket of Ben Stokes to bring some balance into the game! The all-rounder looked to smash the off-cutter towards midwicket, but did not quite get the elevation in his loft!

    Cheers of 'Dhoni! Dhoni' echo around the stadium as the former Pune skipper walks out to join the current leader, and the fans will now obviously want him to finish the game as he always does. 

    Ben Stokes c Southee b Hardik 21(14)

  • 23:11 (IST)

    After 15 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 139/2 ( Steven Smith (C) 52 , Ben Stokes 17)

    FOUR! Southee from the other end, and Stokes smokes the first ball through extra-cover for his second boundary. Smith gets to his half-century in the third ball of the over with a double, bringing up the milestone in 37 deliveries in his debut match as the captain of an IPL team. Southee goes for 10 in this over, and the visitors seem to be losing the plot now. 


    Pune need 46 off 30 balls. 

  • Steve Smith at his unorthodox best while peppering that leg side field. The party with the bat continues for him on this tour. Mumbai Indians have been guilty of bowling the wrong lines to him. Anything short on his legs with no protection at fine leg is a guaranteed boundary. Mumbai Indians seriously missing a wicket taking bowler in the middle. Goes to show the value of someone like Tahir in the team, a bowler who makes things happen.

  • 23:07 (IST)

    FIFTY for Steve Smith! He has played a captain's innings so far, and will now look to guide his team all the way! Has been a masterclass of an innings so far, getting to the milestone in 37 deliveries! 

  • 23:06 (IST)

    After 14 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 129/2 ( Steven Smith (C) 49 , Ben Stokes 11)

    Pollard into the attack, and pulls out of his delivery in the first ball, perhaps to frustrate Smith, and gets hit for a boundary when he actually delivers. Beautiful use of wrists by Smith in the fourth delivery, simply standing and delivering to send the ball over the cow-corner fence. 15 off Pollard's first over, and Pune definitely are staring at a win now. 


    Pune need 56 off 36 balls. 

  • 22:59 (IST)

    After 13 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 114/2 ( Steven Smith (C) 37 , Ben Stokes 9)

    Smith looking more confident than ever, shuffling far right of his crease in the third delivery and pulling towards midwicket for his third boundary. The captain tucks one off his hip in the penultimate delivery to send the ball towards fine-leg. DROPPPED! Rana lets go of Smith in the final ball, and what a vital chance that was! Smith pulls it towards deep square-leg where the ball pops out of a running Rana's palms. 


    Pune need 71 off 42 balls. 

  • Smith was happy to let Ajinkya Rahane go after the bowling, but needs to get a move on himself. The intent is there, but he too has been put off by tha lack of pace the Mumbai bowlers are imparting. With Stokes at the other end and MS Dhoni yet to come, this is when he needs to change gears.  

  • 22:56 (IST)

    After 12 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 105/2 ( Steven Smith (C) 28 , Ben Stokes 9)

    Bumrah returns to the attack, having bowled a good first over. Gets hit for his first boundary, which also happens to be the first for Stokes n his innings, reaching out for shot towards midwicket. 

  • 22:50 (IST)

    After 11 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 97/2 ( Steven Smith (C) 26 , Ben Stokes 3)

    Rahane has to depart in the very first delivery of the 11th over, and it takes the umpires a few deliveries to confirm the dismissal. Superb over by the Kiwi pacer, with just four runs and a wicket coming off it. Meanwhile, Ben Stokes joins Smith at the centre. 

  • Most 50-plus scores by openers in IPL:
     
    29 - Gautam Gambhir 
    28 - David Warner 
    25 - Chris Gayle 
    22 - AJINKYA RAHANE*
    21 - Shikhar Dhawan 

  • Fastest fifty for RPS in IPL: (By balls)
     
    27 - AJINKYA RAHANE v MI, Today*
    29 - Steve Smith v GL, Pune, 2016
    30 - MS Dhoni v KXIP, Visakhapatnam, 2016

  • They called it the Maharashtra derby but it seems a bit like Pandyas backyard with the brothers operating from each end. Both of them are generally in the team to do the containment job rather than pick any wickets. It shows the lack of depth in Mumbai Indians bowling in looking to just contain runs at each end by having them bowl together.

  • 22:46 (IST)

    OUT! Mumbai finally get the big wicket of Rahane, and it is Southee who gets the breakthrough! Rahane pulls the back-of-length delivery towards deep midwicket, where Nitish Rana pulls off a fine diving effort. Pune 93/2 after 10.1 overs. 

    Ajinkya Rahane c Rana b Southee 60(34)

  • 22:43 (IST)

    After 10 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 93/1 ( Ajinkya Rahane 60 , Steven Smith (C) 25)

    Another Pandya — Krunal this time — continues from the other end, and he gets hit for 11 runs, including a six down the ground off Rahane's bat that Pollard gets a bit of his hand to after a leap. 

  • 22:40 (IST)

    After 9 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 82/1 ( Ajinkya Rahane 52 , Steven Smith (C) 22)

    Quick couple of runs at the start of the over by Rahane, before he hooks the second ball towards backward square-leg to bring up his fastest-ever fifty! What an innings this is turning out to be for Rahane, who had shown glimpses of his readiness for the format in his innings during India's chase in the final Test against Australia in Dharamsala. Nine runs off the over. 

  • 22:37 (IST)

    FIFTY for Ajinkya Rahane! And what a way for the India Test vice-captain to bring up the milestone, in just 27 deliveries, by hooking the short ball from Hardik towards backward square-leg! Pune are in the driver's seat at the moment! 

    This is also Rahane's fastest-ever fifty in IPL! 

  • 22:35 (IST)

    After 8 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 73/1 ( Ajinkya Rahane 44 , Steven Smith (C) 21)

    Krunal Pandya into the attack for the eighth over, and the left-arm spinner concedes a double in his very first delivery thanks to some quick running between the wickets. Gracefully driven through point on the backfoot by Smith in the third delivery to get his second boundary. 

  • 22:32 (IST)

    After 7 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 63/1 ( Ajinkya Rahane 43 , Steven Smith (C) 12)

    Hardik Pandya, whose heroic efforts in the last over of the Mumbai innings got them past the 180-mark, bowls his second over. Rahane and Smith rotate the strike between themselves for the most part in this over. Four singles off the over.

  • Number cruncher:

    59 runs scored by RPS in powerplay overs today which is the second most for them in IPL. Their highest in PP overs is 60 v RCB at Bangalore in 2016.

  • Rahane, as he often does, getting into contention early for the orange cap. He has been an IPL beast since 2012. He will always give you early boundaries with his range of strokes and gift for timing. He has a tendency to get stuck in the middle though. RPSG don't want him to eat up too many deliveries while keeping Dhoni and Stokes in the dressing room. His captain at the other end will be constantly reminding him of that I am sure.

  • Most people would have been waiting for Steve Smith to come out to bat, given the form he has been in this Indian home season. But let's not forget that Ajinkya Rahane has a bone to pick with the Indian selectors. He was dropped from the Indian T20 side in January, and here he is not just batting, he is making a statement. Both teams identically placed after the Power Play.

  • 22:26 (IST)

    After 6 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 59/1 ( Ajinkya Rahane 41 , Steven Smith (C) 10)

    McClenaghan into his second over. FOUR! Clubbed away towards cow-corner by Steve Smith in the very first ball, and the Australian skipper shows that he is a man to be reckoned across formats. SIX in the fourth delivery, this time Rahane cutting a short, wide delivery over third man. Guides the fifth delivery to the same region for a four. What an over this has turned out to be for the hosts, getting them right back into the game, with 16 coming off it. Time-out at the end of the over. 

  • Rahane, as he often does, getting into contention early for the orange cap. He has been an IPL beast since 2012. He will always give you early boundaries with his range of strokes and gift for timing. He has a tendency to get stuck in the middle though. RPSG don't want him to eat up too many deliveries while keeping Dhoni and Stokes in the dressing room. His captain at the other end will be constantly reminding him of that I am sure.

  • 22:21 (IST)

    After 5 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 43/1 ( Ajinkya Rahane 30 , Steven Smith (C) 5)

    Jasprit Bumrah into the attack for the first time in the innings, and the Indian death overs specialist will look to keep a check on the Pune scoring rate in the remainder of the innings. Just four singles off the over. 

  • Most catches by captains in IPL:
     
    30 - Virat Kohli 
    22 - Virender Sehwag 
    19 - Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, ROHIT SHARMA*
    18 - Sourav Ganguly 
     

  • 22:18 (IST)

    After 4 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 39/1 ( Ajinkya Rahane 28 , Steven Smith (C) 3)

    Superb over by McClenaghan, not only bringing Pune's raging momentum to a halt by dismissing Agarwal, but conceding just four runs off the over. Captain Steve Smith walks out to bat, and the thing that will worry the visitors will be the presence of Rahane, who is blazing away without worry at the moment. 

  • 22:14 (IST)

    OUT! Mitchell McClenaghan it is who draws first blood for Mumbai! Soft way for Mayank to head back to the pavilion, guiding it straight to Rohit Sharma at mid-off with backfoot drive. RPS 35/1 after 3.1 overs. 

    Mayank Agarwal c Rohit b McClenaghan 6(5)

  • 22:12 (IST)

    After 3 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 35/0 ( Ajinkya Rahane 27 , Mayank Agarwal 6)

    Couple of dots to start the over, before Rahane middles the short ball in the third delivery for a six over fine-leg. Followed by a gentle push down the ground for a four! Rahane did lob the ball up at catching height, though it was a bit too wide and quick for Southee to complete the catch. Another superb over for Pune, with 12 coming off it. 

  • 22:07 (IST)

    After 2 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 23/0 ( Ajinkya Rahane 16 , Mayank Agarwal 5)

    Rahane starting to gain momentum straightaway. Hardik starts off with a half volley, Rahane square drives it through point for four. Hardik then bounces back to induce an outside edge but it flies wide of the slip cordon. Rahane then finally middles one as he thumps it over wide mid off. 15 runs off the over. 

  • 22:03 (IST)

    Hardik Pandya will bowl from the other end. 

  • Highest targets successfully chased by teams against Mumbai Indians in IPL:
     
    184 by CSK at Mumbai in 2015
    183 by KTK at Mumbai in 2011
    177 by DD at Delhi in 2008

  • 22:02 (IST)

    After 1 over, Rising Pune Supergiant 8/0 ( Ajinkya Rahane 2 , Mayank Agarwal 5)

    A good first over from Southee. He got the ball to swing a bit and nearly had a wicket straightaway. Mayank had a heart in the mouth moment when he edged one wide of the wide 1st slip off just the 2nd ball of the over, it raced away to the fence. Rahane slashed at one and missed while he went hard at the next one but ended up mistiming it back to the bowler. 8 runs off the over 

  • 21:57 (IST)

    Right! Rahane and Mayank Agarwal - The RPS openers - are out in the middle. Tim southee will start off. 

  • Stat attack!
     
    Ashok Dinda conceded 57 runs in his 4 overs today which is the most by an RPS bowler in an IPL match. The previous highest was 47 by Ishant Sharma against RCB in 2016. He conceded 30 runs in the 20th over of Mumbai Indians innings which is the most costliest 20th over in IPL history. 

  • Highest totals at Gahunje in IPL:
     
    196/7 - GL v RPS,2016
    195/3 - RPS v GL,2016
    187/3 - RCB v PW,2013
    185/3 - RCB v RPS,2016
    184/8 - MI v RPS, 2017*
     
     

Preview: Mumbai Indians (MI) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) take on each other in the second match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) on Thursday in Pune, with the match being dubbed as the 'Maharashtra Derby'.

Steve Smith and Rohit Sharma, captain of Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians respectively. Sportzpics

Steve Smith and Rohit Sharma, captain of Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians respectively. Sportzpics

With the match taking place in RPS's home ground, the Steve Smith-led team will look to get off to a winning start in to boost their chances of posting a turnaround this tournament after finishing second-from-last in their debut season last year. The side boasts of a high-profile recruit in England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who sold for a record Rs 14.5 crore, as well established names such as veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Usman Khawaja, etc.

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Two-time champions Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, failed to reach the playoffs last year for the first time since 2009, and will look to put that disappointment behind when they take on their neighbours on 6 April. The Rohit Sharma-captained team retained most of their old match-winners — Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, etc and their most notable purchase in the auction was that of former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson, who enjoyed a season of success in the recent Big Bash League (BBL).

Squads:

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, Karn Sharma, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya.

Rising Pune Supergiant: MS Dhoni, Steve Smith (Captain), R Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Ankit Sharma, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Daniel Christian, Rahul Chahar, Ashok Dinda, Faf du Plessis, Lockie Ferduson. Usman Khawaja, Jaskaran Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Ben Stokes, Milind Tondon, Manoj Tiwary, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa.

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Published Date: Apr 06, 2017 11:45 pm | Updated Date: Apr 07, 2017 12:30 am


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