IPL 2017: RPS captain Steve Smith's dominant knock crushes Mumbai Indians, brings up first home win

Pune: Rising Pune Supergiant beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets, riding on half centuries from captain Steven Smith (84 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (60), in their IPL match in Pune on Thursday.

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RPS captain Steve Smith celebrates the win over Mumbai Indians in IPL 2017. Sportzpics

RPS captain Steve Smith celebrates the win over Mumbai Indians in IPL 2017. Sportzpics

Chasing 185 for a win, Pune overhauled the target with a ball to spare in a tense finish as they reached 187 for 3 in 19.5 overs.

Smith smashed seven fours and three sixes from 54 balls for his unbeaten 84 while Rahane hit 60 from 34 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes as the duo raised 58 runs from the second wicket to set up the win.

Earlier, put into bat, Mumbai scored 184 for 8 on the back of Hardik Pandya's late heroics. Hardik Hardik Pandya (35 off 15 balls) stunned the home crowd as he scored four sixes and a boundary to take 30 runs from the final over bowled by Ashok Dinda.

South African Tahir (3/28), who was unsold in the IPL auction and drafted in the Pune team as a late replacement, triggered a top-order collapse after Mumbai's rollicking start after they were put into bat.

But Pandya's late flourish negated Tahir's fine effort as Mumbai rattled up 64 runs in the last five overs.


Published Date: Apr 07, 2017 12:03 am | Updated Date: Apr 07, 2017 12:23 am

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