Rising Pune Supergiant won their opening game of IPL'17 against local rivals Mumbai Indians. Chasing 183 for victory, Steve Smith led from the front with a masterful innings of 84👏.
The home team chased down the seemingly formidable total with ease. Ajinkya Rahane⭐ fluently stroked to a half-century👏. His timing on the night was immaculate😍 and his innings set up the chase nicely for the Giant. Just as Rahane fell, Steve Smith at the other end started finding his range. He forged a 50-run partnership🙌 with Ben Stokes for the 3rd wicket. With 72 runs still to go, Rana dropped the match😳 at squareleg. Smith pulled McClenaghan and the fielder got across but seemingly lost the ball in the background as it struck his shoulder and hit the ground. From then on, Smith stepped on the accelarator💨 and in the company of former captain MSD took his team home with 1 ball to spare. 13 runs were required from the last over and Pollard gave only 3 runs off the first 3 balls. Smith then struck two consecutive sixes🙌 to seal the win in style😏.
Earlier, after being put into bat, Mumbai Indians🔵 flew out of the blocks, with Jos Buttler & Parthiv Patel making good use of the field restrictions. Buttler played some audacious😱 strokes including a scoop-six right over MS Dhoni. With the medium pacers leaking runs, Steve Smith brought on Imran Tahir💫. The leggie, who inexplicably went unsold in the auction, stopped the Mumbai charge with 3⃣ wickets in 2⃣ overs. He bowled💥 Parthiv around his legs & Rohit through the gate. Buttler was unluckily adjudged LBW☝ after he inside-edged the ball onto the pad. Rookie Nithish Rana's responsible knock steadied⚓ the innings before 💪Hardik Pandya went berserk in the final overs. His blitz💥 propelled the score past 180 as Dinda's last 6 deliveries went for 30 runs.
MoM: Steve Smith😎
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