Thursday, 6 April 2017

Indian Premier League 2017 - 2nd Match

06 Apr 2017

Indian Premier League 2017 - 2nd Match
(Rising Pune Supergiant vs Mumbai Indians at Pune)

Rahane, Smith clinch thriller for Pune

184/8 (20) 187/3 (19.5)
RPS won by 7 wickets
Photo © BCCI

One over can often change the course of a T20 game, and on Thursday it seemed as if Ashok Dinda had bowled that over. It was the most expensive 20th over in all IPL matches, and it cost Rising Pune Supergiant 30 runs. On another occasion, it could have cost them the match as well. On this occasion, however, Pune had already done just enough good work with the ball to keep Mumbai Indians, despite that 30-run over, down to a total of 184.

On a good batting pitch that seemed to quicken up under lights, it tested Pune's batting, but proved just short of a winning total. Ajinkya Rahane set the chase up with 60 at a strike rate of 176.47, and Steven Smith steered them home with an ice-cool, unbeaten 84 off 54 balls. The equation came down to 10 off three balls, but Smith wasn't going to be beaten - he finished the match with successive sixes off Kieron Pollard.

Rahane, Smith clinch thriller for Pune (espncricinfo):
Photo © BCCI

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