Pune: Steve Smith played a skipper’s thump to guide Rising Pune Supergiant to a seven-wicket triumph over Mumbai Indians here on Thursday night. Smith hit 84 not out in 54 balls as Pune pursued Mumbai’s 184 with a ball to save.
Prior, leg-spinner Imran Tahir created an electrifying three-wicket burst in the space of 10 balls however Hardik Pandya’s late heroics took Mumbai Indians to 184 for 8.
South African Tahir (3/28), who was unsold in the IPL closeout and drafted in the Pune group as a late substitution, set off a top-arrange fall to put brakes on Mumbai’s romping begin after they were put into bat.
Mumbai did not have any considerable association after the opening wicket remain of 45 between Parthiv Patel (19) and Jos Butler (38) preceding Pandya’s late prosper took them to a decent aggregate. Pandya remained not out at 35 from 15 balls (1×4; 4×6) as Mumbai included 64 keeps running in the last five overs.
Tahir tidied up Patel in his second wad of the match, giving Pune the main leap forward after Mumbai had knocked off 41 keeps running in the initial four overs. He managed a body hit to Mumbai in his next over by sending back chief Rohit Sharma (3 off 7 balls) who attempted to work Tahir’s conveyance to the leg side with no foot development just to lose his stumps.
Only two balls later, Tahir expelled opener Butler, who was going extraordinary weapons, in a LBW choice to shake the Mumbai innings. Head servant, who hit three sixes and the same number of fours in his 19-ball thump, was somewhat unfortunate as it created the impression that the ball got an inside edge of his bat.