Monday, 24 April 2017 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Rising Pune Supergiant: 160/6 (20.0 Over)
Mumbai Indians: 157/8 (20.0 Over)
IPL 2017 RPS Vs MI Highlights 25 April 2017: If you have heard that Mumbai Indians finally stopped by RPS at Wankhede Stadium, Monday 24 April 2017 then it’s true! Rising Pune Supergiant beaten Mumbai Indians by 3 runs. Even a six in last ball could not save Mumbai Indians from lose this match, Ben stokes became hero in this match 2-21 in 4 over.
Rohit Sharma remained not out but could not save his team from lose and his fifty also spoiled. In second last over Ben Stokes only gave 6 run in 6 ball, it was a very sensible performance by Ben Stokes he justified his worth being in the team, declared Man of the Match.
A good start by Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane reshaped his new look, a clean-shaved Rahane reminded us same Ajinkya when he started his IPL carrier, given a good start, seen confident while batting. You must watch a six he hooked in McClenaghan’s first over in off-side. His straight drive was treat to watch.
On the other hand Rahul Tripathi did what he supposed to do, despite the pressure imposed after Ajinkya Rahane wicket he continues to add more runs with boundaries for RPS. Rahul Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane added 76 run partnership for RPS as opener duo.
RPS lost momentum in middle over
Karan Sharma came to bowling in middle over and neutralized a good start gets first wicket in form of Ajinkya Rahane, successively Steve Smith no longer sustain RPS inning, despite a life-line in Harbhajan Singh’s over he misjudged Bhajji bowl and get bowled. Harbhajan sing took 200th wicket in form of Steve Smith, who generally do not get out to Indian bowlers. The happiness of Harbhajan Singh was a must watch moment yesterday.
After 3rdwicket loss Dhoni and Ben Stokes tried to rotate the score but soon Ben Stokes missed the ball in order to hit the six but ball kissed the wicket and in the progress of 17th over Dhoni hit hard on Bumrah Ball but unfortunately ball hit the wicket.
Test of Mumbai Indians Batting
As far as Mumbai Indians batting is concerned, a deep batting lineup have justified by some glorious run chess victory. Recent collapse against KXIP, 198 run chess like a cakewalk, seems like a cakewalk to chess 161. Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel started smashing all around the ground but Ben Stokes first over stopped Jos Buttler and sent to the pavilion.
Dan Christian sent dangerous Nitish Rana to the pavilion, Nitish Rana who have been continuously scoring fifties could be disaster for RPS. Parthiv Patel made 33 run and got out on Wasington Sundar ball in ninth over.
Rohit Sharma came and smashed couple of fours on Imran Tahir delivery, Manoj Tiwari dropped a catch on Tahir over and Karan punished them a six off the next ball. Smith recall Stokes who cleaned up Karan with his first delivery.
RPS handled Rohit Sharma Calmly
Rohit played a sensible inning, having such sensible inning he failed to finish the game. However he was struggling to find out boundaries. Kieran Pollard dismissed through a running catch from smith when he had scored 9 individual score. Hardik Pandya an emerging finisher after MS Dhoni who began doing what he does best. Two back-to-back fours of Jaydev Unadkat deliveries.
However Rohit strokeful innings maintained to keep Mumbai in the hunt. Ben Stokes 19th over was so interesting, only 6 run in 6 ball, a death over special. With 10 needed off the last, it was all over for Mumbai and a six from Harbhajan only reduced the defeat margin.