- RPS skipper Steve Smith had won the toss and had asked Mumbai Indians to bat first.
- Mumbai Indians got off to a blistering start but could not capitalise on that.
Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) tried to announce themselves in style in Match no. 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 but it did not end well for them. They took on the mighty Mumbai Indians at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. Steve Smith won the toss and asked Rohit Sharma and co. to bat first on a wicket that has been assisting both the batsmen and the bowlers. However, the slower bowlers got the better of the Mumbai Indians batsmen. But Hardik Pandya stole the show at the end.
Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler got off to a blistering start as they took on Ashok Dinda and Deepak Chahar right from of the onset. The two bowlers gave away 41 runs in the first four overs. Ben Stokes also bore the brunt of Buttler and Parthiv. But Imran Tahir was the star of the show as he stopped the MI hurricane launched by Buttler and Parthiv. The South African leggie picked up Parthiv Patel in his second ball of his first over and pulled back the momentum in his side's favour.
In his next over, Tahir removed Rohit Sharma and Buttler in quick succession. That opened the floodgates for MI. Adam Zampa and Rajat Bhatia held back the run rate with their overs in the middle of the innings. Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya tried for a late flourish and they did it exceedingly well. Especially, Pandya who smashed 30 runs in the last over. This was an incredible comeback from the Mumbai Indians.
Rising Pune Supergiant have a good batting lineup to get those runs but Mumbai Indians will not let them get those runs that easily. They also have a good bowling lineup who can put up a strong show. RPS need 185 runs in 20 overs.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:36 PM IST