Rohit Sharma heroics went in vain when an expensive Jaydev Unadkat made a strong comeback in the last over and snatched the victory away from the home team. Rising Pune Supergiants rode on the brilliant bowling performance by Ben Stokes to register a 3rd consecutive win by a narrow margin of 3 runs
Rising Pune Supergiant (Playing XI):
Ajinkya Rahane- (7/10)
Rahane was impressive yet again with the bat as he gave the RPS side a good start by playing some attacking cricket. He moulded his classy style to match the pace of the game and knit a wonderful 76-run partnership with Rahul Tripathi. The Pune fans, eagerly waiting for his half-century, were left disappointed when he departed for 38.
Rahul Tripathi- (8/10)
The Pune lad complemented Rahane beautifully by rotating the strike at the start and then hitting some meaty blows towards the end of his innings to keep the RPS run rate above 8. He definitely deserved a half-century for his splendid strokeplay.
Steve Smith- (7/10)
The skipper was ineffective today and did not capitalise on his amazing luck after he was dropped by Harbhajan on 8. He managed to go only as far as 17 and was dismissed at a time when his explosive batting skills were required to power his side to a huge total. He made some great and bold decisions and managed to lead his side to their 3rd consecutive victory on the trot.
MS Dhoni- (4/10)
After his splendid innings against the SRH, every cricket fan expected nothing but a cracker of an innings from the former Pune captain but Dhoni's innings surprisingly lacked thunder today and he was dismissed at 7 after facing 10 deliveries.
Ben Stokes- (9/10)
The English all-rounder started his bowling spell with a maiden wicket and provided his
Manoj Tiwary- (7/10)
Tiwary walked out with a licence to “go big or go home” and did just that with his explosive 22 runs inning off 13 balls. He managed to get his side to a competitive total of 160 with his powerful hitting.
Daniel Christian- (6/10)
Christian bowled just one over but made a definitive impact on the match by dismissing the consistent Rana who has the reputation of chasing down the toughest of totals. He gave away just six runs in his over.
Washington Sundar- (8/10)
The 17-year old was trusted by the skipper to start the proceedings with the ball and he repaid the faith of his captain by giving away just 3 runs in the first over. Although he was tested by Parthiv Patel in his second over when the Mumbai wicketkeeper hit him for 3 boundaries, he came out strong towards the end and got his revenge on Patel by dismissing him for 33 and getting his first IPL wicket. He was brilliant under pressure and his figures of 26-1 from 4 overs reflect the same. The kid will cherish these figures for a long time.
Shardul Thakur- (4/10)
The least impressive of all the bowlers in the Pune lineup was Shradul Thakur. He seemed to stray away from the good line and was punished for it by the Mumbai batsmen. He finished expensively with figures of 29-0 from the 3 overs he was brought on to bowl.
Imran Tahir- (6/10)
The leggie almost faltered today when he gave away 28 runs in his first 3 overs but came back strong in the last over of his spell when he dismissed the dangerous Pollard and gave away just 4 runs and built much needed pressure on the Mumbai batting. Despite the rough start, he finished with decent figures of 32-1.
Jaydev Unadkat- (6/10)
T20 matches are known to turn losers to winners in a matter of balls and today we saw something similar when Unadkat spearheaded the 3rd consecutive Pune victory through his tight death bowling. He gave away 27 runs in his first 3 overs but managed to restrict the home side at 13 runs in his last over when they needed 17 runs to win. He held his nerves under pressure and struck twice in the last over to send Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya packing.
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI):
Parthiv Patel- (6/10)
The wicketkeeper batsman yet again proved his mettle with the bat when he scored a gritty 33 and held up his end in a chase for 160 runs. He was pacing his innings to perfection until he fell at the hands of Sundar. Patel must be cursing himself for not being able to convert his consistent 30’s to half-centuries.
Jos Buttler- (5/10)
Buttler started cautiously but picked up the pace of his innings in the second over when he smacked Thakur for two consecutive boundaries. He oozed confidence but failed to convert a good start into a glorious innings and was dismissed at 17 when he failed to read a slower Ben Stokes delivery.
Nitish Rana- (3/10)
The Mr Reliable of the Mumbai batting lineup was once again kept quiet by the opposition bowlers when he was dismissed at 3, and this is his rating for the day as well.
Rohit Sharma- (9/10)
Sharma had been facing criticism for not playing the leg-spinners well but today his defence was an excellent offence and he used it to the fullest when he took Imran Tahir on a ride, and scored an excellent and valuable 50 but failed to take his side across the finish line. A boosted morale but end to a splendid winning streak.
Kieron Pollard- (4/10)
Pollard tried to play an anchoring role and left the strokeplay to the skipper Sharma but his eyes lit up when Tahir tossed up a delivery and Pollard swung his bat and miscued the shot and was caught by Smith at 9.
Hardik Pandya- (4/10)
Pandya walked out onto the crease when a depleted Mumbai side was banking on him to fire and get them to their seventh consecutive win but Pandya failed to cope up with the burden of expectations and was dismissed on the first delivery of the 20th over. So close yet so far.
Harbhajan Singh- (9/10)
The turbanator was at his best today and troubled the Pune batsmen with his variations. His economic bowling built the much needed pressure on the Pune batsmen and he got his 200th IPL wicket in the form of Smith whom he had dropped in the previous over. A splendid bowling performance from the experienced off-spinner who ended with figures of 20-1 from his spell of 4 overs.
The leggie played his first match for the Mumbai Indians franchise today and drew mixed reactions. He was pretty expensive but dismissed the opening and settled duo of Rahul Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane and got his side the first breakthrough. The bold leg-spinner finished his spell of 4 overs with figures of 39-2. He was promoted up to the top to get the Mumbai run rate going but failed to do so and was dismissed for 10.
After giving away 23 runs in his first 2 overs McClenaghan bounced back into the game with some tight bowling and gave away just 13 runs in his last 2 overs. Although he redeemed himself by bowling some tight overs at the death, he surely would be hungry for some wickets.
Mitchell Johnson- (6/10)
The Aussie paceman was slightly over the expensive line and leaked a few more runs than he would have wanted to. He did a fine job of dismissing the vicious Stokes whose presence could have proved catastrophic for the home side. He finished his quota of 4 overs with figures of 34-1.
Jasprit Bumrah- (8/10)
Bumrah deserves a standing ovation for his consistent economic bowling performances throughout the tournament. He continued bowling his T20 variations and cleaned up the dangerous Manoj Tiwary and MS Dhoni to restrict the RPS side to a modest total of 160. He finished with some impressive figures o f 29-2 from his 4 overs.
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