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Tahir takes off; Smith leads from the front
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Tahir takes off; Smith leads from the front

Playing his first game as a captain of the side, Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steven Smith played the key role in a run chase of 184. Needing 10 off 3 balls in the last over, Smith smashed Pollard for two consecutive sixes to win the game for his side.


Cricingif looks at some of the moments that shaped the game.

Buttler’s wicket

Jos Buttler was promoted up the order to open with Parthiv Patel. He made an immediate impression with three fours and three sixes in the Powerplay, smashing Chahar in particular. But a wrong decision from umpire off the bowling of Tahir undid him, which dented Mumbai Indian’s charge big time.

Buttler undone by a rough decision

Unsold Imran Tahir

Tahir had gone unsold in auction, and was only picked after an injury had ruled Mitchel Marsh out of the IPL. It only took him two deliveries to prove why he is the best leg-spinner around in the limited formats of the game. He finished with figures of 3/28, restricting Mumbai’s earlier charge.

Tahir bowled Patel on his second ball

Hardik Pandya’s onslaught

Dinda had a field set for the wide yorker, and kept trying it and missing either the line or the length. It still needed a quality hitter to take four sixes off that bowling, and Mumbai had one in Hardik Pandya. By the end of the over, 154 for 7 had become 184 for 8. Mumbai had never lost while scoring 184 or more.

Pandya goes 6,6,6,4,6 in the last over

Rahane tees off

Rahane seemed to be carrying on from the form he showed in India's small run chase in the Dharamsala Test. With a bit of help from Mumbai's seamers, who offered him width too often for their own good, Rahane ended up scoring quicker than he has done in any of his previous IPL innings. By the time he was done, Supergiants were 93 for 2 in 10.1 overs.

Rahane smashes McClenaghan over backward point for a six

Skipper Smith wins it for Pune

When Rahane departed, Pune needed 92 from 59 balls. Smith continued the chase, first with Stokes and then Dhoni. Pollard, defending 13 off the last over, began by conceding just three singles. With 10 required off three, Smith launched Pollard for two consecutive sixes to clinch the thriller for Pune.

Smith manufactures a beauty to launch Pollard over long on

Smith finishes off with a six over midwicket