Pune witnessed an absolute thriller as the Maharashtra derby here turned out to be an enthralling affair. Needing 10 to win off the final three deliveries, Pune skipper Steven Smith displayed nerves of steel as he helped his team get past the line with two gigantic sixes. The fact that both deliveries were pitched in the good length by Kieron Pollard didn’t help Mumbai’s cause.
The hero of the night however, was none other than Steven Smith, whose impeccable unbeaten knock of 84 off just 54 deliveries got Pune past the target. Earlier in the run chase, it was Ajinkya Rahane who provided the Supergiant off to a flying start. The eye catching opener reminded viewers of why he is rated so highly in the IPL and his knock against the Mumbai Indians was just another instance of that view.
Towards the end though, with Dhoni struggling to time the ball, it was Smith who took up all the responsibility upon himself to score 10 within 3 deliveries. Two loose deliveries from Pollard were just what Smith needed, and the Australian responded in style by depositing them over the ropes.
Fans on Twitter were excited throughout the game and below are some of the tweets.
Steve stunning SMITH👏. #IPL2017
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) April 6, 2017
— Binaisha M. Surti (@bmsurti11) April 6, 2017
— Anand Singhania (@anandwrites_) April 6, 2017
— #PAKvWXI #PAKvSL (@AfriDi_JEET) April 6, 2017
— AkShay (@AkshayFadte) April 6, 2017
— Vivek Desai (@vivekdesai1993) April 6, 2017
— Karthik P (@signonpk) April 6, 2017
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 6, 2017
KP to Manoj Tiwary: Tell MS #Dhoni That I'm Better Golfer Than Dhoni.
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) April 6, 2017
Me during INDvsAUS : Smith BC, MC, Gandu, Cheater.
Me during #IPL : Come on Smith bhau .. ek number batting.. khoopach chaan shot!
— Ankur (@TheSinghAnkur) April 6, 2017
Is this same Pune wicket where ball turned and jumped in the test? This is what we call in Mumbai a real 'pata': bowlers graveyard! #RPSvMI
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) April 6, 2017
— Arup Ghose (@arup_ghose) April 6, 2017
— • (@SimplyARMAAN) April 6, 2017
— gaurang gupta (@Gaurang10Gupta) April 6, 2017
That's why we love IPL .what an Maharashtra in derby it is…dhoni misses the balls …unexpected.. #RPSvMI
— Mumbaindians1997 (@mumbaindians199) April 6, 2017
Now Dhoni will create such a scenario that he can finish in heroic style #RPSvMI
— Rahul Gohel (@rahulgohel) April 6, 2017