The newcomers Rising Pune Supergiants defeated the defending champions Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai few moments ago. It was a dominating performance by Rising Pune Supergiants who dominated Mumbai Indians in all departments.
Early wickets putting pressure on Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians won the toss and choose to bat. Mumbai Indians got off to a worse start losing the wicket of Rohit Sharma in the 2nd over. Pandya came to bat at number 3. Simmons and Pandya put on 21 runs for the second wickets before Pandya and Simmons were dismissed in successive balls. Buttler and Pollard were too dismissed cheaply. At the end of 6 overs, Mumbai Indians lost 4 early wickets. Rising Super Giants bowlers used the conditions well pitching the bowl.
Harbhajan Singh quick fire 45
Harbhajan Singh came to the crease when Mumbai were struggling at 51 for 6 in the 11th over. Harbhajan Singh took the time to settle as wickets were falling on the other end. From 15th over Harbhajan started to hit boundaries. In the 19th over Harbhajan Singh hit RP Singh for 3 fours while in the last over he smashed Ishant Sharma 2 fours and one six. Harbhajan Singh remained not out on 45 off 30 balls which helped Mumbai Indians to reach a total of 121 for 8 in 20 overs.
Brilliant start by Rising Pune Super Giants
Chasing a target of 122, the Rising Pune Super Giants openers Rahane and Du Plessis started off cautiously scoring 19 off 3 overs. Rahane and Du Plessis attacked the Mumbai Indians bowlers. Rahane and Du Plessis made sure that Super Giants got a good start. In the first six over’s Super Giants scored 57 runs. Both of them put on 78 runs which put them on track for reaching the target. Du Plessis was the first wicket to fall 34.
Rahane exceptional batting
Rahane who opened the batting for Super Giants team played a match winning knock. From the start he was timing the ball. He looked in great form and played excellent cricketing shots. It was an amazing performance by Rahane who smashed the Mumbai Indians bowlers to all parts. He scored 66 off 42 balls and was named the man of the match. In his knock, he smashed 7 fours and 3 sixes which helped Rising Super Giants to register a comfortable win over defending champions. He also hit the winning runs which was a massive six.
Kevin Pietersen also looking in good touch
After the wicket of Du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen looked in brilliant touch. He took singles and smashed the spinners for sixes. He hit sixes off Harbhajan Singh and Sheryas Gopal. Out of the England team, he reminded the England selectors not to select in the squad. Pietersen remained not out on 21 off 14 balls. Along with Rahane, he completed a thumping win over Mumbai Indians with 32 balls to spare.