The new created franchise in the shape of Rising Pune Super giants made a fabulous start to the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League by brushing aside a formidable Mumbai Indians to win the game.Rohit Sharma won the toss for the Mumbai Indians and decided to bat first.The seamers for Pune Super giants came to the party making early inroads into the top order of Mumbai Indians to set up a comfortable win by nine wickets.
The Mumbai Indians made 122 after 20 overs as Ajinkya Rahane led the reply for the Pune Super giants with his fluent 66 runs off 42 balls to take them home to victory.
The pitch in the first innings had a lot of zip in it as Supergiants made full use of the conditions.The conditions did ease up a bit when Pune openers came out to chase down the score.Ajinkya Rahane and Faf Du Plessis made a comfortable start to the innings picking boundaries at regular intervals.Ajinkya Rahane finished the game off with two sixes at the end off the bowling of medium pacer Hardik Pandya.
The Wankhede wicket prepared for the opening game of Indian Premier League had uncharacteristic look to it as the ball seamed all over the place in the first innings making it life difficult for Mumbai Indians batsmen.The defending Champions crawled their way to a score of 122 runs with late impetus provided by Harbhajan Singh who scored 45 runs off 30 runs to take his team towards some respectability.
Ishant Sharma made the ball do the talking as he moved the ball considerably backed up by Australian all rounder Mitchell Marsh to see Mumbai Indians lose 4 wickets for the score 30 runs after five overs.The spinners bowled well as the Mumbai Indians struggled to get any kind of momentum of going through their innings.
The defending Champions will have to improve if they want to retain their crown while Rising Pune Supegiants has started their debut on a right note.