Steve Smith continued his imperious form with the bat to help Rising Pune Supergiant clinch a win in their first game of the season against Mumbai Indians. Ajinkya Rahane got them off to good start as he stroked the ball into the gaps to keep scoring rate ticking along nicely. He scored 60 runs off 34 balls to setup an ideal platform for others to chase down the score set by Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai Indians batted first won and put up a competitive score on the board as Hardik Pandya late cameo pushed the score beyond 180-run mark. The all-rounder played cautiously for the first few deliveries and came into his own smoking Ashok Dinda for four sixes and one four in the last over of the innings to provide Mumbai momentum going to the half-way mark.
The target proved to be gettable one as Smith made it look so easy in the middle timing the ball exquisitely to score unbeaten 84 runs off 54 balls to see Rising Pune Supergiant win by seven wickets. He started slowly rotated the strike and did not take any unnecessary risks. But in view of climbing run-rate he went berserk and smoked two towering sixes to knock off the remaining runs.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians posted 184 runs on the board courtesy of crucial contributions from Jos Buttler and Hardik Pandya. Everyone in the lineup chipped in with scores to see the side put a good score going into the break. Imran Tahir justified his selection by picking three wickets and also bowled tight spell against Mumbai batsmen capable of taking the away from opposition in a space of few overs.
Rising Pune Supergiants are off to a flier this season while Mumbai will need to think about their bowling combination before they play their next game in the Indian Premier League.