Rising Pune Supergiants rode on superb batting by captain Steven Smith and Ajinkya Rahane to defeat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in the second game of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Thursday.
Tahir dismissed MI's top-order, forcing Parthiv Patel (19), Jos Buttler (38) and Rohit Sharma (3) back to pavilion in first seven overs.
Australian Steve Smith led the Rising Pune Supergiants charge with his score of 84 not out, while Cumbrian Stokes chipped in with three boundaries during his quick-fire knock.
Mumbai raised some hopes of a win after Hardik Pandya dismissed Ben Stokes, this IPL season's costliest buy, for 21. Then came the wickets which stopped the MI momentum a little bit, with Tahir picking up three wickets in two overs. Tim Southee (1-34) helped Mumbai stage a comeback when Rahane was holed out in the deep and in the 13th over, Smith was dropped by Rana at deep square leg. Over the years, while the league has got popular for just reasons, they have also been known for various controversies which range from the players to the organizers.
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Possible XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Faf du Plessis, Steven Smith (c), Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni (wk), Rajat Bhatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Adam Zampa. Although Dhoni remained a mere spectator as Smith continued his run fest, targetting his favourite mid-wicket region to keep getting the crucial boundaries to keep the equation comfortable for the team. Contrast that with 2016, when Tahir conceded 59 off four overs against Mumbai and wasn't picked again. One ball later, Tahir trapped the risky Buttler in front although television replays later showed that the Englishman had got a thick inside edge.
Rana looked good for his 28-ball knock, consisting a four and two sixes, but it was the 30-run fourth-wicket stand with Rayudu and 18 runs with Pollard (27) that mattered more.
Mumbai Indians earlier posted 184 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their 20 overs.
Smith clinched the win by smashing allrounder Kieron Pollard, just arrived from the West Indies' losing T20 home series against Pakistan.