Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Magnificent show by Washington Sundar says Smith


Rising Pune Supergiants are the dark horse to win this year's IPL. But Dhoni silenced all at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday. Rising Pune defended 162 comfortably in the end, by 20 runs, their third win over Mumbai this season, in front of another packed home crowd.

Smith also applauded the efforts of Washington Sundar, who returned with the figures of 4-16-3 and picked the crucial wickets of Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard. Pune is a very good side. The Team Mumbai is looked balanced with a good combination of bowlers and batsmen it is having. The harder task on the night, though, was with the bat.

Half centuries from Ajinkya Rahane 56 (43b, 5x4, 1x6) and Manoj Tiwary 58 (48b, 4x4, 2x6) steadied the visitors after a shaky start and Dhoni 40 (26b, 5x6) finished it with a flourish.

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Planning, check. Execution, a big red cross. Rahul Tripathi (388 runs) is one batsman MI can't take lightly. Rising Pune were 9 for 2 at the same stage.

Mumbai would be the clear favorites in this match especially because of the way they have performed in this season.

He and Tiwary struggled to push the tempo as Pune limped to 121 for 3 after 18 overs. I thought MS was magnificent at the end with Manoj Tiwary. His economy rate at IPL 10 is just 7! The Mumbai captain was understandably miffed at the decision as he had an inside edge which the on-field umpire failed to spot. In the 19th over, Mitchell McClenaghan, aiming for a yorker produced a beamer that Tiwary dispatched to the fence. Dhoni hit five sixes in his blistering knock of 40 off 26 balls, four of which came in the last two overs. Dhoni anticipated McClenaghan's good or short length, sat back and hit two sixes. On the brighter side for Mumbai, Jasprit Bumrah has bowled really well at the death. Dhoni knew that too.

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About the 41 runs that Pune scored in the last two overs, Smith said that it released some pressure of the bowling. The late onslaught pushed Pune to a respectable 162.

The trio will need to strike once again to restrict Mumbai and also require support from Australian leggie Adam Zampa. The diminutive dynamo Parthiv Patel and the West Indian hurricane Lendl Simmons have emerged as a deadly opening combination. Patel was the first to go but the turning point of the match came in the 10th over when Martin Guptill took a brilliant one handed catch to dismiss Simmons, who was trying to hit another over the boundary, this time off Glenn Maxwell.

After winning the toss, Rohit Sharma put the Steve Smith-led Pune side to bat.

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