IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets

IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets

IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets

Harsh Goenka, the chairman of RPG Enterprises who is also the brother of Sanjiv Goenka - the owner of the Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) team - found himself embroiled in a controversy after their win over Mumbai Indians (MI) in the opening clash of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017.

Pune required 13 of the last over of the match to win, and after snatching three singles off the first three deliveries, Smith took control and finished the match with two huge hits as RPS won by seven wickets.

Earlier, there was plenty of action in the first hour as Jos Buttler - striking boundaries - with Imran Tahir conjuring some leg-spinning tricks at the stroke of powerplay overs to balance out the game. Faf du Plessis missed out, while the hosts opted two spinners in Adam Zampa and Imran Tahir.

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He and Smith had put on 58 for the second wicket, and once he was out, Smith took over proceedings.

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Smith's team-mate, England all-rounder Ben Stokes, contributed 21 in their 187-3.

Tahir cleaned up Patel in his second ball of the match, giving Pune the first breakthrough after Mumbai had knocked off 41 runs in the first four overs.

Smith, who remained not out on a 54-ball 84, said he always knew that Mumbai would have to get an over from a spinner and they had to target him.

Mumbai Indians were now in a spot of bother at 63/3 after 7 overs with two new batsmen in Ambati Rayudu and Nitish Rana at the crease. Krunal Pandya had joined Rana in the middle but his desire to get quick runs led to his downfall, dismissed by Bhatia for just 3, as Mumbai Indians were now 107/4 after 13.2 overs.

Hardik Pandya then stunned the home crowd as he scored four sixes and a boundary to take 30 runs from the final over bowled by Ashok Dinda.

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