IPL 2017: Captain Smith leads from the front for Pune

Posted April 07, 2017

Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) skipper Steve Smith led by example on Thursday as he smashed an unbeaten 84-run knock against Mumbai Indians (MI) to beat them by seven wickets in the first Maharashtra derby of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League.

Stokes, purchased for a record-breaking £1.7million in February's auction, returned figures of one for 36 with the ball, and was struck for four maximums in the process, two of which were scored off back-to-back deliveries by Buttler en route to his 38. Smith though got the job done in style by hitting the next two deliveries for huge sixes to help his team win the match by 7 wickets. Imran Tahir was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up three wickets and gave away only 28 runs in his four overs. But Rahane's dismissal meant Steven Smith took over the mantle of getting quick runs and he got stuck into the Mumbai attack. However, some economical bowling from Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan made life tough for Smith and MS Dhoni and the result appeared in question when they required 10 off the final three balls. He was finally dismissed when Nitish Rana pulled off an excellent catch at deep square leg off the bowling of Tim Southee. He put a 58-run partnership knock with captain Smith for the second-wicket. It will also have in stadia branding, premium hospitality and match tickets, and access to the Rising Pune Supergiant players. Read Also: IPL 2017: Sunrisers Hyderabad win the first match against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs 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.

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Rajat Bhatia (2/14) had Ambati Rayudu caught and bowled for 10 before Mumbai reached 100-run mark in 13th over.

Steve Smith continued his supreme run of form as he guided his side to victory in a nail-biting thriller against the Mumbai Indians in the 2 match of the Indian Premier League 2017. Bhatia then cut short Krunal Pandya's (3) stay at the crease to just five balls to reduce Mumbai to 107 for five in the 14th over.