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Smith leads Pune chase to beat Mumbai in IPL opener

07 April 2017

Chasing a target of 185, Pune crossed the line with just one ball to spare.

While Dhoni would be desperate to prove a point with his blazing blade - a fitting reply for being stripped off captaincy, Smith will look to forget Australia's 1-2 loss against India in a draining Test series recently. However, after the game turned in the favour of Rising Pune Supergiant with Smith hitting two sixes in a tense finish with Dhoni being at the non-striker's end, Harsh Goenka's tweet irked the Indian fans who panned him on Twitter.

Smith and Rahane stitched 58 runs for the second wicket from seven overs to lay the foundation for the run chase.

Ajinkya Rahane played a fantastic knock as well by scoring a half-century and gave RPS the flawless start.

I thought Smith batted really well.

As good as Stokes is, though, Smith was going to be the key, and MI gave the RPS captain a life with Rana, who took a great catch to dismiss Rahane, dropping the Australian on 36.

Jos Buttler (38) smashed three boundaries and three sixes in his knock.

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He lost Ben Stokes for 21 in the 16th over, to a catch by Tim Southee, who then dropped Mahendra Singh Dhoni on 9 in the penultimate over.

RPSG go into the game with a strong batting lineup, with the likes of Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane, and MS Dhoni taking guard.

South African Tahir (3/28), who was unsold in the IPL auction and drafted in the Pune team as a late replacement, triggered a top-order collapse after Mumbai's rollicking start after they were put into bat. Dinda conceded 57 in his four overs but would have had a wicket in his first over if Rajat Bhatia hadn't dropped opener Parthiv Patel.

Introduced in the fifth over, Tahir struck in his second ball when he bowled Patel round his legs before packing Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma (3) and Buttler in his next over to reduce Mumbai to 62/3.

Just two balls later, Tahir dismissed opener Buttler in an LBW decision to rock the Mumbai innings.

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.

Smith leads Pune chase to beat Mumbai in IPL opener