The Second Maharashtra Derby at the Wankhede proved to be what IPL is known for- a nail biting drama in which Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) finally emerged victorious by 3 runs. RPS, after made to bat first by Rohit, put up a not-so-threatening 160 on the board but the combination of some brilliant bowling and fielding in the death overs ensured Mumbai remained behind the line. With this victory, RPS have now snapped the Six match winning streak of MI.
— Coach Sir (@chonkpurkacoach) April 24, 2017
Here are some Heroes and Zeroes from the match-
The Ranchi-lad was again at the helm of the things as he racked up 45-runs from 31 balls which included three fours and two sixes. His innings proved to be very crucial for RPS in reaching a respectable total of 160 which ultimately proved to be enough.
— Moto India (@Moto_IND) April 22, 2017
The Mumbai Captain brought up his 30th IPL fifty to hold together the wobbly looking MI chase. His innings of 58 of 39 balls, which included Six fours and three Sixes, was finally ended in the final over as he was caught & bowled by Jaidev Unadkat. Sharma’s departure quashed all the hopes of MI pulling off the heist.
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) April 24, 2017
The Englishman didn’t contribute much with the bat as he was bowled by Johnson for a 12-ball 17 but he very much made up for that with a brilliant bowling and fielding performances. He first set the match up by bowling the crucial 19th over in which he gave just 7 runs and then took a brilliant catch of Hardik Pandya on the very first ball of the last over to tilt the Match in favour of RPS.
— ESPN India (@ESPNIndia) April 24, 2017
The hero of the last RPS win over SRH was not able to repeat the same heroics as he was castled by Jasprit Bumrah for an 11-ball 7. The former India and RPS Captain, who again came at no.4, wasn’t able to launch his innings and perished in the end while doing so.
The No.4 in the batting charts this season didn’t have a pleasant outing today as he could muster only 3 runs from 9 balls he faced. He was caught by Jaidev Unadkat off the bowling of Dan Christian. This is the second consecutive failure for the 23-year old Delhite.
Imran Tahir, in his last over, ensured that there were no fireworks tonight from the big West-Indian as he had him caught by Captain, Smith for a paltry run-a-ball 9. Smith took a very well judged catch while he came running in from long-off to draw curtains to his short stay at the crease.
Cover Image Source: DekhNews.com