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STAT ATTACK: Stokes brilliance seals a narrow escape for RPS

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The second Maharashtra Derby this season, like the first one, too proved to be a thriller in which Steve Smith led Rising Pune Supergiant emerged victorious by a margin of 3 runs. The hero of the RPS win was the Englishman with the 14.5 cr. price-tag, Ben Stokes. His brilliant bowling and fielding efforts nullified Rohit Sharma's fifty as MI fell agonisingly short of the finishing line. Here’s a look at some of the stats from the game-

200   Harbhajan Singh completed his 200 T20 wickets when he bowled RPS Skipper, Steve Smith. He now has the joint-second highest (along with Ashwin) no. of wickets for an Indian bowler- Amit Mishra leads the charts with 208 scalps.




200 – 225 matches taken by Harbhajan to complete his 200 wickets is the third most after 286 by Pollard and 237 by Albie Morkel. 

76 – Partnership between Rahane and Tripathi is the second highest opening partnership for RPS, only Rahane- Du Plessis' 78-run effort against MI last season stands better.

150 – MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma completed their 150 appearances in IPL- only Suresh Raina had 150+ IPL appearances

1 – Rahane’s Six off the bowling of Johnson was the first instance of him hitting a Six off the Australian Paceman

170 – This was the 170th T20 appearance for Mumbai Indians – the most by any team in the world going past Somerset’s 169.

2 –  Washington Sundar (aged 17y 201d) with the wicket of Parthiv Patel became the second youngest player to take an IPL wicket after Pradeep Sangwan (17 y 181d)

2 – Ben Stokes started his bowling spell with a maiden over. This was only his second maiden over in his T20 career- the first one came for England vs South Africa in 2016.

4 – This is the fourth instance of Rohit Sharma getting out in the last over of the chase – his side never won in any such encounters which are:

V KXIP in 2009

V RR in 2010

V DD in 2016

V RPS in 2017

3 –  This was the third closest loss in terms of runs for the Mumbai Indians, the previous ones being-

By 1 run against KXIP in 2008

By 2 runs against RCB in 2013 and by 2 runs vs RR in 2009

By 3 runs against KXIP in 2009 and by 3 runs vs RPS in 2017*

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