IPL 2017 – 2nd Match: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Mumbai Indians (MI) | Scorecard | MCA Stadium, Pune

Match report

And Mumbai Indians still can’t win their first match of an IPL season, a habit which they developed in 2013. In a strange match, the second of VIVO IPL 2017, Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), led by their new skipper Steve Smith, registered a resounding seven-wicket win, as they chased down MI’s 184/8 with a ball to spare.

The reason I say that RPS v MI was strange is because the two teams made life difficult for themselves at various stages of the 40-over contest. This match also had plenty of drop catches and poor bowling from both the sides. The visitors were just 154/7 going into the final over of their innings and out of nowhere, through the talented yet mercurial Hardik Pandya, accumulated a whopping 30 runs off Ashok Dinda to post a competitive total of 184/8. RPS, here, burdened themselves with some poor death bowling, which saw the younger Pandya be fed with length deliveries that were in the zone where he could free his arms and unleash himself. The final over of the MI innings read 6, 6, 6, 4, 6, 1wide and wicket, and 1 bye.

And then at a similar stage in the RPS innings, with the hosts needing just 20 off 12 balls and Jasprit Bumrah to bowl the penultimate over the match, we were in for more drama and this time, anxiety more than wild excitement gripped the final stage of the proceedings. Smith was batting imperiously on 70 (50) and the current skipper’s batting partner was the former RPS skipper (MS Dhoni). Dhoni, as we have become accustomed to seeing, invited pressure onto himself, on Smith and RPS consequently, by playing a fair few dot balls and due to his inability to find the boundaries. His run-a-ball 12* towards the end meant that Smith had to wield his willow even in the final over, which was delivered by Kieron Pollard, to carry RPS over the line. In actuality, the hosts could and should well have done without this fuss.

RPS’s 185-run chase was beautifully set up by the ever elegant Ajinkya Rahane, who struck many a lusty blow in the powerplay and helped his team regather the momentum they had lost with the poor final over from Dinda. Rahane toyed with the field by playing strokes all round the dial (over the third man, over mid off, back past the bowler, over fine leg, square leg, through the slip cordon, etc.) and transferred the pressure onto Rohit and Mumbai.

That being said, MI’s bowling attack lacked discipline and were woefully short of ideas against high-quality batsmen like Smith and Rahane. Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan and Hardik Pandya, as regular bowlers, bowled a huge number of boundary balls and as a result, the dot deliveries didn’t have the kind of impact you normally expect in T20 cricket.

Yes, the MCA Stadium is on the smaller side and as a bowler, you are bound to get frustrated when a batsman mistimes his shot, like Rahane did in the 10th over, and yet manages to send the ball over the rope. Krunal Pandya had deceived Rahane in the air and the Mumbai batsman checked his shot after having not gotten to the pitch of the ball. Fortuitously for Rahane, though, his mistimed lofted shot down to long on eluded a leaping Pollard and got him six runs.

Smith made a slow start to his innings and while Rahane was with him, the 27-year-old Australian captain was scoring his runs only at a strike rate of 113.63. He looked to hit the ball hard, struggled for timing and to pick the gaps. But after the fall of Rahane and the arrival of Ben Stokes at the crease, Smith, as we have seen him do so often in Tests, took charge and took RPS home. Smith played one of his vintage knocks and the marquee feature of this innings was Smith muscling a vast majority of the balls he faced (54) onto the leg-side and collecting as many as 62 (73.80%) of his 84 runs on his favourite side of the wicket. But for Smith at the end, where he slammed Pollard for a couple of sixes on the anti-penultimate and penultimate deliveries of the 2nd match of IPL 2017 to seal a victory, RPS might have lost from the jaws of victory.

Earlier in the evening, Smith won the toss and chose to field first on what was a very good batting pitch at the MCA Stadium in Pune. MI’s openers, Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler, provided a fantastic start to their team, helping MI make optimum use of the powerplay. The RPS opening bowlers, Dinda and Deepak Chahar, let their captain down by spraying their deliveries all over the pitch and played​ into the opposition batsmen’s hands.

A helpless Smith went to Imran Tahir in the fifth over of the MI innings, to stem the flurry of boundaries and potentially prize out one of the two dangerous opening batsmen. Smith was rewarded with a wicket straight away by Tahir, who bowled Patel round his legs and helped put the brakes on the scoring. The MI innings slowed down in pace and didn’t gather steam thereafter until the 20th over, even though Nitish Rana played a mature and wonderful knock of 34 and lent stability, along with the likes of Pollard and H Pandya, after the Indians were reduced to 62/3 in the seventh over. The problem for MI was none of their top or middle order batsmen played a substantial knock after getting starts.

Tahir, like Smith and Rahane, enjoyed a great match in which he took a three-fer (3/28). The South African leg-spinner was pivotal to RPS winning the 2nd match of the 10th edition of the IPL.The 14.5-Crore man, Stokes, produced a decent all-rounder’s performance.

As far as Mumbai were concerned, they failed as a unit who need to raise their game ahead of the home clash against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday (April 9).

Match facts

IPL 2017, 2nd match: Pune Supergiants (RPS) vs Mumbai Indians (MI)
Match time: April 6, 8:00 PM IST
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune

Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), 2nd Match Scorecard

RPS and Steve Smith won the toss and chose to field first.

Playing XIs

Supergiants: Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, Manoj Tiwary, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Adam Zampa, Imran Tahir, and Ashok Dinda

Indians: Rohit Sharma*, Parthiv Patel, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler, Krunal Pandya, Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, and Jasprit Bumrah


Mumbai Indians: 184/8 (Buttler 38 and H Pandya 35*; Tahir 3/28 and Bhatia 2/14)
Pune Supergiant: 187/3 (Smith 84* and Rahane 60; Southee 1/34)

Result: RPS made a great start to their IPL 2017 campaign by beating MI by seven wickets, in the 2nd match of the season. Pune Supergiant’s captain Steve Smith was awarded the man-of-the-match for his match-winning, unbeaten knock of 84 off 54 balls (7×4, 3×6).

Mumbai Indians (MI) Innings
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Parthiv Patel

bowled Tahir

19 (14) 4 0 135.71
Jos Buttler

leg before wicket Tahir

38 (19) 3 3 200.00
Rohit Sharma

bowled Tahir

3 (7) 0 0 42.85
Nitish Rana

caught Bhatia, bowled Zampa

34 (28) 1 2 121.42
Ambati Rayudu

caught and bowled Bhatia

10 (12) 0 0 83.33
Krunal Pandya

caught Dhoni, bowled Bhatia

3 (5) 0 0 60.00
Kieron Pollard

caught Agarwal, bowled Stokes

27 (17) 3 1 158.82
Hardik Pandya

not out

35 (15) 1 4 233.33
Tim Southee

run out Dhoni

7 (3) 0 1 233.33
Mitchell McClenaghan

not out

0 (0) 0 0 0.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat Jasprit Bumrah
Extras 8 (6 wides, 1 leg bye and 1 bye)
MI’s total 184/8 in 20 overs, at 9.20 runs per over
MI’s fall of wickets 45/1 (Patel, 4.2), 61/2 (Rohit, 6.3), 62/3 (Buttler, 6.5), 92/4 (Rayudu, 11.1), 107/5 (K Pandya, 13.2), 125/6 (Rana, 15.3), 146/7 (Pollard, 18.2), and 183/8 (Southee, 19.5)
Rising Pune Supergiant’s (RPS) Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Ashok Dinda 4 9 57 0 14.25
Deepak Chahar 2 6 21 0 10.50
Ben Stokes 4 10 36 1 9.00
Imran Tahir 4 8 28 3 7.00
Adam Zampa 3 5 26 1 8.67
Rajat Bhatia 3 5 14 2 4.67
RPS Innings (target: 185 at 9.25 runs per over)
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate    
Ajinkya Rahane

caught Rana, bowled Southee

60 (34) 6 3 176.47
Mayank Agarwal

caught Rohit, bowled McClenaghan

6 (5) 1 0 120.00
Steve Smith

not out

84 (54) 7 3 155.55
Ben Stokes

caught Southee, bowled H Pandya

21 (14) 3 0 150.00
MS Dhoni

not out

12 (12) 1 0 100.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat Manoj Tiwary, Rajat Bhatia, Adam Zampa, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, and Ashok Dinda
Extras 4 (3 wides and 1 leg bye)
RPS’s total 187/3 in 19.5 overs, at 9.42 runs per over
RPS’s fall of wickets 35/1 (Agarwal, 3.1), 93/2 (Rahane, 10.1) and 143/3 (Stokes, 15.2)
MI’s Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Tim Southee 4 8 34 1 8.50
Hardik Pandya 4 5 36 1 9.00
Mitchell McClenaghan 4 9 36 1 9.00
Jasprit Bumrah 4 6 29 0 7.25
Krunal Pandya 2 2 21 0 10.50
Kieron Pollard 1.5 0 30 0 16.36


  1. Hard start for the Mumbai Indians once again, I hope they grow into the top 4 as the tournament progresses. With very less bowling options their only way out is to put up big scores to be chased. A batting dug out like Sunrisers Hyderabad could harm MIs bowling even batter on a given day. So MI should Fail fast and learn fast. Lets hope they come back well in their next match. Hoping to see Mitchell Johnson and Malinga with the troop soon to add some fire power to the bowling. Whatever said and done the tournament opens up mid way. So come on MIs we can do it. Sachin….Sachin….

    1. Yours is a fair comment, Charles. I think, MI made a bad selection in terms of personnel for their opening match of IPL 2017, against Pune. The bowlers they had included bowled far too many boundary balls and as a result, the dot deliveries didn’t quite put pressure on the likes of Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane.

      Also, as you say, Lasith Malinga will be a key component to Mumbai.

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