Mumbai marred in narrow defeat

Table toppers Mumbai Indians have just swallowed a shallow defeat against Rising Pune Superstars. At the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the home team have ended their innings at 3 runs away from the total of Rising Pune Supergiants.

The hard luck waited for Mumbai in the 28th match of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League soon after the departure of Rohit Sharma.

Sharma kept his good work up to the last over of the match – however fortune favored the Supergiants, Unadkat managed to take the catch of Rohit Sharma in his own bowling at the fourth delivery of the twentieth over.

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Despite Mumbai Indians have three more wickets in hand, they could not manage scoring the necessary 10 runs to win the match and strengthen their top most position in the point table.

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Rising Pune Supergiants’ million dollar recruit Ben Stokes has showed a spark of brilliance in the field catching McClenaghan at the non – strikers’ end just in the next ball.

As the batsman crossed the distance, Mumbai Indians needed 9 more runs in just a single delivery. Harbhajan Singh attempted effort went for maximum in the last ball – it was in fact all he could do! Mumbai Indians suffered the narrow heartbreaking defeat at the end.

For Mumbai, Rohit Sharma’s 58 runs came from 39 deliveries with 6 fours and 3 sixes while Parthiv Patel was the second highest scorer who made a 27 ball 33 with 4 strokes of four.

Ben Stokes’ continuous failure with the bat was little bit fulfilled with the ball today, taking 2 wickets for 21 runs, Stokes played a eloquent role in RPS’s fourth win of the season.

Earlier in the beginning of the single match of Monday, Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians’ captain won the toss and sent Rising Pune Supergiants to bat first.

Ajinkya Rahane and R Tripathi initiated superbly for the visiting team making 76 runs opening partnership in less than 10 overs.

Rahane scored 38 off 32, became the first wicket to take for Mumbai Indians. On the other end, Tripathi tied with captain Steven Smith, added 17 more runs in the team score; Tripathi was the highest scorer for RPS, his 31 ball 45 was decorated with 3 shots of four and 2 for sixes.

After the departure of Tripathi, Rising Pune Supergiants started losing wickets at regular interval, dropping the run rate.

Captain Steven Smith and RPS’s most expensive feature Ben Stokes both played with surprisingly similarity. Each of them scored 17 runs, facing 12 deliveries and 2 shots of four each.

At the end of their allotted 20 overs of the match, Rising Pune Supergiants completed at 160 losing 6 wickets.

Brief Score:

Rising Pune Supergiants 160/6 

R Tripathi 45, A Rahane 38, Ben Stokes 17

J Bumrah 2/29, K Sharma 2/39, Harbhajan Singh 1/20

Mumbai Indians 157/8

R Sharma 58, P Patel 33, Jos Buttler 17

Ben Stokes 2/21, J Unadkat 2/40, D Christian 1/6

Result: Rising Pune Supergiants won by 3 runs.

Toss: Mumbai Indians