IPL 2017 2nd Match: Smith, Rahane guide Supergiants to thrilling win

Smith is pumped after leading the Supergiants to victory

Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

Rising Pune Supergiants captain Steve Smith and opening batsman Ajinkya Rahane hammered 84 not out and 60 respectively to lead their side to a nail-biting seven-wicket win over the Mumbai Indians.

Smith proved to be the hero when it was most needed as he struck successive sixes to lead his side to victory with just a ball to spare.

Being put in to bat first, the Indians got off to a quick start before Parthiv Patel was clean bowled by Imran Tahir for 19.

Indians captain Rohit Sharma failed to have an impact as he suffered the same fate as Patel when he was on three.

Two balls later, Tahir struck again as he trapped Jos Buttler lbw for 38. However, Buttler should not have been given out as he got a massive inside edge before the ball struck his pad.

Ambati Rayudu also struggled as he could only score 10 runs before falling to Rajat Bhatia.

The Indians continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, but they ended up finishing on 184/8 thanks to a quickfire 27 from Kieron Pollard and an unbeaten 35 off 14 balls by Hardik Pandya.

Tahir was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Bhatia snapped up two and Ben Stokes and Adam Zampa chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 185 to win, the Supergiants lost Mayank Agarwal early on before Rahane and Smith stabilised the innings with a 58-run partnership, during which Rahane surpassed his half-century.

However, not long after, Rahane was on his way back to the pavilion when he was dismissed by Tim Southee for 60 off 34 balls, which included six boundaries and three sixes.

Rahane scored his 24th IPL fifty

Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

Smith and Stokes kept the runs flowing with a 50-run stand, during which Smith brought up his half-century, before Stokes was removed by Pandya for 21.

Despite the loss of Stokes, the Supergiants continued to inch ever closer to victory.

Heading into the final over, the Supergiants found themselves needing 13 runs to begin their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with a win.

Only three runs came off the first three balls, but Smith saved the best for last on the fourth and fifth balls of the over as he clubbed back-to-back sixes to get his side across the finish line.

Smith finished unbeaten on 84, which came off 54 deliveries and included seven boundaries and three sixes.

Southee, Pandya and Mitchell McClenaghan claimed one wicket each.

Smith was named Man of the Match.

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