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Ben Stokes took two wickets in a highly economical spell to lead the Rising Pune Supergiants to a narrow three-run win over the Mumbai Indians.
With their victory, the Supergiants snapped the Indians’ six-game winning streak.
Being put in to bat first, the Supergiants got off to a fantastic start as Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi amassed a 76-run partnership before Rahane was caught and bowled by Karn Sharma for 38.
Tripathi went on to make 45 off 31 balls, which included three boundaries and two sixes, before he became Karn’s second victim.
Following Tripathi’s dismissal, the Supergiants began to lose wickets at regular intervals, but thanks to a quickfire 22 from Manoj Tiwary towards the end of the innings, the Supergiants finished on 160/6 off their 20 overs.
Karn and Jasprit Bumrah picked up two wickets apiece, while Mitchell Johnson and Harbhajan Singh chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 161 to win, the Indians lost opener Jos Buttler early on as he was removed by Stokes for 17.
Stokes’ breakthrough allowed the Supergiants to continue making inroads into the Indians’ batting line-up and put them on the back foot.
While the scoreboard crept along, the Indians continued to lose wickets, but captain Rohit Sharma offered his side a glimmer of hope.
However, he ended up being caught and bowled by Jaydev Unadkat for 58 off 39 balls, which included six boundaries and three sixes.
Rohit’s departure proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the Indians as they fell agonisingly short of their target and watched their six-game unbeaten streak go up in smoke.
Stokes and Unadkat took two wickets apiece, while Imran Tahir, Dan Christian and Washington Sundar claimed one wicket each.
Stokes was named Man of the Match.