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  • 11:42 PM IST

    RPS 187/3 in 19.5 overs, Smith 84*, Dhoni 12*: Phew! Congrats guys! We have witnessed the first cliff hanger from IPL 10. MI kept coming back hard at RPS even though they never lost wickets at regular intervals. RPS requiring 10 off 3 balls were looking in a fix but Smith, playing a T20I after a year, pulled off a stunner to take his side home. MI’s fielding and lacklustre top order prevented them from notching up their first win. Nonetheless, their lower order and bowlers kept them in the hunt but there was no stopping the in-form duos of Smith-Rahane.

    That’s it from this game. Do join us for the next encounter, to be played between GL and KKR at Rajkot tomorrow. Goodnight folks! Stay tuned for more updates on the game at CricketCountry…
  • 11:36 PM IST

    RPS 172/3 in 19 overs, Smith 71*, Dhoni 10*: Another tidy over from Bumrah. Only seven (including a four from Dhoni) coming off the penultimate over is commendable. Moreover, MI almost had Dhoni caught but Tim Southee dropped a sitter at deep long on. 13 required off the last 6 balls. Rohit has done away with all his four frontline bowlers. Pandya, Southee and McClenaghan have completed their overs and Pollard will bowl the final one. Whose match is it, folks?

  • 11:28 PM IST

    RPS 165/3 in 18 overs, Smith 70*, Dhoni 4*: A good over from McClenaghan goes a little wayward as Smith gets a four off the final ball. Equation reads 20 off 12 balls. Should be done easily.

  • 11:23 PM IST

    RPS 148/3 in 16 overs, Smith 56*, Dhoni 1*: MI need to defend 47 in the last 24 balls. RPS should do this easily with Smith and Dhoni out there in the middle. Stokes went for a 14-ball 21 amidst loud cheer as the crowds knew the next man in is none other than Dhoni. RPS on top for now, but anything can happen if MI get rid of Smith.

  • 11:09 PM IST

  • 11:09 PM IST
    RPS 129/2 in 14 overs, Smith 49*, Stokes 11*: Smith making MI pay for dropping him at deep square leg by Nitish Rana. It is going to be a costly miss for the visitors. He is turning on the heat in the middle by churning out some handy strokes. Kieron Pollard goes for 15 as RPS moving quickly towards the total.
  • 10:56 PM IST

    RPS 105/2 in 12 overs, Smith 28*, Stokes 9*: Bumrah bowls the 12th over and gives away only 8 runs, including a boundary. Stokes got his first boundary in IPL with a pull off Bumrah’s fourth ball. Nonetheless, Bumrah, being a smart customer, resorts to his variations to keep the run flow under check. Some handy overs tilting the game towards MI…

  • 10:51 PM IST

    RPS 97/2 in 11 overs, Smith 26*, Stokes 3*: A handy bowling change and a brilliant catch by NItish Rana sends Rahane back to the hut. He was looking very good but did his job for RPS at the top order. Ben Stokes comes in the middle to keep the left-hand right-hand combination going. Only 4 coming from Tim Southee’s over as RPS require 88 off 54 balls.

  • 10:41 PM IST

    RPS 82/1 in 9 overs, Rahane 52*, Smith 22*: RPS going at 9.11. A few wickets can change the complexion of the game. Nonetheless, Rahane and Smith not batting like they will throw their wickets so easily. Rahane gets to his fastest IPL fifty and Smith must be enjoying his innings from the other end.

  • 10:37 PM IST

    RPS 73/1 in 8 overs, Rahane 44*, Smith 21*: Krunal Pandya introduced into the attack. He had an impressive season in IPL 2016. Starts off with a wide and short delivery which is sent to the ropes by Smith. He will not miss these ones asking to be hit. Overall, 10 comes from this over. RPS moving forward, or should I say, cruising towards the total.

  • 10:33 PM IST

    RPS 63/1 in 7 overs, Rahane 43*, Smith 12*: Only four coming off Hardik Pandya’s over. Smith and Rahane know they do not have to do anything silly. The team is off to a flying start. They just need to hold their ends and play smartly in these middle overs. Rohit Sharma will look to rotate his bowlers to control the flow of runs at Pune.

  • 10:28 PM IST

    RPS 59/1 in 6 overs, Rahane 41*, Smith 10*: Mitchell McClenaghan taken to the cleaners here by Ajinkya Rahane. How good does he look when he times the ball. Smith started the expensive over by smashing the bowler to deep mid wicket, but it was Rahane’s six and four which made the over a forgettable one for the New Zealander.

    Rahane is a quality Test and T20I player. Sadly, he fails to keep the scoreboard ticking in ODIs but does his job in the other two formats. He is looking great at his end.
  • 10:23 PM IST

    RPS 43/1 in 5 overs, Rahane 30*, Smith 5*: Two very experienced campaigners, Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith, are out there in the middle for RPS. They have got a good start courtesy Rahane. He will look to hold his end with Smith taking some calculative risks at his end. A tidy over from Jasprit Bumrah to end the 5th over.

  • 10:13 PM IST

    RPS 35/0 in 3 overs, Rahane 27*, Agarwal 6*: Rahane has started from where he left off in Dharamshala. Easily dealing in boundaries. He is going on the back foot, applying more weight and adjusting to the length off the delivery very well. Some beautiful strokes from the little man with lots to learn for Agarwal, at the other end. RPS off to a flier as Southee concedes 12 in the third over.

  • 10:06 PM IST

    RPS 8/0 in 1 over, Rahane 2*, Agarwal 5*: RPS are off the mark. Southee started the proceedings for MI, defending 184 on board. Rahane will be looking to anchor the innings whereas Mayank Agarwal needs to get a look in. He looked a tad bit nervous. He edged one to the wide slip, Buttler standing there, to get off the mark but was lucky to survive. Nonetheless, it pleases any batsman to get his first runs, be it anyhow. KP along with Anjum Chopra contemplating why it is important to have a wider slip. I agree with them completely. Makes no sense. Agarwal could have gone here but is lucky to be there in the middle.

  • 9:43 PM IST

    MI 184/8 in 20 overs, Pandya 35*, McClenaghan 0*: T20I is a cruel game. Dinda has been hammered all round the park. 180 was looking tough but Hardik Pandya’s blitz (35 off 15 balls), or Dinda’s ordinary bowling, puts MI in the driver’s seat going into the innings break. 30 came off the last over. Whoa!

    Looks like a different game was happening till the 19th over. Pandya is the hero of the innings by timing the ball perfectly to send them across long on, long off and deep point. 185 is what RPS will be chasing, when they could have easily chased anything less than 170. Join us in 15 minutes as I rush to have my dinner… Spare a thought for me also.
  • 9:36 PM IST

    MI 154/7 in 19 overs, Pandya 7*, Southee 7*: Stokes ends his spell conceding 36 in his four overs. The highlight of the over was Mayank Agarwal’s splendid catch to get rid of Kieron Pollard. Pollard did not time a full length delivery perfectly as Agarwal dived to pluck a brilliant low catch. All was going well until a last-ball maximum from Southee shifted momentum towards MI for the final over. How many will MI add in the 20th over? Dinda gets ready to bowl…

  • 9:26 PM IST

    MI 137/6 in 17 overs, Pandya 3*, Pollard 22*: MI have seen through Tahir’s 4 overs. He has done his job. Taking 3 wickets and going for 7 per over, he proves why he is the best bowler in shorter formats. He always knows what he is doing in the middle. However, Pollard smashed him for a maximum, but the South African ended his spell with a dot.

    Nonetheless, there is plenty happening out there. Trying to hit the stumps, Tahir hurt Pollard in the last ball by his throw. Pollard was trying to get inside the crease but the throw struck him on his shoulder and is struggling a bit out there. Will this hurt MI from posting a healthy score?
  • 9:11 PM IST

    MI 120/5 in 15 overs, Rana 34*, Pollard 8*: Nine coming off Tahir’s over. MI are going at a good rate despite losing wickets at regular intervals. Bhatia sent back Krunal Pandya but this has brought Pollard in the middle. This is a tailor made situation for the West Indian to come hard at the opposition. On the other hand, Rana is nearing his fifty. He has played well so far and will be eager to finish off MI’s innings ins style.

    RPS will be hoping to get Pollard out. The scoreboard can go well above 170 if this pair sticks for a while. Few wickets can lead to a collapse, and a vital partnership between the duo can take MI to a good score.

  • 9:04 PM IST

    MI 106/4 in 13 overs, Rana 28*, Krunal 3*: Stokes concedes 13 in the 13th over. Nitish Rana is looking good here. He has timed the ball perfectly especially going for the big shots. He sends another one to the ropes in this over. He will be looking to go the distance in the final overs and take his side to a competitive score on a good track at Pune. Meanwhile, 100 up for MI.

    Rajat Bhatia, who sent Rayudu in his previous over, is back into the attack to bowl the 14th.
  • 8:54 PM IST

    MI 92/3 in 11 overs, Rana 19*, Rayudu 10*: Another expensive over from Zampa. His wrong ones haven’t bore effective results yet. Rana has picked his googlies well whereas Rayudu looking to settle in.

  • 8:50 PM IST

    MI 82/3 in 10 overs, Rana 12*, Rayudu 9*: Rana-Rayudu finding the gaps and trying to get the scoreboard ticking as Rajat Bhatia goes for only 6 in his first over. The duo will like to play out the next 5 overs well with calculative risks and go for the kill in the last few overs. Let’s see how Smith uses his bowlers in this period.

  • 8:46 PM IST

    MI 76/3 in 9 overs, Rana 10*, Rayudu 5*: Strategic time-out! So far, we have seen everything in these 9 overs. MI started well before Tahir’s blitz brought RPS back in the game. Adam Zampa bowled the 9th over and went for 10. Rana and Rayudu have to do the repair work. Rana already has a big six under his belt as he smacked Zampa off a brilliant pull. He will have to take some chances whereas Rayudu will like to anchor the innings. Interesting times ahead!

  • 8:41 PM IST

    MI 66/3 in 8 overs, Rana 2*, Rayudu 3*: This is what pressure and wickets does to a team. MI started well with Patel-Buttler in the middle. Nonetheless, Tahir’s three wickets have pushed them back. Meanwhile, Smith calls in Stokes to bowl and he concedes only 3 after an expensive start in his first over.

    On the other hand, Tahir once again proves that this format, contrary to norm, is very much a bowler’s game. Especially for the leg spinners.

  • 8:37 PM IST

    MI 63/3 in 7 overs, Rana 1*, Rayudu 1*: Tahir, you beauty! From going at 10 per over, MI have been reduced to 3 down for 63. Tahir is on a roll and sprinting hard as he sends Rohit Sharma and Jos Buttler in quick succession. Rohit played a skidder on the back foot and was clean bowled, before Buttler was wrongly adjudged out (there was an inside edge) to bring Ambati Rayudu, MI’s seasoned campaigner, out in the middle. How much will an in-form batsman, Buttler’s dismissal cost the MI camp? There is clear tension out there for the visitors now. Someone has to calm them down among this chaos.

  • 8:29 PM IST

    MI 61/1 in 6 overs, Buttler 38*, Rohit 3*: Jos Buttler dealing in boundaries. Rohit Sharma will take time to get in but his partner is going bonkers. He is coming down the track, sprinting hard between wickets and timing everything with the middle of the bat. Deepak Chahar finishes off his second unimpressive over conceding 13 off it as Buttler hammers him all round the park.

  • 8:27 PM IST

    MI 48/1 in 5 overs, Buttler 26*, Rohit 2*: And that’s how you do it. MI were off to a flier and Steven Smith brought in Imran Tahir. Going for a four off his first ball, shorter format’s best bowler, Tahir, clean bowled Patel who tried to play another sweep but missed the length to disturb his leg stump. Tahir sprinted, as he always does, and almost reached Navi Mumbai before he was stopped by his teammates. Now, can you believe it that Tahir went unsold in IPL auction 2017? Bizzare, totally bizzare. Can only happen in IPL.

  • 8:19 PM IST

    MI 41/0 in 4 overs, Patel 15*, Buttler 25*: It is all happening for MI. Meanwhile, another shabby fielding and ordinary bowling start from RPS. They were marred with these flaws during the last edition and seems to have started in a similar fashion. Dinda went for 9 off his second over, with Rajat Bhatia dropping a sitter off Patel’s blade. To top it all, Buttler has good the better of IPL 10’s most expensive buy, Stokes. Stokes, bowling his first over, went for two astonishing maximums from his countryman. Will he, and RPS, bounce back before it is too late?

  • 8:16 PM IST

    MI 19/0 in 2 overs, Patel 5*, Buttler 13*: Deepak Chahar gets going from the other end. 8 coming off his maiden over as Buttler is looking in his elements. He pulled a short ball, asking to be , and added another boundary to his name by shuffling and sending the ball towards deep fine leg.

    Nonetheless, the highlight of the over was something else. Manoj Tiwary was talking to the commentators over the on field mic. Kevin Pietersen, commentating instead of playing for RPS, remarked that he is a better golf player than Dhoni. Tiwary shared this information to Dhoni to which he replied in his typical witty manner. He said, “He (KP) is still my first Test wicket”. Humour at its’ best.

    For records, Dhoni has no Test scalp. He had KP plumbed during the 2011 England tour, but was later adjudged not out by the umpires. Dhoni, despite remaining wicketless in his Test career, had the last laugh in this funny banter.
  • 8:06 PM IST

    MI 11/0 in 1 over, Patel 5*, Buttler 5*: Ashok Dinda opens the bowling attack for RPS. A wayward first over with some quick singles between Parthiv Patel and his new opening partner, Jos Buttler. Nonetheless, to top it all, an overthrow and a fine flick from Patel gets MI going. Dinda, being the spearhead of the attack, has to get his line and length right. 11 off the first over.

Mumbai Indians take on Rising Pune Supergiant in Pune on Thursday © AFP
Mumbai Indians take on Rising Pune Supergiant in Pune on Thursday © AFP

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket updates of Match No. 2 between Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Mumbai Indians (MI) of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. The match will be played at RPS’ home ground (no, not R Premdasa Stadium because of its initials). However, why Mumbai are Indians (really, why?) and Pune the Supergiant (yes, singular) will be unveiled in today’s live blog. I, Aditya Sahay, will keep you guys entertained for the four-hour blockbuster, probably better than Rochelle Rao. I personally do not have a favourite IPL team, but I would like to see how Dhoni would curb his instincts from calling the shots, for the RPS management replaced him with the Australian Steven Smith. Full Cricket Scorecard, Rising Pune Supergiant vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 10, Match 2

Never have I ever imagined Dhoni not captaining in IPL — his very own paradise. If anything, we won’t see Ravi Shastri say, “MS to spin the coin.” But come on, the scorecard will read MS Dhoni (c&wk). Anyway, I should not let the fanboy inside me get carried away. I hope he uses his bat as a mace and bludgeons the opposition. However, let us not disregard the fact that Dhoni will face Lasith Malinga, the very gentleman who troubled him with away yorkers in the ICC WT20 2014 final. But again, Dhoni has practiced scything deliveries past point in the past year or so. He may not be the brute force anymore, but he indeed is more effective. All in all, the sheen has not yet worn off.

This is not only about Dhoni. There is about Ben Stokes as well. He will be making his debut in this Indian T20 spectacle — the league that his very own country criticised once for its dynamics spoiling the real essence of cricket. Nevertheless, that ship has sailed and the English cricketers love participating in it.

As I write this, my colleague Kaustubh S. Mayekar says that he is even more excited to see Rohit Sharma back in the thick of action. No doubt that we have not seen Hitman’s outstanding strokeplay for a while now.

All in all, it promises to be an enthralling contest.


Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Parthiv Patel (wk), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Krishnappa Gowtham (wk), Ambati Rayudu (wk), Lendl Simmons (wk), Kulwant Khejroliya, Karn Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Asela Gunaratne, Mitchell Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Shreyas Gopal, Siddhesh Lad, Vinay Kumar, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Tim Southee, Lasith Malinga, Jagadeesha Suchith, Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia

Rising Pune Supergiant: Steven Smith (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Ankit Sharma, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Daniel Christian, Rahul Chahar, Ashok Dinda, Faf du Plessis, Lockie Ferguson, Usman Khawaja, Jaskaran Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Ben Stokes, Milind Tandon, Manoj Tiwary, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa