Steven Smith continued his rich vein of form as Rising Pune Supergiant chased down 185 in the penultimate delivery to seal a seven wicket win against Mumbai Indians in the second game of the Indian Premier League at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
Mumbai did not have any substantial partnership after the opening wicket stand of 45 between Parthiv Patel (19) and Jos Buttler (38) before Pandya's late flourish took them to a competitive total. His 54-ball knock was well-decorated by three sixes and seven boundaries. Secondly, Smith won the toss and chose to field. Rising Pune Supergiant registered an impressive 7-wicket victory in the first match, powered by half-centuries from Steven Smith (84 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (60).
What followed that drop was a four and a six and while Stokes (21, 14b, 3x4) fell a little while later, the RPS fans got their wish, watching MS Dhoni, the former captain, and Smith, the current skipper, batting together. He was finally dismissed when Nitish Rana pulled off an excellent catch at deep square leg off the bowling of Tim Southee. It will also have in stadia branding, premium hospitality and match tickets, and access to the Rising Pune Supergiant players.
He and Smith had put on 58 for the second wicket, and once he was out, Smith took over proceedings.
For the star-studded and inconsistent visitors Mumbai Indians, skipper Rohit Sharma's return to fitness is a big positive.
Buttler was sent in to open the innings with Parthiv Patel, and that plan turned out to be a really good one, with the Englishman enjoying the ball coming onto the bat and, as a result, scoring at a rate of knots. Bhatia then cut short Krunal Pandya's (3) stay at the crease to just five balls to reduce Mumbai to 107 for five in the 14th over.
Adam Zampa dismissed Rana for 34 in the 16th over, but Pollard kept getting the boundaries, although not at the rate at which Mumbai would want the big West Indian too. Dinda was lucky to escape with a single off the last delivery as Mumbai Indians scored 30 off the last over to post 184/7 after 20 overs.