RPS Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes conceded only seven runs of the penultimate over (Source BCCI)

Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) has certainly risen to the competition this seasons as they have won back to back games to move fourth in the Vivo IPL 2017 point table. RPS beat Mumbai Indians by 3 runs in the 28th league match of IPL 10. More importantly, RPS ended Mumbai India’s six matches winning streak.

Mumbai Indian’s captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl first but Rising Pune Supergiants openers were off to a great start, scoring 48 runs in the mandatory powerplay. It was once again Rahul Tripathi’s show as he top scored with 45 runs in 31 balls and was involved in 76 runs opening partnership. Karn Sharma, playing his first match for MI this season, removed both the openers. Quick runs from Ben Stokes and Manoj Tiwary helped RPS to put 160 on the scoreboard.

In reply to the chase of 161, once again, Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler raced to 35 in 4.2 overs. After the fall of Buttler, RPS bounced back to remove to Nitish Rana cheaply and Parthiv Patel was bowled by Washington Sundar as Mumbai were reduced to 60 for 3 in 10 overs. Rohit Sharma took the charge as he scored 58 off 39 balls and brought the equation to 17 required off the last over but Unadkat bowled beautifully to shift the game to Pune’s favor. Ben Stokes won the Man of the Match award for his million dollars performance giving away only seven runs in the penultimate over.

Finally, a much-needed win for RPS to stay in the competition. After struggling start this season, they needed back to back wins and they have done it in style with three win in a row – first defeated RCB, then won against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and now Mumbai Indians. They are now placed fourth in the point table.

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