Dhoni leads Supergiants to thrilling last ball victory Mumbai defend 148

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Dhoni leads Supergiants to thrilling last ball win

Mumbai defend 148

 

MS Dhoni cracked an unbeaten 61 leading the Rising Pune Supergiants to a last ball six-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 24th match of the 2017 Indian Premier League at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Pune.

 

The former Indian captain famous for successfully finishing matches, but has been a slightly lacking in form lately displayed he had not lost his touch and provided another exciting finish for the home fans to enjoy. Rahul Tripathi and skipper Steve Smith enjoyed a 72  run partnership in seven overs before Smith was clean bowled by a Rashid Khan googly for 27 from 21 balls including two sixes and one four.

Tripathi was excellent striking six fours and three sixes in a 41 ball 59.

Dhoni came in with the team needing 79 in less than six overs. He whittled it down to the point where 300 runs were required in the last two overs.

This was made more difficult because best bowler of this year's competition Bhuvneshwar Kumar still having one over to complete his spell.

The master was at his best with the calming assuredness he has demonstrated over the years methodically reducing the equation taking it down to where one ball was left and two runs needed, Then nonchalantly smashing the last delivery for one of his five fours, his crucial 34 ball 61 was also studded three powerfully struck sixes.

 

Earlier  David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan put on an opening stand of 55 in eight overs then at the start of the ninth Imran Tahir had Dhawan caught by Tripathi for 30 from 29 with five fours.

The usually aggressive Warner also found scoring difficult the batsman with the most fifties in the IPL struggled to for 40 balls scoring 43 including three fours and one six.

An unbeaten  47 run partnership in 3.3 overs between Moses Henriques with a pulverizing 55 from 28 balls studded with six fours and two sixes and Deepak  Hooda carried the  Sunrisers to 176/3.

The Mumbai Indians defended 148 to beat the Delhi Daredevils by 14 runs in match 25 of the 2017 Indian Premier League season at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

Batting first after being inserted the home side just could not put partnerships together losing Parthiv Patel Jos Butler Nitish Rana  Rohit Sharma and Krunal Pandya with only 85 on the tins.

Butler top scored with 28 Kieron Pollard added 26 and Hardik Pandya 24 enabling Mumbai to reach 142/8.

 

The Daredevils facing a modest total had a disastrous start losing six wickets for only 24 runs in 6.3 overs.

After the entire top order fell by the wayside Chris Morris smashed an unbeaten  41 ball 52 studded with one six and five fours and Kagiso Rabada with 44 from 39 including one six and five boundaries in 91 run seventh wicket partnership in twelve overs.

Even with the heroics of the two South Africans, it was too little too late. When Rabada was bowled by a Jasprit  Bumrah slower ball in the 19th over 33 runs were still needed from eight balls.

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