23:36 IST RPS win the game by 3 runs!

23:36 IST Harbhajan Singh hits a maximum off the last ball but could not win the game, MI lose by 3 runs.

23:33 IST WICKET! Mitchell McClenaghan run out (Stokes/Unadkat) 0(0)

23:31 IST WICKET! Rohit c & b Unadkat 58(39)

23:31 IST Rohit Sharma on strike, SIX! He is in HITMAN mode, hits the ball towards long on for a maximum, what a shot from Rohit, pure class. That was wide! Wankhede crowd booed the Umpire’s signal.

23:28 IST MI need 17 off last 5 balls.

23:27 IST WICKET! Hardik Pandya c Stokes b Unadkat 13(11)

23:25 IST Stokes comes back into the attack, Rohit takes a single off the first ball, hits his pads. Hardik on strike, WIDE! free runs to MI. Hardik takes a single towards square leg, Rohit on strike. He tries to go past covers but finds the fielder, just a single. An inside edge off Hardik’s bat, another single. Good bowling from Stokes so far, just 5 runs, a couple more deliveries to go.

Another bang on yorker, just a single off that one, what an over this is turning out to be from Stokes. Last ball of the over, Hardik goes for the big shot, just  a single off the last ball, wonderful over from Stokes comes to an end.

23:20 IST: Unadkat to Pandya, leg bye he scampers for a single. 32 off 16 balls required. WIDE. Rohit picks up a single and that is his 50. Pandya smokes it over extra cover for FOUR. This time he pierces the on-side field FOUR. Back to back boundaries. 24 off 13 balls needed. A slower ball to finish off the over, 24 needed off 12 balls now!

23:15 IST:  Kieron Pollard OUT, will this change the course of the match. Hardik Pandya walks out and Tahir looks a different bowler, there is a stumping appeal and the third umpire has been called for. Not out is the result. Pandya finally gets off the mark.

23:07 IST Shardul Thakur comes back into the attack, Pollard takes a single towards long on. Rohit on strike, SIX! Oh boy, he is back in form and how, hits the short ball into the stands. A dot ball to follow as the ball goes towards midwicket fielder standing at the edge of the circle. Rohit hits the next one towards deep midwicket for a single. A slower bouncer from Thakur, a dot ball to Pollard. Thakur has made a comeback after getting hit for a maximum. He takes a single towards long off, 9 runs from it.

23:02 IST Stokes continues, Rohit on strike, a dot ball to start with. He takes a single towards covers on the next one, Pollard on strike, will he go big this time? yorker from Stokes, he takes a single towards long on. FOUR! Rohit times it to perfection, the ‘HITMAN’ is taking the pressure on himself. Rohit glances the next one towards square leg for a single. Pollard on strike for the last ball of the over, that one hits the pads, a single to end the over, 8 from it.

22:57 IST Imran Tahir continues, a dot ball to Rohit, big turn for the leggie. Next ball, FOUR! dropped, that was a tough one for the deep midwicket fielder, MI need more of those. SIX! Rohit picks the googly, rubbing salts on wounds, hitting him for  a maximum. Two dot balls to follow, Tahir is going for runs today. Full toss to end the over, Rohit takes a single, 11 runs from the over.

22:53 IST Kieron Pollard comes into bat, he guides the ball for a single towards square leg. Rohit on strike, he takes a single towards midwicket. FOUR! Pollard shows brute force, first boundary off Stokes, he has come to the wicket with an intent. Next ball, dear, oh dear! that should have been out, a single off that one anyway. Rohit takes a single towards third man, retains strike.

22:49 IST WICKET! Karn Sharma b Ben Stokes 11(10)

22:48 IST Karn Sharma on strike, he starts off with a dot ball as Tahir continues. Dropped! Manoj Tiwary drops a sitter, Karn gets away with it. SIX! Karn rubs salts on Tahir’s wounds, muscles the ball over long on boundary for a maximum. A dot ball to follow. He takes a single off the next ball, Rohit takes a couple of runs towards covers, 9 runs from it.

22:44 IST Karn Sharma comes into bat, Unadkat back into the attack, he guides the ball towards point, takes a couple of runs. A dot ball to follow from Unadkat. Karn takes a single towards long on. Rohit guides the ball towards the third man as Unadkat comes round the wicket. Karn takes a single towards sweeper cover. FOUR! Rohit attempts the scoop shot, first boundary from the over, 9 runs from it.

22:39 IST Imran Tahir comes into bowl, he took the wicket of Rohit Sharma in the previous match he played. FOUR! Daftest of touches from Rohit, he guides the ball towards third man boundary. FOUR! This time he goes over deep midwicket, another boundary for him, finds the gap with ease. A dot ball to follow as Rohit was sent back by Karn SharmlbwAn llw appeal from Tahir but the Umpire says no. Another dot to end the over, 8 runs from it.

22:35 IST WICKET! Parthiv Patel b Washington Sundar 33(27)

22:35 IST Washington continues, Parthiv on strike, he takes a single after playing a dot ball. Rohit takes a single towards long on. A quick single from Patel towards fine leg. Rohit takes another single towards short covers, no boundaries from the over yet. Will Parthiv go big on the last ball? BOWLED!

22:32 IST Parthiv takes a single first ball he faces after Rana’s wicket. Rohit Sharma comes into bat, he faces two dot balls. FOUR! He ned shte over with a boundary, will we see Imran Tahir in the next over?

22:28 IST WICKET! Rana c Unadkat b Christain 3(9)

22:27 IST Washington Sundar comes into bowl, he starts off with a dot ball to Rana. Three singles to follow, Sundar has been bowling a tight line. Just a couple and a single off the next two balls, 6 runs from the over.

22:21 IST Shardul Thakur comes into bowl, Parthiv takes a couple of runs off the first ball. WIDE! That was way down the legside, RPS bowlers need to capitalise on the pressure built by Stokes. FOUR! He hits a boundary there, a poor delivery from Thakur. Two singles off the next two deliveries. Short ball from Thakur, a dot ball there, another dot ball from Thakur, 9 runs from the over.

22:16 IST Nitish Rana comes into bat, he is struggling to find singles, Stokes bowls a wicket-maiden, RPS is back in the game.

22:12 IST WICKET! Buttler c Washington b Stokes 17(13)

22:12 IST Ben Stokes comes into bowl, Buttler on strike, he starts off with a slower delivery, a dot to start with.

22:10 IST Jaydev Unadkat comes into bowl, Parthiv and Buttler look to rotate singles on the three balls. FOUR! Buttler edges the ball for a boundary towards the third man, slower one took the edge. He takes a single off the last ball, retains strike.

22:06 IST Parthiv Patel on strike, Sundar continues, a dot ball to start with. FOUR! Parthiv goes down the track and hits it over deep mid on fielder for a maximum. It is followed by a dot ball. FOUR! Parthiv goes on the back foot and hits it towards covers for a boundary.FOUR! Another boundary for Parthiv, he takes a single off the last ball, 13 runs from the over.

23:02 IST Shardul Thakur comes into bowl his first over, starts off with a dot ball as short cover fielder cuts it off. One more dot ball from Shardul, RPS bowlers need to put pressure from in the powerplay overs itself. Leg byes on next ball, just a single off that one. FOUR! Buttler gets the first boundary, the ball goes between third man and gully fielder.

FOUR! This time Thakur misses his line as Buttler goes down the track. This is turning out to be a good over for MI. Buttler hits the ball towards mid on, misfields makes sure that he takes a couple of runs.

21:57 IST Washington Sundar bowls a perfect over to Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler as they could manage only 3 runs in the first over.

21:40 IST Mumbai Indians need 161 to win the game.

21:38 IST Bumrah continues his over, Washinton Sundar on strike, he takes a couple of the first ball, Christian is off the strike on last ball. A dot ball to finish off the over, brilliant over from Bumrah.

21:36 IST WICKET! Tiwary lbw b Bumrah 22(13)

21:36 IST Tiwary on strike, Bumrah continues, FOUR! He pulls the slower bouncer on the front foot, first boundary of the over. FOUR! He digs it out from yorker length and hits it for a boundary. Wide yorker from Bumrah, a dot ball there as Tiwary could not get bat on that one. OUT!

21:32 IST McClenaghan comes into bowl, Tiwary takes a single off the first delivery. Another slower delivery from McClenaghan, wide ball given by the Umpire. Swing and a miss from Christian, a dot ball for MI. He takes a single off the next ball, did not get bat on it, the Umpire signals byes. In the air but safe! Tiwary takes a single towards midwicket. FOUR! First boundary from Christian’s bat, he finds the gap and capitalises on it. A dot ball to finish off the over.

21:26 IST A slower full toss from Bumrah to the new batsman Daniel Christian, he turns it towards square leg for a couple of runs. Bumrah beats Christian with his pace, a swing and a miss, a dot ball from him. A yorker from Bumrah, Christain-Tiwary take a couple of runs towards long on.

21:24 IST WICKET! MS Dhoni b Jasprit Bumrah 7(11)

21:23 IST Tiwary on strike, Bumrah comes back into the attack, starts off with a dot ball. The slower one beats Tiwary. He takes a single towards point, Dhoni on strike.

21:21 IST Manoj Tiwary comes into bat, he lofts the ball, in the air and dropped! FOUR! Tiwary gets a second chance straight away. FOUR! This time he picks the slower bouncer and pulls it towards square leg for another boundary. Johnson comes round the wicket, Tiwary tries to play it on the back foot, a dot ball there. Tiwary plays the next one wide of the third man fielder, takes a couple of runs. Tiwary takes a single off the last ball, 11 runs and a wicket from it.

21:16 IST WICKET! Stokes b Johnson 17(12)

21:15 IST McClenaghan comes into bowl, Rohit is still looking to take a wicket, Dhoni on strike, he takes a single off the first ball. Stokes tries to drive the ball but could not get it past off side fielder. Another dot ball, McClenaghan is creating pressure on Stokes. McClenaghan comes round the wicket, swing and a miss, that was fast another dot ball. FOUR! Stokes inside edges the ball as he comes down the track, much-needed boundary for him. Stokes takes a single off the last ball, just 6 runs from the over.

21:10 IST Now Bumrah comes into bowl, Dhoni on strike, he takes a single off the first ball. Stokes on strike, he takes a couple of runs three times in a row, RPS would take it with both hands. Stokes takes a single towards midwicket on the next one. A single to end the over as Dhoni retains strike, 9 runs from the over.

21:06 IST Mitchell Johnson comes into bowl, he restricts Dhoni and the new batsman in the crease Ben Stokes. Just 7 runs from the over, RPS need to score boundaries at Wankhede if they are to score a fighting total.

20:58 IST Harbhajan continues, Smith on strike, he takes a single off the first ball. Dhoni on strike, he plays the ball towards short midwicket, a dot ball. He takes a single towards long off. Smith takes a single off the next ball. Dhoni takes a single towards midwicket. OUT!

20:55 IST MS Dhoni comes into bat but Smith is taking the strike. Dropped! Smith goes for the big shot but Harbhajan gets hold of the ball, dropped at square leg boundary. FOUR! Smith makes use of the dropped catch, goes towards midwicket. He takes a single off the last ball, retains strike.

20:51 IST WICKET! Tripathi c Pollard b Karn Sharma 45(31)

20:51 IST Karn Sharma continues, Smith hits a boundary off the first ball, FOUR! He takes a single off the next ball.

20:49 IST Harbhajan continues, Tripathi on strike, he takes a single off the first ball. Smith punches the ball off the back foot but could not get it past covers. He takes a single off the next one. Tripathi too takes a single after playing a dot ball. Smith turns the last ball away for a single towards square leg, just 4 runs from the over.

20:46 IST Steven Smith comes into bat, he takes a single off the first ball. SIX! Tripathi gets underneath that one but could not get it all the way. The fielder could not catch it, dropped at boundary, a maximum for him. He takes a single off the last ball.

20:42 IST WICKET! Rahane c & b Karn Sharma 38(32)

20:42 IST Rahane takes a single towards long on as Karn Sharma comes back into the attack. Tripathi takes a  single off the next ball. Rahane on strike, OUT!

20:41 IST Harbhajan continues, he starts off with a dot ball to Rahane. He takes a single off the next ball towards long on. Tripathi rotates the strike as well. Bounce for Harbhajan there, just a single as Tripathi plays it towards third man. Rahane plays a sweep shot, takes a single towards square leg, 5 runs from it.

20:37 IST McCleaghan comes into bowl, he starts off with a dot delivery to Tripathi. FOUR! Tripathi hits a boundary towards point, he is carrying forward his inning. FOUR! This time he guides the ball towards the third man for a boundary. He takes a single towards fine leg. FOUR! He joins the party now, a boundary over midwicket region, he ends the over with a single.

20:33 IST Harbhajan Singh comes into bowl, Tripathi on strike, he defends the first one on front foot. Next ball, Tripathi plays it fine, deft touch from him, 3 runs off that one as McCleaghan cuts it off. Rahane plays a dot one, he takes a couple of runs towards fine leg. He takes a single towards long off. Another single as Tripathi could not time that one, 8 runs from it.

20:27 IST Karn Sharma continues, Tripathi on strike, SIX! He hits the ball over long on for a maximum, that was in the slot for him. He takes a single off the next ball. Rahane on strike, dot ball after dot balls from Karn. Last ball of the over, FOUR! Tripathi hits it over long on, another boundary from the over, 11 runs from it.

20:22 IST Jasprit Bumrah comes into bowl, Rahane takes a single off the first ball. He bowls a faster one to Tripathi’s pads, just a single off that tone. FOUR! Rahane goes on the back foot and beats the covers fielder, another boundary for him. He goes for the drive again as Bumrah bowled an inswinger. Rahane pushes the ball towards mid off, a dot ball there. Last ball of the over, Rahane tries to take a single towards short midwicket, but stopped.

20:18 IST Karn Sharma comes into bowl, first match for him in IPL 2017, Tripathi hits the ball into the gap, takes a couple of runs towards covers. He takes another couple of runs towards long off, four runs of the over already. He takes a single off the next ball towards the third man. A dot ball to follow as Rahane defends, another dot from Karn, he is not letting RPS openers off the hook. Rahane takes a single towards mid on, just 6 runs from the over.

20:15 IST Johnson continues, Tripathi hits a straight drive but hits the fingers of bowlers. He takes a single off the next ball. Rahane on strike, FOUR! he pushes the ball on front foot, a boundary off that one. Rahane goes for the drive again, a dot delivery as it gets fielded inside the circle. He takes a single off the next delivery towards third man. Tripathi edges the ball, just 7 runs from the over.

20:10 IST Mitchell McClenaghan comes into bowl, a dot ball to start with, that one was right on the money. Tripathi dabs the next one towards midwicket, a dot ball there. FOUR! Tripathi goes down the wicket and hits the short one over deep covers for a boundary, one bounce over the rope. Direct Hit! Is that out? No, Tripathi survives. Rahane goes on the back foot, could not time the ball, a dot one from McClenaghan. FOUR! Straight drive, goes through McClenaghan and between mid on, mid off fielder. 9 runs off McClenaghan’s over.

20:05 IST Mitchell Johnson to bowl the first over, Rahane takes a single off the first ball. Tripathi on strike now, swing for Jhonson, a dot ball there. Tripathi takes a single off the next one towards covers. Wide ball! Johnson drops it short, a dot ball there. WIDE! Johnson bowls that one outside the reach of the batsmen, easy decision for the Umpire, wide given. SIX! Rahane ends the over with a maximum, classic shot from the opener, 9 runs off the first over.

20:00 IST Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi come into bat

19:57 IST Krunal Pandya has been replaced by Karn Sharma

19:35 IST Playing XI

Rising Pune Supergiant: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), MS Dhoni(w), Ben Stokes, Manoj Tiwary, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Jaydev Unadkat

Mumbai Indians: Parthiv Patel(w), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma(c), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah

19:30 IST Rohit Sharma wins toss, elects to bowl first!

18:50 IST Will Nitish Rana fire today? Stay tuned to find out!

It is April 24 on the calendar, Mumbai Indians (MI) will go up against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) on Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday eve in Match 28 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 at his home ground Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The stage is set for MI as they will be looking to give a birthday present to their mentor. Expect a run fest at Wankhede as both the teams are in splendid form. MS Dhoni’s back in his ‘finisher’ form and will be under the radar as the game progresses.

MI are currently on the 1st spot in IPL Standings with 6 out of 7 wins and a run rate of +0.617. RPS side too have shown improvement in the previous few matches as they registered their 3rd victory in 6 matches, thanks to Dhoni’s finishing heroics in last over nail-biter.

MI’s only area of concern is the form of their skipper who has got out to leg spinners five times in the tournament. In the first game, Imran Tahir got his wicket when RPS beat MI in their first match, with Steven Smith finishing the match and playing a captain’s knock.

The x-factor in MI side is former Australia speedster Mitchell Johnson who replaced out-of-form Lasith Malinga on the side. He performed well against Delhi Daredevils (DD) creating pressure on them up front while defending a lowly score. He and Mitchell McClenaghan formed a partnership in the powerplay overs to throw DD batting lineup off their game.

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

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

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