It’s Day 2 of the Indian Premier League 2017 and live streaming of the big T20 match between Rising Pune Supergiants vs Mumbai Indians. This will be Rising Pune Supergiants’ second season in IPL. Mumbai Indians are two-time IPL champions. Mumbai Indians are known to be late bloomers in Indian Premier League. In their last couple of seasons, they have hit the peak of their performance towards the business end of the tournament to sneak into the knockouts. Catch live cricket scores and live cricket updates from the IPL 2017 match here: http://www.freepressjournal.in/sports/live-score-ipl-2017-rising-pune-supergiant-vs-mumbai-indians/1047445
Live cricket action: RPS vs MI
RPS vs MI, Pune
Pune won by 7 wkts
MI – 184/8 (20.0 Ovs)
RPS – 187/3 (19.5 Ovs)
Last wkt: Ben Stokes c Southee b Hardik Pandya 21(14)
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Smith: It’s a nice place to bat here in Pune. Fortunate to get over the line, it got really close. It was nice to hit a couple of sixes to win the game. It was one of those wickets where the ball was hard to time early in the innings. Form is form anywhere I guess. You have to make the most of it. Magnificent (talking about Tahir). Probably called on him a bit earlier than I would have liked. That was magnificent striking from Pandya. I think 180 was a par score on that wicket.
Smith is Man of the Match
23:40 Local Time, 18:10 GMT, 23:40 IST: There was always an inevitability to the game. Pune were always going to get home if Smith stayed the course. Bumrah’s penultimate over threatened to reverse that script. He left Pollard with 13 in the bank. Nerves would have certainly jangled as the final over began with just 3 singles. However, how dare anybody ever doubt what the Aussie, and now, Pune skipper can do. With 10 needed in 3 balls, Smith clobbered a couple of sixes to seal the win. They should have got home much earlier after a flying start from Rahane and his partnership with Smith which set the game up beautifully. Stokes chipped in with a useful cameo in the middle too. Mumbai fought back after that but Smith stood firmly in the way. They weren’t getting one over him tonight. The presentations coming up shortly.
Rohit: They won that (than we losing that). Smith batted really well and he continued from where he left. We had to get him out early. It is the first game and we have to learn from this. Both (McClenaghan and Johnson) bring similar things to the table but McClenaghan has done well for us in the last couple of years. Johnson is also bowling well and we will bring him in some time later in the tournament. First game for him (Mahela) and not a great start. But we have a great squad and we will bounce back.
19.5 Pollard to Smith, SIX, he’s done it. A couple of sixes to finish the game off just when it was getting away from them. What a player! A full ball on leg stump, Smith whips it away with unbelievable timing over the deep mid-wicket boundary. Pune clinch the game with a ball to spare
19.4 Pollard to Smith, SIX, going, going, gone… Is there anything he can’t do? It’s a slower ball from Pollard, Smith swipes across the line and muscles it over wide long-on
19.3 Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, that’s not going very far either. This is getting dicey for Pune. Back of a length, it’s a normal pace delivery this time and it skids on quicker towards Dhoni who doesn’t get hold of his heave. Single through mid-wicket
19.2 Pollard to Smith, 1 run, slower ball which Smith flogs straight to long leg. Two singles off two balls
19.1 Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off, Dhoni absolutely smashes it back and knocks over the stumps at the other end. Would have easily raced away. Drama
Kieron Pollard [1.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack
Pollard to bowl the final over. Bizarre doesn’t even cover it.
18.6 Bumrah to Dhoni, 1 run, dropped! An absolute sitter put down by Southee. Oh boy. They’ve already dropped Smith earlier. That hasn’t quite gone well. Now another one. Dhoni miscues the full toss to deep mid-wicket where Southee doesn’t have to move. Dear me
18.5 Bumrah to Dhoni, FOUR, there we go. Dhoni isn’t to be denied for too long. A bit shorter than the previous couple of deliveries, and Dhoni pulls it away to the fine leg boundary. One bounce and over
18.4 Bumrah to Dhoni, no run, another swing and a miss. Things getting tense. That skiddiness from Bumrah again. Doesn’t bounce as much and beats Dhoni again
18.3 Bumrah to Dhoni, no run, a definite sound there as the ball went through to the keeper. Big appeal from both the bowler and keeper, but nothing from the umpire. Good call, the ball brushed Dhoni’s pocket on the way. Skiddy back of a length delivery, the ball sneaks under Dhoni’s heave
18.2 Bumrah to Smith, 1 run, good start to the over from Bumrah. Two singles. Nice and full outside off and Smith can’t get under the ball as he swats it to deep mid-wicket
18.1 Bumrah to Dhoni, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Dhoni punches it down to long-off
17.6 McClenaghan to Smith, FOUR, that’s been dragged all the way to the wide long-on fence. Pure despair for McClenaghan. He’s bowled this so wide of off and to see the ball being swatted into the on-side is downright demoralizing
17.5 McClenaghan to Dhoni, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off, the width which Dhoni is looking for isn’t quite there and he chops the cut to backward point
17.4 McClenaghan to Smith, 1 run, slower back of a length delivery outside off, Smith punches through point
17.2 McClenaghan to Dhoni, 1 run, back of a length around off, Dhoni heaves it to deep square leg
17.1 McClenaghan to Dhoni, no run, full just outside off, Dhoni drives to mid-off. Went really quickly to the fielder and the single wasn’t on
Mitchell McClenaghan [3.0-0-29-1] is back into the attack
16.6 Bumrah to Smith, FOUR, how good is he! Susses out the plan from Bumrah based on the line he’s been bowling in this over so far, waits on the ball and just slices it past short third man
16.5 Bumrah to Smith, 2 runs, back of a length delivery outside off, Smith slices it to the left of backward point who makes a good diving stop but then concedes an extra run with a really wayward throw in the middle of the pitch
16.4 Bumrah to Smith, no run, slash and a miss outside off. The ball zips through from a length through to the keeper. Smith’s was a bit stuck in the crease while flashing at the ball there
16.3 Bumrah to Smith, 2 runs, pitched right up, Smith swats it through the mid-wicket region. Good sliding stop in the deep from the fielder running across from deep mid-wicket
16.2 Bumrah to Dhoni, 1 run, that’s all Dhoni has to do for now. Picks a back of a length delivery from outside off and clips it to deep square leg
16.1 Bumrah to Smith, 1 run, slower dipping full toss, Smith is picking everything here. Waits on it and whips it through mid-wicket
Jasprit Bumrah [2.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack
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15.6 Hardik Pandya to Smith, 1 run, good length ball outside off, Smith heaves it down to long-on
15.5 Hardik Pandya to Smith, 2 runs, tough on the fielder at point as he dives across and gets a hand but may have cost an extra-run because of that. He slightly wrong-footed the fielder at deep point. Having said that, Smith may rue that he didn’t get the cut away to the boundary. The ball was there to be put away
15.4 Hardik Pandya to Dhoni, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, Dhoni drags a flat-batted pull to long-on
15.3 Hardik Pandya to Smith, 1 run, clips the ball from outside off through square leg. Dhoni on strike now
MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rayudu is being stretchered off the field. What’s happened there? The on-air comms are guessing at a suspected groin injury. Doesn’t look good. Nevertheless, we’ll continue.
Time-out! Good wicket for MI there but if they are to get anything from this game today, they’ll have to see the end of Smith pretty quickly.
15.2 Hardik Pandya to Stokes, out Caught by Southee!! Another miscue, this time it goes straight to hand. Was it an off-cutter from Pandya? Might have been. It was there on a length though but Stokes doesn’t get hold of it and holes out at deep mid-wicket. The crowd erupts with “Dhoni, Dhoni” chants. Stokes c Southee b Hardik Pandya 21(14) [4s-3]
Hardik Pandya to Stokes, THAT’S OUT!! Caught!!
15.1 Hardik Pandya to Stokes, FOUR, rare error in the field from Pollard. It would actually be harsh in calling that an error for most fielders, but this is Pollard we’re talking about. A mistimed slog from Stokes. However, he still places it to the left of long-on where Pollard sprints and dives across trying to flick the ball in, but fails to get a hand
Hardik Pandya [3.0-0-27-0] is back into the attack
14.6 Southee to Smith, no run, that looked way too ugly, even for Smith. A good length ball outside off, Smith throws it his all in a blood-thirsty swipe and misses
14.6 Southee to Smith, wide, Smith thinks of having a dart at it but the ball is way too wide of off
14.5 Southee to Stokes, 1 run, full ball at the stumps, punched down the ground
14.4 Southee to Smith, 1 run, inside-edge onto pad as he shuffles a long way across to clip a ball through square leg
Santa says: Smith’s dream run continues on Indian soil. – And so does his luck
14.3 Southee to Smith, 2 runs, fifty for Smith. This guy, huh, unbelievable. He comes off a 499-run series in Tests and now belts a half-century in his first IPL X innings. Clips a short of length off-cutter from outside off and rushes back for two
14.2 Southee to Stokes, 1 run, slogs it from outside off through to deep mid-wicket. Didn’t quite get hold of it. On the bounce to the fielder
1.5 Hardik Pandya to Rahane, FOUR, to long off
1.4 Hardik Pandya to Mayank Agarwal, leg byes, 1 run, short and angling into Mayank’s body, he’s hurried onto the pull and missed, sneaks in a leg-bye as the ball rolled away towards the on-side
1.3 Hardik Pandya to Rahane, 1 run, tad too straight from Hardik, ends up drifting onto Rahane’s pads, clipped away behind square on the on-side for a single
1.2 Hardik Pandya to Rahane, FOUR, edged and four, on a good length and in that channel outside off, drew Rahane into the drive, he went with hard hands and gets a thick edge past the lone slip, rolls away to the fence in a hurry
1.1 Hardik Pandya to Rahane, FOUR, he’s peirced the gap to perfection, just a tiny gap between the fielder at point and cover-point and Rahane found it. Played with an open face, allowed the ball to come onto him and gets it in the gap past point
Hardik Pandya, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
0.6 Southee to Rahane, 1 run, on a good length and in that channel outside off, Rahane plays with an open face and runs it down towards third man
0.5 Southee to Rahane, no run, on a good length and well wide of off, Rahane threw his hands at that, gets a thick inside edge back towards the bowler
0.4 Southee to Rahane, no run, short and wide from Southee, Rahane’s eyes lit up as he saw the width, threw his bat at that and missed
0.3 Southee to Mayank Agarwal, 1 run, back of a length and well outside off, steered away behind square on the off-side for a single
19.1SIX! Brilliant start to the final over! Low full toss outside off, Pandya throws his bat to it and gets it over the cover region for half a dozen.
18.6SIX! Out of the park! Fuller delivery into the stumps, Southee stands put and smacks that straight down the ground for a biggie. That was a beautiful shot. 154/7
18.5Slower delivery outside off, Southee goes for a pull but totally misses it.
18.4Fuller outside off, Pandya carves it towards deep point for a single.
18.3Driven towards long off for a single.
Tim Southee is the new man in.
18.2OUT! Mayank does a Superman! Fuller delivery into the stumps, Pollard tries to go downtown. But he fails to get the elevation and the ball rockets towards the long on region. Mayank Agarwal covers some distance and takes a sensational catch diving forward. Pollard’s cameo comes to an end.
18.1Slower delivery outside off, Hardik smashes it down the ground towards long off for a single.
Ben Stokes returns for his final over.
17.6FOUR! Lucky shot! Fuller length delivery outside off, Pollard has a swing at it and manages to get a thick outside edge which rockets towards the third man fence. There was no stopping that. 145/6
17.5Full toss around off, Pandya drives it towards long off for a single.
17.5Wide! Way wide outside off, Pandya is undisturbed as he lets it through to the keeper. The umpire signals it as a wide.
17.4Short delivery, Pollard pulls it towards long on for a single.
17.3Dropped! Fuller delivery way outside off, Pollard looks to reach out but only gets the bottom half of his bat to it. The ball flies away towards the keeper. Dhoni gets his hands low on the right side but cannot hold onto it. So a chance goes begging.
17.2Length delivery outside off, Hardik stays in his crease and pushes it towards the fielder at covers for a quick single. Smith has a shy at the non-striker’s end but misses.
17.1Fuller delivery outside off, Hardik drives it straight to the fielder at covers.
Ashok Dinda returns for a spell at the death. Pune will want him to come good here.
Pollard has called for the physio. He was hit on his right arm in the previous over. Pollard was grabbing Tahir between overs but it was all in good fun.
16.6OUCH! Floated outside off, Pollard lunges forward and pushes it back to the right of the bowler. Tahir throws it back to the striker’s end when he sees Pollard going for a run. Hits Pollard on his right arm. That might have hurt.
16.5SIX! Brutal force! Fuller around off, Pollard stays in his crease and smacks that straight down the ground through the long off region for a biggie. That was really flat.
16.4On the pads, Pandya clips it through the mid-wicket region for a single.
16.3Pollard stays deep in his crease and pushes it towards long off for a single.
16.2Outside off, driven towards long off for a single.
16.1Fuller into the stumps, Pollard gets an inside edge which goes through the backward square leg region for a single.
15.6Low full toss in the line of the stumps, Pollard eases it towards long on for a single. 127/6
15.5Driven towards long off for a single.
15.4Floated outside off, Hardik Pandya drives this one towards covers.
Hardik Pandya is the next man in.
Time Out is taken…
15.3OUT! Bhatia makes no mistake this time! Wrong ‘un around off, Rana kneels in his crease and smashes it straight to the fielder at deep mid-wicket. Bhatia does not need to move an inch as the ball comes straight to him. He takes a simple catch and Rana has to walk back after a decent knock.
15.2On the pads, Pollard clips it through the mid-wicket region for a single.
15.1FOUR! Smoked! Fuller delivery outside off, Pollard smacks that straight down the ground for a boundary. Zampa is lucky not to get any part of his body to it.
Adam Zampa to bowl now.
14.6Eased towards long on for a single. 120/5
14.5Rana cannot get to the pitch of the ball still manages to get over the cover fielder. The ball does not carry to Stokes in the deep. The batsmen run a single.
14.4Rana pulls this one towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.
14.3Pollard punches it through mid-wicket for a single.
Slip in place!
14.2Huge shout for LBW! Quicker one in the line of the stumps, Pollard prods forward in defence. He does so with his bat and pad together. The umpire says no but the replays suggest that it was plumb as it was pad first. Even Dhoni wanted a review for that one. So Pune got lucky with the wicket of Buttler but now Mumbai get one in their favour.
14.1FOUR! Stand and deliver! Tossed up in the line of the stumps, Pollard stands in his crease and smashes that one over the bowler’s head for a boundary.
Imran Tahir called back on.
13.6Pollard punches this one towards long on for a single. 111/5
13.5Rana clips it on the leg side for a single.
13.4The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
13.3Full toss around off, Rana drives it down the ground for a single.
Kieron Pollard walks out to bat, Mumbai need him to fire tonight.
13.2OUT! Bhatia gets his second! Slower delivery outside off, Krunal Pandya sits down and goes for a slog. He manages to get a top edge which balloons straight up in the air. Dhoni calls for it and takes a good catch. He surely wouldn’t miss those and Bhatia was praying for it but you don’t ever think that Dhoni would miss those.
13.1Length delivery outside off, Rana slog sweeps it over the mid-wicket region. Ben Stokes cuts it across and stops the boundary. The batsmen run a single.
12.6Slower delivery again down the leg side, Pandya shuffles and goes for a clip but misses. The ball went just over the stumps. 106/4
12.5Length delivery outside off, Rana opens the face of his bat and guides it towards third man for a single.
12.4Fuller on the pads, Rana clips this one straight to the fielder at mid-wicket.
12.3Slower delivery just outside off, Pandya pushes it through mid off for a quick single.
12.2Short outside off, Rana cuts it through the point region for a single.
12.1SIX! That’s gone the distance! Short delivery just around off, Rana goes for a pull and executes it really well as the ball goes way into the stands at square leg. He is looking really dangerous.
12.1Two Wides! Length delivery down the leg side, Krunal goes for a flick but misses it completely. Dhoni cannot gather it well and the batsmen run a single. The umpire signals it as a wide.
Ben Stokes returns for a bowl.
11.6Change of pace nearly did the trick! Slower delivery in the line of the stumps, Rana gets a leading edge which falls just short of the bowler. 95/4
11.5Length delivery in the line of the stumps, Rana defends it back to the bowler.
11.4Eased down to long off for a single.
11.3Into the pads, Rana clips it through the square leg region for a single.
11.2Fuller into the stumps, Krunal Pandya eases it down to long on for a single to get off the mark.
Krunal Pandya walks in next.
11.1OUT! Soft dismissal! Slower delivery angling into the stumps, Ambati Rayudu stays in his crease and looks to punch. Spots that the ball is not quite there and checks his shot at the last moment. He ends up chipping it back to the bowler. Bhatia makes no mistake this time around and takes a simple catch to his left. Rayudu has to walk back to the hut.
10.6Floats it on the stumps, Rana looks to turn it through the leg side coming forward but gets a leading edge back down the wicket. 92/3
10.5FOUR! Easy pickings! Wrong ‘un down the leg side, Rana goes for a sweep but gets it off the gloves down to fine leg for a boundary.
10.4Rana slog sweeps this one towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.
10.4Wide! Googly way down the leg side, Rana goes for a sweep but that was too wide for him. The umpire signals it as a wide.
10.3Short delivery outside off, Rayudu comes down the track and clips it through the mid-wicket region for a single.
10.2Rana clips it through the mid-wicket region for a single.
10.1Leg bye! Down the leg side, Rayudu misses his sweep. Gets rapped on the pads and the ball goes towards the fielder at short fine leg. A leg bye is taken.
9.6Rayudu punches one through mid on for a single. 82/3
9.5Slower in pace, Rayudu looks to go inside out but does not get the connection right. The long off fielder, Manoj Tiwary gets across in time and keeps them to a couple.
9.4Fuller outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
9.3Shorter outside off, cut towards backward point by Rana.
9.2Full around off, driven through mid off for a single.
9.1Length ball on the stumps, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
Rajat Bhatia comes on for a bowl.
It’s time for the time out. Pune have comeback in the game well after a brisk start for Mumbai.
8.6Full outside off, eased down to long on for a single. Expensive start for Zampa, nine runs off the over. 76/3
8.5Loops it outside off, punched through mid off for a single.
8.4Rana gets back and punches it through mid on for a single.
8.3SIX! Picks the bones off that one! Lands it around off, Rana picks the length early and swings it high and handsome over mid-wicket for a biggie. Top, top shot!
8.2Rana gets it towards the off side off his crease.
8.1Lands it on middle, Rayudu goes back and works it through mid-wicket for a single. That kept a touch low too.
Adam Zampa comes on for a bowl.
7.6Slants it across on a length, Rana looks to dab it through third man but fails to connect. Good over for Stokes, just three from it.
7.5NOT OUT! Lands it outside off, Rana hits it towards point. Rayudu wants a single but it sent back. There is a direct hit at the non-striker’s end and it is referred upstairs. Replays show Rayudu had got back in time.
The umpire has gone upstairs to check on a run out appeal on Ambati Rayudu.
7.4This time Rayudu stays firm and guides it towards third man for a single.
7.3Full outside off, Rayudu has a wild swing at it and misses.
7.2Gets across and pulls this one to deep fine leg for a single.
7.1CHANCE GONE! Length ball outside off, Rayudu punches it towards Steven Smith at mid off and takes off for a single. The Australian has a shy at the non-striker’s end but misses. Had he hit, Rayudu would have been a goner. He was nowhere in the frame!
Ben Stokes is back for a bowl.
6.6Floats it outside off, Rayudu drives it through mid off for a single. Two new men at the crease, just what Pune wanted. 63/3
Ambati Rayadu will bat next for Mumbai.
6.5OUT! Tahir takes three and Buttler has to depart! Lands it in line of the stumps, Buttler looks to work it through the on side but misses. The ball strikes him in front of the pads and the players go up in an appeal. The umpire gives it out but Buttler is not happy and the replays show why. There was a huge inside edge. What a moment of luck for the home side. Tahir has two in the over!
6.4Floats it on off, driven through mid off for a single to get off the mark.
Nitish Rana makes his way out to the middle. Looks like a ploy to nullify the leg spinner bowling.
6.3OUT! Tahir takes off with Pune! Bowls another slider on middle, Rohit stays back to work it through mid-wicket but is late on it. The ball goes onto disturb the furniture and the bowler takes off. He has his second wicket, remember he came in as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh and how well has he begun.
6.2Floats it around off, Rohit looks to drive but gets an inside edge towards short fine leg.
6.1Lands it in line of the stumps, Rohit defends it watchfully.
5.6Length ball around the stumps which is worked towards square leg for a couple of runs. What a Powerplay for the visitors, this! 61/1
5.5SIX! Outrageous! A good length delivery outside off, Buttler walks down and flat-bats it over extra cover for a maximum. Only he can hit that for a maximum.
5.4FOUR! Too good, Buttler! Lands it on a length around off, Buttler walks down the wicket and drives it just wide of mid off for a boundary.
Fine leg comes in.
5.3Short again outside off, but slower in pace, Buttler looks to smack it away but cannot connect.
5.2Fuller in length, change of pace too as this one is a lot slower, Buttler leans over it and clips it towards mid-wicket.
5.1Shorter outside off, Rohit cuts it hard but gets it down to third man off the edge for a single.
Deepak Chahar returns for a bowl.
4.6Shorter in length, Rohit nudges it towards square leg for a single. 48/1
4.5Lands it around off, worked towards mid on for a single.
4.4Rohit works one towards mid-wicket and takes a quick single to get off the mark.
4.3A touch short outside off, Rohit punches it towards extra cover who dives to stop it.
Skipper Rohit Sharma will bat at number 3.
4.2OUT! Imran Tahir wastes no time as well! Lands it too full around leg, Patel looks to sweep again but fails to connect. The ball goes onto hit the timber and Tahir takes off. A wicket Pune desperately needed and the leggie has provided them with it.
4.1FOUR! Parthiv Patel wasting no time! Floats it outside off, Patel gets down on his knee and sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary.
Enough of pace, time for spin. Imran Tahir comes on for a bowl.
3.6Good comeback! Slants one on a good length, Buttler looks to give himself room and punch it through covers but fails to put bat to ball. 41/0
3.5SIX! Buttler at his best! Stokes lands it way outside off, Buttler gets across and paddles it high and handsome over the keeper’s head for a maximum. This is a rollicking start for Mumbai!
3.4SIX! Going, going, gone! Fuller length outside off, Buttler gets under it and launches it over long on for a maximum! Top, top shot that!
3.3Shorter in length around off, Buttler comes down to have a go but finds the short mid-wicket fielder.
3.2Fuller in length around off, Buttler gets across and defends it.
3.1Patel taps one towards covers and takes a quick single.
2.6Dropped! This one is wide outside off, Patel looks to crack it over third man but seems to have found the fielder. Rajat Bhatia stationed there though makes a mess of it and spills a simple catch. What a chance missed! How much will it cost Pune? 28/0
2.5FOUR! Fuller outside off, Patel gets under it and hits it back down the wicket. The mid off fielder gets across and dives to cut it off but fails to do so. A boundary results.
2.4Slants it outside off on a length, Patel looks to dab it down to third man but fails to put bat to ball. The bowler is the only one appealing there.
2.3Fuller outside off, Patel creams it to cover-point.
2.2FOUR! Heaved! Length delivery outside off, Patel gets under it and heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
2.1Slants it shorter around off, Patel looks to drag it through mid-wicket but finds the fielder.
1.6Defended off the back foot by Buttler. 19/0
1.5Fuller outside off, Buttler gets across and defends it back to the bowler. The bowler tries to leap and stop but cannot do so. The mid on fielder cuts it off going to his left.
1.4Fuller outside off, Buttler pushes it towards mid off.
1.3FOUR! Buttler on the charge already! Slants it on a fuller length on the stumps, Buttler comes down and clips it through backward square leg for a boundary.
1.2This one is wide enough for a leave.
1.1FOUR! Too short and punished! A tad short around off, Buttler drags it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Superb shot!0.6Lands it outside off on a length, played towards point by Patel. End of an eventful over!
0.5Fuller outside off, punched towards extra cover by Patel.
0.4FOUR! Poor start for Pune! Drifts it on the stumps, Patel does not miss out and clips it into the fine leg fence nicely.
0.3FIVE OVERTHROWS! What a way to get off the mark! On a length just around off, Buttler tucks it towards short mid-wicket. The fielder stationed there, Chahar gets to it and fires a throw at the non-striker’s end. It is a wide one and the back up cannot cut it off. Buttler is off the mark with five!
0.2Off the mark! Slants it on a good length on the stumps, Patel nudges it through backward square leg for a single.
0.1Bring this one into Patel from a good length, just around off, tucks one towards the short mid-wicket fielder.
0.1WIDE! Starts off with a length ball swinging down the leg side. Patel cannot clip it. A wide is signaled.
Toss won by Rising Pune Supergiant (decided to bowl)
19.00 Pune captain Steve Smith making his way out to the middle on a golf cart.
18.57 Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh is out in the middle and he is bringing the crowd on their feet with an energetic performance. No matter how hard they try, these many performances before every match will make very few people tune in before the match
18:50 IST: Kholgade dancing to the tunes of ‘Baby ko base pasand hai’ right now.
18:45 IST: Shalmali Kholgade, an Indian playback singer to start things off in Pune. ‘Balampichkari’ is reverberating all around the stadium right now.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 6, 2017
18.40 IST Like the opening game, the second match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants will be preceded by a little opening ceremony.
18:35 IST: And we are away with the opening ceremony.
18:26 IST: Pune have been plagued by some injuries in the tournament. Mitchell Marsh and R Ashwin will no longer be part of this year’s IPL while Mumbai Indians have a new coach in the form of Mahela Jayawardene replacing Ricky Ponting.
18:20 IST: The first match saw Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs.
18:19 IST: So some big names will be in action today. Rohit Sharma coming back from an injury for Mumbai Indians while Steve Smith, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will look to make a mark to start off their campaign.
18:12 IST: The opening ceremony is about to get underway in some time.
18:10 IST: Hello and welcome to the match between Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians.