Rising Pune Supergiant has been one of the most impressive teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since they were introduced to the league in 2016. In the 2017 season, they made it to the playoffs and played some thrilling games, but their best match of the season was undoubtedly the one against Mumbai Indians on 24th April 2017.
The match was a classic example of how a low-scoring match can be just as exciting, if not more, than a high-scoring one. Rising Pune Supergiant batted first and put up a modest total of 160 runs. Although their openers didn’t fire, Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi steadied the innings and took the team to a respectable total. Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians are known for their strong batting line-up, and it seemed like they would easily chase down the target. However, Rising Pune Supergiant had different plans.
The Pune bowlers, led by Jaydev Unadkat and Washington Sundar, restricted the Mumbai batting line-up and picked up wickets at crucial intervals. It was a collective effort, with every bowler contributing and putting pressure on the Mumbai batsmen. Kieron Pollard was the only batsman who looked comfortable, but even he could only manage 26 runs.
The match went down to the wire, with Mumbai needing 17 runs off the last over. Ben Stokes, who had a tough time with the ball, was given the responsibility of bowling the final over. But he showed his class, conceding only seven runs and picking up two wickets to secure the victory for his team and finish with figures of 2-21.
The match was significant for Rising Pune Supergiant for several reasons. Firstly, it was their first win against Mumbai Indians in the IPL, having lost all their previous encounters. Secondly, it showed that they had a strong bowling attack that could defend a modest total. The match also helped the team gain confidence and momentum as they went on to qualify for the playoffs.
The victory against Mumbai Indians was an important moment for the team, and it was a result of their hard work and dedication. Jaydev Unadkat was awarded the Man of the Match for his excellent bowling, but it was a collective effort from the entire team that led to the win. Rising Pune Supergiant showed that they were a force to be reckoned with and that their best performances can come against the strongest teams in the IPL.
In conclusion, the match between Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians on 24th April 2017 was the team’s best match of the season. It was a match that showcased the team’s fighting spirit, strong bowling attack, and ability to perform under pressure. It remains a memorable match for the team and their fans.