Ajinkya Rahane smashed an excellent half-century as Rising Pune Supergiants thrashed Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets in Match 1 of IPL 2016 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Saturday.
After their bowlers restricted defending champions Mumbai Indians to 121/8 in 20 overs, Ajinkya Rahane scored an unbeaten fifty to take Rising Pune Supergiants home with ease as the MS Dhoni-led new entrants began their Indian Premier League journey in an emphatic way.
Rahane and Faf du Plessis put on 78 for the opening wicket to lead Pune to a commanding nine-wicket win over the hosts in the opening match of the ninth edition of IPL at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
Rahane was in supreme touch as he remained unbeaten on 66 off 42 balls, after he raced to fifty off 32 balls, which included three six and seven fours. Kevin Pietersen, who joined Rahane after the fall of du Plessis, too was in his element as he scored 21 not out off 14 with the help of two maximums. Pune raced to the target of 122 in 14.4 overs.
Earlier, Pune bowlers led by Mitchell Marsh and Ishant Sharma took wickets at regular intervals and restricted defending champions Mumbai Indians to 121/8 in the opening match of the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
For Mumbai, Harbhajan Singh was the only one to counterattack the Pune bowlers as he remained unbeaten on 45 off 30 balls, which included a six and seven fours. The right-hander smacked 17 runs in the final over off Ishant to give Mumbai total some respectability. All the Pune bowlers took wickets with Marsh (2/21) and Ishant (2/36) leading the pack.
Mumbai Indians – 121 for 8 (Harbhajan 45*, Marsh 2-21, Ishant 2-36)
Rising Pune Supergiants – 126 for 1 (Rahane 66*, du Plessis 34)
Result – Pune won by nine wickets
-From : crictotal