The conclusion of IPL 2016 in the state of Maharashtra took place in the city of Pune. Due to severe drought in the state, the BCCI was forced to move the remaining IPL matches in the state to Vishakapathnam and hence Maharashtra day on 1st of May saw the IPL 2016 bidding adieu to this season’s IPL in the state.

Rising Pune Supergiants vs Mumabai Indians
Date 01 May 2016
Venue Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
159/5 (20)   161/2 (18.3)
Mumbai Indians won by 8 wickets

The Mumbai Indians won the all-important toss on a pitch that was quite dry comparatively to the earlier matches played on the same ground; probably the less usage of water and the intense summer hitting the state has turned the pitch dry – something that sure grabs the eyeballs of batsmen as dryer the pitch, less does it has anything for the bowlers.

While Mumbai Indians stayed unchanged, Pune made one change of including the Australian fast bowler in Boland.

The calm and composed Rahane whose innings in the last match for Pune was pivotal to give some depth to a batting order which otherwise looks very weak and unable to sustain pressure of early wickets. However, today wasn’t to be Rahane’s day as he departed cheaply for 4.

There was some positive highlight for Pune in the play of Saurabh Tewari – someone on whom Dhoni has shown tremendous faith considering that he isn’t hugely popular in the Indian domestic circuit for his big hitting and neither does he has a great IPL record but he clicked for Pune, making a crucial 57 in 45 deliveries, the only criticism that surrounds the innings is the pace at which he played – something that hurt the finishing of Pune’s innings.

Smith’s 45 in 23 deliveries gave acceleration to Pune and it seemed that they were on the right track to a total beyond 160+ but the fall of Smith, followed by Handscomb hurt Pune’s innings and the run rate fell back.

Dhoni had a very unusually quite innings – a run a ball 24, which clearly doesn’t help the team’s aim of stretching it’s final total and getting some crucial “bonus runs” in the latter half of the innings, had Dhoni made even a 40 in 24 balls; Pune could have crossed 170 easily but they could only manage the total of 159.

The onus of Mumbai’s good performance primarily surrounds around it’s captain in Rohit Sharma – someone who has single handedly took his side to victories after a few poor performances in the initial stages of the tournament.

A well timed 85 in 60 deliveries was alone enough to get Mumbai past the finishing line – contributing to which was starts from Patel and Rayudu (21 in 15 and 22 in 19 deliveries respectively).

Buttler’s aggressive 27 in 17 balls gave the chase some final push and took away any chance of a fightback from the Rising Pune Supergiants, who clearly aren’t able to rise to the occasion – they continue to fall in the points table and the prospect of Dhoni’s men reaching the semis looks a distant dream as of now.

Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians starting to look like a side that is coming into it’s own AGAIN after a poor start to it’s campaign but it seems that Mumbai sure are slow starters but they pick themselves up when the tough situation arrives – they’re very much looking formidable enough to make the knockouts now, consistency from their skipper however remains the key.

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