After 1 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 6/0 ( Ajinkya Rahane 5 , Rahul Tripathi 1)
Parthiv Patel, out hitting across the line. Rohit Sharma, out swinging Zampa from off stump to the leg side. Hardik out trying to flick a full, straighter ball to the leg side. Krunal Pandya, out off the last ball of the innings swinging away from off, without enough room for the shot, to leg. That is four batsmen out hitting against the line on a pitch where, to repeat, their mentor Sachin Tendulkar said before the game began that the ball would skid on, and that you needed to hit through the line, not across. Add two run outs to it; add to all of that Kieron Pollard seeing RPS set the trap for him, moving long on straight behind the bowler’s back and then bowling length on off stump, and despite all of that, walking into the trap anyway and hitting straight to that fielder off just the third ball he faced.
Against that RPS, just in its second season, did every single thing right: The bowlers, with the exception of a somewhat bizarre last over by Dan Christian, were disciplined; they bowled the right lines and lengths religiously; they caught magnificently — Unadkat and Shardul Thakur pulled off two blinders — and in the field, they were outstanding; almost nothing got past them, they attacked the ball consistently and made run scoring difficult (which in part explains the 54 dot balls Pune bowled. In short, it was RPS who played the first half of this game like veteran finalists, and it was the veterans from Mumbai who played like novices without the nous to readjust at the fall of early wickets, and pull out a Plan B when they needed it.
Mumbai begins with Krunal Pandya to bowl the first over, which is a bit of a surprise — Rohit playing a hunch that the ball is slowing down on the track. Rahane faces, and plays the first ball gently out on the off.
Ball two, on off, turning away from the right hander, gently pushed to cover, they scamper the quick single, the fielder slow off the mark there. Rahul Tripathi comes on strike, quicker, fuller ball on off, played down to a short third man, no run.
Ball three, Tripathi comes dancing down, square drives, finds point. Ball four, short, turning away, Rahul Tripathi swings it around from outside off to long on, and they scamper the single. Krunal, last ball, to Rahane and oh boy, what a shot!! Stands tall, lets the ball come on and turn, then hits the drive with the turn and smooth as silk, four to extra cover, Pollard races around and dives but can’t stop clean.