Supergiants beat Mumbai in IPL opener


A thoroughly professional and disciplined bowling performance from the Rising Pune Supergiants propelled them to victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians in their debut Indian Premier (IPL) game on Saturday.

The debutants restricted Mumbai to just 121 for eight in the 20 overs before knocking off the modest target with only one wicket down and more than five overs remaining.

The Supergiants got off to a sensational start with the ball as they reduced Mumbai to 68 for seven after 15 overs and the hosts could not recover from their awful start.

India seamer Ishant Sharma and Australia allrounder Mitch Marsh made the early inroads into the Mumbai batting line up taking two wickets each inside the first five overs, with only 30 runs on the board.

Ishant bowled Lendl Simmons (8) and trapped Rohit Sharma (7) infront while Marsh got rid of Hardik Pandya (9) and England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, who was making his IPL debut, for a duck.

Ambati Rayudu scored 22 but the only meaningfulcontribution for Mumbai with the willow was from veteran Harbhajan Singh, who struck 45 to propel the home team to a respectable total.

The visitors got off to great start in their pursuit of the runs as openers Ajinkya Rahane and Faf du Plessis put on 78 in just under 10 overs.

Even though Du Plessis was out, for 34, Rahane (66 not out) and Kevin Pietersen (21 not out) ensured the Supergiants made a great start to their maiden IPL campaign.