England all-rounder Ben Stokes' IPL debut ends in victory

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Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma's form at the top will be important, while Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler's big hits, and veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh's guile would decide how the team would fare tomorrow.

Australia captain Steve Smith hit an unbeaten 84 to guide Rising Pune Supergiants to a seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. Pandya remained not out at 35 from 15 balls (1x4; 4x6) as Mumbai added 64 runs in the last five overs.

Pollard, who was dropped by M.S. Dhoni on 22, struggled to get the big shots before falling to a stunning running catch by Mayank Agarwal at the long-on boundary off Stokes. Smith though got the job done in style by hitting the next two deliveries for huge sixes to help his team win the match by 7 wickets.

The 45-run opening stand ended with the introduction of Imran Tahir (3-28), who castled Patel along with Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma (3) and also had Buttler LBW when replays showed there was an inside edge there. The England all-rounder's presence in the middle order, along with the likes of Smith, Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane and Dhoni, makes them a strong unit with the bat. RPS will be lead by Steven Smith, who replaced MS Dhoni referring to the way that the side had completed seventh in its lady crusade.

Speaking as the 2017 IPL began on Wednesday Warne, who captained Rajasthan Royals to the trophy in 2008, told Sky Sports News HQ: "Good luck to the players, and it's great they're now earning this sort of money". He was finally dismissed when Nitish Rana pulled off an excellent catch at deep square leg off the bowling of Tim Southee.

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He added: "I think we are doing everything we can, and I think we do not want to be in that situation again". I think it will be an interesting game for us.

He and Smith had put on 58 for the second wicket, and once he was out, Smith took over proceedings. Contrast that with 2016, when Tahir conceded 59 off four overs against Mumbai and wasn't picked again.

Bengal lad, Ashok Dinda gave away 57 runs in his four overs.

Nitish Rana tried to steady the Mumbai innings with a 28-ball 34 but he was also out in 16th over.

Medium-pacer Rajat Bhatia took the scalp of Ambati Rayudu (10) and Krunal Pandya (3) cheaply in 12th and 14th over respectively. Dinda was lucky to escape with a single off the last delivery as Mumbai Indians scored 30 off the last over to post 184/7 after 20 overs.

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