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IPL 10, Match 28: Mumbai v Pune

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Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians notched up contrasting wins against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils at home on April 22.

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Pune bowled to their plans to keep David Warner under check before Rahul Tripathi, with his maiden half-century, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, with his calmness, secured a successful chase of 177 off the last ball of the match. The six-wicket win was as much about Dhoni’s return to form with an unbeaten 61 off 34 balls, which included a last-ball four, as it was about the team regaining some confidence with two consecutive victories. It took them from the bottom of the table to the top half with six points in six games.

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Mumbai, on the other hand, were restricted to 142 for 8 by a strong Delhi bowling unit before Mitchell McClenaghan, Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, and some spectacular fielding reduced the visitors to 24 for 6 on their way to a 14-run win. It strengthened Mumbai’s lead at the top of the table with a record streak of six consecutive wins after they lost their opening away game to Pune by seven wickets.

With both Mumbai and Pune having found answers to what their right team composition is, they will lock horns in the Maharashtra derby for the second time this season, this time at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday (April 24).

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Pune carry wonderful memories of the venue. It was here that they made their debut in 2016, and scripted a nine-wicket win on the back of local boy Ajinkya Rahane’s unbeaten 66. Rahane then made 60 against Mumbai earlier this season in a successful chase of 186. After Rahane fell, Steven Smith carried the mantle forward with an unbeaten 84 and an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 44 in 4.3 overs with Dhoni.

Rahane has not hit top gear after that this season, and there could no better place to get going than at a venue where he learned the tricks of the trade as a kid.

Head-to-head record:

Played 3. Mumbai 1; Pune 2.

Head-to-head at the Wankhede Stadium:

Played 1, Pune 1; Mumbai 0.

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