Steve Smith showed his class by swiftly switching formats, says Sourav Ganguly

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While newly appointed captain Steve Smith is among the highest run scorers in the tournament already, Dhoni is yet to find his ideal form so far.

If RPS bat first: Rahane and Agarwal add 46 runs for the first wicket, before the latter falls.

The right-hander struck seven fours and three sixes in a well-controlled innings, posting 58 for the second wicket with opener Ajinkya Rahane (60) and another 50 for the third wicket with Ben Stokes (21).

Smith, however, continued in the same vein and remained unbeaten on 84 runs off a mere 54 deliveries.

Buttler put on a show at the top of the order after Smith won the toss, scooping Stokes audaciously over the wicketkeeper from outside the off stump for one of his three sixes.

West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard. The last over by Dinda against Mumbai Indians is like a germ for Hardik Pandya.

Earlier, Pandya's last-over heroics helped Mumbai recover from a mediocre position to post a healthy 184/8.

Rahane punished Punjab with a six and a four while Steven Smith (26) hit two more boundaries to take the total to 35 for one at the end of powerplay.

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Making light of being asked to bat first, Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel took Mumbai to 41-0 in four overs when skipper Steve Smith tossed the ball to Tahir and he struck with his second delivery to dismiss the Indian global.

Sharma, who has been out of action for nearly five months, was slow on his feet and it was enough for Tahir to break through his defence.

The team has so far played two matches, witnessing a win and loss in its first two games. His 19-ball knock was laced with three hits to the fence and as many maximums.

He had tweeted: "Smith proves who's the king of the jungle".

Medium-fast bowler Rajat Bhatia got the next two wickets, and made the catch for Zampa's wicket.

It was South Africa spinner Tahir - only brought in as an injury replacement for Mitchell Marsh after being overlooked in the auction - who was the best bowler on the night, taking 3-28 before Smith produced yet more heroics to raise the roof.

Tim Southee then sadly suffered the same fate as Rana - first clinging on to a catch at deep midwicket to dismiss Stokes, only to drop MS Dhoni (12no off 12) in the penultimate over.

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