Rising Pune Supergiant beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets to register their third win in 2017 Indian Premier League. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had just 61 runs under his belt before this game, stepped up to the plate as his unbeaten fifty helped RPS jump from last place to fourth in standings. Even Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been the best death overs bowler in the tournament so far, had no answers to the former India skipper’s attacking game. David Warner’s men are still at third position but are yet to win an away game this year. ( SCORECARD | STREAMING | IPL 2017 COVERAGE)
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Dhoni (Man of the Match): “It was a difficult one. But it was important that since we had strikers in the back of the innings, it was important we take Rashid out of the game. And one side we can hit with the breeze. One side can always hit with it. You can’t always win games like this. I think we did very well. Manoj contributed, which was very important because he didn’t eat too many deliveries. There is no run-rate tha is high. It boils down to how well the opposition bowlers execute. So seven, eight, nine, ten, doesn’t matter. What matters is keeping your calmness.”
Smith: “Got pretty close towards the end there. MS did what he’s done for such a long period of time. When he’s under pressure, he comes through more often than not. Probably thought it was a 160-165 wicket. We probably didn’t execute our plans as well as we would have liked. Moises and Hooda played well too. Tripathi was very good at the top there. These are big five games for us. If we can keep playing like that, and climb up the ladder it will be nice.”
19:32 hrs IST: FOUR! And that’s it. Dhoni wins it for RPS. What a match! The former India skipper once again proves why he is still the best in the business.
19:30 hrs IST: Double for Dhoni. RPS need 2 off 1. Can he finish it off for RPS?
19:29 hrs IST: Low full-toss from Kaul and Tiwary hits it to square leg for a single. RPS need 4 off 2.
19:27 hrs IST: Dhoni works it towards fine-leg for one more run. RPS need 5 off 3.
19:26 hrs IST: Tiwary takes a single towards cover. RPS need 6 off 4. Dhoni on strike.
19:25 hrs IST: FOUR! Rashid Khan drops a skier at deep mid-wicket boundary. RPS need 7 off 5.
19:24 hrs IST: Kaul to bowl the final over.
19:23 hrs IST: Two off the last ball for Dhoni. RPS need 11 off 6.
19:21 hrs IST: SIX! And that’s fifty for Dhoni. His 17th in IPL. Magnificent ‘Mahendra’. He is unbelievable in so many ways.
19:19 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for Dhoni. RPS need 21 off 10.
19:17 hrs IST: Bhuvi now.
19:16 hrs IST: Single. Dhoni moves to 37. RPS need 30 off 12.
19:13 hrs IST: SIX! The name is MS Dhoni. Slower delivery from Siraj and he smashes it into long-on stands.
19:10 hrs IST: FOUR! Much-needed boundary. RPS require 47 off 18.
19:07 hrs IST: This is Bhuvi’s 3rd over. He’ll most likely bowl the penultimate over. With Siraj all set to bowl the next over, will Warner bank on Siddharth Kaul or Moises Henriques for the last over?
19:04 hrs IST: OUT! Big blow for RPS. Bhuvi gets rid of Stokes 10(9). Vijay Shankar, the substitute fielder, takes a neat catch at deep mid-wicket.
19:01 hrs IST: Great over from Siraj. Just six off it. RPS need 56 off 24.
18:56 hrs IST: FOUR! First boundary for Stokes. Too wide from Kaul and he carves it over extra cover. RPS need 62 off 30.
18:54 hrs IST: SIX! Too full from Kaul, Dhoni stands in his crease and hits a flat six over wide long-on region.
18:51 hrs IST: Stokes is the next batsman. RPS need 76 off 36 balls.
18:50 hrs IST: WICKET! Tripathi run out (Rashid) 59(41). Just the wicket SRH needed.
18:48 hrs IST: Rashid to bowl his last over.
18:45 hrs IST: Single for Dhoni. RPS need 79 off 42. Second strategic time-out.
18:42 hrs IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Siraj, too much width, Dhoni strikes it past the backward point region for his first boundary.
18:40 hrs IST: Four runs off Henriques first. RPS require 86 off 48 balls.
18:37 hrs IST: Henriques into the attack.
18:35 hrs IST: Dhoni at No. 4
18:34 hrs IST: WICKET! Rashid takes his first scalp. Skipper Smith departs for 27(21). The Afghan leggie continues his dream run in IPL 2017.
18:31 hrs IST: Consecutive sixes from Smith. He has started to accelerate. RPS would hope he stays till the end.
18:29 hrs IST: FOUR! RPS are 68/1 after 9 overs. Tripathi 54*, Smith 11*
18:27 hrs IST: Single and that’s fifty for Tripathi. His first in IPL. A well-compiled innings!
18:25 hrs IST: Rashid to continue.
18:22 hrs IST: Spinners tightening the screws. Excellent over from Bipul. RPS are 61/1 after 8 overs. It’s time-out.
18:19 hrs IST: Brilliant over from the leggie. Just three off it. RPS are 58/1 after 7 overs.
18:16 hrs IST: Rashid Khan now.
18:15 hrs IST: SIX! Tripathi on fire. Moves to 47 off just 26 balls. RPS are 55/1 after 6 overs.
18:13 hrs IST: SIX! Length delivery from Kaul, Tripathi steps out and hits it over the long-on boundary.
18:10 hrs IST: Siddharth Kaul comes in for his first over.
18:09 hrs IST: Single for Tripathi. He moves to 30. Costly over from Siraj. 13 runs off it. RPS are 37/1 after 5 overs.
18:07 hrs IST: SIX! Too short from Siraj and Tripathi pulls it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
18:05 hrs IST: RPS are 24/1 after 4 overs. Tripathi 17*, Smith 4*
18:02 hrs IST: WICKET! Big one for the visitors. Rahane c Kaul b Bipul 2(7).
18:00 hrs IST: No run off the last delivery. RPS are 15/0 after 3 overs.
17:58 hrs IST: FOUR! Tripathi uses the pace of the ball, opens the bat face and works it to third-man boundary.
17:57 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Bhuvi, Tripathi dances down the track and slaps it between cover and point.
17:56 hrs IST: Another tidy for SRH. Just the kind of start Warner would have wanted. RPS are 5/0 after 2 overs.
17:53 hrs IST: Spin from the other end. Bipul Sharma.
17:52 hrs IST: Excellent start from Bhuvneshwar. RPS are 1/0 after first over.
17:49 hrs IST: Rahane to take strike. Bhuvneshwar to bowl the first over.
17:47 hrs IST: Welcome back!
17:32 hrs IST: And that’s it. SRH finish on 176/3. 15 runs off the final six balls. What a knock from Henriques. Remains unbeaten on 55 off just 28 balls. Not to forget Hooda’s 19* off just 10. We’ll back soon with RPS’ reply.
17:27 hrs IST: SRH are 161/3 after 19 overs. Henriques 45*, Hooda 14*. Shardul to bowl the last over.
17:26 hrs IST: SIX! Short delivery from Unadkat, Henriques shuffles and smokes it over deep mid-wicket.
17:24 hrs IST: SIX! Stand and deliver! Overpitched delivery from Unadkat and Hooda creams it into the second tier at long-on. What a shot!
17:22 hrs IST: Unadkat to bowl the penultimate over.
17:21 hrs IST: FOUR! Henriques is in some form. Moves to 38. SRH are 146/3 after 18 overs.
17:19 hrs IST: FOUR! Back of a length delivery from Unadkat, Henriques waits for it and cuts it behind point. SRH are 134/3 after 17 overs.
17:16 hrs IST: WICKET! Unadkat gets the Big Fish. Warner goes for a patchy 43.
17:14 hrs IST: SIX! Length delivery from Unadkat and Henriques hammers it over deep mid-wicket. Moves to 27.
17:11 hrs IST: Dot ball. SRH are 122/2 after 16 overs. Can they get to 170? It’s time-out.
17:09 hrs IST: FOUR! Warner moves to 42. He needs to stay till the end.
17:06 hrs IST: Six runs off the last four balls. SRH are 113/2 after 15 overs. Warner 38*, Henriques 18*
17:04 hrs IST: SIX! And that’s also a No-Ball. Full-toss above the waist from Tahir and Warner changes the grip and launches it over deep point.
17:02 hrs IST: FOUR! Momentum has slowly started to shift towards SRH. They are 97/2 after 14 overs.
17:00 hrs IST: FOUR! Touch short from Shardul and Henriques pulls it to wide long-on region for his first boundary.
16:57 hrs IST: SRH are 85/2 after 13 overs. Warner 29*, Henriques 1.
16:56 hrs IST: Henriques is in at No.4.
16:55 hrs IST: WICKET! Big blow for the visitors. Williamson LBW Christian 21(14). SRH are 84/2 after 12.3 overs.
16:52 hrs IST: FOUR! Williamson is in top form. Moves to 21 off just 13 balls. SRH are 83/1 after 12 overs.
16:50 hrs IST: SIX! Short ball from Stokes and Williamson pulls it hard over fine-leg for a maximum.
16:49 hrs IST: DROPPED! Smith spills an easy chance at mid-off. Warner survives, and Stokes is disappointed.
16:47 hrs IST: Another good over from Tahir. Just five runs off it. SRH are 70/1 after 11 overs.
16:45 hrs IST: Anything around 160 would be a good score. Not an easy pitch to bat on.
16:43 hrs IST: Eight runs off Christian’s second. SRH are 65/1 after 10 overs. Warner 23*, Williamson 8*
16:40 hrs IST: The New Zealand skipper scores his first run. SRH are 57/1 after 9 overs. Christian to continue.
16:38 hrs IST: Williamson is the next man in. He scored a blistering 89 in SRH’s last game vs DD.
16:37 hrs IST: WICKET! Dhawan departs for 30. Tahir - The man with the golder arm - gets his first scalp of the day.
16:35 hrs IST: Tidy over from Christian. Just two runs off it. SRH are 55/0 after 8 overs. Dhawan 30*, Warner 21*
16:32 hrs IST: Dan Christian now. His off-cutters will be very useful on this slow Pune track.
16:30 hrs IST: Single off the last delivery from Warner. SRH are 53/0 after 7 overs. Strategic time-out.
16:28 hrs IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery from Sundar, Dhawan steps out and smacks it over mid-on. On 28 now.
16:27 hrs IST: Sundar to bowl his third over.
16:27 hrs IST: FOUR! Warner has started to break the shackles. Moves to 18. SRH are 45/0 after 6 overs.
16:25 hrs IST: FOUR! Too full from Shardul, Warner walks across and powers it past the fielder at mid-on.
16:23 hrs IST: Shardul Thakur comes into the attack.
16:22 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off. SRH are 34/0 after 5 overs.
16:20 hrs IST: FOUR! Width on offer from Stokes, Dhawan gets into position early and hits it well to backward point boundary.
16:18 hrs IST: Ben Stokes comes in as the first change.
16:16 hrs IST: FOUR! Dhawan being the aggressor here. Fullish length from Sundar and he slog sweeps it to mid-wicket boundary. SRH are 28/0 after 4 overs.
16:13 hrs IST:Single for Dhawan. SRH are 20/0 after 3 overs. Dhawan 11*, Warner 5*
16:11 hrs IST: FOUR! Short of length, Dhawan charges down the track and hits it through mid-wicket for his second boundary.
16:09 hrs IST: Unadkat to continue.
16:08 hrs IST: Good start from Sundar. Not giving any room to both openers to free their arms. SRH are 12/0 after 2 overs.
16:05 hrs IST: Washington Sundar now from around the wicket.
16:04 hrs IST: Single off the last delivery for Warner. SRH are 7/0 after first over.
16:02 hrs IST: FOUR! Length delivery, Dhawan comes down the tracks and just helps it past the bowler at mid-on.
16:00 hrs IST: Warner gets off the mark. Pitched up onto his pads and the SRH skipper tucks it away to mid-wicket for a single.
15:59 hrs IST: Time for live action. Warner and Dhawan make their way out in the middle. Unadkat to bowl the first over for RPS.
15:45 hrs IST: W Sundar is now the third youngest player (17 years) to play in IPL.
15:37 hrs IST: So Yuvraj Singh misses out for the visitors due to illness. Bipul Sharma replaces him. As for Pune, Washington Sundar debuts.
15:35 hrs IST: Playing XI of both teams:
RPS: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), MS Dhoni(wk), Ben Stokes, Daniel Christian, Manoj Tiwary, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Jaydev Unadkat
SRH: David Warner(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha(wk), Rashid Khan, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Siddarth Kaul
15:31 hrs IST: Rising Pune Supergiant have won the toss and have opted to field.
15:25 hrs IST: Toss just a few minutes away.
STAT ATTACK - David Warner needs just one fifty to become the first Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman to score 25 fifties in IPL. The Australian southpaw who scored 10 fifties for Delhi Daredevils, holds the record of scoring the highest number of fifties (34) in IPL.
15:15 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of match 24 of IPL 2017 between Rising Pune Supergiant and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
It will be the third match between two teams. Both teams have won one match each in two games played last year. RPS beat SRH by 34 runs (D/L) at Hyderabad while David Warner’s men registered a nail-biting four-run win at Visakhapatnam.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are yet to win an away game this year while Steve Smith’s side has just two wins in five games so far. Catch full cricket score of Rising Pune Supergiant v Sunrisers Hyderabad here