Delhi Daredevils spoil Rising Pune Supergiant’s march to IPL 2017 playoffs
Manoj Tiwary’s 45-ball 60 went in vain as Delhi Daredevils denied Rising Pune Supergiant a chance to seal their spot in the IPL 2017 playoffs by registering a seven-run win.ipl 2017 Updated: May 13, 2017 00:38 IST
Exceptional bowling and fielding in the death overs, especially from Mohammed Shami, ensured Delhi Daredevils spoilt Rising Pune Supergiant’s march to the IPL 2017 playoffs by registering a seven-run win at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Friday. (DD vs RPS: T20 MATCH BLOG)
The result meant Steve Smith’s team are still not assured of a spot in the playoffs and their last league game against Kings XI Punjab assumes even more importance. (DD vs RPS: T20 MATCH SCORECARD)
Rising Pune Supergiant were coasting to victory when they required 44 off 27 balls with Ben Stokes and Manoj Tiwary going strong and stitching a partnership of over fifty. However, Mohammed Shami had other ideas and he changed the course of the match with some crucial blows.
Shami first removed Stokes for 33 as he batsman thumped a full toss to long off, Corey Anderson timing his leap to perfection and taking a well-judged catch near the boundary. Having taken the catch, Anderson proceeded to bowl a brilliant 17th over in which only five runs were given.
However, the key moment came in the 18th over as MS Dhoni mistimed a pull to short fine leg. The former India skipper was not expecting a throw at the bowler’s end and took the run casually but Shami swooped in from short fine leg and scored a direct hit, catching Dhoni short of the ground despite the dive.
Having provided the breakthroughs, Shami made Rising Pune Supergiant’s task even harder by conceeding just eight in the 19th over, which meant Smith’s team required 25 off the last over.
Tiwary gave Delhi Daredevils some anxious moments as he slammed two consecutive sixes off Pat Cummins in the final over, in the process notching up his maiden fifty. But Cummins held his nerve and delivered four perfect balls to give Delhi Daredevils a thrilling win.
Karun Nair the star
Delhi Daredevils had managed to post 168/8 on a tricky Kotla wicket thanks to the exploits of Karun Nair. After winning the toss and opting to bat, the hosts lost Sanju Samson (2) and Shreyas Iyer (3). But, Nair, along with Rishabh Pant, shared an attacking partnership to revive Delhi Daredevils.
Nair broke his lean run by slamming his maiden fifty in IPL 2017 but the 74-run stand ended when Pant was caught at long off of leg-spinner Adam Zampa to depart for 36. Rising Pune Supergiant pegged things back in the death overs but Nair raced past 50 and took 19 runs in Jaydev Unadkat’s last over to give Delhi Daredevils a competitive total.
Zaheer Khan magic
Chasing 169, Rising Pune Supergiant got off to a bad start as Zaheer Khan castled Ajinkya Rahane first ball with a delivery that nipped back. The wicket was Zaheer’s 100th in the IPL and it came in his 99th game. Things got better for the Delhi Daredevils skipper as he removed the in-form Rahul Tripathi (7) with an off-cutter.
Steve Smith revived the innings with a couple of fours and a six off Shahbaz Nadeem, and looked good for a good score. However, on 38, he missed a pull shot and was hit on the back leg by a skidder from the left-arm orthodox spinner to be trapped LBW. Tiwary, along with Stokes, steadied the ship and kept Rising Pune Supergiant in the game.
With this loss, Rising Pune Supergiant’s final league game against Kings XI Punjab becomes a virtual shoot-out.