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IPL 2016 – RPS vs SRH: Rising Pune Supergiants Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad By 34 Runs (D/L)

By on April 27, 2016

Rising Pune Supergiants 94 for 3 (Smith 46*, du Plessis 30) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 118 for 8 (Dhawan 56*, Dinda 3-23) by 34 runs (D/L)…

Down with four straight defeats, Rising Pune Supergiants required to play out of their skin against Sunrisers Hyderabad to get their tumbling campaign back on track in the IPL 2016 in Match 22 of the 2016 Indian Premier League.

Opting to bowl after winning the toss, and the changes made in the playing eleven went skipper MS Dhoni’s way as Pune bowlers fired in unison to limit Sunrisers to a paltry 118/8 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad on Tuesday.

The bowlers’ effort was well complemented by their batsmen before rain played spoilsport when they were cruising towards victory at 94/3 in 11 overs. Pune Supergiants were well course for the win and the stoppage helped them seal a 34-run victory (D/L method). This was Pune’s second win in six matches they played in the tournament so far.

IPL 2016 - RPS vs SRH: Ashok Dinda

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Rising Pune Supergiants innings started off in the similar fashion, to that of Sunrisers’, as they lost a wicket in the first over and the dismissal had one thing in common – Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane, who caught David Warner at backward point, himself found the fielder at the same position where Eoin Morgan made no mistake.

Faf du Plessis and Steven Smith then ensured there were not many hiccups in their chase as the Australian took the charge sending the loose deliveries to the fence.

Du Plessis also got into the act whipping off Bipul Sharma for a four and a six in the seventh over to put his team in a comfortable position. The duo put on 80-run stand in 8.2 overs before Moises Henriques sent du Plessis back into the dugout. Smith remained unbeaten on 46 off 36 balls, smacking seven boundaries.

Sunrisers were never in the match as sloppy groundwork by their fielders and the extras made the visitors chase easy.

Earlier, the delayed one hour start to the Match 22 due to rain brought cheers for the depleted Rising Pune Supergiants as Ashok Dinda, playing his first match of the season, justified his inclusion by removing the man-in-form David Warner in the first over. Sunrisers skipper Warner, who came into the match on the back of three successive fifties, was dismissed for duck when he was caught by Ajinkya Rahane at backward point.

After bowling just one over, Dinda was back into the attack in the fifth over and the right-arm pacer repeated his show with another strike, dismissing Aditya Tare cheaply and left the hosts in a spot of bother.

The first boundary of the Sunrisers innings from the bat came from Tare in the fourth over which reflected that other Pune seamers, Mitchell Marsh and Thisara Perera, also took advantage of the wet ground conditions and did not let the Sunrisers batsmen score at their will.

Having won their last three matches while chasing thanks to Warner’s exploits, the Sunrisers middle order was not properly tested in the tournament. And when it was the need to fire, they failed to get going in front of a quality Pune attack.

Sunrisers could just post 27 runs in the first six over of Powerplay with the help of two fours. Marsh, who came in place of Albie Morkel, chipped in with two wickets and gave 14 runs in his four overs.

Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been wicketless since his first ball scalp in the league’s opener against Mumbai Indians, struck in his first ball to dismiss Deepak Hooda. After a flurry of wickets, Shikhar Dhawan and Naman Ojha tried to rebuild the innings as they took their team to fifty in 12.2 overs and added 47 for the sixth wicket – the highest of the innings.

The situation could have been more worse had Rahane not dropped Dhawan in the 16th over but the opener carried his bat through the innings as he scored an unbeaten 56 off 53 ball smacking two fours and a six. Bhuneshwar Kumar played a delightful cameo of 21 off 8 studded with three fours and six and helped his team to a score of 118 which is their second lowest at the home ground.

Source: Times Of India

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