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Dhoni-Led Rising Pune Supergiants Win against Delhi Daredevils by D/L Method in Visakhapatnam

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Dhoni-Led Rising Pune Supergiants Win against Delhi Daredevils by D/L Method in Visakhapatnam

May 18
15:48 2016

ajinkyaNew Delhi, Wednesday, May 18 – It has been many days when Rising Pune Supergiants did not taste victory but that came to an end a day ago when they defeated Delhi Daredevils by 19 runs according to D/L method. RPS Playing XI included Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Saurabh Tiwary, MS Dhoni – captain & wicket keeper, Thisara Perera, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Ashok Dinda and Deepak Chahar. While on the other hand, Delhi Daredevils squad had Quinton de Kock, Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant, Jean-Paul Duminy, Chris Morris, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan and Mohammed Shami.

Those in extras from Rising Pune Supergiants side were RP Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Albie Morkel, Ishant Sharma, Peter Handscomb, Ankit Sharma, Scott Boland, Ishwar Pandey, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains and Rajat Bhatia, whereas Sam Billings, Pawan Suyal, Jayant Yadav, Carlos Brathwaite, Akhil Herwadkar, Pawan Negi, Chama Milind, Pratyush Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Khaleel Ahmed, Mayank Agarwal, Imran Tahir and Shahbaz Nadeem were on bench from Delhi Daredevils’ side. Crowd appeared in impressive figures yesterday to show great support to the team, which is their favorite. Rising Pune Supergiants’ skipper Dhoni won the toss and decided to bowl first. Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam was all set to host an exciting competition between Delhi Daredevils and  Rising Pune Supergiants, who were at the bottom in the points table before yesterday due to facing maximum defeats as compared to other participating groups. The bowling lineup of his group proved confidence of the captain on their ability right and restricted DD at a score of 122, which was not a challenging total at all.

The wicket keeper – batsman Quinton de Kock was lbw by Dinda when batting at a score of 2. Pressre was felt by the openers and this gets proved by the fact that when first wicket fell in 2.1 overs, just 4 runs were pocketed by DD. Shreyas Iyer could not do any better for the team and succumbed to Dinda after scoring 8 runs off 10 balls. A four definitely increased hope among DD fans that stress will soon vanish away but that did not happen. Karun Nair certainly tried giving his best and spent some time on crease that added some crucial runs for DD. However, the kind of partnership he was eying and needed at that moment did not come from Sanju Samson, who was stumped by Dhoni at 10 runs, and Rishabh Pant, who fell short to Zampa at 4 runs. Zampa hurt Delhi team badly post earning wicket of Nair, who was nine runs away from pocketing a fifty, which comprised five boundaries. Jean-Paul Duminy was expected to play an innings that could have given Delhi Daredevils much needed support but Dinda showed him the road to pavilion when he was playing at an individual total of 14 (4 x 1).

Chris Morris was not out at 38 runs which came in 20 balls. He was the only one from DD side to hit a couple of sixes. His innings was studded with four boundaries too. Nathan Coulter-Nile, at the same time, was not out at 2 runs. After 20 overs, Zaheer-led group could only manage to get 121 runs, which comprised two extra runs as well. Both Zampa and Dinda got three wickets each. Deepak Chahar, Thisara Perera, Irfan Pathan and Ravichandran Ashwin strove for wicket but did not get any. Nevertheless, it was a sigh of relief for the skipper that not a single ‘no ball’ was bowled by RPS bowlers. The two wides were given by Ashwin. Indian Premier League is a contest where any player can shine at any point of time. Nothing can be a major mistake than to consider anyone weak. DD had the ability to stand out post beating all odds but eyes can’t be shut to the fact that the score on the board was not adequate enough to let opponents feel the pressure. Here is to mention that both Playing XIs knew the significance of victory well. On one hand, Rising Pune Supergiants were keen to taste victory since they faced defeat in all the seven matches when elected to bat first. Besides this, the story was  same in all the five matches held in the home in this season of IPL.

This created problem for them, reducing chances to qualifying for the play-offs.  In spite of the fact that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team was full of talented players but they couldn’t progress so ahead that chances can be created to think of being in top four. Victories in remaining matches are necessary to help them learn from mistakes and build confidence for future. They looked keen to do better and this was visible in their performance yesterday when opener Ajinkya Rahane played a beautiful knock of 42 runs off 36 deliveries, together with five boundaries and a six. Usman Khawaja’s stint was short but 19 runs were scored thanks to a single and four boundaries. George Bailey was not out at 8 runs (4 x 1).

Rain interrupted the play for long when 76 runs were accumulated by Rising Pune Supergiants for the loss on one wicket in 11 overs. Since the play can’t be resumed, D/L method was implemented and RPS won the match by 19 runs. With this win, Dhoni’s men have come one spot above last rank. Now, Kings Xi Punjab are at 8th position. Problems have now increased for DD, who are ranking at 6th spot. Royal Challengers Bangalore are at 5th spot with 12 points, similar to DD. However, a rank above DD is due to better net run rate than the Khan-led DD. Sunrisers Hyderabad are leading in the league stages at present with 16 points and NRR of +0.400. More to the point, Kolkata Knight Riders are at second position in spite of getting crushed by RCB in a lately played match. Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Lions are ranking at no. three and four, respectively. A lot is supposed to change on the points table after each team completes its remaining play at the first stage.


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