Delhi Daredevils v Rising Pune Supergiants, IPL 2016, Delhi May 5, 2016

Bolstered Supergiants secure vital win

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Rising Pune Supergiants 166 for 3 (Rahane 63*, Tahir 2-26) beat Delhi Daredevils 162 for 7 (Duminy 34, Bhatia 2-22, Boland 2-31) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Ajinkya Rahane scored his fifth half-century of the tournament © BCCI

Rising Pune Supergiants had been marred by four major injuries in the last two weeks and were reeling at the bottom half of the points table with six losses from eight matches. But against Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla, they fell back on the reliable shoulders of Ajinkya Rahane, Rajat Bhatia and a brisk innings from IPL debutant Usman Khawaja to hand the hosts their second loss in their last four matches.

Supergiants first restricted Daredevils to 162 by slowing them down in the middle overs and taking regular wickets. The top order then, led by Rahane's unbeaten and unflustered 63, made sure the chase, which got slightly tense towards the end, was sealed with five balls to spare.

This looked like anyone's game when Supergiants needed 37 from the last three overs. Captain MS Dhoni, who promoted himself to No. 4, struck a four and a straight six off Mohammed Shami, soon after five wides earlier in the 18th over, to bring the equation down to 17 from 12. Iman Tahir removed Dhoni with the first ball of the 19th over but two lusty sixes from Thisara Perera meant Supergiants needed three from the last over and Rahane finished it with a flicked four.

Khawaja and Rahane accelerated in the chase after the third over by mainly targeting the quicks. They saw through Jayant Yadav's three overs of offspin and reached 50 when the Powerplay ended. Amit Mishra's googly and thrift then combined to stump Khawaja, who had already been dropped on 8 and had survived run-out chances on 9 and 22, for 30.

Rahane continued in his usual risk-free and unruffled fashion and he was hardly troubled by JP Duminy and Carlos Brathwaite in a second-wicket partnership of 45 with Saurabh Tiwary. But Tahir had Tiwary caught at deep midwicket in the 14th over. By then, Supergiants were still 59 adrift with 40 balls remaining.

Dhoni smashed his fourth ball for a six and after Supergiants took 13 runs off the next 16 balls, they needed 37 from 18. Duminy gave the ball to Shami who sent five wides way down the leg side on the second ball of the over and once Dhoni took strike, he tilted the momentum back with consecutive boundaries to make it easier for Rahane.

Daredevils, who were asked to bat, were largely anchored by their stand-in captain Duminy, as Zaheer Khan had a niggle, but other batsmen could not convert starts into big scores. Once Dinda knocked over Rishabh Pant's off stump in the third over, Karun Nair and Sanju Samson started scoring boundaries on both sides of the pitch to lift the run rate above eight. But Samson handed a simple catch to midwicket on the last ball of the Powerplay.

Duminy, meanwhile, kept the score ticking by scoring at nearly run a ball but was running out of partners. Bhatia took the pace off the ball for another economical spell and Nair soon holed out to sweeper cover, for 32 off 23, while trying to break free.

Sam Billings combined with Duminy to quickly score 24 runs out of the 45 they put together in five overs. Billings had struck R Ashwin for two consecutive sixes and posed a big threat before a switch-hit ended his innings. Brathwaite then took on M Ashwin for two more sixes but impressive fielding from Rahane and Tiwary resulted in two run-outs. Pawan Negi's unbeaten 19 off 12 balls provided Daredevils a late push but it wasn't enough.

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • simonp3164620 on May 7, 2016, 19:37 GMT

    As long as Dhoni is captain there is no hope for RPS to be in top 4 this IPL. From today's RCBvsRPS match, it is clear that Dhoni is no longer the captain/keeper/batsman he used to be. Might as well follow KXIP footsteps and make a new suitable captain with proper cricket skills. Nothing to lose, everything to gain.

  • Gnaneshwar Raju on May 6, 2016, 11:34 GMT

    I remember Rahane played a crucial knock of 90 not out for RR in a chase of 170 odd and still can't see his side home. Cricket is a team game and one must bank on partners to score the rest of the runs...at least Rahane is consistent in what he does best! btw, DD played match into RPS hands by not selecting a genuine fast bowler other than Shami, who was erratic in 18th and bowled no ball in 20th over. He has to a leaf out of Bhuvi's book on bowling in death!

  • Allan on May 6, 2016, 11:08 GMT

    Great win by Pune and Khawaja making a difference straight away, hopefully he can help the team get more wins. Rahane looking classy

  •   Vikum Fernando on May 6, 2016, 10:31 GMT

    holding one end with strike rate around 130 is way to go until 15 over. but after 15 over set batsman need to cut loose. if you play last 5 overs with strike rate around 130 you will get just 39 runs from last 30 bowls. rahane need to shift the gear after 15th over.

  • Junaid Ansari on May 6, 2016, 4:59 GMT

    Rps win good hard fought this style of win needed and give the momentum to Rps good thing in today match they strenght their bowling and batting as dhoni said someone have to take responsiblities and the guys come and play around him Rcb is great team but not in form If Rps win that match and some top four team lose their match then Surely RPS is back in the tournament

  • Surya on May 6, 2016, 4:31 GMT

    True_Cricket_Lover: The last time palying 11 in DD looked 2nd string to you then what about RPSG, who lost KP, Du Plessis, Steve Smith, Mitchel Marsh are all injured and out, what would we say, 4th string?

    Think before you write this joke

  • Bhavik on May 6, 2016, 4:17 GMT

    Have seen Virat Kohli dteal strike from others in powerplay

  • Bhavik on May 6, 2016, 4:13 GMT

    Duminy-Billings-Brathwaite are not going to perfrom miracles in every game, when will toporder get runs in a big match?!

  • Bhavik on May 6, 2016, 4:12 GMT

    Rahane played smartly

  • Bhavik on May 6, 2016, 4:10 GMT

    Brathwaite

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