Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MC Henriques
55(28) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 13 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
5 0 1 4 5 0 3 17
MS Dhoni
61(34) 5x4 - 3x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 1 1 7 4 2 14 5

Best performances - Bowlers

Rashid Khan
O4.0
M0
R17
W1
Eco4.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DT Christian
O4.0
M0
R20
W1
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
10dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

Nerveless Dhoni pulls off last-ball victory

With his team looking down and out, MS Dhoni smacked an unbeaten 61 off 34 balls to lift Rising Pune Supergiant to a six-wicket victory

Commentary

END OF OVER:
20 | 13 Runs | RPS: 179/4

  • MS Dhoni61 (34b)
  • MK Tiwary17 (8b)
  • S Kaul3-0-45-0
  • B Kumar4-0-39-1

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MS Dhoni is Man of the Match for his 61 off 34 balls. "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."

"Got pretty close towards the end, but MS did what's he's done for such a long period of time. Under pressure, he comes good again," the winning Pune captain Steven Smith says, "It was a 160-165 wicket, we probably didn't execute our plans as well as I thought. We batted really well, Tripathi at the top and MS did what he's done for such a long time. We have four games now at home and one in Mumbai and hopefully we can get up the ladder"

7.35 pm Well, it was worth the wait. MS Dhoni has been struggling all through this IPL. But today, after he was involved in the run-out of the team's top scorer before him, he became a different batsman. And because of that his team, Rising Pune Supergiant, has jumped from last place to fourth. They will stay there too, if Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Daredevils in the second game of the day.

Right, Pune needed 62 off the last 30 balls and against a good bowling team, that was a pretty tough ask. Much of that is because of Bhuvneshwar Kumar's excellent form in the slog overs, but today, he went for 19 runs in the 19th over. He lost the one-on-one battle with Dhoni, as many bowlers have have done before.

It's the first last-ball win for the chasing team this season. The last in IPL was also by Pune v Kings XI last year. MSD has hit the winning runs in both.

Raza: "MS deserves more than that the ball wasn't the greatest and not according to the field. Nobody has been able to hit Bhuvi, he did.

Afsar: "When 2 runs needed per ball, MSD scored 36 runs from 13 balls, that's why he called as best finisher in the world!!!"

Rook: "Oh wow, this is why we love the ipl all over the world. After everything said about MSD this tournament as well, you couldn't write it. I think I need to sit down..."

19.6
4
Kaul to Dhoni, FOUR runs, length ball on middle, not the thing his field wanted him to do, and it's smashed through extra cover. Dhoni does another epic finish. Stands still, gets his front leg forward and out of the way, and with a perfectly textbook drive, secures victory

Two needed off one ball, and Dhoni's back on strike. He walks up to his partner and touches gloves. The calmness hasn't gone away. Bhuvi comes up to Kaul to have a chat again. Warner joins in. Anyone thinking about a tie? A Super Over? Deep fine leg, square leg, long-on. Field set for a yorker on leg

19.5
2
Kaul to Dhoni, 2 runs, full on middle and leg, from around the wicket, whips it to long-on for a couple

Four off two needed. Dhoni on strike now. Rips his gloves off, puts them back on. Gets his game face on. Checks the field. And then gets into his stance.

19.4
1
Kaul to Tiwary, 1 run, low full toss on middle, he swings it away to deep square leg

Third man up, point up. Cover deep

And the game slows down now. Bhuvi with Kaul. Tiwary with Dhoni. Plans being made. The crowd being made to soak in the tension

19.3
1
Kaul to Dhoni, 1 run, round the wicket for a low full toss on leg stump, flicks it to long leg

Dhoni v Kaul and the crowd are making a heck of a lot of noise about who they are supporting. Warner, Bhuvi and Kaul in conversation. Six off four needed

19.2
1
Kaul to Tiwary, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, pushes it to extra cover
19.1
4
Kaul to Tiwary, FOUR runs, dropped length ball, it's heaved over to midwicket. This looks like six. But wait, Rashid's there, he is running to his right, he dives, gets both hands to it and shells it.

Who will bowl the final over? This huge final over. He will have to defend 10 runs. Kaul? Henriques? It's Kaul. Tiwary to face

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MC Henriques
55(28) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 13 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
5 0 1 4 5 0 3 17
MS Dhoni
61(34) 5x4 - 3x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 1 1 7 4 2 14 5

Best performances - Bowlers

Rashid Khan
O4.0
M0
R17
W1
Eco4.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DT Christian
O4.0
M0
R20
W1
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Smashing it in his first season

160

Rahul Tripathi's strike-rate as an opener before today, putting him among the five quickest openers to face at least 15 balls in IPL 2017

Who are you backing?

2

Only twice has a team chased down a target of 177 or more against Sunrisers in the IPL

The rocket runs out of fuel

40

No. of balls David Warner took to make 43, his slowest innings of 30 balls or more batting first in an IPL match in India

Plodding along

49

No. of balls Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner took to put on 55 runs - the slowest half-century stand in this IPL

They grow up so fast

3

Washinton Sundar, the 17-year old making his T20 debut today, is the third-youngest player to play the IPL

Indian Premier League

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MI14104020.0000.784
RPS1495018.0000.174
SRH1485017.0000.588
KKR1486016.0000.646
KXIP1477014.000-0.013
DD1468012.000-0.508
GL1441008.000-0.400
RCB1431007.000-1.301