41st match (N), Kolkata, May 3 2017, Indian Premier League
(19.2/20 ov, target 156)
Supergiant won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Rising Pune Supergiant
RPS Innings
Full commentary

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Rahul Tripathi is the Man of the Match. "I enjoyed my batting today. I was getting good starts, but I was not able to push on. Today we won also, so very happy I could contribute and bat long. I'm just trying to middle the ball, this is all new for me [ the crowd], so I'm just trying to concentrate on what I can do .Watch the ball, hit the ball is my way. I know there are areas I need to improve, but I'm just doing what I can. I hit six sixes two times in an over recently. I'm happy I'm hitting the ball well and hopefully it continues. I think we had a very good start, the run-rate was always down, so the idea was to play till the end. Smith and Fleming told me to just hang in there, not to try anything extra. I enjoyed hitting sixes, the wicket was good, it was coming onto the bat." he says unable to keep a smile from breaking into his replies.

"Been a good little run for us, six out of seven games. Tonight was a really good team performance. We did really well to keep them to 150 and Tripathi, hasn't he been a revelation," Pune captain Steven Smith says, "The games we've won, we've taken wickets through the middle overs and put the brakes on the opposition. Had quite a few different guys stand up and get us over the line. Good for us. Hopefully we're there come finals time. We thought it would slow down later in the game, so we went pretty hard against the new ball. Then Tripathi just kept going. Unfortunate he didn't get a hundred. He really deserved it. We need to stay consistent though and keep doing the b basics right and hopefully we'll be there come playoffs time"

"It's a long tournament and these things happen. It was an opportunity for some of the other guys to show what they can do. Robin hand a niggle, we didn't want to risk him today," KKR captain Gautam Gambhir says, "Obviously, till the time you are not there in the playoffs you are not in the playoffs. We have three more games to go, and hopefully we can turn this around. We played decent cricket, taking it to the last over, but we should have got more on the board. Warner took the game away in the last game, Tripathi took it away today. batsmen have to be positive, be sensible. We shouldn't have played so many dot balls. We were not taking the game forward. We really need to rectify that. It's not yet do or die, but we need to pull up our socks" --- A reminder, folks, KKR are still in second place. Pune have risen to third.

11.25 pm KKR have to suffer their second defeat at home this season. Most of their problems came while batting. A total of 155 was at best useful if their bowling attack performed at or above expectation. But they lost Nathan Coulter-Nile to a blow to the head. Then they ran into Rahul Tripathi who mauled 78 of his 93 in boundaries. What a knock for a man playing his first season of IPL. It was more than enough to gun down a target of 156. It should be more than enough to get him the Man of the Match award.

de Grandhomme to Christian, SIX runs
there's a man there - but he has hit it hard enough to send it sailing over deep midwicket. Christian seals back-to-back matches with a six and puts Pune on third place. They have their sixth win in seven matches. They are contenders for the playoffs
de Grandhomme to Washington Sundar, 1 run
back of a length and outside off, glides it to deep third man

Why are we in the last over? The equation was 27 off 44 balls. Now it is 5 off 6. Colin de Grandhomme to bowl the last over. Coulter-Nile is off the field for treatment after he was hit on the head

end of over 193 runs • 1 wicket
RPS: 151/6CRR: 7.94 • RRR: 5.00 • Need 5 runs from 6b
Washington Sundar0 (2)
Daniel Christian3 (9)
Chris Woakes4-0-18-3
Umesh Yadav4-0-23-1

Nikhil Mane: "It was Chris Woakes 100th T20 wicket as well!"

Woakes to Washington Sundar, 1 leg bye
is that a wide? No, the umpire says it hit the thigh pad. A good length ball on leg stump gets a flick in answer, but Sundar misses making connection with bat. He is however alert to an overthrow
Woakes to Washington Sundar, no run
low full toss on off stump, nudges to short midwicket. The crowd goes up, thinking this is a catch.
Woakes to Tripathi, OUT
he's gone! Gone for 93. Gone to a slower ball. Is there life in this game yet? Poor Tripathi. He has timed better balls to the boundary. This one is short, it has ample room to free the arms, he does free his arms, but pulls it straight to midwicket. Rovman Powell, who is yet to get a game, takes the catch
RA Tripathi c sub (R Powell) b Woakes 93 (84m 52b 9x4 7x6) SR: 178.84
Woakes to Tripathi, no run
bouncer - Tripathi loads up a hook, but it climbs up beyond his reach. The umpire lets it pass
Woakes to Christian, 1 run
swings a back of a length delivery out to deep square leg
Woakes to Tripathi, 1 run
races down the pitch to carve a shortish delivery through to deep cover
end of over 182 runs
RPS: 148/5CRR: 8.22 • RRR: 4.00 • Need 8 runs from 12b
Rahul Tripathi92 (49)
Daniel Christian2 (8)
Umesh Yadav4-0-23-1
Kuldeep Yadav4-0-35-1

Twelve balls left. Tripathi needs eight for this hundred. Pune need eight for their win

UT Yadav to Tripathi, 1 run
the inside edge works. Puts bat behind a shortish delivery on off stump, and feels the ball roll off his pads towards point. Looks up at his partner, who is already haring across. Century watch in full swing
UT Yadav to Christian, 1 run
belts a length ball through to the sweeper on the off side
UT Yadav to Christian, no run
short ball slides down leg, it's been called one bouncer, with Christian moving across to avoid it. Umpire spots it and says not a wide. Good work.
UT Yadav to Christian, no run
good length, outside off, stump, Christian drives on the up and is beaten
UT Yadav to Christian, no run
gets under a bouncer on middle and leg
UT Yadav to Christian, no run
good length ball on leg stump, defends. Umesh dives across to stop it
end of over 177 runs • 1 wicket
RPS: 146/5CRR: 8.58 • RRR: 3.33 • Need 10 runs from 18b
Rahul Tripathi91 (48)
Daniel Christian1 (3)
Kuldeep Yadav4-0-35-1
Umesh Yadav3-0-21-1
Kuldeep Yadav to Tripathi, SIX runs
into the nineties with a monster. This time he goes down on one-knee against the very ball he blocked and slog sweeps it over deep square leg
Kuldeep Yadav to Tripathi, no run
the flurry of wickets has left Tripathi unsure. Sees a loopy delivery on off stump, but it dips rapidly, so he blocks and lives to strike another day

In the last match, Christian had no dot balls, and won the game with a six.

Today, he starts with two. Tensions seem to be rising, even with the equation 16 off 20

Kuldeep Yadav to Christian, 1 run
good length on off stump, defends to point for a single
Kuldeep Yadav to Christian, no run
flatter delivery on off stump, punches it to cover