Rahul Tripathi's boundary blitz takes Pune third
Rahul Tripathi ran up a 52-ball 93 to power Rising Pune Supergiant to their sixth win in seven games and move to third spot in the league
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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.
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
Nikhil Mane: "It was Chris Woakes 100th T20 wicket as well!"
Twelve balls left. Tripathi needs eight for this hundred. Pune need eight for their win
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