192dThe Report by Akshay Gopalakrishnan

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

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RA Tripathi
93(52) 9x4 - 7x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep shot
  • 17 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
4 4 13 6 17 0 26 23
MK Pandey
37(32) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
6 1 1 0 5 3 5 16

Best performances - Bowlers

CR Woakes
CR Woakes
O4
M0
R18
W3
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Washington Sundar
O2
M0
R18
W2
Eco9.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

That is all we have for you from commentary tonight. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Goodnight.

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.

19.2
6
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
19.1
1
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:
19 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | RPS: 151/6 (5 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.94, RRR: 5.00)

  • Washington Sundar0 (2b)
  • Daniel Christian3 (9b)
  • Chris Woakes4-0-18-3
  • Umesh Yadav4-0-23-1

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

18.6
1lb
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
18.5
0
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.
18.4
W
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

18.3
0
Woakes to Tripathi, no run, bouncer - Tripathi loads up a hook, but it climbs up beyond his reach. The umpire lets it pass

The blitz

78

No. of runs Rahul Tripathi made in boundaries - nine fours and seven sixes

Middle-order mainstay

313

No. of runs for Manish Pandey outside the Powerplay in IPL 2017, the highest among all batsmen

Throttling down

41

No. of runs KKR made in the Powerplay, their second-slowest start this season, behind the 40 they made against Sunrisers

Trailblazer

1

Jaydev Unadkat, today, bowled Rising Pune Supergiant's first maiden in the first over of an IPL match