IPL 2016: Rising Pune Supergiants beat Delhi Daredevils by 7 wickets at Delhi, Stars and Flops

A struggling Rising Pune Supergiants side finally turned the tide in their favour and emerged victorious in the 33rd game of the Indian Premier League against Delhi Daredevils at Delhi. RPS, with this win, have now moved to the sixth position in the points table as the beat Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets. Ajinkya Rahane starred with the beat as he remained unbeaten on 63 and anchored the RPS’ run chase. IPL 2016, Match 33, Pick of the tweets: Delhi Daredevils vs Rising Pune Supergiants at Delhi 

RPS won the toss and decided to bowl first, they got off to a good start as Ashok Dinda scalped the early wicket of Rishabh Pant. DD kept losing wickets at regular intervals and managed a modest total of 162 in 20 overs, Their batsmen got good starts but failed to convert it into big scores, a factor which hurt them massively. Rajat Bhatia was impressive with his tally of two wickets for 22 in four overs whereas Scott Boland too accounted for couple of wickets.

RPS started of well, as their openers Rahane and Usman Khawaja came out hard and ensured a decent start at the top. Khawaja was dismissed for 30 after which Saurabh Tiwary played a good hand of 21 but was sent back by Imran Tahir. MS Dhoni played well along with Rahane for his 27 but in an attempt to earn a priceless boundary at a crucial juncture he lost his wicket, courtesy to some brilliant catching by Sam Billings. Thisara Perera finally sealed the game with his big hitting in the 19th over to Imran Tahir.

Turning Point: The 18th over of the RPS’ run chase conceded 20 runs at a crucial juncture, a point where DD had only 37 runs to defend in 18 deliveries. Mohammad Shami bowled an expensive over which was inarguably the turning point of the game.  

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Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 162 for 7 in 20 overs [JP Duminy 34(32), Karun Nair 34(23); Rajat Bhatia 4-0-22-2, Scott Boland 4-0-31-2] lost to Rising Pune Supergiants 166 for 3 in 19.1 overs [Ajinkya Rahane 63(48), Usman Khawaja 30(27); Imran Tahir 4-0-26-2, Amit Mishra 4-0-28-1] by 7 wickets

(Suraj Choudhari, an avid cricket follower who plays the sport at club level, is a staffer with Criclife)