The bowling lifted the efforts of Sunrisers Hyderabad in yesterday's game against RPSG  © IANS
The bowling lifted the efforts of Sunrisers Hyderabad in yesterday’s game against RPSG © IANS

In the match 40 of the Vivo IPL 2016, Rising Pune Supergiants were up against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Vishakapattnam yesterday. The ongoing IPL 9 has witnessed a number of close matches and yesterday’s match was no exception with Sunrisers winning the match by 4 runs in the last over. Electing to bat first, David Warner and his troops came into bat and found the pitch to be favoring the spinners. After RP Singh removed David Warner for 11, Dhoni was quick to introduce spin from one end as he called Ravichandra Ashwin inside the first 10 overs. SRH reached a paltry total of 137 for 8 in 20 overs, thanks to some handy knocks from Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson and Yuvraj Singh. The run of flow was restricted mainly by man-of-the-match, Adam Zampa whose figures were 4-0-19-6. Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Match 40 at Visakhapatnam

In reply, Rising Pune Supergiants began their chase with in-form batsman, Ajinkya Rahane edging Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in the second ball of the innings. Pune slipped further but was brought back to track by George Bailey(34 runs off 40 balls) and Ravichandra Ashwin (29 runs off 25 balls), who came into bat at No.4. The hosts, Rising Pune Supergiants, kept losing wickets at regular intervals and required their captain, MS Dhoni, to bail them out again. Requiring 14 off the last over, they lost Thisara Perera but Dhoni’s timely six off Ashish Nehra in the fourth ball brought the equation to 6 runs off 2 balls. Dhoni’s dramatic run-out in the penultimate ball swung the match in SRH’s favor and they won a nail-biter to top the tables with 14 points. MS Dhoni’s struggling team have no chances of qualifying for this year’s playoffs but will hope to finish on a high in their last few matches.