Misery keeps on piling for the Rising Pune Supergiants as they lost their ninth match of the season. Before the match RPS coach Stephen Fleming lamented how injuries and no wickets early on in the innings have hurt Rising Pune Supergiants’ chances in this season of the Indian Premier League.
Playing against Kolkata Knight Riders, RPS were 103/6 in the eighteenth over when rain interrupted the match. Kolkata were then asked to chase 66 runs in nine overs which they chased quite comfortably after some initial hiccups.
RPS spinner R Ashwin dismissed the in-form openers Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir in the very first over but then Yusuf Pathan and Suryakaumar Yadav added 58 runs for the third wicket to take Kolkata home. The eight-wicket loss left Fleming fuming after the game at the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. Fleming felt the game was over for his side as soon as the game was reduced due to the intermission.
“Duckworth-Lewis is rubbish,” a visibly displeased Fleming started in the post-match press conference on Saturday (May 14). “As soon as you get to D/L, the game is over. We were on our way to 134-140. We were looking for 25 runs in the last three overs. The track was turning. We knew it will be a difficult chase with our spinners but as soon as D/L came in, it was pretty much game over.
“I’ve been saying that for years. The others have said it as well but there’s no point carrying on too much about it. There’s no willingness to change. It’s not made for a T20 game. It’s just ridiculous really and until it’s addressed you just hope the sky doesn’t open.”
The pitch was assisting the spinners and with quality spinners in his team, Fleming felt if the innings was completed then the team would have backed themselves to defend something close to 135 on a surface that offered plenty of help for the spinners.
“The approach was to play positively,” he revealed. “We lost wickets because it turned. We knew we were going to lose wickets throughout because it was that type of pitch.
“We would have scrapped to 135-140, and if someone had played really well we could have gone to 150. The spinners that we’ve got, it would have been a difficult chase. As soon as we came to know the target with all the rain and wet ball, we knew it was impossible.”