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IPL 2017: Delhi’s Win Jitter Rising Pune’s PlayOff Chances 

IPL 2017: Delhi’s Win Jitter Rising Pune’s PlayOff Chances

This game had more twist and turns than any Indian movie or a daily soap. Till the mid of Pune’s innings, it seemed like they will seal their place in the next round but the moment Stokes and Dhoni got out, the game seemed to be going away from them and then came another twist when Manoj Tiwary struck welcome sixes off Pat Cummins, who came to bowl the last over but the pacer made a comeback and defended 25 runs in the deciding over.

It can be said that Pune had an easy task, as to chase 169 at Kotla is not a difficult one but Pune probably took it too lightly, which was evident with the way MS Dhoni was run-out.

Starting from the ball one, Pune had a forgettable start, as Zaheer Khan hit the timber on the very first ball, dismissing Ajinkya Rahane. On the other hand Rahul Tripathi, the in-form batsman was finding it difficult to get it going and it was Steven Smith who was doing the job. Tripathi was soon dismissed and then came an experienced batsman in form of Manoj Tiwary, who enlightened the hope for his team.

The Bengal skipper first set the tone with captain Smith and then both of them were steering the team but 38 runs later, Shahbaz Nadeem was able to deceive Smith and he was adjudged LBW.

Again, it looked like Pune had lost the way but this time, it was Ben Stokes who joined Tiwary in the middle. Both were right on the target. They were getting easy runs, especially Stokes, who was hitting boundaries as well.

However, just when it seemed like they will combinedly see their team going past the total, Stokes was dismissed, which brought MS Dhoni to the crease.

All the expectations were on Dhoni, as his team still needed to score more than 12 runs per over in the last three overs but a ponderous effort from the former skipper between the wickets saw Dhoni being handed a casual run-out, which can be called as the turning point in the game, as Pune was found just seven runs short of target.

Talking of Delhi’s innings, batting first, the home side had a poor start, as a miscommunication between Sanju Samson and Karun Nair saw Samson getting run out in a horrendous way, as there was no such call for a run from any of the batsmen but still, both the batsmen decided to exchange crease, which resulted in a wicket in the very first over.

Shreyas Iyer, the star of the previous game for Delhi, was promoted to number three but he disappointed and was dismissed on just three. Rishabh Pant then joined the vice-captain of the side at the crease and both of them batted wisely to steer the team.

Rishabh Pant was the main attraction, as he was giving the crowd full value for their money and was hitting runs at will. The whole crowd for cheering his name and the 19-year old didn’t disappoint, as he was entertaining. He seemed to be in his zone and in the quest to hit Adam Zampa for second consecutive six, the batsman found himself being caught on the boundary rope on 36 off just 22 deliveries.

Till that time, Nair was in his flow and he was also finding gaps and was playing responsible innings. Meanwhile, Marlon Samuels chipped in with a crucial knock of 27 which helped Delhi to put up the defendable total on the board, which eventually proved to be a match-winning one. It was a great win for Delhi but has come as a disappointment for Pune.

Now the penultimate game of league stage is an eventual final for both the teams and in all possibility, one of the team will be in next round, subject to the result of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s next game as well.

Brief Score: Delhi Daredevils 168/8 (Karun Nair 64, Rishabh Pant 36; Jaydev Unadkat 2-29) defeat Rising Pune Supergiant 161/7 ( Manoj Tiwary 60, Steven Smith 38; Zaheer Khan 2-25) by seven runs at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.

Here is MS Dhoni’s run out –

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