Hyderabad: Rising Pune Supergiants beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs via Duckworth/Lewis method at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Tuesday. A huge relief for Dhoni and his Supergiants who have lately remained 'super-small' in the IPL rankings table. The Supergiants pulled a superb effort in the first half to halt the Sunrisers batsmen from registering an average total. 118 was too low a score for the Sunrisers to begin with and later rain spoilt the game. On one side, the fans of Sunrisers were gloomily sitting in the stadium not hoping for a miraculous win and counting out the excruciating minutes of the game to be over. But on the other side, spectators for Supergiants would have enjoyed both the rain and the game.
Sunrisers Hyderabad players must be contemplating that they should not have taken Dhoni's brigade as underdogs. Albeit this loss does not define a total defeat, they still have a lot to persevere for. But since its the IPL, where we have often seen game changing in the last minutes. Therefore, one cannot really say what would have happened if the rain had not spoiled the game in the last overs.
Man of the Match was awarded to Ashok Dinda.
Sunrisers Hyderabad registers a meagre tally of 118 runs. Sunrisers Hyderabad's performance in the first half of the match bore no resemblance to those performances they have been executing lately. But maybe it was the rain, the suddenness with which it graced the pitch – or maybe it was Dhoni, who, realising the potential of his teammates, finally deployed them efficiently and emboldened them to stop the batsmen from scoring boundaries. Captain David Warner went for a duck, and the rest of the batsmen followed like sheeps.
Shikhar Dhawan, despite registering a slow score of 56, was the achiever among his teammates. Sunrisers will have now to rely heavily on its bowlers to turn around the match to improve their chances in the match.
David Warner leaves the field early for a duck – a huge relief for Dhoni's brigade.
David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan opens the batting line up for Sunrisers.
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Sudden rain has caused the match to delay. Overs will start to get reduced from 9 pm.
Supergiants has won the toss and opted to bowl first.
It wouldn't be wrong to assume that Dhoni's brigade is suffering its worst spell in this IPL season. They're playing their games with a sacrificial character hinting at a curse - the question is, when will it be lifted? Dhoni desperately needs a victory if they want to keep themselves buoyant in this season. If they persist with the lack of coordination in the field and mishandling of battling line ups, they'll soon be out of the picture.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Team
DA Warner (Captain), S Dhawan, AP Tare, EJG Morgan, DJ Hooda, MC Henriques, NV Ojha†, Bipul Sharma, B Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, A Nehra
Rising Pune Supergiants Team
AM Rahane, F du Plessis, SPD Smith, NLTC Perera, MS Dhoni (Captain), MR Marsh, R Bhatia, SS Tiwary, R Ashwin, M Ashwin, AB Dinda