End of 20 overs: Sunrisers Hyderabad has won the match by 4 runs. That has come as a shocking disappointment for Dhoni’s brigade and this new loss seems to suggest that the team might have more than ‘performance’ problems. Chasing a total of 137 isn’t a daunting task for any team in the Indian Premier League, but by failing to do so, the Supergiants have reached an impasse with the intensity of a crash. Brilliant defence from the Sunrisers in the second half, and with the outcome of this match, it can be argued whether the Sunrisers were too good with the defence or the Supergiants were too weak to react. Thisara Perera: 17, MS Dhoni: 30, Adam Zampa: 0
End of 15 overs: Three wickets taken in the last 5 overs, could this match turn any worse for the Supergiants? Supergiants have the benefit of doubt of winning this match because of the low total registered by the Sunrisers. If they keep a lackdaisical attack with nothing except occasional boundaries, Sunrisers will soon have to chase the chicken with a lasso. The bowlers from Sunrisers have performed commendingly well as they have done so in their other games. Supergiants will have to break some boundaries soon. Dhoni is in the pitch, the decisive outcome will rely upon him. George Bailey: 34, Ravichandran Ashwin: 29, SS Tiwary: 9. Rising Pune Supergiants are 86/5. 52 runs needed from 30 balls.
End of 10 overs: With barely 35 runs in the last 5 overs, Supergiants has hardly managed to proceed wilfully without having to tussle with the fielders every ball. George Bailey is proving to be the sole light-bearer of this match as of now. Partnering with Ravinchandran Ashwin, they will both be looking forward to close the gap – whether it is running between the fielders or choosing to drive the ball between them. If they lose any wickets moving ahead, Captain Dhoni will have to shoulder all the responsibility which, seeing that the Supergiants are on the brink of obliteration, is extremely crucial. Rising Pune Supergiants are 52/2. No wickets lost.
End of 5 overs: First wicket on the first ball. The first five overs have resonated with this same essence of Supergiants’ game. Dhoni hasn’t been able to decide and diagnose on the glitch apparent in their team. The batsmen are horrendously resorting to poorly-decided shots. If Captain Dhoni doesn’t conjure some spirit in his teammates or give them a sensible pat on the back, this match might soon go out of their hands. Ajinkya Rahane 0, Usman Khawaja 11.
Ajinkya Rahane and Usman Khawaja are batting first for Rising Pune Supergiants.
After 20 overs: Sunrisers Hyderabad sets a target of 137 for the Rising Pune Supergiants. Three wickets in the last over was enough a sign to indicate the apparent domination practiced by the Supergiants’ bowlers today. Kane Williamson retained that same form he had assumed as of late, and Yuvraj Singh, the man out of whom a lot was expected, did not exceed expectations, but also did nothing less than what was expected of him. The Rising Supergiants did exceedingly well to stop the Sunrisers from registering a high score. Adam Zampa had a ball today at the pitch with an astounding 6 wickets. Yuvraj Singh 23, Kane Williamson 32, Moises Henriques 10, DJ Hooda 14, NV Ojha 7, Bhuvneshvar Kumar 1
After 15 overs: Shikhar Dhawan was taken out at the 11th over, and in came Yuvraj Singh who, in his last match, showed some promises of good form for the team. The scoreboard is still tepid for the Sunrisers, but going forward with the remaining overs, they have the batting capability to stack the tally to an average minimum. Without Warner, the lead from all the batsmen, we might expect a lower total from the Sunrisers. Rising Pune Supergiants bowlers are doing a great job right now of halting boundaries and bowling no-runs whenever they can. Five more overs of three wickets and the job will be easier for the rest.
After 10 overs: Shikhar Dhawan has picked up a rapid pace with the Supergiants failing to pick an important wicket after David Warner’s. Some good bowling from Zampa and Ashwin. But the Supergiants have to pick up a crucial wicket as soon as they can. If the Kane-Dhawan partnership continues in the same pattern, they’ll have to deal with a plathora of problems later. After 10 overs, Shikhar Dhawan is 33 and Kane Williamson 14. Sunrisers Hyderabad is 63/1.
After 5 overs: David Warner was taken out early by RP Singh. But Shikhar Dhawan still is looking strong with every passing over. If he is able to secure a half-century in this match, the rest of the total score will all fall in line with the Sunrisers’ preferred target. Batsmen batting right now are Shikhar Dhawan 6 and Kane Williamson 2. Sunrisers Hyderabad is 21/1. David Warner out early with 11 runs.
David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan are the batsmen opening the score line for the Sunrisers. Sunrisers 0/0
Sunrisers Hyderabad has won the toss and elected to bat first. (Queer of the Sunrisers to bat first for the match since bowling first has taken on a narration in itself in IPL)
Let’s face it, Dhoni is struggling right now, same goes for the Rising Pune Supergiants team who’re dealing with the lack of capacity to clinch important victories. Not only has Dhoni’s strategy in the field toppled time and again, instances which have been dominated by sheer luck has created havoc for the RPS. Let us see what transpires today, whether it will be the indomitable spirit of the Sunrisers or the desperate plunge of the Supergiants.
Rising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, Saurabh Tiwary, MS Dhoni(Wicketkeeper and Captain), Thisara Perera, George Bailey, Rajat Bhatia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Ashok Dinda, RP Singh
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha(Wicketkeeper), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran, Ashish Nehra, Mustafizur Rahman