Ben Stokes smashed a quick-fire century to guide Rising Pune Supergiant to a five-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions in Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Monday.

Electing to field first on winning the toss, Pune dismissed the visitors for 161 runs in 19.5 overs but chasing the target, initially made heavy weather of their chase before reaching it with one ball left.

Stokes played a starring role, plundering 103 runs off just 63 balls producing seven boundaries and six hits into the stands along the way.

Pacers Basil Thampi and Pradeep Sangwan bowled well for the visitors, returning figures of 2/35 and 2/38 respectively.

Young leg-spinner Ankit Soni also bowled well, conceding just 16 runs in his four overs although he was unlucky not to get a wicket.

Pune were off to a shaky start, losing three wickets in the first two overs.

Sangwan struck the first blows for Gujarat, sending back Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith in the opening over, while Thampi trapped Manoj Tiwary leg before in the next over with a faster delivery pitched on a fuller length, which surprised the right-hander by the extra pace.

Rahul Tripathy and Stokes then got together and attempted to bring the innings back on track with a 32-run stand which came off 24 balls.

But the partnership was broken thanks to an accurate direct hit by Aaron Finch which caught Tripathy short of the his crease.

Stokes had pushed a James Faulkner delivery towards long-on and completed the first run comfortably. But attempting a second run proved to be disastrous as Finch produced some superb fielding to hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end.

Stokes was then involved in another crucial stand with Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the duo added 76 runs between them off 64 balls to take Pune to a comfortable position.

Thampi brought the partnership to an end with a back of the hand slower ball which Dhoni hit into the hands of Brendon McCullum at long-off.

However, Daniel Christian joined Stokes in the middle and the duo proceeded to carry Pune across the line.

Pune thus bolstered their claim to a play-off spot, as they strengthened their grip on the fourth spot with 12 points from 10 matches.

Gujarat are at the sixth place on the eight-team table with six points from 10 matches.

Earlier, leg-spinner Imran Tahir (3/27) and medium pacer Jaydev Unadkat (3/29) starred for Pune as they bowled out Gujarat Lions for a moderate total.

Gujarat got a very good start, with McCullum (45) and Ishan Kishan (31) putting up a 55-run stand for the opening wicket in six overs.

But Tahir’s smart bowling, coupled with some reckless batting from the visitors, meant that Gujarat needed Dinesh Karthik’s damage control effort of 29 to reach 161.

Jharkhand teenager Ishan was particularly impressive, showing his stroke-making skills after a quiet first three overs. McCullum too matched him shot-by-shot.

Tahir broke the stand as Ishan was caught by Washington Sundar at short third man. Suresh Raina (8) too perished soon, falling short of attempting a double of his own batting as Ajinkya Rahane threw to wicket-keeper Dhoni to get rid of the visiting captain, with Gujarat at 71/2 in eight overs.

South African Tahir continued his fine bowling as he sent back Aaron Finch and Dwayne Smith in successive deliveries in the 10th over, as Gujarat were reduced to 94/4. While Finch gave a return catch, Smith was undone by a googly as he swung his bat.

McCullum, who saw all the wickets crumbling in front of him, was the next one to go, after being caught by Rahane at extra cover off Shardul Thakur’s bowling, as Gujarat lost their fifth wicket for 109 in 11.5 overs. It was a reckless shot from the New Zealander, who should not have taken the risk at that point of time.

Later, Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja (19 off 12) tried their best to take Gujarat past 160.

Unadkat’s three-wicket haul at the death ensured that Pune kept things under control as the left-armer accounted for Jadeja, James Faulkner (6) and Pradeep Sangwan (1). (IANS Match Report)

Ball-by-ball highlight of the match between Rising Pune Supergiant vs Gujarat Lions

 

11: 25 PM IST | RPS 167/5. Rising Pune Supergiant win by 5 wickets. What a gem of an inning by Ben Stokes

19.5: Christian lands the ball over deep mid wicket for SIX!

19.4: Stokes punches to long off for a single. SCORES TIED

19.3: Christian cuts to sweeper cover for a single. Stokes back to strike

19.2: Leg byes (1 run), Stokes off the strike

19.1: Faulkner to bowl the last over, Stokes starts with FOUR to sweeper cover. HUNDRED for Ben Stokes

11: 25 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, RPS 154/5. Rising Pune Supergiant need 8 runs in 06 balls

18.6: Stokes takes a single to square of the wicket

18.5: SIX! Stokes launches the ball over long off 

18.4: Christian takes a single to mid wicket, Stokes back to strike

18.3: Stokes slams the ball to long off for a single

18.2: Stokes takes a ceouple to deep mid wicket

18.1: Thampi starts the first ball with a low full toss, Stokes gets a SIX over long on

11: 19 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, RPS 137/5.

17.6: Stokes takes a single off the last ball

17.5: Stokes gets 2 runs to deep mid wicket

17.4: Christian takes a single to long off 

17.3: FOUR! Christian uses t pace of the ball to sends the ball to deep backward point boundary

17.2: Christian picks 2 runs to mid on

17.1: Sangwan into the attack, single to Stokes. Good yorker

11: 14 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, RPS 126/5. Rising Pune Supergiant need 36 runs in 18 balls

16.6: Stokes takes a single off the last ball, will retain strike

16.5: FOUR! Stokes goes straight down the wicket

16.4: Christian takes a single to short fine leg

16.3: Stokes takes a single to long on

16.2: Christian gets off the mark with a single

16.1: WICKET! Thampi strikes, MS Dhoni 26(33) departs at long off. McCullum will not drop that one. RPS 118/5

11: 07 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, RPS 118/4. Rising Pune Supergiant need 44 runs in 24 balls

15.6: Dhoni drives to long off for a single

15.5: Stokes flicks off the pads for 1 run to mid wicket

15.4: Stokes hits straight down the wicket, 2 quick runs

15.3: FOUR! Stokes lofts it to deep extra cover boundary

15.2: SIX! Stokes picks the short of a length ball and sends the ball over long on

15.1: Leg byes (1 run). Dhoni off the strike

15.1: B Smith into the attack, starts with a WIDE ball

11: 03 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, RPS 102/4. Rising Pune Supergiant need 60 runs in 30 balls

14.6: Dhoni flicks top mid wicket for a single, he retains strike

14.5: Stokes cuts to deep extra cover for a single

14.4: Dhoni cuts to point for a single

14.3: Dhoni flicks the ball to backward square leg for 2 runs

14.2: SIX! Short ball put away by Dhoni to deep mid wicket

14.1: Faulkner into the attack, Stokes takes a single to mid wicket

10: 57 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, RPS 90/4

13.6: Stokes takes a single to long on

13.5: Dhoni takes a single to long on

13.4: Another dot to Dhoni

13.3: Dhoni plays a dot

13.2: Stokes takes a single to mid on

13.1: Smith into the attack, starts with a dot to Stokes

10: 53 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, RPS 87/4

12.6: Dhoni plays a dot. End of Soni’s 4 overs

12.5: Dhoni pulls to deep square leg for 2 runs

12.4: Dhoni plays back to the bowler, another dot

12.3: WIDE!

12.3: Dhoni pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

12.2: Dhoni drives between extra cover and long off for 2 runs

12.1: Soni into the attack, Dhoni picks 2 runs to deep backward point

10: 50 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, RPS 80/4

11.6: FOUR! Stokes sends the ball to deep backward point boundary

11.5: Byes (1 run), Stokes back to strike

11.4: Stokes pushes the ball to long off for a single 

11.3: Dhoni takes a single to deep mid wicket

11.2: Dhoni plays to point for a single

11.1: Dwayne Smith into the attack, Stokes takes a single to mid wicket. FIFTY for ben Stokes

10: 46 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, RPS 72/4

10.6: Stokes takes a single of the last ball

10.5: Dhoni takes a single

10.4: Stokes pushes to long off for a single

10.3: Leg byes (1 run), Dhoni off the strike

10.2: Stokes switch hits and gets a single to square of the wicket

10.1: Soni continues, starts with a dot ball to Stokes

10: 43 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, RPS 67/4

9.6: Stokes takes a single to sweeper cover

9.5: Stokes drives to long off for 2 runs

9.4: Stokes plays back to Jadeja for a dot

9.3: SIX! Stokes goes again, another maximum to mid wicket

9.2: SIX! Stokes gets on one knee and lofts Jadeja over deep mid wicket boundary for a maximum. That will release some pressure

9.1: Jadeja continues, Stokes pushes back to the bowler for a dot ball

10: 39 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, RPS 52/4

8.6: Dhoni pushes back to the bowler for another dot ball

8.5: Dhoni plays another dot ball

8.4: Stokes plays off the back foot for a single to mid wicket

8.3: Stokes is beaten outside off stump, no run

8.2: Stokes cannot thread the gap, dot ball

8.1: Soni continues, starts with a dot ball to Stokes

10: 36 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, RPS 51/4

7.6: Dot to finish te over

7.5: Dhoni plays another dot ball, good bowling by Jadeja

7.4: Another dot ball to Dhoni

7.3: Dhoni pushes the ball back to Jadeja, another dot ball

7.2: Dhoni plays a dot

7.1: Jadeja into the attack, starts with a FOUR to Dhoni to deep extra cover

10: 33 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, RPS 47/4

6.6: Dhoni gets off the mark with a single

6.5: Dhoni plays another dot

6.4: Dhoni plays a dot, good tossed up ball by Soni

6.3: MS Dhoni is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

6.2: Stokes drives the flighted delivery by Soni to long off for a single

6.1: Soni into the attack, outside edge off Stokes; 2 runs to third man

10: 27 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, RPS 43/4. End of Power Play

5.6: Stokes plays a dot to end the over

5.5: Stokes pushes back to bowler, no run

5.4: Stokes plays a dot

5.3: WICKET! Rahul Tripathi 6(7) is run out. RPS 42/4

5.2: FOUR! Width offered, Stokes cuts to  deep extra cover boundary

5.1: Faulkner into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Stokes

10: 21 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, RPS 37/3

4.6: Tripathi plays a dot to end the over

4.5: Tripathi plays to point, no run 

4.4: FOUR! Tripathi punches the ball on the rise to square of the wicket

4.3: Stokes slashes hard, takes an outside edge. Ball races to third man fielder. 1 run to Stokes

4.2: SIX! Slow and short, Stokes pulls over backward square leg for a maximum  

4.1: Sangwan into the attack, Stokes takes 2 runs to third man

10: 16 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, RPS 24/3

3.6: Stokes takes a quick single off the last ball

3.5: Tripathi plays to short fine leg for a single

3.4: Tripathi plays a dot. Pune under pressure

3.3: Stokes takes a single to mid wicket

3.2: Stokes plays a dot

3.1: Thampi into the attack, Stokes pulls the short ball to deep mid wicket boundary for FOUR

10: 12 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, RPS 17/3

2.6: Tripathi plays a dot

2.5: Stokes takes a single to mid wicket

2.5: WIDE! Some serious pace of the deck

2.4: Stokes pushes the ball to short mid on, no run

2.3: Stokes plays a dot ball

2.2: FOUR! Stokes plays straight drive like an exhibition

2.1: Sangwan continues, starts with a dot to Stokes

10: 07 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, RPS 11/3

1.6: Stokes gets off a mark with a single to backward square leg

1.5: Stokes pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

1.4: Ben Stokes is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

1.3: WICKET! Manoj Tiwary is caught Lbw. Pune in deep trouble

1.3: WIDE!

1.2: Manoj Tiwary is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

1.1: Thampi into the attack, Tripathi gets off the mark with a single to third man

10: 02 PM IST | 1 over bowled, RPS 8/2. 

0.6: WICKET! Good bouncer by Sangwan, Smith hands an easy catch to short fine leg

0.5: Steve Smith flicks to deep mid wicket to get off the mark

0.4: WICKET! Rahane is caught Lbw. RPS 4/1

0.3: Dot ball to Rahane

0.2: FOUR! Rahane steers the ball to fine leg boundary

0.1: Sangwan to start the bowling for Gujarat, begins with a dot ball to Rahane

09: 57 PM IST | RPS openers Rahane and Tripathi are in the middle

09: 41 PM IST | GL is bowled out for 161

19.5: WICKET! Thampi is bowled. 

19.4: WICKET! Dinesh Karthik 29(26) is run out, Dhoni hits the stump. GL 161/9

19.3: Leg byes (1 run), Karthik off the strike

19.2: FOUR! Switch hit from Karthik, he gets the ball to deep backward point boundary 

19.1: Unadkat to bowl the last over, Thampi takes a single to backward square leg

09: 36 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, GL 155/8

18.6: Dot to end the over

18.5: FOUR! a fraction short and Karthik sends the ball to deep square leg boundary

18.4: Karthik takes 2 runs to mid wicket

18.3: Thampi takes a single to short mid wicket

18.2: Another dot ball to Thampi

18.1: Stokes into the attack, starts with a dot to new batsman Thampi

09: 33 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, GL 148/8

17.6: Karthik plays a dot to end the over

17.5: WICKET! Sangwan lofts the ball straight in the air and a simple catch to Tripathi. Change of pace doing the damage again

17.4: Karthik pushes the ball to long on for a single

17.3: Pradeep Sangwan gets off the mark with a single to square of the wicket

17.2: WICKET! Faulkner is caught by Manoj Tiwary at short cover. GL 146/7

17.1: Unadkat into the attack, dot ball to Faulkner

09: 18 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, GL 140/6

15.6: Karthik takes a single to long on

15.5: Faulkner takes a single to  backward square leg

15.4: Karthik takes a single to sweeper cover

15.3: Faulkner gets off the mark with a single to long on

15.2: Karthik takes a single to long on

15.1: Hat-Trick ball by Tahir, Karthik plays a dot

09: 15 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, GL 128/5

14.6: WICKET! Jadeja 19(12) tries to pull the short ball from Christain, hands a simple catch to short fine leg fielder Unadkat

14.5: Karthik takes a single to deep square leg

14.4: Jadeja drives to sweeper cover for a single

14.3: Jadeja pushes to short mid wicket for 2 runs

14.2: Karthik pulls to deep mid wicket for a single. That was a slow off cutter from Christian

14.1: Christian into the attack, Karthik places the ball to sweeper cover for 2 runs

09: 09 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, GL 128/5

13.6: Jadeja plays a dot to finish the over

13.5: Jadeja pushes back to the bowler, no run

13.4: FOUR! Thakur drifts to the pads, Jadeja flicks to fine leg boundary

13.3: Leg byes (1 run), Karthik rotates the strike

13.2: Jadeja drives, gets outside edge and ball goes to backward point for a single

13.1: Thakur into the attack, Karthik takes a single to point

08: 05 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, GL 121/5

12.6: FOUR! Jadeja pulls the short ball to deep mid wicket boundary

12.5: Jadeja plays a dot

12.4: FOUR! Jadeja plays over the bowlers head for a straight boundary

12.3: Jadeja cuts to third man for 2 runs

12.2: Karthik plays to short fine leg for a single

12.1: Stokes continues, Jadeja gets off the mark with a single to mid on

08: 01 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, GL 109/5

11.6: Karthik plays a dot

11.5: WICKET! Thick outside edge, McCullum 45(27) lofts the ball to backward point boundary fielder Rahane

11.4: Karthik takes a single to deep square leg

11.3: FOUR! Karthik drives to sweeper cover boundary

11.2: Karthik gets two runs to third man

11.1: Thakur into the attack, starts with a single to McCullum

07: 55 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, GL 101/4

10.6: Karthik plays a dot off the last ball

10.5: BYES (1 run). A Very well directed short bouncer hits McCullum

10.4: Dinesh Karthik is the new batsman, starts with a single to third man. HUNDRED up for Gujarat Lions

10.3: McCullum cuts to sweeper cover for a single

10.2: McCullum plays a dot

10.1: Ben Stokes back into the attack, McCullum gets an outside edge and the ball races to third man boundary fo FOUR

07: 49 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, GL 94/4

9.6: WICKET! Dwane Smith is bowled by Tahir for a duck

9.5: WICKET! A leading edge off Finch and a simple catch to Tahir off his own bowling. GL 94/3

9.4: McCullum slaps the ball to long on for a single

9.3: McCullum plays a dot

9.2: Finch drives to long off for a single

9.1: Tahir into the attack, Finch picks the wrong one over deep mid wicket for SIX!

07: 45 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, GL 86/2

8.6: SIX! McCullum slaps the ball over deep mid wicket

8.5: Finch takes a single to point

8.4: FOUR! Finch lofts the fuller delivery to deep mid wicket

8.3: McCullum takes a single to long on

8.3: Finch takes a single to long on, gets off the mark

8.2: WIDE!

8.1: Christian into the attack, McCullum takes a single to square of the wicket

07: 38 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, GL 71/2

7.6: WICKET! Raina wanted two, Dhoni was quick as ever 

7.5: Raina plays a dot

7.4: McCullum takes a single to long off

7.3: Raina takes a single to long-on

7.2: Raina takes a couple to leg side

7.1: Tahir into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Raina

07: 31 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, GL 66/1

6.6: Raina flicks off the pads for a single to backward square leg

6.5: McCullum takes a quick single to point

6.4: FOUR! McCullum slaps the ball past mid off fielder for boundary

6.4: WIDE! Thakur drifting to leg side

6.3: Raina takes a single to third man

6.2: Suresh Raina gets off the mark with a couple to leg side

6.1: Thakur into the attack, McCullum takes a single to off side

07: 25 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, GL 55/1

5.6: WICKET! Kishan 31(24) goes for the drives, hands an easy catch to short third man fielder Sundar

5.5: Kishan plays a dot

5.4: FOUR! Kishan drives to long off boundary

5.3: FOUR! Kishan sweeps the low full toss to square of the wicket

5.2: Kishan plays a dot

5.1: Imran Tahir into the attack, starts with a single to McCullum to mid wicket

07: 21 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, GL 46/0

4.6: Kishan plays a dot

4.5: Kishan plays a dot, good low full toss by Stokes

4.4: McCullum plays to cover for a single

4.3: SIX! McCullum follows the four with a maximum over mid wicket

4.2: FOUR! McCullum opens the face of the bat, guides the ball to third man boundary

4.1: Ben Stokes into the attack, starts with a good yorker to McCullum. No run

07: 18 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, GL 35/0

3.6: Kishan plays a dot to end the over

3.5: SIX! A fraction short from Sundar, Kishan pull the ball over square leg

3.4: FOUR! thick inside edge and Kishan picks the boundary to fine leg

3.3: Kishan plays a dot, Sundar is bowling very flat

3.2: McCullum takes a single to off side

3.1: Sundar into the attack, starts with a dot ball to McCullum

07: 12 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, GL 24/0

2.6: Kishan plays a dot off the last ball

2.5: SIX! Kishan picks the short ball and sends it over backward square leg for a maximum

2.4: Kishan pulls to long on for 2 runs

2.3: McCullum takes a single to point

2.2: Kishan takes a single to off side

2.1: Unadkat into the attack, starts with 2 runs  to Kishan to backward point

07: 07 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, GL 12/0

1.6: Kishan drives to long on for a single

1.5: Another dot ball

1.4: Sundar drives to short cover, no run

1.3: Three dots in a row to Kishan, good bowling by Sundar

1.2: Another dot ball to Kishan

1.1: W Sundar into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Kishan

08: 04 PM IST | 1 over bowled, GL 11/0

0.6: FOUR! McCullum guides the ball to third man

05: Kishan takes a single to square leg

0.4: McCullum takes a single to leg side

0.3: McCullum plays a dot ball

0.2: McCullum opens his account with a FOUR to covers

0.1: Unadkat to start the bowling attack for Pune. Leg byes (1 run) 

07: 56 PM IST | Ishan Kishan and Brendon McCullum are in the middle to open the innings for Gujarat

07: 30 PM IST | TOSS TIME! Rising Pune Supergiant Captain Steve Smith has won the toss and elected to bowl first against Gujarat Lions.

07: 25 PM IST | The Visitors! Gujarat, who lost to Mumbai Indians in a match decided by super over, are sixth on the points table with three wins from nine games. Their batsmen and bowlers are not clicking at the same match — a problem they must solve as the race for playoffs is hotting up. They need to start firing on all cyclinders in order to get some wins under their belt to join the race for the playoffs.

Australian medium pacer Andrew Tye has been their leading light. With 12 scalps from six games, he is the third highest wicket-taker of this edition so far. Along with him, youngsters Basil Thampi and Nathu Singh are improving, keeping veteran Praveen Kumar on the bench.

First Published | 1 May 2017 7:47 PM
Download English News App and stay updated with all Latest News. For News in English, follow us on