Rising Pune Supergiant’s wait to qualify for the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs continued after the visitors went down to a disciplined Delhi Daredevils by seven runs in a league contest at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Friday.

Placed at third in the standings after eight wins from 13 games, Pune will now need to win their final league game against fifth-placed Kings XI Punjab to qualify for the play-offs. Delhi, despite their two back to back wins, is placed sixth and out of the race to the play-offs.

Chasing 169, Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary raised the hopes of the visitors with a 45-ball 60, laced with five boundaries and three sixes before finding themselves seven runs short in the end. Skipper Zaheer Khan gave Delhi a stunning start by picking Ajinkya Rahane for a duck off the very first ball of the innings before packing back the in-form Rahul Tripathi (7) in his third over.

With the visitors finding themselves at a precarious 36/2, skipper Steve Smith (38) provided some resistance, raising a 38-run third wicket stand with Tiwary.

Smith looked in great touch in the middle, slamming Shahbaz Nadeem for three consecutive boundaries, including a flat six before the left-arm spinner trapped him plumb on the first ball after the strategic time-out.

Reeling at 74/3, all-rounder Ben Stokes (33) provided some momentum to the chase, adding 51 runs for the fourth wicket with Tiwary, who by now had got two lives, once on 34 when he was dropped by Sanju Samson and then on 40, dropped by Karun Nair.

Coming in at the fall of Smith, the Englishman slammed three fours and two massive sixes during his 25-ball stay, which was cut short by pacer Mohammed Shami off a low full toss, which Corey Anderson latched on comfortably. Shami then jolted the visitors with a brilliant direct-hit at the bowler’s end to dismiss Mahendra Singh Dhoni for a run-a-ball (5) before trapping Daniel Christian (3) to further dent their hopes.

With 25 required off the final over, Tiwary slammed Pat Cummins for two consecutive sixes to bring up his half-century before the Australian came back strongly to dismiss the Bengal right-hander in the final ball.

Earlier, Nair’s 45-ball (64), laced with nine hits to the fence, helped Delhi recover from a precarious position after the visitors had reduced the home side to 9/2 in three overs. Electing to bat after calling the toss correctly, Daredevils were off to a disastrous start, losing the key wickets of opener Sanju Samson (2) and one down Shreyas Iyer (3) cheaply.

Nair and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (36) then steadied the ship with a 74-run third wicket stand as the right-left combo took the attack to the opposition in no time.

The first three overs yielded only 11 runs for Delhi before Nair started the onslaught slamming Washington Sundar and Ben Stokes for five boundaries in two overs.

Pant wasn’t left too far behind, slapping Sundar for a flat six over midwicket before milking Shardul Thakur for three boundaries as Delhi got back the momentum to yield 62 runs in the next five overs.

Later on, West Indian Marlon Samuels (27) added 34 runs for the fifth wicket with Nair before stumper Mahendra Singh Dhoni plucked off a stunning catch off Christian to pack back the Caribbean batsman.

Despite losing his partners at the other end, Nair, who had faced 37 balls by then completed his half-century and together with Amit Mishra (11 not out) added a quickfire 22 for the seventh wicket to help Delhi go past the 150-run mark. (IANS Match Report)

Ball-by-ball highlight of the match between Delhi Daredevils and Rising Pune Supergiant

 

 

11: 42 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, RPS 161/7. Delhi Daredevils win by 7 runs

19.6: WICKET! Manoj Tiwary is clean bowled

19.5: FOUR! Tiwary gets an inside edge off the fast yorker from Cummins to third man boundary

19.4: Tiwary plays to short fine leg, cannot find the gap. No run

19.3: Tiwary plays a dot. Rising Pune Supergiant need 12 runs in 3 balls

19.3: WIDE! Cummins drifting to leg side

19.2: SIX! Tiwary gets under the ball to send it over deep extra cover boundary

19.1: Cummins to bowl the last over, Tiwary gets a SIX over backward square leg

11: 37 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, RPS 144/6. Rising Pune Supergiant need 25 runs in 6 balls

18.6: Sundar takes 2 of the last ball

18.5: Sundar takes 2 runs between midwicket and long on

18.4: Tiwary takes a single to mid on

18.3: W Sundar gets off the mark with a single to cover

18.2: WICKET! Dan Christian is given Lbw, Shami strike. RPS 138/6

18.1: Shami into the attack, starts with a couple to Christian to long on

11: 31 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, RPS 136/5

17.6: Tiwary plays a dot

17.5: Christian takes a singel to short third man

17.4: Tiwary takes a single to square leg

17.3: WICKET! Dhoni is run out by Shami; what a wicket that

17.2: Dhoni takes a couple to backward square leg

17.1: Pat Cummins into the attack, starts with a single to Tiwary to short fine leg

11: 22 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, RPS 126/4. Rising Pune Supergiant need 43 runs in 24 balls

15.6: Tiwary takes a single off the last ball

15.5: Tiwary plays a dot to point

15.4: WICKET! Ben Stokes 33(25) gets inside the ball but did not time it well, a very good catch by Corey Anderson in the deep. RPS 125/4

15.3: Stokes plays a dot; good yorker by Shami

15.3: WIDE! Shami under pressure

15.2: SIX! Stokes digs the full length ball over backward square boundary

15.1: Shami into the attack, starts with a single to Tiwary to off side

11: 14 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, RPS 117/3

14.6: Tiwary takes a  single to backward point

14.5: Stokes takes a single to extra cover

14.4: DROPPED! Tiwary gets an outside edge and ball flies to orbit, Karun Nair drops a sitter at cover point; 1 run in the end

14.3: Stokes takes a single; good yorker from Zaheer

14.2: Tiwary drives the ball to square of the wicket for a single

14.1: Zaheer Khan back into the attack, starts with a single to Stokes to long on

11: 09 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, RPS 111/3

13.6: FOUR! Tiwary scoops the ball past short fine leg 

13.5: Stokes punches the ball to long off for a single

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

13.3: SIX! Stokes plays against the spin to send the ball over long on boundary

13.2: Stokes plays a dot

13.1: Marlon Samuels into the attack, starts with a single to mid wicket for a single; HUNDRED for Pune Supergiant

11: 02 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, RPS 99/3. Rising Pune Supergiant need 70 runs in 42 balls

12.6: Stokes takes a couple to deep extra cover

12.5: Stokes plays to point for no run 

12.4: Dot ball to Stokes

12.3: FOUR! Stokes comes down the pitch and pulls the short ball to deep mid wicket boundary

12.2: Play and a miss for Stokes, ball goes past the edge; pace from Cummins

12.1: Cummins continues, starts with a single to square of the wicket to Tiwary

10: 58 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, RPS 92/3

11.6: FOUR! Stokes gets the thick outside edge, ball flies over first slip to third man boundary

11.5: Tiwary drives to long off for a single

11.4: Tiwary plays a dot

11.3: Stokes takes a quick single to cover

11.2: Tiwary reaches to the pitch of the ball to drive the ball to sweeper cover for a single

11.1: Mishra into the attack, starts with a single to Stokes to long off

10: 54 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, RPS 84/3

10.6: Stokes takes a single to long off

10.5: Stokes plays a dot

10.4: Tiwary drives the ball to square of the wicket for a single

10.3: FOUR! Tiwary picks the short ball from Cummins to get a boundary to deep mid wicket

10.2: Swing and a miss for Tiwary; Cummins beats him with pace

10.1: Pat Cummins into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Tiwary

10: 49 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, RPS 78/3

9.6: Stokes plays another dot to end the over

9.5: Stokes plays a dot

9.4: Ben Stokes gets the inside edge and ball races to third man boundary for FOUR; Stokes off the mark

9.3: Stokes plays another dot

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

9.1: WICKET! Nadeem strikes with his first ball after the strategic break, Steve Smith is given Lbw. RPS 74/3

10: 42 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, RPS 74/2. Rising Pune Supergiant need 95 runs in 66 balls

8.6: Smith takes a single off the last over; will retain the strike

8.5: Smith plays another dot; good bounce from Mishra

8.4: Smith plays a dot

8.3: Tiwary takes a single to sweeper cover

8.2: SIX! Tiwary comes down the track to send the ball over deep mid wicket boundary for a maximum

8.1: Mishra continues, starts with a single to Smith to backward square leg

10: 37 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, RPS 65/2

7.6: Tiwary plays another dot

7.5: Tiwary plays a dot

7.4: Smith pushes the ball to long on for a single

7.3: Tiwary cuts to deep cover point for a single

7.2: Tiwary pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

7.1: Nadeem into the attack, starts with a single to Smith to long off

10: 34 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, RPS 62/2

6.6: Smith takes a single to square leg

6.5: Tiwary takes a single to mid wicket

6.4: FOUR! Tiwary sweeps to backward square leg

6.3: Smith cuts the ball to sweeper cover for a single

6.2: Smith plays a dot; turn for Mishra

6.2: WIDE!

6.1: Amit Mishra into the attack, starts with a single to Tiwary to mid wicket

10: 30 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, RPS 53/2. End of Power Play

5.6: Tiwary takes a single to long on

5.5: FOUR! Tiwary plays on the up to send the ball to sweeper cover boundary; two in a row

5.4: FOUR! Tiwary punches the rising delivery for Shami to point boundary

5.3: Tiwary plays a dot

5.2: Smith flicks the ball to mid wicket for a single

5.2: WIDE! Shami drifts to leg side

5.1: Shami in the attack, starts with a single to Tiwary to gully

10: 24 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, RPS 41/2

4.6: Smith takes 2 runs to end the over

4.5: Tiwary takes a single to on side

4.4: Smith takes a single to square leg

4.3: Smith pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

4.2: Manoj Tiwary is the new batsman, gets off the mark with a single to cover

4.1: WICKET! Slow ball from Zaheer and Rahul Tripathi 7(6) edges to wicket keeper Rishab Pant for an easy catch. RPS 36/2

10: 19 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, RPS 36/1

3.6: Dot to end the over for Nadeem

3.5: FOUR! Smith plays very late and cuts the ball to  deep backward point

3.4: SIX! Smith plays inside out over long off boundary for a maximum

3.3: FOUR! Smith Waits the ball to turn and cuts it to square of the wicket boundary

3.2: Smith plays a dot; turn and bounce to Nadeem

3.1: Nadeem into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Smith

10: 15 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, RPS 22/1

2.6: Smith takes a single to backward square leg

2.5: Tripathi flicks to mid wicket for a single

2.4: Smith flicks the ball off the pads to fine leg for a single

2.3: Smith plays a dot ball to  short cover

2.2: Smith plays a dot; movement off the pitch for Zaheer

2.1: Zaheer continues, Tripathi walks down the wicket to push the ball to mid wicket for a single

10: 10 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, RPS 18/1

1.6: Smith ends the over with a dot; very well directed bouncer from Shami

1.5: Smith plays a dot

1.4: FOUR! Smith drives through line to extra cover boundary

1.3: Tripathi drives on the up to short cover for a single

1.2: Smith takes a single to fine leg

1.1: Mohammed Shami into the attack, starts with 2 runs to Smith to fine leg

10: 04 PM IST | 1 over bowled, RPS 10/1

0.6: Tripathi plays a dot off the last ball

0.5: Rahul Tripathi gets off the mark with a FOUR to deep mid wicket

0.4: Smith flicks to backward square leg for a single

0.3: Steve Smith gets off the mark with a handsome FOUR to extra cover

0.2: Steve Smith is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

0.1: WIDE!

0.1: Zaheer Khan to start the bowling attack for Delhi Daredevils, begins with a perfectly good length ball to dislodge the stumps of Ajinkya  Rahane. RPS 0/1

09: 58 PM IST | The Chase Begins! Rising Pune Supergiant openers Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi is in the middle

09: 44 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, DD 168/8

19.6: Mishra takes a couple to third man off the last ball

19.5: WICKET! Shami 2(4) wanted to go big and almost got it. Ben Stokes takes an absolutely brilliant catch at deep mid wicket. DD 166/8

19.4: DROPPED! W Sundar trips at third man, Shami gets two runs

19.3: Another dot ball to Shami

19.2: Mohammed Shami plays a dot

19.1: Unadkat to bowl the last over, starts with a single to Mishra to third man

09: 38 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, DD 163/7

18.6: Single of the last ball, Leg Byes; Mishra retains strike

18.5: WICKET! Karun Nair 64(45) gets a top edge and Unadkat takes a ripper at fine leg; Pressure from Stokes paysDD 162/7

18.4: Another dot ball to Nair

18.3: Nair pushes the ball back to Stokes, no run

18.2: Mishra plays to on side for a single; Nair comes to the strike

18.2: WIDE!

18.1: Ben Stokes into the attack, starts with dot ball to Mishra

09: 30 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, DD 160/6

17.6: Nair finishes the over with FOUR to deep mid wicket

17.5: Mishra takes a single to short fine leg

17.4: SIX! Mishra picks the slow off cutter from Unadkat over long on for maximum

17.3: Nair gets 3 runs to deep mid wicket

17.2: FOUR! Nair cuts the ball to sweeper cover boundary

17.1: Undakat into the attack, Mishra takes a single

09: 26 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, DD 141/6

16.6: Amit Mishra gets off the mark with a single to extra cover

16.5: WICKET! Ben Stokes has the last word as he rattles the middle wicket of Pat Cummins 11(6) with a perfect yorker. DD 140/6

16.4: SIX! Cummins lofts the ball over deep mid wicket for a maximum

16.3: Nair takes a singel to short third man

16.2: Cummins gets a thin outside edge to third man for a single

16.2: WIDE!

16.1: Ben Stokes into the attack, Cummins opens the face of the bat to guide the ball to third man for 2 runs

09: 20 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, DD 129/5

15.6: Nair takes a single, will retain strike

15.5: Cummins takes a single to on side

15.4: Nair flicks the ball to square leg for a single; FIFTY for Karun Nair

15.3: Pat Cummins is the new batsman, starts with a single to cover point

15.2: WICKET! Corey Anderson 3(5) departs; Dhoni took off those wickets in a flash. DD 124/5

15.1: W Sundar into the attack, Nair takes a single to backward square leg

09: 14 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, DD 123/4

14.6: Nair takes a single to long off 

14.5: Anderson goes back into his crease to take a single to mid on

14.4: Another dot ball to Anderson

14.3: Anderson plays a dot; turn for Adam Zampa

14.3: WIDE!

14.2: WICKET-Almost! Corey Anderson wanted two runs as he cuts the ball to backward point. Appeal for run-out, replay shows he is safe. 2 runs in the end and Anderson gets off the mark

14.1: Zampa into the attack, starts with a single to off side

09: 07 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, DD 117/4

13.6: WICKET! Samuels 27(21) knicks the short ball and Dhoni takes a blinder behind stumps

13.5: Nair guides the ball to third man for a single

13.4: Samuels takes a single to deep mid wicket; Dan Christian is bowling a lot short tonight

13.3: FOUR! Samuels cuts the half tracker from Christian to square of the wicket boundary

13.2: Nair pulls the short ball to deep mid wicket for a single

13.1: Dan Christian into the attack, starts with a single to Samuels to square of the wicket

09: 02 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, DD 109/3

12.6: Nair plays a dot to point

12.5: Samuels drives off the backfoot to long off for a single

12.4: Nair drives the low full toss from Zampa to long off for a single

12.3: Samuels takes a single to long off

12.2: Samuels plays a dot

12.1: Zampa into the attack, starts with a single to Nair to short fine leg

08: 59 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, DD 105/3

11.6: SIX! Samuel picks the full length ball and sends it over long on boundary

11.5: SIX! Samuels breaks the shackles with a maximum to fine leg; top edge

11.4: Samuels takes another 2 runs to deep mid wicket

11.3: Width offered by Thakur, Samuels cuts to sweeper cover for 2 runs

11.2: Another dot ball to Samuels; he is under pressure

11.1: Thakur into the attack, Samuels plays a dot

08: 55 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, DD 89/3

10.6: Samuels takes a single to mid wicket off the last ball

10.5: Three dots in a row; good bowling by Ben Stokes

10.4: Another dot ball to Samuels

10.3: Samuels plays a dot

10.3: WIDE! Ben Stokes drifts to leg side

10.2: Nair takes a single to mid on

10.1: Ben Stokes into the attack, starts with a single to Samuels to short square leg

08: 49 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, DD 85/3

9.6: Nair plays a dot to end the over

9.5: Another dot to Nair; good bowling by Sundar

9.4: Nair plays a dot

9.3: Marlon Samuels gets off teh mark with a single to sweper cover

9.2: Samuels playa s dot

9.1: W Sundar back into the attack, Nair takes a single to square leg

08: 46 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, DD 83/3

8.6: Dot ball to end the over

8.5: WICKET! Rishab Pant 36(22) wanted to go for a maximum again, the ball goes straight to Dan Christian fielding at long on; Zampa gets his man. DD 83/3

8.4: SIX! Rishab Pant gets  on one knee and thumps the googly by Zampa over deep mid wicket for a maximum

8.3: Pant plays another dot

8.2: Pant plays a dot; good googly from Zampa

8.1: Zampa into the attack, lands a half tracker and Pant hits along the ground to mid wicket boundary for FOUR

08: 39 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, DD 73/2

7.6: Nair pulls the slow delivery to deep mid wicket for 2 run 

7.5: FOUR! A fraction short and wide by Christian, Nair cuts to backward point boundary

7.4: Pant pulls the full length delivery to mid on for a single

7.3: Nair takes a single to third man

7.2: Pant pushes the ball to short third man for a single

7.1: Dan Christian into the attack, Nair flicks to deep square leg for a single

08: 34 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, DD 63/2

6.6: Nair takes a single to point off the last ball

6.5: FOUR! Width on offer outside off stump, Nair cuts the ball to backward point boundary

6.4: Pant takes a single to long off

6.3: Pant sweeps the tossed up ball from Zampa to backward square leg for 2 runs

6.2: Nair takes a single to mid wicket

6.1: Adam Zampa into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Nair

08: 30 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, DD 54/2. End of Power Play

5.6: Pant plays a dot to end the over

5.5: FOUR! Thakur drifts to the pads of Rishab Pant who flicks to fine leg boundary; second time in this over

5.4: Leg Byes (1 run)

5.3: Pant takes a single to backward point

5.2: FOUR! Pant flicks the ball into his pads to fine leg boundary; feather touch by Rishab Pant

5.1: FOUR! Rishab Pant welcomes Thakur with a handsome straight drive to the boundary

08: 24 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, DD 40/2

4.6: FOUR! Nair lofts in the air to mid wicket and a similar result again

4.5: FOUR! Nair  picks the short ball and dispatches the ball to mid wicket boundary

4.4: Pant drives, gets an inside edge as the ball goes to short fine leg; 1 run taken

4.3: Pant pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

4.2: Leg byes (1 run), Pant comes to strike

4.1: Ben Stokes into the attack, Nair welcomes him with a FOUR to third man; uses pace and opens the bat at the last moment

08: 21 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, DD 26/2

3.6: SIX! Pant picks the low short ball and pulls it over backward square leg for a maximum

3.5: Pant plays a dot

3.4: Nair chips the ball to mid wicket for a single; Nair on the charge

3.3: FOUR! Nair gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts the ball to mid on boundary

3.2: Nair plays a dot

3.1: Washington Sundar into the attack, Nair goes outside off stump to scoop the ball to fine leg boundary for FOUR!

08: 15 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, DD 11/2

2.6: Pant pushes to point, no run

2.5: Pant plays a dot

2.4: Nair takes a single to short third man

2.3: Rishabh Pant gets off the mark with a single to point

2.2: Rishabh Pant is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

2.1: WICKET! Shreyas Iyer 3(4) knicks the seam up delivery by Unadkat, easy catch for Dhoni behind the stumps. DD 9/2

08: 10 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, DD 9/1

1.6: Nair plays a dot off the last ball

1.5: Shreyas Iyer gets off the mark with 3 runs to deep mid wicket

1.4: Iyer plays another dot

1.3: Shreyas Iyer is the new batsman, starts with a dot

1.2: Nair takes a quick single to point

1.1: Shardul Thakur into the attack, starts with a couple to mid wicket to Nair

08: 05 PM IST | 1 over bowled, DD 3/1

0.6: WICKET! Sanju Samson is run out by Ben Stokes fielding at point 

0.5: Samson takes a single to mid wicket

0.4: Samson plays a dot to cover point

0.3: Karun Nair also gets off the mark with a backfoot punch to square of the wicket for a single

0.2: Samson gets off the mark with a drive off the front foot to sweeper cover

0.1: Jaydev Unadkat to open the bowling attack for Rising Pune Supergiant, begins with a dot ball to Samson

07: 58 PM IST | Match Begins! Delhi Daredevils openers Sanju Samson and Karun Nair are in the middle to start the proceedings. Game on!

07: 45 PM IST | Here is the final playing XI for Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS)

Team Rising Pune Supergiant: Steven Smith (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni (w), Daniel Christian, Manoj Tiwary, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa

Team Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (c), Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant (w), Shreyas Iyer, Marlon Samuels, Corey Anderson, Shahbaz Nadeem, Pat Cummins, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra

 

 

07: 30 PM IST | Toss Time! Delhi Daredevils Captain Zaheer Khan has won the toss and decided to bat first against Rising Pune Supergiant at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in the capital.

07: 25 PM IST | PURVIEW!

Rising Super Giant has had a reversal of fortunes from their last IPL edition debacle where they left bottom placed as the season ended.

RPS will come to Feroz Shah Kotla Ground with four back-to-back wins and an ambition for the playoffs. There is no reason why they will not want to play their best tonight.

Delhi Daredevils has suffered the backlash due to their inconsistent run so far. A win tonight will make them the spoilsport for Pune, but heroes back home for Delhi supporters.

 

For a short closure, it will be ‘no holds barred’ tonight in the capital.

 

07: 20 PM IST | THE HOST!

Delhi Daredevils come into the match tonight after beating Gujarat Lions in a successful run chase in Kanpur — won by 2 wickets while chasing 195 runs, courtesy Shreyas Iyer’s brilliant 96(57).

Delhi Daredevils has chased 200+ in this IPL tournament the and yet they find themselves languishing in the bottom half of the IPL points table. The team has been marred with inconsistency and that is precisely why — the downfall.

The top four of DD — Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant — have together scored 1163 runs in this IPL so far. The numbers could have meant a different fate for Daredevils if their batsmen could have fired together.

Dravid must have laid down the game plan to the batsmen — play freely and back your talent. Mostly, not every ball needs to go out of the park; therefore, controlled aggression.

The responsibility of the bowling attack lies with skipper Zaheer Khan who will be required to marshal his resources wisely against the batting stalwarts of RPS.

07: 10 PM IST | THE OPPONENTS!

With an eye to getting to the top two spots before the elimination begins Rising Pune Supergiant come to this game after a break of good four days.

The last time they came to the field was against the defending IPL champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and defended a meager total of 148 runs with scintillating performances by their bowlers — J Unadkat returned with the astounding figures of 5 wickets in 4 overs.

While Rahul Tripathi — 353 runs in 10 matches — has already caught everyone’s attention with his free flowing striking of the ball, Ajinkya Rahane — 248 runs in 12 matches — on the other hand, is yet to be consistent in the series. The duo needs to stick around for longer haul and not give away their wicket while trying to accelerate the inning without a game plan.

MS Dhoni has looked a little vulnerable against the leg spinners in the tournament. Zaheer will be aware of the fact and might start with Amit Mishra as soon as Dhoni comes to the crease.

RPS bowlers are having a good run so far in the tournament.

Jaidev Unadkat — 17 wickets in 8 matches — will have to lead the bowling attack along with Shardul Thakur, Dan Christian and Washington Sundar who all have been fairly disciplined as well.

Pune Supergiant captain Steve Smith will have to use his troops wisely against the young batting side of Delhi who will resist at nothing from playing the attacking cricket against the bowlers of all sorts.

07: 00 PM IST | Hello and a very warm welcome to our live IPL blog for Match 52 of the 2017 Vivo IPL between Delhi Daredevils and Rising Pune Supergiant slated to be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in the capital.

First Published | 12 May 2017 6:50 PM
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