After a win and loss in their first two IPL 2017 matches, Rising Pune Supergiant hosted Delhi Daredevils in Pune on Tuesday. Things didn’t go very well for RPS from the word go with skipper Steven Smith out with injury. At the toss, Ajinkya Rahane opted to bowl first. Put in to bat, DD enjoyed strong hitting courtesy Sanju Samson (102) and a cameo appearance from Chris Morris (38*). With 206 runs to chase, RPS already looked under pressure and none of the batsmen produced the goods needed. In the end, RPS fell 97 runs short.
IPL 2017, RPS vs DD, Updates:
2312 hrs IST: GONE! It’s all over in Pune. Dinda opens the face of the bat and Mishra takes a diving catch after moving from the cover position. RPS are all out for 108 and Delhi Daredevils win by 97 runs
2305 hrs IST: GONE! Samson takes his second catch of the evening. This one is easier to take. Adam Zampa goes for 5 and Amit Mishra takes the ninth wicket of the innings. With that, a strategic time out is taken. RPS need 99 from 27 balls
2259 hrs IST: Looked to be two-in-two for Zak. Karun Nair claimed the catch. Went down low to his left at first slip and takes a blind. Soft decision is out. But the third umpire says not out. Looked to have grounded that
2258 hrs IST: GONE! Deepak Chahar comes charging down to Zaheer but gets a thin edge which is comfortably taken by Pant behind the stumps. Zaheer has a word with Chahar as he walks off
2256 hrs IST: Amit Mishra fails to get a hat-trick. A googly to Zampa and it is not picked but it was going down the leg side
2254 hrs IST: GONE! Rajat Bhatia tries to send the ball soaring over the boundary but ends up hitting it straight to Morris at long-on
2253 hrs IST: SIX, SIX! Deepak Chahar with two massive hits to Pat Cummins and that’s a great end to the over. Sweetly struck
2248 hrs IST: GONE! Amit Mishra takes out the big wicket and a possible difference maker in MS Dhoni. The task was anyways a tough one and it just got a whole lot tougher. Clipped uppishly and it goes straight down the throat of deep midwicket. Nair holds on
2243 hrs IST: Dhoni and Bhatia at the crease for Pune and they have got a couple of boundaries. Pune still have a huge task ahead
2229 hrs IST: WICKET! This is horrible for Pune. Big Ben is gone. Pat Cummins has him caught behind. Tries to play the pull shot off a short delivery but gets the bottom edge and Pant takes another catch
2223 hrs IST: WICKET! Faf du Plessis is gone and Pune are in deep trouble now! That is a good catch from Rishabh Pant. Faf goes for the reverse scoop but the ball hit the surface of the bat and Pant takes a good batch. Pune four down
2219 hrs IST: GONE! Bouncer from Morris and its a quick one that continues to rise on to Tripathi. Tries to pull it but ends up skying it. Nadeem gets underneath and takes the catch. Trouble continues for RPS
2215 hrs IST: Rahul Tripathi in the middle now alongside Faf du Plessis. Tripathi playing his first IPL and the first two balls to him are comfortably dispatched for boundaries.
2213 hrs IST: Things not going well for the home side. Mayank Agarwal goes this time. Zaheer Khan once again. Slower one by Zak and Mayank tries to go over the mid-off fielder but the lack of pace means he ends up chipping it to Morris
2204 hrs IST: GONE! He’s got a hundred and now Samson does the job in the field too. Takes a catch running back and that’s the big wicket in Ajinkya Rahane. Zaheer strikes off the last ball of the over
2201 hrs IST: 10 runs from the first over and 7 in the second. And now comes Zaheer Khan to replace Nadeem
2157 hrs IST: Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane get RPS underway. Shahbaz Nadeem at one end and Pat Cummins at the other
2146 hrs IST: Sanju Samson with the first IPL century and the first this season. He paced his inning well
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2141 hrs IST: Wow what an exhilarating end to the innings. Chris Morris with 38 runs from 9 balls – four fours and three fours. 4, 2, 6, 4, 4, 2, 4, 6, 6 is how it can be summed up. First time Delhi have scored over 200 runs since 2012! Will it produce a win? We’ll find out
2134 hrs IST: Morris has taken over from the previous over against Zampa and transferred the big-hitting to Ben Stokes. Effortless hitting. 1, 4, 2, 4 and now a flick which sends the ball soaring for a six. He’s moved on to 32 runs from 8 balls. Make that 38 runs from 9 balls. What a finish from Morris and Delhi Daredevils finish on 205/4 from 20 overs
2130 hrs IST: SIX! Samson may have left the middle but Morris has taken over and taken over with a 102 metre six. HUUUUUGE HIT! Goes soaring into the stands. Last ball of the over goes for a four. Falls just short of the boundary
2128 hrs IST: BOWLED! Short ball at middle stump, keeps low, skids on and Samson is done in. But what a knock it has been. Samson goes for 102 from 63 balls, eight fours and five sixes
2127 hrs IST: SIX! What a way to bring up your maiden hundred in the IPL. Tossed up at middle stump by Zampa and Samson lifts it straight over the bowler for a big hit! Taken him 62 balls for this century
2124 hrs IST: Cheeky stuff from Samson. Directs the ball from outside the off stump into the vacant region for a four. Knew where the gap was and found it
2122 hrs IST: SIX! Another six in the over. This time it is banged short and Sanju gets on to it and pulls for a six. Goes sailing into the stands. Samson on 91 now
2121 hrs IST: Three overs to go then. Dinda comes into the attack. First ball is spanked by Samson. Length ball outside the off stump and Sanju throws his bat at it. And is rewarded for it with a six
2115 hrs IST: FOUR! Angled in at chest height for Samson to play and he does so. Plays it wide of fine leg for a boundary. Stokes almost looks baffled
2111 hrs IST: RUN OUT! Superb throw by Mayank Agarwal and he finds Rishabh Pant short. That was a lovely throw with just one stump to aim for. Departs for 31. In the blockhole, wide outside the off stump, Pant squeezes it out to Mayank at point. And he collects cleanly to find the stumps with a direct hit
2105 hrs IST: Sanju Samson gets his fifty from 41 balls. Almost fell as he tried to get to the milestone. Slapped straight down to long-on but it bounces inches short of the fielder
2104 hrs IST: Samson is one away from a fifty now but still slowed down significantly
Sanju Samson this game
35 off 19 in the power play
13 off 19 since then.
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2055 hrs IST: SIX! Another six in the over. Full and slow outside the off stump and slapped over the long-on boundary by Pant once again
2054 hrs IST: SIX! First maximum of the match. Overpitched at off stump by Bhatia and Pant does well to use the power of his bat to clear the sight screen. Clean hit!
2047 hrs IST: Rajat Bhatia comes on to bowl. And starts well. Goes for five runs to open things
2042 hrs IST: Almost gone. Pant comes down the track on the very first delivery and fails to read the googly. Should consider himself lucky there was no one at extra cover. Tried to go for a big hit but bat turns and hand comes off of it
2040 hrs IST: GONE! The massive celebrations begin! Billings comes down the track to thump a Tahir delivery but misses it completely. Pitches just outside off and straightens and Billings is beaten for pace. Disappointed in the shot and he should be
2039 hrs IST: Spin at the other end too. Adam Zampa with a neat over. Goes for five runs
2033 hrs IST: And here is Imran Tahir. Playing against his former side. Starts with a googly and appeals loudly for a leg before on Samson. Looked to be going over and TV replay confirms it was. Good start by the spinner. The second delivery straightens after pitching and slides on. But Billings avoids any damage. Goes for four runs in the first over
2029 hrs IST: Deepak Chahar losing his line there. Touch on the pads and Sam Billings happily takes it with a fielder inside the circle. Once again it is veering on to the pads but it is full and only goes a single. After the Powerplay overs, Delhi are 62/1. That is also the strategic time out.
2027 hrs IST: FOUR! Spanked by Sam Billings. He also gets into the act to try and get some big runs in the final Powerplay over. Make that two boundaries in a row. Not connected the second one well but has enough on it to beat the desperate dive by Dinda
2020 hrs IST: Sanju Samson has provided Delhi with an explosive start. He’s off to 26 from 12 balls with five boundaries. No dangerous shots in it – all well played and connected strokes
2012 hrs IST: Boundaries coming in thick and fast now. All off the bat of Sanju Samson. Two straight boundaries to Chahar and now two consecutive boundaries to Dinda.
2005 hrs IST: GONE! Deepak Chahar comes darting in and gets an outside edge off Aditya Tare and MS Dhoni has the easy job of taking it. He is elated and should be. First ball and a wicket!
2004 hrs IST: Good over by Dinda to open things. Goes for two with both of them extras
2000 hrs IST: Alright we’re set for the match in Pune. Tare and Billings open for DD and Dinda opens the bowling for RPS
1955 hrs IST: First T20 game for Rahul Tripathi since 2016. The head to head between the two teams favours RPS who have won both their matches. Last four games at this venue have been won by the chasing side
1937 hrs IST: TEAMS:
Rising Pune Supergiant: Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni, Rajat Bhatia, Adam Zampa, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Ashok Dinda
Delhi Daredevils: Aditya Tare, Sam Billings, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Corey Anderson, Chris Morris, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem
1935 hrs IST: More team news, Manoj Tiwary is out. He lost his father this morning. Steve Smith has a bad stomach, informs Rahane. Corey Anderson is in for Carlos Brathwaite for Delhi.
1930 hrs IST: TOSS! Ajinkya Rahane spins the coin for RPS. Tails is the call and heads it is. RPS opt to bowl first. Smith is unwell and Ajinkya steps in. Zak says they would have bowled first too
1920 hrs IST: Hello and Good Evening for the 9th match of the IPL. Rising Pune Supergiant host Delhi Daredevils with the hosts coming into it having won one and lost one. Meanwhile Delhi lost their only game played so far. One to watch out for is Imran Tahir facing his former side. Delhi let go of Tahir and he’s made a solid start to this IPL for RPS.