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IPL Season 9: Pune finally record long overdue win

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The Rising Pune Supergiants got back in the running in IPL Season 9, recording a long overdue win, beating the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs courtesy of the Duckworth Lewis method after rain denied the visitors a finish on the field of play at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal.

The Supergiants dominated the game right from the off, winning the toss and putting the Sunrisers in to bat, before reducing them to 32-5 in the 9th over. The Sunrisers' super consistent skipper David Warner fell to a fresh Ashok Dinda for naught, and the middle order crumbled thereafter as Shikhar Dhawan watched the carnage from the other end.

 

Dinda took three wickets, while his new-ball partner Mitchell Marsh took 2 as the Sunrisers' batting card read like a telephone number before Dhawan finally found someone who could stick around for a bit in wicketkeeper Naman Ojha.

Ojha made a valuable 18 before he was cleaned up by Dinda, and if not for a late burst from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who smashed 21 off 8 balls, the Sunrisers Hyderabad would probably have struggled to reach the 100 run mark.

Dhawan did his bit, batting through the innings, making an unbeaten 56 from 53 balls, but probably should have done more to farm the strike. In the end, the Sunrisers finished at 118-8, with Ravichandran Ashwin also making a welcome return to form, taking 1-14 from his 4 overs.

Bhuvi Kumar, bowling with his tail up, gave his side the perfect start with a wicket maiden, removing Ajinkya Rahane for naught, but Faf du Plessis and Steve Smith weathered the early storm, before stitching together an 80 run partnership for the second wicket which sealed the game for the Rising Pune Supergiants.

Du Plessis and skipper MS Dhoni were both dismissed, but the heavens opened when the latter got out and the game was eventually called off a little after midnight with the Supergiants a full 34 runs ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis target at that stage of the innings.

The result does little to either side's position in the IPL Standings, but does leave the inconsistent Sunrisers with 3 wins and an equal number of losses from 6 games played, while the Supergiants pick up only their second win of the season, but after going 4 games without a win, will be hoping to but a different kind of run together this time around.

The Supergiants will look to do just that when they entertain the Gujarat Lions on Friday, while the Sunrisers will look to return to winning ways when they entertain the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.

Teams:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan, Deepak Hooda, Aditya Tare, Naman Ojha (wk), Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Nehra

Rising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Steven Smith, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Mitchell Marsh, Thisara Perera, Saurabh Tiwary, Rajat Bhatia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Murugam Ashwin

Mini Scorecard:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 118-8 (20 overs, 5.90rpo)

S Dhawan 56* (53) A Dinda 3-23 (4)

B Kumar 21 (8) M Marsh 2-14 (4)

Rising Pune Supergiants 94-3 (11 overs, 8.54rpo)

S Smith 46* (36) B Kumar 1-17 (3)

F du Plessis 30 (21) A Nehra 1-21 (3)

Rising Pune Supergiants win by 34 runs by Duckworth-Lewis method