Rising Pune Supergiant notched up their second win on the trot after beating Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
With this win, Pune have now won 7 matches out of 11 played while Kolkata have also won 7 out of 11 played. This is their 6th win in the last 7 matches.
Rahul Tripathi’s 93 runs off 52 balls ensured that his team crossed the finishing line. This was Rahul’s 8th consecutive 30+ score. His innings included 9 fours and 7 sixes.
In their pursuit of 156 runs, Pune opener began their innings with caution but KKR pacer Umesh Yadav drew the first blood in the second over after sending Ajinkya Rahane to the pavilion for 11 runs.
Tripathi was scoring at will which led his Pune team reach 60 runs in the first 5 overs. He scored his half century in only 23 balls including 8 boundaries and 3 sixes.
Tripathi made the target look small as he hammered Kuldeep Yadav for 3 back-to-back sixes in the 13th over.
With this half-century, he scored the fastest fifty for RPS surpassing Rahane’s fifty off 27 balls.
Captain Steve Smith’s poor form continued for second match on the trot after he was bowled by Chris Woakes on the last ball of the fifth over.
Smith and Tripathi were knitting a good partnership but a poor shot selection halted it at 48 runs between them.
74 runs scored by Pune in the Powerplay was their highest score in the IPL.
Manoj Tiwary also couldn’t last at the crease as he was bowled by Chris Woakes in the 9th over. He could only score 8 runs.
Ben Stokes also couldn’t score big after he was caught and bowled by Sunil Narine for 14 runs. MS Dhoni was the next Pune batsman to come. He followed Stokes soon after scoring only 5 runs.
KKR’s Umesh Yadav bowled an economical spell of his 4 overs giving only 23 runs and taking Rahane’s wicket. Chris Woakes took 3 wickets for KKR giving away 18 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
Earlier, Pune bowlers restricted the KKR batsmen to a low score. KKR were dealt an early blow after Sunil Narine was caught and bowled by Jaydev Unadkat in the first over itself.
Jaydev Unadkat bowled Rising Pune Supergiant’s first maiden in the first over of an IPL match. he was the stand out bowler for the Pune outfit. He gave away 28 runs in his 4 overs taking 2 wickets in the process with a bowling economy of 7 runs per over.
The match wasn’t devoid of any incident. In the fourth over, Sheldon Jackson was hit-wicket off Washington Sundar’s bowl.
KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir also got out cheaply after getting caught by Ajinkya Rahane for 24 runs. He was in good form as his innings included 3 fours and one six.
41 runs in the Powerplay was KKR’s second-slowest start this season behind the 40 they made against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Colin de Grandhomme and Surya Kumar Yadav did some good hitting to ensure KKR reached to a respectable total of 155 runs in 20 overs. Grandhome scored 36 off just 16 balls including 3 fours and 2 sixes while Yadav remained unbeaten on 30 off 16 balls including 2 fours and 2 sixes.
Ben Stokes was the most economical bowler for Pune after giving 24 runs in his 4 overs.
KKR’s Manish Pandey scored 37 runs. With this, he became the highest run-scorer (313 runs) outside the Powerplay in IPL 2017.
Pune play Sunrisers Hyderabad in their next match on May 6 while Kolkata Knight Riders will be up against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.