Saturday, 22 April 2017

Indian Premier League 2017 - 24th Match

22 Apr 2017

Indian Premier League 2017 - 24th Match
(Rising Pune Supergiant vs Sunrisers Hyderabad at Pune)

Nerveless Dhoni pulls off last-ball victory

176/3 (20) 179/4 (20)
RPS won by 6 wickets
Photo © BCCI

The finisher is not finished yet. MS Dhoni struck a 34-ball 61 to help clean up some of the mess he himself created as Rising Pune Supergiant chased down 177 with a last-ball boundary. Dhoni's slow start of 26 off 23 balls had converted an equation of 90 off 55 into 47 off 18, but he took out the best bowler of the tournament, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, in an almighty assault of 35 runs off his last 11 balls to seal the win.

Before Saturday, Sunrisers Hyderabad had lost only two of the 12 matches in which they made 175 or more. On Saturday, though, they huffed and puffed on a flat pitch, without the services of Ashish Nehra and Mustafizur Rahman, but it wasn't enough. The fielding didn't help - they dropped Rahul Tripathi on 17, who then made 59, Manoj Tiwary too was given a life in a tense final. That Sunrisers had something to bowl at was thanks to Moises Henriques' 28-ball 55. This loss was as much because of their fielding as their batting before Henriques.

Nerveless Dhoni pulls off last-ball victory (espncricinfo):
Photo © BCCI

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