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IPL 2016: Rising Pune Supergiants beat Delhi Daredevils by 7 wickets.

Updated: 05 May 2016 23:53 IST - Published: 04 May 2016 23:35 IST
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Ajinkya Rahane says: "Really happy the way I batted today. We decided one batsmen, who gets set will carry the innings through. I'm just looking to keep it really simple. If I stay till six overs, I try to keep the score ticking and that's my strength. I don't try too many things and if I stick to my strength I'm sure I'll be able to do well in the future games as well,"
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Ajinkya Rahane is the MAN OF THE MATCH for his 48-ball 63.
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MS Dhoni: "The overall bowling effort pleased me the most. It felt nice we restricted them to 160. With a ground like this and with the way they are going, I think we did really well. This victory was much-needed for us. Even if the batsmen are hitting hard, you have to stick to your plans and I think that's what makes the difference"
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JP Duminy says "We did feel it was enough at the half time. We were 20 runs short, but we did pretty well to take it to the last over. The way we fought back was exceptional. There were some errors and missed opportunities, but lot of positives. We spoke about Shami bowling in the death, so we needed to go him. We went in with only two seamers, so we had to use our leg-spinners wisely. So, we kept Imran for the final overs, but an exceptional spell from him. We have played some good cricket this season and there are six more games before the playoffs, hopefully we can pick it up in the next game."
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Just for a brief moment it looked as if Pune won't make it through, especially after Tiwary got out. But then, all of a sudden Dhoni got into his groove, which was followed by Perera's blitzkrieg in the last three overs. The anchor of the innings, though, was Ajinkya Rahane who finished unbeaten on 68 and guided his side to victory.
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19.2 Shami to Ajinkya Rahane, FOUR, RPS WIN! Flicks the ball, as he as done throughout the innings, to the deep square leg boundary to get the winning runs. Rahane ends with 63 from 48 balls.
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Just what you don't want at this stage. A front foot NO BALL, and the scores are level. Rahane has the perfect opportunity to finish the game.
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19.1 Shami to Thisara Perera, NO BALL! FREE HIT! That is a big front foot no ball from Shami.
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Shami to bowl it!
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3 off 6 balls needed after that HUGE over that fetched Pune 14 runs.
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18.6 Imran Tahir to Thisara Perera, 1 run, one more wild slog, but the ball takes the outside edge and goes to short third man for one.
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18.5 Imran Tahir to Thisara Perera, SIX! That is in Perera's slot again, as it was slightly full but not a yorker, and he doesn't miss it. Heaves it over deep midwicket for a maximum, yet again. Well, within a span of two strokes, Perera has changed the texture of the game. What a game-changer!
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18.4 Imran Tahir to Thisara Perera, no run, yorker, beaten by a yorker, as he had already advanced down the track.
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18.3 Imran Tahir to Thisara Perera, SIX! Perera unleashes his wild swipe from the very first ball! That was way outside off, and Perera fetched that ball from there and deposited it for a 103-m six over long on.
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18.2 Imran Tahir to Ajinkya Rahane, 1 run, inside edge from Rahane and the ball reaches long on for one.
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Thisara Perera walks out!
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18.1 Imran Tahir to MS Dhoni, OUT! Dhoni goes for the big heave, but Billings has pulled off an absolute stunner at deep mid wicket. He covered a lot of ground and caught the ball inches from the fence. Well, it could be the catch that changes the match. Dhoni had rocketed that flat over midwicket, but Billings himself flew like a rocket and took a blinder just inches inside the ropes.
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3-0-12-1 are the figures for Tahir so far!
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20 runs off that over. A BIG one as far as the Pune innings is concerned. 17 needed off 12. Tahir to bowl! Game on!
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17.6 Shami to MS Dhoni, waits for the slower bouncer and pulls it to square leg to retain strike.
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17.5 Shami to MS Dhoni, 2 runs, guides it to the right of short third man, where Brathwaite fields it brilliantly.
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17.4 Shami to MS Dhoni, SIX! Dances forward and hits it with brute force to the long on boundary for a massive six. This is a HUGE over for Pune, and that was a HUGE six by Dhoni! He has all of a sudden woken up from slumber, it seems.
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17.3 Shami to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Pulls at a short delivery and gets a thick edge. The ball balloons to the fine leg boundary. Well, luck, Dhoni's old mate, is accompanying him again in this game as his top edge flies over the keeper's head for four.
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17.2 Shami to Ajinkya Rahane, 1 run, glances it to deep fine leg for one.
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17.2 Shami to Ajinkya Rahane, 5 WIDES! Shami tried to chase a moving Rahane, ends up delivering it way outside leg. Well, it seems like Shami took the onus upon himself to take Pune through, as Rahane and Dhoni have been unable to do so, yet!
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17.1 Shami to MS Dhoni, 1 run, pulls hard at a short delivery. Straight to deep square leg for one.
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Shami to bowl the 18th over!
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Excellent over, just 6 runs off it. 37 needed off the last three! Will Pune be able to pull it off?
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16.6 Amit Mishra to MS Dhoni, 1 run, swipes hard at a wide delivery. Before the ball reaches sweeper cover, they cross for a single.
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16.5 Amit Mishra to Ajinkya Rahane, 2 runs, rocks back and hits it with the turn to midwicket. The second run was tight.
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16.4 Amit Mishra to MS Dhoni, 1 run, goes for a wild slog, manages just an inside edge to point.
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What a momentum shift here! Neither Rahane nor Dhoni have been able to get the big shots going. DD are pulling it back quietly.
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16.3 Amit Mishra to Ajinkya Rahane, 1 run, sweeps it to deep square leg.
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16.2 Amit Mishra to MS Dhoni, 1 run, hits a full ball hard, the ball almost carries to long on.
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16.1 Amit Mishra to Ajinkya Rahane, 1 run, flicks uppishly to Billings at mid wicket for one.
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Well, these quiet overs are making it tight. 43 needed off 24 balls. Is the game still on?
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15.6 Imran Tahir to MS Dhoni, no run, digs out a wide yorker, but the ball can't go past the bowler.
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15.5 Imran Tahir to Ajinkya Rahane, 1 run, flicks a back of length ball to mid wicket for one.
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15.4 Imran Tahir to MS Dhoni, 1 run, hits him on the pads and dies adjacent to the pitch. They steal a single as Tahir sprints towards the ball and tries to throw at the striker's end.
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15.3 Imran Tahir to MS Dhoni, no run, goes on the back foot and hits it back to the bowler.
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15.2 Imran Tahir to Ajinkya Rahane, 1 run, chases a wide delivery and hits it to sweeper cover.
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15.1 Imran Tahir to Dhoni, 1 run, short ball, Dhoni jabs it to mid wicket for one.
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Tahir to bowl his 3rd over.
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14.6 Pawan Negi to MS Dhoni, 1 run, flicks the ball to midwicket for a quick single.
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10 off that over including that gigantic six from Dhoni. Pune are still cruising, it seems. The wicket hasn't altered their chances one bit, it seems.
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14.5 Pawan Negi to Ajinkya Rahane, 1 run, nudges the ball to long on for a single.
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