The Rising Pune Supergiants’ Faf du Plessis pointed out that Dwayne Bravo’s skill in bowling cutters was the big difference on Thursday. “We were trying to score off boundaries. Bravo bowled cutters at good lengths. 170 would have been a par score. We lost a little bit towards the end. We didn’t do the way we would have wanted and they scored well.

The South African did not feel that spin would have made a difference. “I didn’t find spinners difficult to play on this surface, but the guys who bowled good cutters were harder to face. It is important for bowlers to know their lengths and put the batsmen under pressure, and we could not do that for long.

“There was always a ball where the batsman scored a four and the pressure would be released again. This ground is quite big and getting the pace off the ball is always the key on a wicket like this. If you have a Bravo, (James) Faulkner and a spinner who can bowl towards the end, they are great tools for a captain to have. Suresh (Raina) used his bowlers who were a bit slower as it took the pace off the ball.’’

On local crowd support, du Plessis said: “To be honest, it feels like that all over India. I have never felt they (crowd) were completely against us. That I suppose is because MS is in our team; so the support for him is pretty big everywhere we go. Most of us have played a lot of cricket and the crowd doesn’t affect you that much.’’