Smith: ‘We are peaking at the right time’

After consolidating its fourth spot in the table, courtesy Ben Stokes’ unbeaten 103, Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith feels it is “peaking at the right time”.

"We are peaking at the right time, hopefully not early,” Smith said after the match.   -  Vivek Bendre

After consolidating its fourth spot in the table, courtesy Ben Stokes’ unbeaten 103, Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith feels it is “peaking at the right time”.

RPS beat Gujarat Lions by five wickets after a top-order collapse and now stands pretty at fourth spot with 12 points.

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“It wasn’t an ideal start but we have some artillery in the shed. MS and Stokesy took it deep. It is one of the easier ground to his sixes and Stokesy made use of it. I thought it was a great effort for the bowlers to pull it back to 160. We are peaking at the right time, hopefully not early,” Smith said after the match.

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“Stokesy is a quality player and he certainly earned his cash. Fantastic player and very proud of him,” Smith added.

Stokes, who added 76 runs for the fifth wicket with MS Dhoni to repair the innings, said their plan was to rotate the strike.

“We lost quite a few early wickets... me and MS just tried to keep it ticking. Numbers game: we just tried to go big at the start of the over and cool it off,” he said.

Lions skipper Suresh Raina said not having quality spin attack hurt them in the match.

“The dew was there when Basil and Jimmy were bowling. Credit to Stokes. We did not have much power in the spinning department, but Stokes did well. I would say we were 25-30 runs short. We kept losing wickets and we were all out. Still I think we bowled well in the first six overs. The way Stokes was hitting was the turning point. The way he was hitting, clean strikes,” he said.

“Still we have four games left. Hopefully things will turn out better for us,” Raina signed off.