RPS wins by 19 runs (D/L) as rain ends match

An effective bowling effort by Rising Pune Supergiants ensured a comfortable victory for the team against Delhi Daredevils in a rain-shortened match in Visakhapatnam. In pursuit of Daredevils' 121 for six, Supergiants recorded 76 for one, when a second rain interruption forced the officials to call off the match.

Adam Zampa took three wickets to hurt Delhi Daredevils at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy stadium on Tuesday.   -  K. R. Deepak

Rising Pune Supergiants defeated Delhi Daredevils by 19 runs via the Duckworth Lewis method in a rain-curtailed match at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy stadium here on Tuesday night.

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In pursuit of Delhi’s 121 for six, the Supergiants had recorded 57 for one, well ahead of the D/L par score of 42 at the 8.2 overs mark, when a heavy downpour interrupted the contest. Fifty-five minutes of play was lost in the process. It again rained after 11 overs, when the Supergiants was placed at 76 for one against the D/L requirement of 57. The match was then called off.

Pune’s approach to the chase was assured, the start itself quite steady if not solid. After cracking four boundaries, Usman Khawaja was unfortunate to be scooped up at point by Shreyas Iyer off Chris Morris. A headbanger from Nathan Coulter Nile had Bailey’s helmet hurling backwards, needing replacement. Rahane read a similar ball right and scooped it out of harm’s way.

Put in to bat, Delhi didn't do much to shake off its poor track record in the power plays. Wickets fell early, cheaply and at regular intervals. Quinton de Kock, the mainstay of Daredevils batting, was not quite able to connect to the ball moving away from him. The left-hander failed to do so against Ashok Dinda’s straight one and was trapped right in front.

After that maiden wicket over, the bandana-wearing bowler struck again. His chest-high delivery was fended off by Shreyas Iyer but ballooned into a catch for Usman Khawaja at square-leg. When boundaries became hard to come by, the third wicket pair of Karun Nair and Sanju Samson collected ones and twos to build their side’s score.

Sniffing Samson’s impatience at not being able to stroke freely, Adam Zampa lured the youngster out and Dhoni did the rest. Rishab Pant couldn’t resist the urge to cut loose and holed out to Thisara Perera at long off, also off the Australian leggie.

Karun Nair seemed to be in command, his five boundaries enough indication of it. He however fell prey to the guiles of Zampa and was rapped on the pads. Duminy disappointed again, a scoop off Dinda from outside the off promptly picked up by Irfan Pathan at short fine-leg. Chris Morris proved to be the proverbial sting in the tail, hammering a brace of sixes and four boundaries in a rampaging cameo.

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