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Ben Stokes awarded the Man of the Match for his excellent century
Most Man of the Match awards in IPL-10:
3 - BEN STOKES*
2 - Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Rashid Khan, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana
Suresh Raina on GL's loss: We were 20-25 runs short. I felt we bowled pretty well, but Ben Stokes played really well and took the game away from us. We are playing good cricket in all departments and we are just a win away from clicking. We still have four games to go and let's hope we do well
In the short history of the new franchise, Ben Stokes has written a chapter that will be remembered even of the team does not endure. Treating adversity as opportunity, he has produced the kind of innings that will stop all discussions about how much RPS paid for him.
Did you know?
103* by Ben Stokes today is the highest by a batsman batting at No.5 or lower in IPL. The previous highest was 101* by David Miller against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mohali in 2013.
ALL OVER! Rising Pune Supergiant beat Gujarat Lions by 5 wickets
Dan Christian finishes off things with a six but it's Ben Stokes whose hundred set up the win for Pune. One of the finest T2o knocks from the English all-rounder helped Pune get over the line despite a horrible start to the innings when they lost three wickets in the first three overs
Did you know?
Ben Stokes becomes the second Rising Pune Supergiant batsman to score a century in IPL after Steve Smith.
Players to score a century batting at No.5 in IPL:
Ben Stokes becomes the second England batsman to score a century in IPL after Kevin Pietersen
CENTURY! Ben Stokes brings up his hundred with a brilliant shot. Pune are almost home
After 19 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 154/5 ( Ben Stokes 98 , Daniel Christian 10)
Basil Thampi bowls a full toss to start his last over and gets the treatment as Stokes smashes him over long on for a six. The Pune batsmen take four runs off the next three balls before Stokes hits another six off the penultimate delivery. Stokes keeps the strike with a single off the last ball. Pune need 8 runs off the last over
Whatever the outcome now, surely Ben Stokes has to be MoM!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 1, 2017
Pune need 26 runs off last two overs
After 18 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 137/5 ( Ben Stokes 82 , Daniel Christian 9)
Pradeep Sangwan comes to bowl his last over. His slower one deceives Christain who nearly topedges one to long on. Pune pick up two valuable runs before Christian finds the off side boundary with a cut shot. Stokes hammers Sangwan’s full toss to the mid-wicket fence but Dwayne Smith intervenes with a brilliant piece of fielding. Ten runs come off the over.
In the past MS Dhoni could play himself in facing dot ball after dot ball and more often than not he would catch up and finished with a scoring rate of better than a run a ball. These days he is playing more and more innings where he gets out just as he starts to accelerate. That isn’t the end of the world today where rebuilding was more important than rapid scoring, but he just doesn’t look like the player he once was.
Three overs left, one to be bowled by Thampi, and lots of options for the other two. Stokes and Christian have no options though, need to try to hit every ball for four.
After 17 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 126/5 ( Ben Stokes 78 , Daniel Christian 2)
Basil Thampi returns to the attack and how! He breaks the partnership by getting rid of MS Dhoni on the very first ball. Stokes and Dan Christian rotate the strike to get three runs off the next three deliveries, before Stokes sends a shot over Thampi’s head for a boundary. Stokes keeps the strike with a single off the last over. Pune need 36 runs off 18 balls
OUT! MS Dhoni 26 (33) b Basil Thampi c Brendon McCullum
Dhoni hits a slower one straight to McCullum at long off
After 16 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 118/4 ( Ben Stokes 72 , MS Dhoni (W) 26)
Dwayne Smith starts his third with a wide, before striking the pads of Dhoni on the next ball. The appeal was turned down as the batsmen sneaked a single. Ben Stokes then dispatched a length ball over long on for a six. On the fourth ball, Stokes gave himself the room to find the off side boundary. The fourth delivery is a full toss which Stokes top edges. But it goes over the bowler’s head. Dhoni pushes Stokes for two runs which they get. Pune get 16 off that over and remain well on course to chase down the target
Not the first time Suresh Raina has shown such faith in Dwayne Smith. Well......— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 1, 2017
After 15 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 102/4 ( Ben Stokes 59 , MS Dhoni (W) 25)
James Faulkner comes back into the attack but Dhoni pegs him back straightway with a six off the second ball. He follows it up with a couple. Ishan Kishan does well at point to save a boundary on the third delivery as Stokes returns to the strike. The duo pick up singles off the last three balls for Dhoni to return to the strike. Pune need 60 runs off 30 balls
Well bowled Ankit. Intelligent stuff Keeping Dhoni & Strokes quiet is terrific Keep going lad Lot of Injustice was done to u in Bombay— Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) May 1, 2017
Dhoni, at least uphold the Indian tradition of belting Faulkner— Alagappan Vijaykumar (@IndianMourinho) May 1, 2017
When MS Dhoni smashed his return to form knock against SRH, he said that you can't win matches like that everyday. RPS need an innings like that again from him though. He has taken his time to gauge the situation, and now looks set to explode. But if he gets out here, it will be a tall ask for the lower order.
After 14 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 90/4 ( Ben Stokes 57 , MS Dhoni (W) 15)
Dwayne Smith does a good job for captain Suresh Raina as he sneaks in a three-run over. The equation is getting difficult for Pune who need 73 runs off the final six overs. Dhoni has had too many dot balls in this innings and now needs to shift gears to make up for it
Ben Stokes has brought his team right back into this with a fine half century. It was always going to be hard for the England player to live up to his astronomical price-tag, but he has done enough to make you think he will be retained for next season by RPS (if they still exist). Winning this game after the loss of four early wickets will go a long way to cementing his status in the IPL.
After 13 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 87/4 ( Ben Stokes 55 , MS Dhoni (W) 14)
Ankit Soni finishes off an excellent spell without conceding a single boundary. Just seven runs come off his last over. Dhoni struggling to score boundaries but manages to pick up three twos. The game still very much in Pune’s reach, but it’s getting tighter every over
After 12 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 80/4 ( Ben Stokes 55 , MS Dhoni (W) 8)
Ben Stokes scores a boundary off the last ball to make it a decent over for Pune as eight runs came off it. Pune need Dhoni to score a bit quickly to ease the pressure off Stokes as Gujarat send down some good overs
FIFTY! Ben Stokes brings up his half century from 38 deliveries
Stokes is overrated blah, blah, blah. Two MoMs and two fifties now. Impact player.— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) May 1, 2017
FIFTY! Ben Stokes brings up his half century from 38 deliveries
After 11 overs,Rising Pune Supergiant 72/4 ( Ben Stokes 49 , MS Dhoni (W) 6)
Another good over from Ankit Soni who didn't give away a boundary. Pune batsmen were forced to maneuver him for singles and score just five runs off the over. Pune need 90 runs from 54 balls
Preview: Rising Pune Supergiant will aim to take two crucial points in their bid to push for the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs as they face an inconsistent Gujarat Lions at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Monday.
Pune have 10 points from nine matches and have gained momentum, having won three of their last four matches. They are coming off a comprehensive 61-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.
And at home and going by how Pune have peaked lately, they will be expected to have another successful outing against a side which won their first duel of the edition in Rajkot.
Pune will bank on their in-form opening duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi to give the team a great start. The middle order comprising the likes of captain Steven Smith, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Manoj Tiwary has the experience to take the opposition bowlers to the cleaners at ease. With all-rounders Daniel Christian and Rajat Bhatia, the lower order batting can come in handy if needed.
It is not clear whether English star all-rounder Ben Stokes has overcome a shoulder injury. In his absence, Christian has proved to be an able replacement as far as bowling is concerned, but his batting under pressure remains a question.
In the bowling department, the young Indian pace duo of Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur has impressed both in the opening and death overs while seasoned leg-spinner Imran Tahir, Christian and rookie tweaker Washington Sundar can provide the breakthroughs as well as stop the flow of runs in the middle overs.
Gujarat, who lost to Mumbai Indians in a match decided by super over, are sixth on the points table with three wins from nine games. Their batsmen and bowlers are not clicking at the same match -- a problem they must solve as the race for playoffs is hotting up. They need to start firing on all cyclinders in order to get some wins under their belt to join the race for the playoffs.
Gujarat have several destructive batsmen in Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch and Dinesh Karthik and they will hold the key.
Their bowlers, always under the blame, however, have vastly improved. Even though Gujarat lost the game to Mumbai, the way they defended a target of 154, it must give them a lot of confidence going forward.
Australian medium pacer Andrew Tye has been their leading light. With 12 scalps from six games, he is the third highest wicket-taker of this edition so far. Along with him, youngsters Basil Thampi and Nathu Singh are improving, keeping veteran Praveen Kumar on the bench.
A lot will depend on the performances of all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner and Irfan Pathan.
With inputs from IANS
Updated Date: May 03, 2017 19:56 PM
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