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Pune celebrate second victory

Pune celebrate second victory

HYDERABAD: Rising Pune Supergiants registered just their second win in the ongoing Indian Premier League on Tuesday night when they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs in a truncated match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stad­ium in Hyderabad.

After opting to field first on a pitch that had some juice in it for the bowlers, the visitors restricted Hyderabad to a modest 118-8.

Australia captain Steve Smith then piloted the run-chase before rains brought a premature end to the match with Pune cruising at 94-3 after 11 overs, at a point when the Duckworth-Lewis par score was calculated to be 60.

Earlier Hyderabad, put in to bat, got off to a poor start when skipper David Warner chased the fourth ball of the match from Ashok Dinda but hit it straight to Ajinkya Rahane at backward point.

A 47-run partnership between opener Shikhar Dhawan and Naman Ojha kept the visitors at bay for more than eight overs. Ojha (18 from 21 balls) was dismissed in the 17th over when he too attempted an ambitious stroke without any footwork — only to see his stumps rattled.

Hyderabad eventually finished their 20 overs at 118-8 with Dhawan remaining unbeaten with a 53-ball 56.

Dinda claimed three wickets for 23 runs and Mitchell Marsh took 2-14.

Pune lost Ajinkya Rahane in the first over but Faf du Plessis (30) and Smith (46 not out) resurrected the innings with an 80-run partnership they built in 8.2 overs to set up the win.

Summarised scores:

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD 118-8 in 20 overs (S. Dhawan 56 not out, B. Kumar 21; A.B. Dinda 3-23, M.R. Marsh 2-14); RISING PUNE SUPERGIANTS 94-3 in 11 overs (S.P.D. Smith 46 not out, F. du Plessis 30).

Published in Dawn, April 28th, 2016

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