IPL 10, Match 28, MI v RPS – Rising Pune Supergiant Player Ratings
Rising Pune Supergiant beat Mumbai Indians for the second time this season.
Updated - Apr 25, 2017 12:19 am
The much anticipated Maharashtra derby got underway with Mumbai Indians locking horns with the Rising Pune Supergiant. The last time these two sides had met, it was the Steve Smith-led side that had come up on top. However, a lot had changed since then. Mumbai Indians had gone on to win six consecutive games coming into this encounter. On the other hand, Rising Pune Supergiant had a tipsy turvy ride getting into the derby.
What perspired on the day was an absolute thriller. RPS managed to outplay MI for the second time this season. Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl first. RPS openers Rahul Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane gave them a flying start. They added 76 runs for the opening stand and had set the tone for a massive score on the board. Both batsmen missed out on their fifties and perished in quick succession. Their dismissals were followed by a flurry of wickets that saw the middle-order succumbing to the MI bowlers.
A late cameo from Manoj Tiwary helped Rising Pune Supergiant post 160/6 in their stipulated 20 overs. In the run chase, Mumbai got off to a decent start with openers hitting quick runs in the powerplay. The middle order could not contribute on the day and it was skipper Rohit Sharma who played the lone ranger for the hosts. His 58 went in vain as Mumbai Indians ended up being 3 short of the RPS score.
Here are the Rising Pune Supergiant Player Ratings for the MI v RPS encounter:
Rahul Tripathi – 7.5/10
Rahul Tripathi is slowly carving an impressive reputation for himself in the tournament. The young opener from Pune has scored his first IPL fifty a match ago. He continued on his rich vein of form in the game against Mumbai Indians as well. He took on the Mumbai bowling right from the word go.
Tripathi ended up 5 short of his second IPL fifty for Rising Pune Supergiant. He was dismissed on 45 that came off 31 deliveries with 3 fours and 2 sixes. En route his blitzkrieg knock on the day, he added a vital 76 run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane that promised to see RPS end with a high score.
Ajinkya Rahane – 7/10
Coming into the game, Ajinkya Rahane was under a lot of pressure to perform. Barring his 60 in the very first game against the very same opposition Mumbai Indians, Rahane had a forgettable time at the crease from thereon. Now, playing against MI, he got back to form.
Apparently, he has some liking for the MI bowlers and that is the reason he is plundering runs against this particular opposition. Rahane stitched a 76 run opening stand with Rahul Tripathi and managed to see the deadly new ball bowlers of the opposition. He perished after scoring 38 off 32 balls with 5 fours a six to his name.
Steve Smith – 5/10
Skipper Steve Smith had a quiet time with the bat in this particular game. When he arrived at the crease, the stage was already set for the Rising Pune Supergiant to launch the attack. However, Smith could not be the man for his team on the day.
He struggled big time with his timing on the day. He was seen missing out on some loose deliveries and even mistimed a few shots. He finished with 17 runs to his name in 12 deliveries before being cleaned up by Harbhajan Singh.
MS Dhoni – 4/10
MS Dhoni was the star of the team in the previous game. It was his herculean knock that got the team back to winning ways in the tournament. He was expected to back up that show with another clinical show in this game as well. But the veteran cricketer had an off day at work.
Dhoni was promoted at number 4 in the batting order yet again. He could only score 7 off 11 deliveries in this particular game. No boundaries came from his willow and that disappointed the team for sure. He perished at a time when the team expected him to call the shots. With the gloves, he was right on the money and made some decent saves on the day.
Ben Stokes – 9/10
Ben Stokes did not click with the bat and the pundits had their say about him right away. They criticized that the big money player should have shouldered more responsibility coming into the match. However, the English all-rounder silenced all critics with his superlative performances in the second innings.
He was clearly the pick of the bowlers on the day and ended up with figures of 2/21 in his 4 overs. He got his countryman Jos Buttler out in the 5th over of the match to give RPS their first breakthrough. Later in the game, he managed to shatter the woodwork of Karn Sharma. Towards the fag end of the innings, he took a stunning diving catch to send Hardik Pandya packing. He also inflicted a run out to dismiss Mitch McClenaghan.
Manoj Tiwary – 8/10
Manoj Tiwary has been the unsung hero for the Rising Pune Supergiant this season. He has constantly performed in every single game that he has played in. Slowly, the veteran Bengal cricketer is settling in the role of the finisher for the team. Yet again, it was his timely cameo that gave RPS the impetus going into the second innings. He scored a quick 22 off just 13 balls with four boundaries to his name.
Daniel Christian – 6/10
Dan Christian had his brief opportunities to excel in the game. He is perhaps one of those bowlers who is emerging out to be a half bowler and a half batsman for his team. Neither is he getting enough chances with the bat, nor is he getting enough digs with the ball.
He came in to bat in the 18th over after the dismissal of MS Dhoni. With 15 deliveries left, he was expected to use the long handle. He remained unbeaten on 8 off 7 balls on the day. Later in the game, he got one over to bowl as well. He gave just 6 runs in the over and picked up the key wicket in-form batsman Nitish Rana.
Washington Sundar – 6.5/10
Young off-spinner Washington Sundar was very impressive with the new ball today. He was handed the responsibility of bowling the very first over of the innings. Steve Smith showed a lot of faith in him and backed him to excel with the new ball in the powerplay.
He did not get a breakthrough straightaway but did not let runs flow easily either. He got through the defenses of Mumbai opener Parthiv Patel to set things rolling for the Rising Pune Supergiant. Ealier, he took a good catch off the bowling of Ben Stokes to send Jos Buttler packing.
Shardul Thakur – 3/10
Shardul Thakur had a forgettable time with the ball on the day. He definitely was not at his best. Thakur is renowned for being a wicket-taker with the new ball. He got the new ball on the day but failed to penetrate in the Mumbai top order. He got to bowl 3 overs on the day and returned with figures of 0/29. He would surely like to improve on those numbers in the matches to follow. He is certainly capable of coming up with better performances than what he gave against Mumbai Indians.
Jaydev Unadkat – 5/10
Jaydev Unadkat was given the big responsibility of bowling the final over of the match. He had the task of defending 17 runs against the set batsman Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya. Unadkat kept his calm and managed to dismiss Hardik on the very first delivery of the over.
He then managed to dismissed Rohit Sharma as well to settle the deal for his team. He was very impressive under pressure and has served his case in the team lineup. Albeit he gave away 40 runs in his spell of 4 overs, the way he managed to defend in the final over earns him high rating points. He returned with figures of 2/40 on the day.
Imran Tahir – 5/10
RPS leggie Imran Tahir had a decent outing with the ball on the day. Given the fact that the venue had very short boundaries, a leggie would not have fancied his chances on the day. But the way Imran Tahir bowled on the day was quite commendable.
He was brought into the attack when Rohit Sharma came in to bat. Considering the poor run of form of the Mumbai skipper, the move seemed legit. Tahir could not dismiss Rohit but ensured he did not give too many away. He picked up the key wicket of Kieron Pollard in the death overs. He finished with figures of 1/32 in his 4 overs.