MS Dhoni blitz pulls off last ball win for Rising Pune Supergiant
Rising Pune Supergiant 179-4 (Dhoni 61no) beat
Sunrisers Hyderabad 176-3 (Henriques 55no)
24th match, Indian Premier League, Pune
MS Dhoni remained unbeaten on 61 as he rolled back the years to win a last ball thriller for Rising Pune Supergiant chasing 177 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 24th match of Indian Premier League in Pune.
Rising Pune Supergiant won the toss and decided to field first with Washington Sundar making his debut for them while Sunrisers Hyderabad replaced Yuvraj Singh, who was sick with Bipul Sharma.
A cautious approach from Hyderabad openers David Warner (43) and Shikhar Dhawan (30) saw them score 34 for naught in the first five overs. With a couple of boundaries in the sixth over, Warner took the score to 45 for naught at the end of the powerplay.
The runs were tough to come on as Hyderabad manage to score just 20 of it in the next over and also lost Dhawan to Imran Tahir (1-23) in that phase.
Steven Smith handed Warner a reprieve when he dropped a simple chance at mid-off in the 12th over following which Kane Williamson (21) upped the ante with a six followed by a four.
Daniel Christian (1-20) provided the breakthrough when he trapped Williamson LBW but Warner along with Moises Henriques (55 not out) scored a brisk 45-run stand which came off just 24 deliveries.
Even though Warner fell in the 17th over, Henriques completed a 26-ball fifty and ensured Hyderabad reached 176 for three in the 20 overs.
In the chase, Ajinkya Rahane (2) fell in the third over to Bipul (1-30) but Rahul Tripathi (59) smashed five boundaries and three sixes in the powerplay to take the total to 55 for one.
Tripathi completed his maiden T20 fifty off 31 deliveries and after hitting back-to-back sixes, Steven Smith (27) was castled by Rashid Khan (1-17). Pune needed 86 runs off the final eight overs and Dhoni (61 not out) announced his arrival with a boundary.
However, an indecision in running led to a suicidal run out of Tripathi at the other end. With 56 runs needed off the final four overs, Ben Stokes (10) holed out to deep but with a six and a four in the 18th over, Dhoni brought down the target to 30 runs off last two overs.
Dhoni reached his fifty with two boundaries and a six scoring 19 runs off the penultimate over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-39).
In the first ball off the final over, Rashid dropped Manoj Tiwary (17 not out) off the first delivery and after a brief comeback from Siddharth Kaul (0-45), Pune needed two runs off the final delivery and Dhoni slapped it to sweeper cover to seal a thrilling win. This was Pune's third win this season and Dhoni won the player of the match award.
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