IPL 2016 has had it’s fair share of upsets and downfalls for teams and players but if there’s one team that has disappointed the most; considering the kind of potential it has or so it was perceived is perhaps Pune Supergiants.

Rising Pune Supergaints vs Sunrises Hyderabad
Date 26 Apr 2016
Venue Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
94/3 (11)   118/8 (20)
Rising Pune Supergiants won by 34 runs

Led by the incredible captain in MS Dhoni, Pune was expected to be table-toppers in IPL 2016, after-all Dhoni’s team till last year in CSK was habitual of being table toppers but the story has been different with Pune Supergiants – who find themselves at the bottom of the table (7th) and therefore their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (4th in points table) became extremely crucial to amend ways towards changing things around.

Pune won the toss and elected to bowl. Mitchell Marsh came into the side replacing Albie Morkel and Ankit Sharma made way for Ashok Dinda. While Sunrisers Hyderabad made 1 change and got some experience into the side through inclusion of Nehra in place of Barinder Sran.

The crowd in the stadium though was made to wait in desperation for the game to start, as we had a delayed start due to rain –delaying start by an hour. In such a situation, players tend to lose their concentration which often leads to disastrous performance from a side due to breaking of the rhythm – and something similar happened with Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Hyderabad’s innings can be best summed up as “wickets.. wickets and yes, some more wickets”. The wickets in continuous succession pegged back Hyderabad’s innings which looked miserable at one stage – struggling at 36/5 – with Warner, Henriques, Hooda, Morgan and Tare – all back to the pavilion before the conclusion of the powerplay overs (first 6).

Hyderabad’s innings never really picked up. Had it not been for some resistance shown by Shikhar Dhawan, situation looked so worse that it seemed it’ll take something really special for Hyderabad to get past 100. Dhawan didn’t look like he was playing his natural game but then he has been struggling in the whole IPL season so far; neither did he have an impressive t20 world cup– and so this innings comes at a crucial juncture of the tournament because following this innings an in-form Dhawan can be an asset for Hyderabad’s upcoming matches.

A few vigorous shots from Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in the last 2 overs of the innings guided Hyderabad to a total of 118/8 – which is quite acceptable considered that at one stage they were 36/5 and had Warner been offered 118 as a set target for Pune, he’d have gladly accepted – but what is really enough, even for a struggling Pune Supergiants was to be seen.

Pune lost it’s opener in Rahane early in the chase – falling in the first over to Bhuvaneshwar Kumar for a duck – the Sunrisers Hydebrad looked visibly charged up upon the fall of an early wicket, they needed more.

Du Plessis with Smith took forward the innings and ensured that Hyderabad are not given a chance to make their way back into the match, the partnership was of 80 runs in which Du Plessis was the major aggressor. Upon the fall of Du Plessis in the 9th over, Smith took charge and battled the rainy conditions to show resistance at the pitch.

Pune Supergiants’s captain, Ms Dhoni smashed a four on the first ball he faced but he too fell soon enough to Nehra – the Pune Supergiants were 94/3 at the stroke of rain – being 34 runs ahead as per D/L.

The match was called off at 12:07 and thus concluded another match in Vivo IPL – Pune Supergiants did “rise” to the challenge today while Sunrisers Hyderabad are taken aback by today’s weak performance.

SRH vs RPS (IPL 2016 M 22) Playing XI

Sunrisers Hydrabad

  1. David Warner
  2. Shikhar Dhawan
  3. Moises Henriques
  4. Aditya Tare
  5. Naman Ojha
  6. Deepak Hooda
  7. Eoin Morgan
  8. Bipul Sharma
  9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  10. Ashish Nehra
  11. Mustafizur Rahman
Rising Pune Supergaints

  1. Francois Du Plessis
  2. Ajinkya Rahane
  3. Steve Smith
  4. Saurabh Tiwary
  5. Ms Dhoni
  6. Mitchell Marsh
  7. Thisara Perera
  8. Rajat Bhatia
  9. Ravichandran Ashwin
  10. Ashok Dinda
  11. Murugan Ashwin
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