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IPL 2017, RPS vs GL Highlights: How Ben Stokes sealed the deal for Pune

first_imgGujarat have been Stoke’d! What a knock this has been from theEnglishman. To take your team home, scoring your maiden T20 ton, withyour team in dire straits at 10 for 3. Take a bow, Ben Stokes. This hasbeen some, some knock. Today it also the Maharashtra Day and both teamsfrom the state have won. This though shall be etched in memories ofmany, many people involved. (Points Table | Scorecard)Stokes – there was so much debate, whether he did deserved the price tag or not, whether he was good enough or not. But boy, how well has heperformed to shut up his critics. Gujarat will feel knocked over, theybowled well for the most parts of the game but could not dismiss thesouthpaw. Pradeep Sangwan struck twice in the first over to set thetone. Dhoni and Stokes though set the platform with a 76-run stand.Just when Dhoni wanted to hit out, he departed to Thampi. Stokes thoughshowed his class to play of his best knocks in limited overs. Pune willbe delighted with the win as it puts them in a really good position onthe points table. They bowled earlier on with Imran Tahir and JaydevUnadkat taking three wickets each to restrict the visitors. Stokesfailed with the ball but stepped up with the bat to earn them two vitalpoints.HIGHLIGHTSPUNE INNINGS:23.38 IST: Difficult two games for Gujarat Lions! Lost the previous match against Mumbai Indians in Super Over and then this.advertisement2 hard fought losses in 3 days is hard to cope with, but the fighting spirit in the Lions will never die ?? #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 201723.33 IST: What an innings by Ben Stokes and so crucial! Maiden IPL century laced with 6 sixes and 7 fours.TAKE A BOW – BEN STOKES #IPL #RPSvGL IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 1, 201723.31 IST: SIX! Christian finishes it off in style!23.28 IST: FOUR! Ben Stokes, kudos to you! Maiden Indian T20 League ton for Ben Stokes! He’s absolutely pumped up, so is the crowd and are we! A classical innings from the Englishman this! Faulkner serves it full outside off, Stokes smashes it past a diving extra cover fielder for a boundary.Just have to enjoy this innings from @benstokes38. Been the lone chaser in what seemed a lost cause.- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 1, 201723.25 IST: Stokes down with cramps.23.21 IST: What an exceptional fielding effort by Jadeja! Saves a boundary at deep mid wicket.23.20 IST: SIX! Stokes powers a 79m maximum off Thampi over long on.23.18 IST: Good work by Dwayne on the boundary line. Was a sure shot four on deep mid wicket. RPS 137/5 after 18 overs vs GL.23.17 IST: FOUR! Good shot by Christian. Slams Sangwan for a boundary on deep backward point.23.13 IST: FOUR! Ben Stokes is on fire! Powers Thampi’s delivery straight to the boundary line. RPS 126/5 in 17 overs vs GL. Need 36 runs from the last 3 overs.23.11 IST: OUT! Slower ball by Thampi! Dhoni couldn’t get enough elevation on it and safe hands of  McCullum catch him on long-off.23.08 IST: Just 4 overs left and RPS are 118/4 vs GL. Stokes at 72 runs and Dhoni at 26.23.06 IST: FOUR! Stokes slams the fuller delivery through the covers for a boundary.23.05 IST: SIX! Ben Stokes smashes Dwayne Smith out of the park. A mighty 89m maximum.23.00 IST: SIX! Bang! This will get the crowd going! Back of a length delivery on middle, it sits up at a nice height for Dhoni who stands tall, swivels minimal and packs a pull over mid-wicket for half a dozen.22.57 IST: At Strategic Time Out, RPS are 90/4 in 14 overs vs GL.22.53 IST: Very economical over by Ankit Soni. No boundaries off it. RPS 87/4 in 13 overs vs GL.22:49 IST: FOUR! Very full outside off, Ben comes down the track, reaches out to that one and scythes it through point and finds the fence. A boundary to end the over!22:48 IST: Ben Stokes reaches his fifty with a single run off Dwayne Smith’s delivery.22:41 IST: SIX! Jadeja gets slammed for another biggie by Stokes. This time on long on.22.40 IST: SIX! Stokes powers an 89m maximum to deep mid wicket.#Jaddu vs #MSDhoniRound 1: Only 4 runs coming off the over. #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 201722.36 IST: Jadeja goes for just 4 runs in his first over. RPS 51/4 in 8 overs vs GL.22:34 IST: FOUR! Timing! Fuller outside off, Dhoni strides forward and drives it through extra cover. The fielder gets across from the deep, slides to stop the ball but ends up parrying it on the ropes. Thampi was the fielder.advertisement22.30 IST: The crowd roars ‘DHONI! DHONI!’ as he comes on strike for the first time. RPS 47/4 after 7 overs vs GL. Horrible mix up!Tripathi is runout. Horrible way to get out in the context of the game! #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201722.26 IST: OUT! School boy cricket there! Fuller in length on middle and leg, Stokes comes down and jams it out towards long on. The throw from Finch comes in at the non-striker’s end at hits the target. Stokes has run a long way towards the striker’s end and he is livid with his partner since it was Rahul’s call. When the ball hit the target, the southpaw had crossed the opener and hence Tripathi has to depart. That is a waste of a wicket and a gift of a wicket to the opposition. RPS 43/4 after 6 overs vs GL. 22.21 IST: Good over for Pune, 13 overs off it. RPS 37/3 after 5 overs vs GL.22.20 IST: FOUR! Good hands from Tripathi. A beautiful boundary at backward point.22.17 IST: SIX! Mighty shot by Ben Stokes. Shorter in length on the stumps, at 136 kph, Stokes gets inside the line of this one and hooks it over backwards square leg for a 79m maximum.22.13 IST: FOUR! Stokes is trying to stay positive. In the gap! Good length outside off, Stokes comes down a touch and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Important for Pune to stay positive as the target is not a big one. RPS:24/3 (4 overs) Pulled away into the gap. #Stokes will look to s positive & steady this innings! 4?! #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201722.09 IST: FOUR! Ben Stokes times it to perfection. Fuller in length around off, shapes in, Stokes covers the line and thumps it down the ground past the non-striker for a boundary. RPS:17/3 (3 overs)Elbow high, straight bat and 4?! ?? perfection from #stokes ???! #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201722.06 IST: Gujarat are off to a great start. RPS:11/3 (2 overs) 2? gone! #RPS 1?1?- 3?! #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201722.05 IST: OUT! Tiwary has to walk for a duck off Basil Thampi. Pune, what are you doing? Thampi fires a fuller one on middle and leg, Tiwary is beaten for pace and is struck on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire has no doubt to rule it out. That is another big wicket and Thampi leaps in joy. Boy, what a start!Match 39. 1.3: WICKET! M Tiwary (0) is out, lbw Basil Thampi, 10/3 #RPSvGL- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 1, 201722.01 IST: OUT! Banged in short on the body, Smith goes across to pull it away but gloves it towards short fine leg. Ankit Soni takes the catch and that is the end of Steven Smith. This is a superb start for the visitors. Sangwan leaps in joy and why not. That is a huge wicket. RPS: 8/2 (1 over)WICKET. Pradeep Sangwan is turning it on. We get the big fish. Steve Smith departs. #RPS 8/2. #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 201722.00 IST: FOUR! Captain Smith comes and flicks the ball off his pads for a boundary. Fuller on the stumps, Smith gets across and just nonchalantly clips it through mid-wicket for a boundary to get off the mark.21.59 IST: OUT! Rahane is found in front of his stumps. WICKET. Sangwan gets the early breakthrough we wanted. Dangerman Ajinkya Rahane walks back to the dugout. #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 201721.58 IST: FOUR! Rahane nudges it off of his pads. Reaches 4000 runs in t20. Shorter in length, on the pads, Rahane just tickles it into the fine leg fence neatly. Nice way to get off the mark.21.57 IST: Rahul Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane faces Pradeep Sangwan. 21.54 IST: Imran Tahir was the pick of the bowlers. It was a complete #MahirTahir show at the MCA!????Our leading wicket taker put us right in the game & restricted GL to 161!#RangWahiJungNayi RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201721.51 IST: It up to the Gujarat bowlers, need to defend 161. It’s up to the bowlers now. Come on Lions, let’s defend this! #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL– The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 2017GUJARAT INNINGS:21.46 IST: Imran Tahir was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/27. Jaydev Unadkat came back towards the end to finish with figures of 3/29. The rest too held their nerve to not let the home side down. Gujarat will know they could have done a lot better with the bat. They now have to defend a below par score on this good wicket. The home side will back their batting to come good. Should be an interesting chase.21.44 IST: Pune have to chase a total of 162 after bowling out Gujarat for 161.21.42 IST: OUT! Ankit Soni bowled out by Unadkat on the second last ball of the innings. Unadkat serves another slower length delivery, Ankit Soni heaves across the line only to hear the death rattle. Superb bowling from Jaydev this!3? wickets for @JUnadkat Super bowling by the man from Saurashtra! We bundle up GL for 1?6?1?! Now for the chase! #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201721.39 IST: OUT! Excellent glovework from Dhoni yet again to run out Karthik. Run out! Dhoni gets his man this time! Slower length delivery, angling in, Thampi swings and misses. Karthik wants the strike and so sets off in search of a bye. Dhoni collects and scores yet another direct hit at his end. This time Karthik’s desperate dive doesn’t save him.?sd show with the gloves was beautiful! ??? #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201721.38 IST: FOUR! That’s the glam shot! Length delivery on the stumps, Dinesh Karthik gets into the position early and reverse paddles it over backward point for a boundary. Cheeky!21.35 IST: FOUR! Good feet movement by Karthik and he slams Stokes for a boundary to deep square leg. GL 155/8 in 19 overs vs RPS.21.31 IST: OUT! Pradeep Sangwan falls after scoring just a run in his first game for Gujarat and Dinesh Karthik stands on one end to see wickets fall. Change of pace does the trick! Undakat gets his second! Nicely rolls his fingers over the ball and sends across a good length delivery as Sangwan looks to loft it down the ground. Miscues it high in the air towards mid on where Rahul Tripathi settles underneath it.21.27 IST: OUT! Excellent catch by Manoj Tiwary and Faulkner has to walk back to pavilion. Slower length delivery outside off, James gives himself some roo and bashes it hard but doesn’t bother to keep it down. It goes towards Manoj Tiwary at short extra cover who holds onto a tough catch. Unadkat gets his first wicket of the night.21.25 IST: It’s been 3 overs since Gujarat’s last boundary. GL 146/6 in 17 overs vs RPS.4 overs to go. The Lions are 140/6. @DineshKarthik and @JamesFaulkner44 will look to end with a flourish. #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 201721.19 IST: It’s Strategic time-out! GL 140/6 after 16 overs vs RPS.21.18 IST: OUT! Jadeja throws his wicket away and walks back to pavilion clearly unhappy with himself. From around the wicket, Christian bangs in a short ball and angles it into the body, Jadeja looks to pull but gets it off the splice. It lobs to Jaydev Unadkat at short fine leg who runs in to his right and takes a simple catch.21.13 IST: NOT OUT! Another quick glovework from Dhoni but Jadeja makes it on time.21.09 IST: FOUR! On the pads and Jadeja has put it away. He doesn’t have any problem to just tickle it fine down the leg side for a boundary. GL 128/5 after 14 overs vs RPS.21.05 IST: FOUR! Jadeja slams Stokes once again. This time to deep mid wicket. GL 121/5 in 13 overs vs RPS.21.04 IST: FOUR! Jadeja powers Stokes’ delivery straight to boundary.21.01 IST: OUT! Back of a length around off, McCullum steps out and plays his usual flat-batted shot. Doesn’t connect and the ball goes off the splice towards Ajinkya Rahane at sweeper cover. He takes a comfortable catch and that spells the end of the Gujarat opener. Pune with a timely wicket. GL 109/5 in 12 overs vs RPS.20.57 IST: BIG SHOUT! Thakur appealed for an LBW but the umpire doesn’t move.20.53 IST: FOUR! Edged and away! Fuller and outside off, McCullum comes forward to push it away but gets a thick outside edge which races down to the third man fence for a boundary. The man in the deep comes across to his left, puts in a dive but to no avail. GL 101/4 in 11 overs vs RPS.20.51 IST: OUT! Tahir strikes gold! Lands a googly outside off, Smith sits down on his knee and looks to slog sweep but misses and has his stumps rattled. What an over for the home side, two big wickets in that over. That after being hit for a biggie first ball. Tahir is elated and why not. This is a superb period of play. His figures read 3-0-22-3 for now. GL 94/4 in 10 overs.20.49 IST: OUT! Finch departs and Tahir takes off! Flatter on middle, Finch looks to go through the leg side but gets a leading edge. The ball lobs back towards Tahir who leaps and takes the catch. Finch has to walk back. Tahir takes off in celebration. A vital wicket for the home side. Dwayne Smith walks out to bat next, replacing Finchy. A slip in place20.46 IST: SIX! Finch goes big! Tahir lands the googly outside off, Finch gets under it and dispatches it over mid-wicket for a maximum.20.44 IST: SIX! Over the ropes! Good length outside off, McCullum gets under it and pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Another big over for the visitors, 15 runs off it. GL 86/2 in 9 overs20.42 IST: FOUR! In the gap! Lands it outside off, Finch gets under it and launches it over mid-wicket. The ball lands in the gap and they get a boundary.20.38 IST: OUT! Raina runs himself out! Flatter around off, Suresh gets it towards square leg off the back foot and takes a single. Raina calls for the second and dives to get into his crease. The throw comes in flat at the striker’s end and Dhoni takes the bails off. It is referred upstairs. Replays show Rahane’s throw was a sharp one and Dhoni had caught Raina short of the crease. That is a big wicket and a special piece of fielding has resulted in a wicket. GL 71/2 in 8 overs. Aaron Finch is the new man in!Always! ?????? #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201720.31 IST: GL 66/1 after 7 overs vs RPS. 20.30 IST: FOUR! It’s McCullum again. Ferocious hit on the mid off. 20.29 IST: Good piece of fielding there by Thakur. Saved two runs for the team.20.27 IST: WICKET! There’s the breakthrough! Too full outside off, Kishan comes forward to drive it but ends up slicing it to short third man. Sundar takes the catch and that is a huge sigh of relief for the home side. Still a superb Powerplay for the home side. GL 55/1 in 6 overs vs RPS.20.23 IST: FOUR! Powerful! Too full on the pads, Ishan Kishan does not miss out and sweeps it powerfully through backward square leg for a boundary.20.19 IST: SIX! Hit away! Length ball on middle and leg, McCullum gets under it and launches it over wide long on for a maximum. This is a superb start for the visitors.20.18 IST:  FOUR! Edged! Fuller outside off, McCullum looks to drive from his crease but gets an outside edge past the keeper for a boundary. Luck has not gone in favour of the hosts so far.20.15 IST: BIG HITTING! Ishan Kishan hitting Sundar big. First a four  through an edge and then a big six. What a hit! Shorter on middle, Kishan gets under this one and pummels it over mid-wicket for a biggie. GL 35/0 in 4 overs vs RPS.20.12 IST: SIX! Ishan Kishan special! Shorter in length on the body, Kishan gets under it and gets it over backward square leg for a 69m maximum. GL 24/0 in 3 overs vs RPS.Vintage #MSDhoni Such a smart and cheeky cricketer. Surely played a lot of gully cricket! ??? #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201720.10 IST: NOT OUT! Dhoni special but no harm done. Good length outside off, Kishan pulls it over mid-wicket for a couple of runs. The throw comes in at the striker’s end. Dhoni deflects the ball through his legs back onto the stumps. There is an appeal which is referred upstairs. Replays show that Ishan had dragged his bat into the crease.Beautiful over by Sundae, just a run off his 1st. GL 1?2?-0? after 2?! #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201720.08 IST: Excellent second over by Washington Sundar. Just one run off it. GL 12/0 after 2 overs vs RPS.20.04 IST: FOUR! Past the fielder! Outside off on a good length, McCullum opens the face of the bat and gets it past the short third man fielder for a boundary. What a start for the visitors. GL 11/0 after 1 over vs RPS.20.03 IST: MISSED CHANCE! Slower in pace, fuller in length on the stumps, McCullum is early into the shot. The ball lobs towards Smith at mid on. He comes in, dives but the ball falls short of him. A single taken.20.01 IST: FOUR! Slants it outside off on a length, McCullum goes after the width and sends it crashing over extra cover for a boundary. There was a fielder in the deep but he could not do anything about it.19.58 IST: Brendon McCullum and Ishan Kishan have made their way to the ground in order to open the innings for Gujarat while Jaydev Unadkat is opening the bowling attack of Pune.2 changes from our previous game vs RCB#stokes and Shardul in!Ferguson & D Chahar out!#RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 2017Here’s our Playing XI for tonight’s game. #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 201719.47 IST: Here’s the playing XI of both the teams.Rising Pune Supergiant (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni(w), Ben Stokes, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur, Imran TahirGujarat Lions (Playing XI): Ishan Kishan, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina(c), Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik(w), Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Ankit Soni, Pradeep Sangwan, Basil Thampi19.31 IST: Rising Pune Supergiant win toss, opt to bowl first.Steve Smith chose to bowl first saying that there was some dew the other night unexpectedly and this is generally a pretty good chasing ground.Lockie Ferguson makes way for Ben Stokes while Shardul Thakur comes in for Deepak Chahar.Suresh Raina, on the other hand, said that all the five games are important for them and they only have to express themselves and enjoy. He called for the bowlers to step up in the first six overs.Gujarat have got two changes as well. Dwayne Smithy comes in for Andrew Tye and Pradeep Sangwan is playing in place of Irfan Pathan.19.12 IST: Ravindra Jadeja picked the wicket of his Chennai Super Kings teammates the last match that Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions played.Last time @imjadeja got the better of @msdhoni. Will he repeat it tonight? Let’s ROAR for #Jaddu. #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 201719.05 IST: Happy Maharashtra DayJai Jai Maharashtra Mazha, Garza Maharashtra Mazha!Wishing all our #Supergiants a very happy Maharashtra Diwas!#RangWahiJungNayi RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 2017Brief 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 here 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 have 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 cylinders 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 but is ruled out of the tournament with a dislocated shoulder. 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.last_img read more