Rising Pune Supergiants seize on woeful Sunrisers Hyderabad batting for second IPL win

A dismal batting display from Sunrisers Hyderabad and the weather allowed Rising Pune Supergiants to register only their second win of the ninth Indian Premier League campaign.

Mitchell Marsh celebrates the wicket of Moises Henriques of Sunrisers Hyderabad. Noah Seelam / AFP
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A dismal batting display from Sunrisers Hyderabad and the weather allowed Rising Pune Supergiants to register only their second win of the ninth Indian Premier League campaign in Uppal.

David Warner and Eoin Morgan were out for ducks in an innings that also saw Deepak Hooda and Moises Henriques pick up one run apiece after being put in to bat by Pune.

Only Shikhar Dhawan put up any sort of fight, finishing with 56 of 53 balls as Hyderabad set a target of 118 for eight.

Ashok Dinda did most of the damage, claiming the wickets of Warner, Aditya Tare and Naman Ojha, who was just starting to build a partnership with Dhawan.

Pune suffered an early setback in their reply as Ajinkya Rahane was caught for a duck by Morgan off a Bhuvneshwar Kumar ball.

But Faf du Plessis and Steven Smith soon found their rhythm and put on 70 runs before a Du Plessis edge found its way into the gloves of Ojha.

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MS Dhoni followed shortly after before the rain arrived with Pune on 94 for three, meaning the visitors won by 34 runs using the Duckworth/Lewis method.

“This was not what we expected,” said a disappointed Warner after the match.

“We made it look like they bowled well. The boys tried hard. When you lose wickets in clumps, it’s tough to build momentum.

“We have two more games at home here coming up to try to bounce back.

“Yuvraj [Singh] and Kane Williamson are close to returning.

“We’ll see what the selectors say. We’re glad to have the support of the crowd that turns up in huge numbers here.”

Winning captain Dhoni said: “There are quite a few teams with four points, so we had to get there today.

“We didn’t factor in the rain, we thought it wouldn’t come. We wanted to bowl first because the wicket stays good right through the 40 overs.

“The bowlers exploited the conditions well. All the fast bowlers hit the right length, and Ashwin was also able to bowl the way he normally does.

“If you don’t get wickets upfront, batsmen have license to hit any over. So in that sense, it was a good game overall.

“Fielding isn’t something we’re great at, but we need some luck. Today, the ball went to the good fielders.”

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