IPL 2017: Pune Supergiant seek to seal play-off berth

Although he has got off to a lot of starts this season, Pune captain Steve Smith has managed to notch up just two half-centuries in 11 matches.

Opener Ishan Kishan chipped in with a 25-ball 34 before leggie Amit Mishra had him caught at short fine leg off a googly.

Finch got good support from Karthik (40 off 28) as the duo shared a 92-run stand for the fourth wicket after the Lions were reduced to 56 for three in the seventh over.

Australian right-hander Aaron Finch top-scored for the Lions with 69 runs off 39 balls before being bowled by Mohammed Shami.

Carlos Brathwaite (1-38) provided the breakthrough when he dismissed Karthik in the 17th over and Finch completed a 32 ball fifty with a six.

Karun Nair (30) and Iyer (96) shared nine boundaries and a six between them in the powerplay to take them to 64 for two.

Daredevils started the chase badly, losing the talented Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant in the second over.

What followed was brilliant work in the field by Ravindra Jadeja, who effected run outs of Marlon Samuels and Corey Anderson with direct hits, leaving Daredevils at 104 for five.

DD, after an abysmal show against the Mumbai Indians, can not finish in the top four anymore, but that hasn't curbed their enthusiasm. With nothing left to play for, the Daredevils would look to play a fearless brand of cricket and give their fans something to cheer about with only two games left to go.

Iyer who played a crucial role in team's win over Gujarat Lions opined:"I don't think my IPL was that bad".

RPS would have their task cut out as they face an inspired Delhi Daredevils side who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat thanks to a magnificent knock by Shreyas Iyer in their previous encounter against the Gujarat Lions.

"As a team, everything needs to come together", he added.

  • Julie Sanders