Rahul Tripathi fell short of scoring his first Indian Premier League (IPL) century but his knock helped Rising Pune Supergiant continue their resurgence with a dramatic four-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders.
Chasing 156, Tripathi, seemed on course to follow in the footsteps of Ben Stokes to reach the triple figure milestone for the second straight game but his 93-run knock came to an end after being the victim of Chris Woakes’ 100th T20 wicket.
With five runs needed off the last over, it was Daniel Christian who settled the game yet again, his six at deep wicket registering a sixth victory in seven matches. The result sees Pune move up to third on 14 points and level with second-placed Kolkata.
Earlier, Kolkata recovered from losing Sunil Narine (0) in the first over to reach 155-8 with Manish Pandey top-scoring with 37. Jaydev Unadkat and Washington Sundar each took two wickets for Pune.
Rahul Tripathi! 👊😎 – M O M!!
— RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 3, 2017
Just like in their game against Gujarat Lions, Pune batsmen struggled with Steven Smith and MS Dhoni failing to put on big scores. Ajinkya Rahane (11), Stokes (14) and Tripathi the only three to score double figures.
With Tripathi at the crease, there was always hope and the batsman, playing in his first IPL season, punished Kolkata bowlers. His 93-run knock came from just 52 deliveries, including nine fours and seven sixes.
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