Maintaining their winning streak in the tournament, Rising Pune Supergiant has won another game by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets. With this win, RPS has now won 6 games out of their last 7. It wasn’t the expensive Ben Stokes or MS Dhoni who shined in this game but it was the domestic batsman who plays from Maharashtra, Rahul Tripathi who took the command in his hands and scored a match-winning knock of 93 runs off 52 balls which included 9 fours and 6 sixes.
Tripathi has been quite consistent this season and the skipper Steve Smith is also very happy with his performance. RPS bought Tripathi for Rs 10 lakhs at the auctions this year. It’s really difficult to beat KKR at their home ground in Kolkata. Batting first, KKR managed to put up a total of 155 runs. RPS with their momentum going on won the game by 5 wickets.
With these 6 consecutive wins, RPS has now reached the 3rd spot on the points table, surpassing the reigning champions Sunrisers Hyderabad. As the playoffs are approaching, all the teams now have to give their best and they cannot afford to lose any game. RPS has now also put water in the hopes of Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils to enter playoffs but they can still try if they give their best and not lost any game.
The four teams dominating the points table right now are Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rising Pune Supergiant and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The playoffs would start from 16th May and final showdown will take place on 21st May. In the post-match presentation, Tripathi said, “I enjoyed my batting today. Happy that my team won today. I’m just trying to middle the ball, trying to concentrate on the wicket and not on the outside. Yes! I hit six sixes in an over twice in the local tournament. I’m happy that I’m doing well and hopefully I will continue hitting. The ball was coming on nicely and I tried enjoying myself out there in the middle.” Tripathi has a record of hitting six sixes in an over for two times in domestic cricket.
Tripathi was hitting the KKR bowling trio – Umesh Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Chris Woakes with such an ease. He was middling the bat with perfection. The 26-year old batsman hit the Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav for three consecutive sixes. RPS is now looking forward to winning the upcoming matches as well to enter the playoffs with a dominating position. The hopes of Pune have now been lit after Stokes and Dhoni have come back to the form. RPS has suddenly become the dominating side after the key players are coming back to their form.