IPL 9: Dinda, Zampa help Pune rain on Delhi's play-off hopes
Visakhapatnam: Rain played spoilsport as Rising Pune Supergiants defeated Delhi Daredevils by 19 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method in their Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the VCA Stadium on Tuesday.
Chasing 122 to win, Rising Pune Supergiants' innings was interrupted by rain twice.
At the first rain interruption, Pune were 57 for 1 in 8.2 overs, with Ajinkya Rahane and George Bailey batting at 26 and 6 respectively. They were 15 ahead of the required DLS par score at that time.
When rain stopped play a second time, the umpires called off play and Pune were ahead of the via the Duckworth-Lewis method. Rahane was on 42 not out and Bailey unbeaten on 8 at the close. Pune lost the wicket of opener Usman Khwaja who was dismissed by Chris Morris.
The defeat has hurt Delhi's chances of qualifying for the play-offs.
Earlier, medium pacer Ashok Dinda (3-20) and leg-spinner Adam Zampa (3-21) helped Rising Pune Supergiants restrict Delhi Daredevils to 121 for six
Rising Pune Supergiants' pacer Ashok Dinda celebrates the fall of a Delhi wicket at Vizag on Tuesday night. Pic/AFP
Asked to bat, Delhi struggled as Dinda and Zampa continued their impressive performance to leave the visitors struggle for runs.
Karun Nair (41 off 43 deliveries) anchored Delhi's innings, while South African all-rounder Chris Morris made a quick-fire 38 in just 20 balls towards the end to help his side cross 120-run mark.
Delhi got off to a bad start, losing openers Quinton de Kock (2) and Shreyas Iyer (8) inside five overs to Dinda. While left-hander de Kock was plumb in front of the stumps, Iyer attempted a bad pull as he was caught at deep square leg by Usman Khawaja.
Even though fellow seamers, Deepak Chahar (13-0) Irfan Pathan (17-0) and Thisara Perera (27-0) struck to their task and kept a tight line and length as Delhi struggled to up the slowish run rate.
Nair provided some calmness in the middle but the pressure exerted by the seamers followed by the spinners -- Zampa and Ravichandran Ashwin -- took toll on the rest of the batsmen.
Sanju Samson (10) was stumped by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni off leg-spinner Zampa, while Rishabh Pant (4) was caught by Perera at long off in the bowling of off-spinner Ashwin as Delhi reeled at 62/4 in 13 overs.
Later, Nair also fell in trying to be overly inventive as his sweep missed the line off Zampa and kissed the front pad and the umpire didn't hesitate to rule him out leg before wicket (LBW) -- with the score at 70/5 in 14.3 overs. Nair hit five fours.
Dinda returned to dismiss Jean-Paul Duminy (14) to put a check on Delhi's scoring even at the death.
Morris hit two sixes and a four in the final over bowled by Perera to help his side reach 121/6.
Delhi Daredevils 121/6 in 20 overs (Karun 41, Chris Morris 38 not out; Adam Zampa 3/21, Ashok Dinda 3/20).
Rising Pune Supergiants: 76 for 1 in 11 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 42 not out; Chris Morris 1/12).