The match was played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium,Hyderabad between Rising Pune Supergiants who were keen to get a win under their belt against a side on a winning streak i.e. Sunrisers Hyderabad.
MS Dhoni won an important toss on a pitch which was newly prepared for this game as he decided to field first against Sunrisers Hyderabad.Rising Pune Supergiants fast bowler Ashok Dinda produced in an excellent display of fast bowling to take out the top order early in the innings.Sunrisers Hyderabad at once stage were in deep double as they were placed at 32 for 5 after 8 overs.Shikhar Dhawan showed some resistance and was the lone contributor in the whole innings as he struck 56 runs off 53 balls that allowed Sunrisers Hyderabad to reach 118 runs after 20 overs.
The innings started badly for Rising Pune as well as Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Ajinkya Rahane for a duck in the very first over to instill some hope for Sunrisers.However, Faf du Plessis and Smith came to crease and formed a 80 run partnership to steady the innings and set up an easy win by 7 wickets via Duckword/Lewis method as rain came down and got heavier at the end of the game.
The win gives some hope for Rising Pune Supergiants after a long losing streak while Sunrisers Hyderabad were found wanting on a surface helpful for pace bowlers in this season’s Indian Premier League.