Rain plays spoiler in Vizag as Pune beat Delhi by 19 runs (via D/L)

first_imgPersistent rain in Visakhapatnam forced the Indian Premier League match between Rising Pune Supergiants and Delhi Daredevils to be called off with RPS getting the result in their favour thanks to the Duckworth-Lewis method.Chasing a modest 122 for victory, Pune’s charge was stopped by the rain for the second time with their score stuck on 76/1 in 11 overs when umpires decided that there was no point in continuing the match any further.As rain continued persistently, the match was called off after a wait of around 15 minutes with Pune ahead of the par score of 57 by 19 runs.Rahane steers Pune’s chase Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten on 42, while giving him company was George Bailey on 8 when the covers were brought on the field.At the first rain interruption, Pune were 57 for 1 in 8.2 overs with Rahane on 26 and George Bailey on 6. They returned after a rain break of around an hour and they were to get their full quota of 20 overs.But rain came back again after playing another two overs and four deliveries. Rahane and Bailey added 19 runs in those 16 deliveries. Rahane added 16 runs for himself as he hit a four and a six off Mohammed Shami to take Pune ahead before the second rain break stopped play.The win did not change anything for Pune, who are already out of reckoning for a play-offs berth, apart from the addition of two more points to their earlier six, except that they are now in the seventh spot ahead of Kings XI Punjab.advertisementDelhi’s chances hurt after lossFor Daredevils, the loss will make it more difficult for them to book a play-offs berth as they remained at sixth spot with 12 points from 12 matches.They will now need to win both their remaining matches – against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore – to have a chance for making it to the play-offs.Dinda and Zampa star for RPS Earlier, medium pacer Ashok Dinda (3/20) and leg-spinner Adam Zampa (3/21) helped RPS restrict Delhi Daredevils to 121 for six in 20 overs.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.Brief scores: Delhi Daredevils: 121/6 (Karun Nair 41, Chris Morris 38; Ashok Dinda 3-20, Adam Zampa 3-21) vs Rising Pune Supergiants.last_img read more

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