Tripathi stands tall among star-studded Pune line-up

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 May 2017 09:19:27


ROOKIE batsman Rahul Tripathi put his more illustrious team mates in the star-studded Rising Pune Supergiant batting line-up in the shade when he produced a belligerent half-century to help his side beat Kolkata Knight Riders and increase their chances of bagging a spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs.

The 26-year-old opener came up with a quick fire 52-ball 93 at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday evening that helped Rising Pune Supergiant beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by four wickets.

In a team which boasts of some of the world’s best batsman including skipper Steven Smith, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane and Ben Stokes, it is really difficult for a young inexperienced player to stand out.

“Rahul played outstandingly today. He has really been in good touch from the start of this season,” Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary, a senior player in the Pune team, said of the Maharashtra batsman at the post-match press conference.
“I was following him in the Ranji Trophy as well. Last year he scored a hundred against Bengal, I remember. At that point of time, I knew that if this guy works hard, he will come up.

“This year also, he played in the quarterfinal against Bengal in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, over there, he scored 92 runs. Throughout the year, he’s been in really good touch and was scoring the 30-40s in the previous games and I am pretty happy, the team is also very happy that he has carried that start to convert it into a big one,” Tiwary added.

Chasing a sub-par target of 156 runs to win, Pune needed a solid start but little did KKR bowlers know that they would be taken to the cleaners away in the first six overs of the contest.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has been KKR’s best paceman in this campaign, was hit for 19 off his first over while Umesh Yadav, India’s best fast bowler at the moment, was hit for a six and a four off back-to-back balls in the next over.
Next up was left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav who had been tricking the big boys in this IPL. with his googlies.