Rahane guides Supergiants to victory


Rising Pune Supergiants were indebted to an unbeaten half-century from the in-form Ajinkya Rahane as they defeated Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets in the Indian Premier League.

The Daredevils had the chance to climb to the top of the table with a victory on Thursday, but the home fans were left disappointed as Rahane's 63 not out saw the Supergiants home with five balls to spare.

JP Duminy's 34 from 32 balls was Delhi's highest score in their 162-7 and it proved to be insufficient as Rahane's fifth half-century from nine innings this season provided the foundation for the Supergiants' successful chase.

MS Dhoni's 27 from 20 deliveries also proved a useful contribution, before Thisara Perera thumped 14 from just five balls to help the visitors over the line.

The Supergiants remain sixth in the table, after recording a third win from nine matches in their debut IPL campaign.

After being put into bat, a number of Delhi players made starts without going on to make a game-changing contribution.

Captain Duminy struck just one boundary in his knock, while Sam Billings followed up his 54 on debut last time out with 24 from 15, and Carlos Brathwaite smashed three of the eight balls he faced over the ropes in a brisk 20.

The Supergiants made an assured start in their chase, Rahane and Usman Khawaja putting on 59 for the opening wicket before the latter was stumped for 30.

Saurabh Tiwary made 21 from 18 deliveries, and his departure brought Dhoni to the crease.

The captain's innings was brought to an end by Billings' stunning catch on the midwicket boundary, but Perera belted two of his first three deliveries from Imran Tahir over the fence to effectively end the contest.