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IPL 10: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rising Pune Supergiant : Heroes and Zeroes

Ben Stokes of England

Rising Pune Supergiant registered one of their most comprehensive wins in IPL 10 as they rose to the third position on the table with 14 points to their name in 11 games. The architect of the win was youngster Rahul Tripathi, who was unfortunate to fall just 7 runs short of what would have been one of the most spectacular hundreds of all time in a chase.

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Here is a look at the Heroes and Zeroes from the game.

HEROES:

Rahul Tripathi:


The young right hander was on fire from the very start of the innings. Unfazed by the wickets tumbling at the other end, Tripathi continued his onslaught as he smashed 9 fours and 7 sixes in his 52-ball 93. The youngster has been a consistent performer for Pune this season and if he continues the same form, he will be a vital cog in the play-offs.

Chris Woakes:

Chris Woakes was the silver lining for KKR in the match. Giving away just 18 runs in his 4 overs, he slowed down the RPS run-rate quite considerably. At one point, Pune needed just 27 off 44 balls. It was Woakes and Yadav who brought KKR back in the game with their spell and ensured that KKR fought till the very last over of the match.

Ben Stokes:

The English all-rounder was fantastic with the bat in the previous game. Today, he shone with the ball. He gave away just 24 runs in his 4 overs, restricting the run flow. Along with Jaydev Unadkat, he bowled an excellent opening spell to ensure that the KKR batsmen could soar away at no point in the game.

ZEROS:

Yusuf Pathan:

Coming in at no. 5 and at a time when Kolkata were struggling at 40/3, it was expected of Yusuf Pathan to play a responsible innings. He totally failed to do so and was cheaply dismissed for a painful innings of 4 runs off 9 deliveries.

Sheldon Jackson:


In the absence of Robin Uthappa, Sheldon Jackson was promoted to no. 3 after the gamble of Sunil Narine opening the innings failed. Jackson couldn’t do much and was sent back by Washington Sundar for just 10 off 9 balls to have KKR struggling at 19/2.

Nathan Coulter-Nile:

Coulter-Nile was the wrecker-in-chief when KKR bundled out RCB for just 49. Today, he was nowhere close as Tripathi took him for a smashing. Coulter-Nile gave away 41 runs in 3 overs at an economy of close to 13 in a chase where the required run rate was under 8!

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