Manoj Tiwary's late flourish propels RPS

For Pune, it was essentially a story of two half-century stands. One that set them up and one that dragged them out. Rahane and Tripathi had got 55 runs in the Powerplay. Then Smith and Dhoni got together and laboured along. Barring one six that hit the roof, there was very little memorable about the partnership of 58 off 46 balls. That put the lower order in a state where they had to hit everything. They naturally tried to slog everything across the line and the slump continued. Really, 127 for 2 became 130 for 7. Without Manoj Tiwary's 27 off 11, this total of 161 would never have been possible. He hit boundaries in the last 2 overs than what the other RPS batsmen hit in 6 overs prior to that (13th to 18th).

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