Ajinkya Rahane’s fifth half-century of the season guided PuneSupergiants to a seven-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils in amust-win Indian Premier League match at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium onThursday. (Scorecard/Points Table)Highlights: Ajinkya Rahane is adjudged Man of the Match MS Dhoni: “The overall bowling effort pleased me the most. It felt nice we restricted them to 160. With a ground like this and with the way they are going, I think we did really well. There were quite a few hits from the batsmen but I think the death bowling was good. We are a bit uncomfortable in the middle, but I think it’s a well-earned victory for us. The wicket did slow a bit in the second innings. Mishra did well and Imran Tahir also bowled really well. This victory was much-needed for us. Even if the batsmen are hitting hard, you have to stick to your plans and I think that’s what makes the difference.” JP Duminy: “We did feel it was enough at the half time. The middle part of our batting let us down, we were 20 runs short, but we did pretty well to take it to the last over. The way we fought back was exceptional. They (Zaheer, QdK and Morris) carry a lot of experience, but as I said at the toss it is an opportunity for the guys to stake a claim in the IPL. There were some errors and missed opportunities, but lot of positives. We went in with only two seamers, so we had to use our leg-spinners wisely. So, we kept Imran (Tahir) for the final overs, an exceptional spell from him. We have played some good cricket this season and there are six more games before the playoffs, hopefully we can pick it up in the next game.” advertisementPune Supergiants Innings:23.38 IST: Ajinkya Rahane remains unbeaten on 63 from 48 balls. His classy knock was laced with seven glorious boundaries. Imran Tahir (2/26) was the pick of the bowlers for Delhi.23.29 IST: FOUR, that’s it!! Rising Pune Supergiants (166/3) crush Delhi Daredevils (162/7) by 7 wickets to keep their campaign alive in the tournament.23.25 IST: 14 runs and a wicket came off the last over from Tahir. Pune 160/3 in 19 overs, need 3 runs from 6 balls.23.24 IST: Another big hit from Perera 23.24 IST: SIX!! Perera hits his first ball for a big hit down the ground. RPS 153/3, need 10 from 9 balls.23.20 IST: Outstanding Effort on the boundary!! Sam Billings’ takes a brilliant catch on the ropes to send MS Dhoni back in the pavilion. Tahir gets his second wicket. Pune 146/3 in 18.1 overs, need 17 runs from 11 balls. 23.18 IST: Big over for Pune, Dhoni scored 20 runs off it. RPS 146/2 in 18 overs, need 17 runs from 12 balls.23.16 IST: SIX!!Dhoni hits a big one straight back past the bowler. Crucial hit for Pune (need 20 from 14 balls)23.15 IST: FOUR!! Dhoni gets a top-edge for four, crucial for Pune 23.13 IST: Mohammed Shami to bowl the 18th over 23.11 IST: Another tight over this time from Mishra, just 6 off it. Pune 126/2 in 17 overs, need 37 from 18 ballsThe required run rate is climbing now. But we have two surgeons at the crease. #DumKaNayaRang #DDvRPS Pune Supergiants (@RPSupergiants) May 5, 201623.07 IST: Good over from Tahir, just 4 runs come off it. Pune 120/2 in 16 overs, need 43 from 24 balls. 23.04 IST: 10 runs come off the over. Pune Supergiants 116/2 in 15 overs, need 47 runs to win from 30 balls. 23.01 IST: SIX!! MS Dhoni comes down the track and deposits his former CSK teammate Pawan Negi into the third tier 23.00 IST: FIFTY!! Ajinkya Rahane brings up his fifth half-century this season in just 39 balls. Pune 106/2 in 14 overs, need 57 runs from 36 balls. 22.57 IST: WICKET!! Saurabh Tiwary falls for 21 as he slog sweeps a delivery from Tahir straight into the hands of Sam Billings 22.54 IST: Strategic time-out! Pune Supergiants are 104/1 in 13 overs, need 59 runs to win from 42 balls. Ajinkya Rahane 49*, Saurabh Tiwary 21*The final strategic time out of the game! RPS need 59 runs to win from 42 balls! #DumKaNayaRang #DDvRPS @IPL pic.twitter.com/0wimo23JQ1 Pune Supergiants (@RPSupergiants) May 5, 201622.52 IST: FOUR!! Hundred up for Pune as Rahane flicks a wide delivery from Brathwaite 22.48 IST: Imran Tahir’s first over goes for just 7 runs. Pune 94/1 after 12 overs, need 69 from 48 balls.Imran Tahir into the attack now for DD. 22.43 IST: An expensive over from Amit Mishra comes to an end. 13 runs came off it including a six and two no-balls. Pune 87/1 after 11 overs, need 76 from 54 balls. 22.40 IST: SIX!! Saurabh Tiwary hits a 90-meter six off Amit Mishra. First of the innings. 22.38 IST: Pune Supergiants are 73/1 at the half-way mark with another 89 runs to go with 60 balls and 9 wickets in hand.advertisement22.34 IST: Successful over from Mishra comes to an end. Pune 65/1 in 9 overs, need 98 from 66 balls.22.30 IST: Breakthrough for Delhi!! Usman Khawaja comes down the track but misses Amit Mishra’s googly, keeper Samson stumps him out. He departs for 30. 22.24 IST: Strategic Time-out!! Pune Supergiants 53/0 after 7 overs, need 110 runs from 13 overs. Required run rate: 8.46. 22.22 IST: Stumping appeal against Khawaja, but he survives 22.18 IST: Powerplay Over!! Pune Supergiants reach 50/0 after 6 overs. Required run rate: 8.07. 22.15 IST: FOUR!! Rahane hits successive boundaries off Shami. First a pull and then driving through the on-side for two classy boundaries. 22.13 IST: SIX!! Usman Khawaja hits a straight six back past the bowler Jayant Yadav. Pune 38/0 after 5 overs. 22.10 IST: FOUR!! Khawaja gets a lucky boundary off the last ball from Shami as Pune reach 28/0 after 4 overs. 22.04 IST: Jayant Yadav bowls a terrific over for DD. Pune 16/0 after 3 overs. 21.58 IST: FOUR!! Khawaja hits Brathwaite for a four through deep mid wicket 21.56 IST: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane begins the run chase for Supergiants with a boundary 21.53 IST: Ajinkya Rahane and Usman Khawaja take guard for Pune. Jayant Yadav will open the attack for Delhi. 21.39 IST: Innings break! 13 runs come off the last over from Ashok Dinda as Delhi Daredevils reach 162/7 in 20 overs. JP Duminy top-scored for his side with 34 while Karun Nair made 32. Scott Boland and Rajat Bhatia both picked up 2 wickets each for Pune. 21.35 IST: Last 4 overs: 37 runs, 3 wickets. Delhi 149/7 after 19 overs. Pawan Negi and Mohammad Shami to face the final over. 21.25 IST: Run Out! JP Duminy falls short going for the second run, brilliant work from Rahane. Delhi 138/6 in 17 overs. 21.22 IST: Boland has his revenge!! Brathwaite departs the very next ball, mistiming a slower bouncer straight to Thisara Perera at the boundary. 21.22 IST: SIX More!! Carlos Brathwaite is on fire as he hits a flat six straight back past Scott Boland, the unfortunate bowler. 21.16 IST: BIG HITS!! Carlos Brathwaite gets into his six-hitting mode straightaway, deposits Murugan Ashwin twice into the stands. Delhi 130/4 after 16 overs. 21.14 IST: WICKET!! Sam Billings departs for 24 trying to up the ante. Carlos Brathwaite is the new batsman. Delhi 112/4 in 15 overs. 21.08 IST: Strategic time-out! Delhi 107/3 in 14 overs. Duminy 23*, Billings 24* (Stand: 42 from 26 balls).21.04 IST: SIX!! Sam Billings hits R Ashwin for two consecutive sixes. Delhi 101/3 in 13 overs. 20.59 IST: Duminy and Billings need to switch gears now if they want the team to get to a decent total. Delhi 83/3 after 12 overs. 20.55 IST: 33 balls have been bowled since the last boundary. 20.51 IST: Sam Billings gets off the mark straightaway with a quick-double. Delhi 69/3 at the half-way stage. 20.48 IST: That’s Out!! Thisara Perera strikes right after the strategic break. Karun Nair departs for 32. Delhi 65/3 in 9.4 overs. 20.43 IST: Strategic Time-out!! Delhi Daredevils reach 63/2 after 9 overs. Karun Nair 31*, JP Duminy 8*. Run rate: 7.00.20.39 IST: Pune bowlers have kept a check on the scoring rate. Delhi 59/2 after 8 overs. 20.30 IST: WICKET!! Scott Boland gets his man as Sanju Samson mistimes his shot and the ball flies towards R Ashwin. Delhi 48/2 after 6 overs. 20.25 IST: FREE-HIT!! Ashok Dinda bowls a waist-high full-toss which Nair flicks away to the boundary.Nair fails to connect with the free-hit delivery and loses the grip on his bat instead.advertisement20.20 IST: Scott Boland’s first over goes for 10 runs including two boundaries. Delhi 27/1 after 4 overs. 20.16 IST: Successful over for the Supergiants! Karun Nair is the new man in. Delhi 17/1 after 3 overs. 20.13 IST: WICKET!! Rishabh Pant goes for a wild slog but loses his off-stump instead. Dinda strikes early for Pune. 20.09 IST: Perera’s over goes for 9 runs. Delhi 11/0 after 2 overs. 20.06 IST: FOUR! Sanju Samson scores back-to-back boundaries for DD. Thisara Perera is leaking runs in the second over. 20.05 IST: Dinda bowls a terrific first over for the Supergiants. Delhi 2/0 after 1 over. 20.00 IST: Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson walk out to the middle for the Daredevils. Ashok Dinda will start of the proceedings for Supergiants. Delhi Daredevils: Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Sam Billings, Jean-Paul Duminy, Pawan Negi, Carlos Brathwaite, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Imran TahirRising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, Saurabh Tiwary, George Bailey, MS Dhoni, Thisara Perera, Rajat Bhatia, Scott Boland, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Murugan Ashwin 19.37 IST: Team Changes – Usman Khawaja and George Bailey will make their debuts for Pune in this game. Meanwhile Delhi have included Pawan Negi, Jayant Yadav, Carlos Brathwaite and Imran Tahir in their playing XI.19.30 IST: TOSS!! Pune Supergiants opt to bowl first at the Feroz Shah Kotla. JP Duminy will lead the Daredevils in this game instead of injured Zaheer Khan. Preview:Fresh from two consecutive victories, a rejuvenated Delhi Daredevils (DD) will take on injury-ravaged Rising Pune Supergiants in their last league outing of the Indian Premier League at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium on Thursday. (Full IPL 2016 Coverage)With five wins out of seven games, the home side have reached a new momentum after registering consecutive wins against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Gujarat Lions to occupy the second spot in the team standings.On the other hand, having lost key players like Kevin Pietersen, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis and Mitchell Marsh, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Pune franchise have struggled to find the momentum going in their favour, managing only two wins from eight outings.Unlike the previous seasons, the Daredevils have approached each game with a horses for courses approach, making the right changes under the watchful eyes of team mentor Rahul Dravid and coach Paddy Upton. (Zaheer Khan lauds India U-19 hero Rishabh Pant)The credit for Delhi’s turnaround also goes to skipper Zaheer Khan, who has managed to take early breakthroughs while opening the bowling and also at the death. The franchise’s decision to invest in the youngsters has also borne fruit in the tournament so far.Young Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson have been a revelation in the batting order while leg-spinner Amit Mishra and his left-arm partner Shahbaz Nadeem have been impressive in containing the rival batsmen and also picking up wickets at regular intervals.The overseas players have also contributed to Delhi’s success with South African keeper-batsman Quinton de Kock providing decent starts to the team. His Protea teammates — Imran Tahir, Jean-Paul Duminy and Chris Morris — have also played a pivotal role in the side’s success.West Indian hitman Carlos Braithwate, who was included for the match against KKR, enthralled the Delhi crowd with his all-round efforts — 34 from 11 balls and three wickets — to pocket the man of the match award.On the other hand, with just six more matches to go in the league stage, Dhoni’s brigade will have their task cut out for Thursday’s game.Left with very little to choose from, the team will bank on a good start from the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, George Bailey and Usman Khwaja, apart from Dhoni himself in the middle order.Even if the batters have done a decent job, the Pune franchise have found it tough to defend with the bowling unit letting Dhoni down.Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been a shadow of his previous self while pacer Ashok Dinda and Thisara Perera have been milked for runs by the opposition batters.Teams:Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (capt), Mayank Agarwal, Sam Billings, Khaleel Ahmed, Carlos Brathwaite, Nathan-Coulter-Nile, Quinton De Kock, JP Duminy, Akhil Herwadkar, Imran Tahir, Shreyas Iyer, Mahipal Lomror, Chama Milind, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris, Shahbaz NAdeem, karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Rishabh Pant, Pratyush Singh, Sanju Samson, Pawan Suyal and Jayant Yadav.Rising Pune Supergiants: MS Dhoni (capt), Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Mirugan Ashwin, R Ashwin, George Bailey, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Scott Boland, Deepak Chahar, Jaskaran Singh, Usman Khwaja, Albie Morkel, Ishwar Pandey, Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera, Ashok Dinda, Peter Hanscomb, Ishwar Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh, Saurabh Tiwary and Adam Zampa.