Rising Pune Supergiant make dramatic turnaround to reach IPL 2017 final

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant came into the Indian Premier League season 10 on the back of a disastrous season last year when they finished seventh in the eight-team tournament. They had managed to win only five matches in their debut season in 2016 under the leadership of MS Dhoni.However, Rising Pune Supergiant took some really tough decisions ahead of the tournament and it has worked wonders for the team.They off-loaded 15 players from the team, removed Dhoni as the captain, handed the leadership to Steve Smith, bought the most sought after all-rounder Ben Stokes for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore at the IPL auction in February and removed the letter ‘S’ from the team’s name.Here’s a look at how the team reached their maiden final.Highest scorer: Steve Smith (421 runs)(Rising Pune Supergiant Photo)Captaincy brought out the best in Steve Smith this season and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands all the while working in tandem with his predecessor MS Dhoni. Smith has scored 421 runs in 14 matches at a staggering average of 38.27 with two half-centuries and a highest score of 84 not out.Smith’s leadership has been top notch and one of the key reasons behind Pune’s turnaround this season. He has sought advice from Dhoni whenever it was needed and led the team from the front and as a result they have made it to their maiden final in just their second season.Highest wicket-taker: Jaydev Unadkat (22 wickets)(Rising Pune Supergiant Photo)This season has been by far the best for Jaydev Unadkat. The left-arm fast bowler, after playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils, has finally found his footing in the Pune franchise where he was bought for Rs 30 lakh.advertisementUnadkat became the third bowler this season to pick up a hat-trick (against Sunrisers Hyderabad) and so far has 22 wickets from 11 matches at 13.77 with the best bowling figures of 5/30. He is the second highest wicket-taker this season behind Bhuvneshwar Kumar (26 wickets in 14 matches).Points table finish: 2nd with 18 points Playoff: Beat MI by 20 runs in Qualifier 1 at MumbaiMatch 14: Beat Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets at PuneMatch 13: Beat Delhi Daredevils by 7 runs at DelhiMatch 12: Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs at HyderabadMatch 11: Beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets at KolkataMatch 10: Beat Gujarat Lions by 5 wickets at PuneMatch 9: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 61 runs at PuneMatch 8: Beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets at PuneMatch 7: Beat Mumbai Indians by 3 runs at MumbaiMatch 6: Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets at PuneMatch 5: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 27 runs at BengaluruMatch 4: Lost to Gujarat Lions by 7 wickets at RajkotMatch 3: Beat Delhi Daredevils by 97 runs at PuneMatch 2: Lost to Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets at IndoreMatch 1: Beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets at Punelast_img

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