Finally, Pune end their losing streak by defending the lowest total any visiting team has defended here. They would look to turn things around from this point onwards. Bangalore are currently at the bottom of the table and they will look to change their fortunes before it's too late. Tomorrow, we have another double header lined up for you all. First, Delhi will host the in-form Kolkata side at 1600 local time (1030 GMT) and then the defending champions, Hyderabad will be taking on the men from Punjab in Hyderabad at 2000 local time (1430 GMT). Hope you enjoyed our coverage of this match. Till then, take care! Cheers!
Man of the Match, Ben Stokes says that they executed their plans really well and went into the second innings with an understanding of what they wanted to do. Mentions that they tried not to bowl too full. Thinks that they were struggling a bit with the bat. Says that the first four games didn't go according to their plan and hopes that this is the starting point for them to get a winning streak going. Ends by saying wherever they go it feels like a home game because of Dhoni.
Steven Smith says that they were in a really good position at one time but then they lost their way. Opines that Manoj Tiwary played brilliantly at the end. Mentions that it's good when things work because sometimes they don't. Feels that they had a lot of good energy and presence of mind which they missed in the last match. Conveys that they have got some good characters and really good players in the team.
Virat Kohli says that it is vital to find the winning formula. Opines that if they continue playing like this they don't deserve to win. Conveys that they fought hard in the last game but let this match slip right in front of their eyes. Feels that they have a few things to work on and they cannot think that they can beat sides easily at home. Admits that the catch of Rahul Tripathi was one of his best catches. Says that Milne bowled really well and assessed the conditions brilliantly. Informs that players have to pull up their socks. Mentions the year 2016, where they had to win four out of four matches to qualify. Says that it cannot happen every year. Ends by saying that they hope to turn things around and wants his players to take responsibility.
Shardul Thakur made early inroads and ended up with career-best figures of 3/35. He was the only one who was a touch expensive. Apart from him all the other bowlers kept it tight and never let the opposition get the better of them. Ben Stokes was the pick of the bowlers, his figures read 4-0-18-3! This would boost his confidence a lot and his team will hope he continues this from hereon. Manoj Tiwary's late surge at the death in the first innings proved to be very valuable.
What a match! People say T20 is a game of batsmen, but this game proved it wrong. It were the bowlers who were on top today. After the first innings, the odds were favouring the hosts. But, the visitors had other things on their minds. Their bowlers came out with a clear intent and bowled disciplined lines and lengths and it reaped them rewards. Virat Kohli was dropped twice in the second over and it looked as if he will make the most of it. However, the Pune bowlers didn't lose their hopes and saw his back soon. The middle order struggled throughout the innings as half of their batsmen scored at less than a run a ball.
Ben Stokes to Yuzvendra Chahal
That's it. PUNE HAVE WON BY 27 RUNS! Ben Stokes bowls a length ball on the sticks and Chahal blocks it. What a fantastic bowling effort this has been from the visitors.
Ben Stokes to Sreenath Aravind
The batsman has played it fine down the leg side. They pick up a single.
Full outside off, Chahal drives this through covers for a single.
Yuzvendra Chahal is the last man in.
Ben Stokes to Adam Milne
OUT! This is icing on the cake for Pune. Good length ball, on off stump, Milne has a wild swing at it but misses. The ball disturbs the stumps. That is it for Milne. Stokes completes his 3-fer!
Bye! Short delivery, Aravind misses his pull and Dhoni too fails to collect it. That allows the batsmen to run through for a bye.
Back of a length delivery, outside off, Aravind tries to pull it but misses.
Ben Stokes to bowl the last over. 31 runs are needed!
Jaydev Unadkat to Sreenath Aravind
Aravind drives this length ball straight to sweeper cover for a single.
Aravind mistimes his slog towards deep mid-wicket for a double.
On a length around off, Aravind swings it to long leg for a couple.
Slower ball outside off, Aravind has a go at it but misses.
Sreenath Aravind walks out to bat.
Jaydev Unadkat to Samuel Badree
OUT! Timber! Bangalore are totally losing the way. Fuller delivery into the stumps, Badree tries to go big but the ball goes below his bat and the stump shatters. The batsman was too early into his shot and pays the price for it. Unadkat is having a great day with the ball!