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Happy that my team won, says Rahul Tripathi after missing out on maiden ton

first_imgRahul Tripathi lead from the front with a stylish 93 off just 52 balls to steer Rising Pune Supergiant to a four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.The Pune bowlers put up a disciplined effort to limit KKR to 155/8 before Tripathi fashioned his team’s win with a blinder.The visiting team got home with four balls to spare with Tripathi missing out on a well-deserved hundred. He was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his exploits with the bat.”I enjoyed my batting today. I was getting good starts, but was not able to convert it. Happy that my team won today. I’m just trying to middle the ball, trying to concentrate on the wicket and not on the outside. I’m happy that I’m able to do well. I’m just watching the ball, hitting and it is coming off well,” he said at the post-match prize distribution ceremony.Tripathi reached his fifty in breath-taking fashion, scooping the ball after a shuffle at the crease, off just 23 balls – becoming the quickest RPS player to reach the milestone.Born in Ranchi and raised in Maharashtra, the 26-year-old Tripathi, who made IPL debut this season, showed fine composure as he held on despite wickets falling around him – Ajinkya Rahane (11), Steve Smith (9), Manoj Tiwary (8), last match’s hero Ben Stokes (14) and MS Dhoni (5).”My role was just to play till the end. The coach (Stephen Fleming) and Smithy (captain Steve Smith) told me to be there till the end, so I was doing it ball by ball. The ball was coming on nicely and I tried enjoying myself out there in the middle,” he said.advertisementHis knock was studded with 9 fours and 7 sixes. His previous best in the IPL was 59 which he had scored against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in his fourth game this season.On being asked if hitting such lusty blows comes naturally to him, he said: “Yes! I hit six sixes in an over twice in the local tournament. I’m happy that I’m doing well and hopefully I will continue hitting.”Tripathi has been in tremendous form in this season of the IPL, having scored thirty-plus scores in all of the games he has played, barring Pune’s last game against Gujarat Lions, in which he lost his wicket for just six runs.last_img read more

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