Rising Pune Supergiant

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Rising Pune Supergiant
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CaptainSteve Smith(2017), MS Dhoni (2016)
CoachStephen Fleming
OwnerSanjiv Goenka (RPSG Group)
Team information
CityPune, Maharashtra, India
FoundedDecember 2015 (December 2015)
DissolvedMay 2017 (May 2017)
Home groundMaharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune (Capacity : 37,406)
Secondary home ground(s)Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam (Capacity : 50,000)

The Rising Pune Supergiant (often abbreviated as RPS) was a franchise cricket team based in Pune, Maharashtra, that played in the Indian Premier League in 2016 and 2017. It was the second team representing Pune after Pune Warriors India. The team along with Gujarat Lions featured as two-season replacements for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who were suspended due to their involvement in illegal betting by their respective owners.[1]

The Rising Pune Supergiant franchise is owned by RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group controlled by Sanjiv Goenka.[1] The team name was announced (as Rising Pune Supergiants) on 18 January 2016 by Goenka in Kolkata and Raghu Iyer was appointed CEO.[2] The owners changed the team name to Rising Pune Supergiant on 26 March 2017.[3] The team lost the 2017 IPL Final to Mumbai Indians by 1 run, which was the team's last game in the IPL.[4][5]

Home ground[edit]

The Rising Pune Supergiant's home ground was the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. However, controversies arose over holding 2016 IPL games in Maharashtra due to water usage of the cricket stadiums during severe drought and the Bombay High Court ordered all matches in May to be shifted out of the state.[6] On 15 April 2016, it was reported that the Rising Pune Supergiants were considering the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vishakhapatnam as an alternate home ground.[7]


Year Indian Premier League
IPL 2016 Group Stage
IPL 2017 Runners-up

Results summary[edit]

By season[edit]

2016 Season

The Rising Pune Supergiant made an excellent start to the season, convincingly winning their first game against the defending champions, Mumbai Indians, by 9 wickets. However, they went on to lose their next four games - against the Gujarat Lions, Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kolkata Knight Riders. The inclusion of Ashoke Dinda, in their 6th game of the season, provided a brief inspiration as the Supergiants beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs. They lost the next two games - against the Gujarat Lions and the Mumbai Indians - at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. The Supergiants were also briefly bolstered by the arrival of Australian batsmen Usman Khawaja and George Bailey against the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla and went on to win the game by 7 wickets.[8] Pune's last game of the season was against Kings XI Punjab, with the loser finishing at the bottom of the points table. RPS was struggling to chase down a total of 172 despite a good start from the openers and they kept losing wickets at constant intervals. RPS needed 23 runs from the last over which was bowled by Axar Patel with captain MS Dhoni on the crease. After a wide, four, six and two dot balls, RPS were left requiring 12 runs from the last two balls. It seemed the game was over but Dhoni hit two sixes off the last two balls. This win ensured RPS didn't finish at the bottom of the points table.[9] At the end of the 2016 IPL, the Supergiants won only 5 games out of 14, and won only 2 of their 7 home games - 4 at the MCA Stadium in Pune and 3 at their new home ground, the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vishakhapatnam. They finished at seventh place in the IPL points table.[10]

2017 Season

After the auction, Pune axed MS Dhoni as captain and Steve Smith was appointed captain barely months before the start of the 2017 season.[11] The franchise then changed their name to Rising Pune Supergiant, removing the 's', on 26 March 2017.[3] Washington Sundar replaced Ravichandran Ashwin who was ruled out of the tournament with a sports hernia.[12] RPS bought Ben Stokes for ₹14.5 Crore at the auction, making him the most expensive overseas player in the history of the IPL.[13] Imran Tahir was roped in by RPS as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh, who was once again ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury.[14] This decision proved to be extremely decisive, as Imran Tahir went on to take 18 wickets in 12 games for RPS before leaving for his national team, along with Faf du Plessis.

RPS once again got off to a great start in IPL 2017 by beating the Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets in their first game. However, losses against Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions followed and it seemed like Pune were repeating what took place last year. However, results picked up and RPS won 7 out of their next 8 games, all of them by close margins, with the top performers being Rahul Tripathi, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni and Imran Tahir. But a 6-day gap left them rusty and RPS lost to Delhi Daredevils by 7 runs, forcing them to win their last game vs Punjab to qualify. In their do-or-die game vs Punjab, RPS skittled them out for 73 and won comfortably by 9 wickets, thus finishing in second place with 18 points and qualifying for the play-offs.

RPS faced the Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, with a win securing them a spot in the final. RPS batted first and posted a slightly below-par total of 162–4, with 41 runs coming from the last two overs, thanks to well-paced innings from Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane and a late surge from MS Dhoni. Washington Sundar ripped apart the middle order of the Indians and finished with career best figures of 3–16 in 4 overs. Shardul Thakur and Jaydev Unadkat chipped in as Pune beat the Mumbai Indians comfortably by 20 runs.

RPS faced the Mumbai Indians for the fourth time in the season, in the final at Hyderabad. This was Rising Pune Supergiant's last game in the IPL. RPS had a psychological edge over Mumbai, considering RPS had beaten them on all three meetings in the season. Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bat first. Jaydev Unadkat and Adam Zampa took key wickets as Mumbai crumbled to 79-7 but a late surge from Krunal Pandya meant that Mumbai finished with a slightly-below par score of 129–8. RPS looked comfortable after the powerplay but over-cautious batting cost them dearly. Ajinkya Rahane scored runs easily but captain Steve Smith struggled and things took a turn when Rahane got out for 44. MS Dhoni arrived but was quickly removed for 10 and Pune were left requiring 11 runs from the last over with Smith and Manoj Tiwary at the crease. Tiwary hit a four on the first ball off Mitchell Johnson's bowling and RPS looked to have the trophy in the bag. But Smith and Tiwary got out off consecutive deliveries which left RPS requiring 7 runs from 3 balls. A single from Washington Sundar and a double from Daniel Christian meant RPS required 4 runs from the last ball. Unfortunately, RPS could only complete two runs before Sundar was run out. Thus, Mumbai Indians won by 1 run to get their 3rd IPL title.

Performance summary in Indian Premier League
Year Pld Won Loss NR Tied SR(%) Position Summary
2016 14 5 9 0 0 35.71% 7 Group stage
2017 16 10 6 0 0 62.5% 2 Runners-Up

Rising Pune Supergiants in 2016[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Man of the Match Scorecard
1 9 April 2016 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Won by 9 wickets India Ajinkya Rahane 66*(42) Scorecard
2 14 April 2016 Gujarat Lions Rajkot Lost by 7 wickets Scorecard
3 17 April 2016 Kings XI Punjab Mohali Lost by 6 wickets Scorecard
4 22 April 2016 Royal Challengers Bangalore Pune Lost by 13 runs Scorecard
5 24 April 2016 Kolkata Knight Riders Pune Lost by 2 wickets
6 26 April 2016 Sunrisers Hyderabad Hyderabad Won by 34 runs (D/L) India Ashok Dinda 3/23 (4 overs) Scorecard
7 29 April 2016 Gujarat Lions Pune Lost by 3 wickets Scorecard
8 1 May 2016 Mumbai Indians Pune Lost by 8 wickets Scorecard
9 5 May 2016 Delhi Daredevils Delhi Won by 7 wickets India Ajinkya Rahane 63* (48) Scorecard
10 7 May 2016 Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore Lost by 7 wickets Scorecard
11 10 May 2016 Sunrisers Hyderabad Visakhapatnam Lost by 4 runs Australia Adam Zampa 6/19 (4 overs)
12 14 May 2016 Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata Lost by 8 wickets (D/L)
13 17 May 2016 Delhi Daredevils Visakhapatnam Won by 19 Runs (D/L) India Ashok Dinda 3/20 (4 overs)
14 21 May 2016 Kings XI Punjab Visakhapatnam Won by 4 Wickets India MS Dhoni 64*(32) Scorecard
Overall record of 5-9
Seventh in the points table
Did not make it to the playoffs

Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017- League Stage[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Man of the Match Scorecard
1 6 April 2017 Mumbai Indians Pune Won by 7 wickets Australia Steve Smith 84*(54) Scorecard
2 8 April 2017 Kings XI Punjab Indore Lost by 6 wickets Scorecard
3 11 April 2017 Delhi Daredevils Pune Lost by 97 runs Scorecard
4 14 April 2017 Gujarat Lions Rajkot Lost by 7 wickets Scorecard
5 16 April 2017 Royal Challengers Bangalore Banaglore Won by 27 runs England Ben Stokes 3/18 (4 overs) Scorecard
6 22 April 2017 Sunrisers Hyderabad Pune Won by 6 wickets India MS Dhoni 61*(34) Scorecard
7 24 April 2017 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Won by 3 runs England Ben Stokes 2/21 (4 overs) Scorecard
8 26 April 2017 Kolkata Knight Riders Pune Lost by 7 wickets Scorecard
9 29 April 2017 Royal Challengers Bangalore Pune Won by 61 runs New Zealand Lockie Ferguson 2/7 (4 overs) Scorecard
10 1 May 2017 Gujarat Lions Pune Won by 5 wickets England Ben Stokes 103*(63) Scorecard
11 3 May 2017 Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata Won by 4 wickets India Rahul Tripathi 93(52) Scorecard
12 6 May 2017 Sunrisers Hyderabad Hyderabad Won by 12 runs India Jaydev Unadkat 5/30 (4 overs) Scorecard
13 12 May 2017 Delhi Daredevils Delhi Lost by 7 runs Scorecard
14 14 May 2017 Kings XI Punjab Pune Won by 9 wickets India Jaydev Unadkat 2/12 (3 overs) Scorecard
League Stage record of 9-5
Second in the points table
Made it to the playoffs

Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017 Play-Offs[edit]

Play-Off Date Opponent Venue Result Man of the Match Scorecard
Qualifier 1 16 May 2017 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Won by 20 runs India Washington Sundar 3/16 (4 overs) Scorecard
Final 21 May 2017 Mumbai Indians Hyderabad Lost by 1 run Scorecard
Qualifier 1
16 May
20:00 (D/N)
Rising Pune Supergiant
162/4 (20 overs)
Mumbai Indians (H)
142/9 (20 overs)
Manoj Tiwary 58 (48)
Lasith Malinga 1/14 (3 overs)
Parthiv Patel 52 (40)
Washington Sundar 3/16 (4 overs)
Rising Pune Supergiant won by 20 runs
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Umpires: Sundaram Ravi (India) and Chettithody Shamshuddin (India)
Player of the match: Washington Sundar (Rising Pune Supergiant)
  • Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to field.
  • 3/16 (4 overs) were the best figures of Washington Sundar (Rising Pune Supergiant).
  • This victory meant RPS directly qualified for the final.

21 May
20:00 (D/N)
Mumbai Indians
129/8 (20 overs)
Rising Pune Supergiant
128/6 (20 overs)
Krunal Pandya 47 (38)
Jaydev Unadkat 2/19 (4 overs)
Steve Smith 51 (50)
Mitchell Johnson 3/26 (4 overs)
Mumbai Indians won by 1 run
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Umpires: Nigel Llong (England) and Sundaram Ravi (India)
Player of the match: Krunal Pandya (Mumbai Indians)
  • Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Mumbai Indians became the first team to win a third IPL title.
  • This was Rising Pune Supergiant's last IPL game and was the first IPL final to be decided by 1 run.


Most Runs[edit]

Player Mat Inns NO Runs Ave SR HS 100 50 4s 6s
India Ajinkya Rahane 30 30 4 862 33.15 122.79 74 0 8 89 18
Australia Steve Smith 23 22 4 742 41.22 131.79 101 1 3 65 20
India MS Dhoni 30 27 9 574 31.88 124.78 64* 0 2 33 30
India Rahul Tripathi 14 14 0 391 27.92 146.44 93 0 2 43 17
India Manoj Tiwary 15 13 3 324 32.40 137.28 60 0 2 31 11
  • Source: Cricinfo[15]

Most Wickets[edit]

Player Mat Inns Wkts BBI Avg Econ SR 4w 5w
India Jaydev Unadkat 12 12 24 5/30 13.41 7.02 11.4 30 19
Australia Adam Zampa 11 11 19 6/19 14.63 7.54 11.6 03 15
South Africa Imran Tahir 12 12 18 3/18 20.50 7.85 15.6 100 50
England Ben Stokes 12 12 12 3/18 26.33 7.18 22.0 98 97
India Ashok Dinda 12 12 12 3/20 29.16 5.64 20.2 56 16
  • Source: Cricinfo[16]


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