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IPL 2017: We are peaking at the right time, feels Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith

RPS beat Gujarat Lions by five wickets after a top-order collapse and now stand pretty at fourth spot with 12 points.

IPL 2017: We are peaking at the right time, feels Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith

Pune: After consolidating their fourth spot in the table, courtesy Ben Stokes' unbeaten 103, Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith feels they are "peaking at the right time".

RPS beat Gujarat Lions by five wickets after a top-order collapse and now stand pretty at fourth spot with 12 points.

"It wasn't an ideal start but we have some artillery in the shed. MS and Stoksy took it deep. It is one of the easier ground to his sixes and Stokesy made use of it. I thought it was a great effort for the bowlers to pull it back to 160. We are peaking at the right time, hopefully not early," Smith said after the match.

"Stoksy is a quality player and he certainly earned his cash. Fantastic player and very proud of him."

Stokes, who added 76 runs for the fifth wicket with former India captian MS Dhoni to repair the innings, said their plan was to rotate the strike.

"We lost quite a few early wickets... Me and MS just tried to keep it ticking. Numbers game: we just tried to go big at the start of the over and cool it off," he said.

Lions skipper Suresh Raina not having quality spin attack hurt them in the match.

"The dew was there when Basil and Jimmy were bowling. Credit to Stokes. We did not have much power in the spinning department, but Stokes did well. I would say we were 25-30 runs short. We kept losing wickets and we were all out. Still I think we bowled well in the first six overs. The way Stokes was hitting was the turning point. The way he was hitting, clean strikes," he said.

"Still we have four games left. Hopefully things will turn out better for us," Raina signed off.

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IPL 2017 Points Table

TEAMS MP Won Lost Pts
MI 14 10 4 20
RPS 14 9 5 18
SRH 14 8 5 17
KKR 14 8 5 16
KXIP 14 7 7 14
DD 14 6 8 12
GL 14 4 10 8
RCB 14 3 10 7

ORANGE CAP

1 David Warner
SRH
641
Runs
2 Gautam Gambhir
KKR | 498 Runs
3 Shikhar Dhawan
SRH | 479 Runs

PURPLE CAP

1 Bhuvneshwar Kumar
SRH
26 Wickets
2 Jaydev Unadkat
RPS | 24 Wickets
3 Jasprit Bumrah
MI | 20 Wickets