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IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiants beat Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets

15 May 2017

While RPS are sitting at fourth spot with 16 points from eight games, they have the least Net Run Rate (-0.083) among the top five teams.

If RPS wins, they will surge to number 2 with 18 and avoid the eliminators.

If KKR bat first, get bowled out for 0 and the Mumbai Indians chase down the target off the first ball of the innings, KKR will still remain ahead of RPS on the NRR. Requiring 16 off the final over, Mohit Sharma was clobbered for a six on the second ball before the Haryana medium pacer pulled things back to bowl three consecutive dots as Mumbai ended on 223/6 at the end.

Under the leadership of Steve Smith, and he actually delivers a valuable contribution to his teams.

And its all over. Maxwell's innings had five sixes apart from two boundaries. But, nothing of that sort happened for KXIP as Rahane and Tripathi looked in good touched, and did not give their wickets away. Surely there is no way back for KXIP now. Whatever risks he takes, it is always after 12 or 15 overs, when he knows that he has completed his role and there's a need to score quick runs.

Mohit Sharma - A new death over king in a making for KXIP!

WICKET! Zampa pitches up one of his classic leg spinners, as Ishant slogs it against the spin. Signs were ominous for the Punjab side before a low-down catch by gloveman Wriddiman Saha spelt the end of Pandya, the partnership and the punishment.

Saha, who seemed good at the crease, could not handle the pressure and was dismissed by Christian in the 10th over. Axar Patel led by example on the field.

RPS have started off just as they wanted.

Apart from providing his team timely breakthroughs, he has shown the proper direction to young pace bowlers such as Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur. Karn Sharma played a cameo of 19 runs in six balls.

RPS have few concerns in terms of their batting as well as bowling. In his second over, Thakur had Shaun Marsh spooning a catch to mid-off, and then tucked Rahul Tewatia up early in the sixth over. The Australian had failed to react when Wriddhiman Saha had edged a Unadkat delivery in the third over of the match. The Gujarat southpaw skewed a short ball straight in the air for Manan Vohra to latch on to a comfortable catch running across from cover to mid-off.

"We were fortunate to win the toss, the ball was stopping".

Kings XI needed to win at the iconic venue to stay in the play-off hunt and Wriddhiman Saha's magnificent 93 not out, after being promoted to opener, set the tone.

Preview: It all comes down to this match. RPS are now on 16 points from 13 games with a net run-rate -0.083, while Kings XI Punjab are on 14 points from equal number of matches but have a comparatively better run-rate of +0.296. Midway through the 2016 season, he was released from the squad.

It was only last season that a team involving the former India skipper couldn't make it to the last four. Stay on this page to keep following the updates.

In such a tensed tie, one moment of brilliance, or even one mistake could decide the outcome.