Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) on Sunday cemented their place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs thrashing Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Sunday.

The Pune victory came off a superb performance by their bowlers which was later complemented by their top-rung batsmen to overhaul the meagre 74-run target set by a hapless Punjab.

Pune now have 18 points in 14 matches and are at the second spot. They displaced Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who slipped to the fourth spot with 16 points.

Mumbai Indians sit atop the table with 20 points and Sunrisers Hyderabad are at third spot with 17 points.

Chasing 73 posted by Punjab, openers Ajinkya Rahane (34 not out) and Rahul Tripathi (28) forged a 41-run partnership before the latter was dismissed by spinner Axar Patel. Tripathi’s 20-ball knock was laced with four boundaries and one six.

Unfazed, skipper Steven Smith (15 not out) and Rahane then completed the formalities without any hiccups for Pune to overhaul the Punjab score in 12 overs.

Earlier, Riding on some disciplined bowling, Pune restricted Punjab to 73 runs. Axar Patel (22) and Wriddhiman Saha (13) were the major contributors for Punjab’s cause.

Punjab never looked in contention as they started their innings on a poor note. Martin Guptill (0) was dismissed by Jaydev Unadkat on the very first ball of the innings caught at short cover by Manoj Tiwary.

After adding 19 runs to the score with Saha, incoming batsman Shaun Marsh (10) was also dismissed by Daniel Christian in the fourth over and the scoreboard read 19/2.

Punjab’s middle-order suffered a collapse with Eoin Morgan (4), who was playing in place of Manan Vohra, Rahul Tewatia (4) and skipper Glenn Maxwell (0) failing to step up to the occasion. They were all sent packing before seven overs had been bowled.

Saha, who seemed good at the crease, could not handle the pressure and was dismissed by Christian in the 10th over.

Axar Patel, however, showed his temperament and slammed a few boundaries before he was dismissed by Christian in the 12th over.

Lower-order batsmen Swapnil Singh (10), Mohit Sharma (6) and Ishant Sharma (0) were also dismissed in the next three overs to restrict Punjab for 73 runs in 15.5 overs.

For Pune, Shardul Thakur scalped three wickets while Unadkat, Adam Zampa and Christian took two wickets each. (IANS Match Report)

Ball-by-ball highlight of the match between Rising Pune Supergiant and Kings XI Punjab

 

06: 29 PM IST  | 12 overs bowled, RPS 78/1. Rising Pune Supergiant win by 9 wickets. That is a humiliating exit for Kings XI Punjab.

11.6: SIX! Rahane finishes the match with a maximum over long on

11.5: Rahane plays a dot

11.4: Smith pushes the ball to long on for an easy single

11.3: Rahane takes a single to long on 

11.2: Rahane cuts to deep backward point for 2 runs

11.1: Maxwell continues, starts with a single to Smith to klong on

06: 25 PM IST  | 11 overs bowled, RPS 67/1

10.6: Rahane plays a dot to end the over

10.5: Smith takes a single to cover point 

10.4: Rahane takes a single to long on

10.3: Smith takes a single to mid on

10.2: Smith plays a dot

10.1: Tewatia  into the attack, Smith flicks to fine leg for 2 runs

06: 22 PM IST  | 10 overs bowled, RPS 62/1

9.6: Smith drags the ball to mid wicket for a single off the last ball

9.5: Rahane takes a single to long on

9.4P: Rahane plays a dot

9.3: Smioth flicks to mid wicket for a single

9.2: Smith plays a dot

9.1: Glenn Maxwell into the attack, starts with a single to Rahane to long on

06: 18 PM IST  | 9 overs bowled, RPS 58/1

8.6: Smith plays a dot off the last ball

8.5: Rahane plays to sweeper cover for a single

8.4: Dot ball to Rahane

8.3: Smith takes a single to long on

8.2: DROPPED! Rahane sweeps the googly from Tewatia to Martin Guptill at deep mid wicket; he drops a sitter. Rahane gets a life and 1 run

8.1: Tewatia continues, starts with a dot ball to Rahane

06: 14 PM IST  | 8 overs bowled, RPS 55/1

7.6: Rahane takes a single to backward square leg off the last ball

7.5: Smith gets an easy single to mid wicket

7.4: Rahane plays off the backfoot to nudge the ball to mid wicket for a single

7.3: Smith takes a single to long on

7.2: Rahane picks a single to off side

7.1: Axar continues, starts with a single to Smith to square leg

06: 11 PM IST  | 7 overs bowled, RPS 49/1

6.6: Smith pushes the ball to mid wicket for a single off the last ball

6.5: Smith plays a dot

6.4: Rahane pulls to deep mid wicket for a single

6.3: Smith takes a single to mid wicket

6.2: Rahane takes a single to third man

6.1: Swapnil Singh into the attack, starts with a couple to Rahane to square leg

06: 07 PM IST  | 6 overs bowled, RPS 43/1. End of Power Play

5.6: Rahane takes a single off the last ball

5.5: Rahane plays a dot

5.4: Steve Smith is the new batsman, gets off the mark with a single to mid wicket

5.3: WICKET! Rahul Tripathi 28(20) is bowled by Axar Patel. RPS 41/1

5.2: Rahane takes a single to deep mid wicket

5.1: Axar Patel into the attack, Rahne welcomes with a backfoot punch to sweeper cover for FOUR

06: 03 PM IST  | 5 overs bowled, RPS 36/0

4.6: Tripathi plays a dot off the last ball

4.5: Tripathi pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

4.4: Tripathi cuts the half tracker to cover point, cannot find the gap; no run

4.3: SIX! Tripathi sweeps the googly over deep mid wicket for the maximum

4.2: Tripathi plays a dot

4.1: Rahul Tewatia into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Tripathi

05: 59 PM IST  | 4 overs bowled, RPS 30/0

3.6: Tripathi takes a single to backward point off the last ball

3.5: Tripathi plays on the up to push the ball to backward point for 2 runs

3.4: Ishant Sharma drifts to the pads and Tripathi flicks to fine leg boundary for FOUR!

3.3: Tripathi walks down the pitch and misses to connect the good length ball; change of length by Ishant

3.2: FOUR! Width on offer outside off stump, Tripathi cuts the ball to backward point boundary

3.1: Ishant Sharma into the attack, starts with a single to Rahane to third man

05: 53 PM IST  | 3 overs bowled, RPS 18/0

2.6: Rahane takes a single to deep square leg off the last ball

2.5: Rahane plays a dot

2.4: Tripathi takes a single to cover point

2.3: FOUR! Tripathi comes down the picth and pulls the slow short ball to deep square leg boundary

2.2: Rahane takes a single to long on

2.1: Tripathi takes a quick single to short mid on

2.1: Sandeep Sharma continues, starts with a WIDE ball down to leg side

05: 49 PM IST  | 2 overs bowled, RPS 9/0

1.6: Tripathi pulls the short ball to fine leg for a single

1.5: Tripathi plays a dot

1.4: Tripathi pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

1.3: Rahul Tripathi gets off the mark with a FOUR to sweeper cover

1.2: Rahul Tripathi plays to point for a dot

1.1: Mohit Sharma into the attack, Rahane opens the face of the bat to guide the ball to third man for a single

05: 44 PM IST  | 1 over bowled, RPS 3/0

0.6: Rahane takes a single off the last ball

0.5: Rahane plays to short cover, cannot find the gap; no run

0.4: Rahane plays a dot to cover point

0.3: Rahane plays a dot to short cover

0.2: Ajinkya Rahane gets off the mark with a couple to sweeper cover; first runs on board for Rising Pune Supergiant

0.1: Sandeep Sharma beings the bowling attack for Kings XI Punjab, starts with a dot ball to Rahane

05: 38 PM IST | The Chase Begins! Rising Pune Supergiant openers Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi are in the middle 

05: 15 PM IST | KXIP 73 all out

15.4: WICKET! Zampa picks his second wicket of the game, Mohit Sharma 6(12) is caught in the deep by Christian; It’s all over for Kings XI Punjab 

15.3: Mohit plays a dot

15.2: Mohit Sharma takes a couple to sweeper cover

15.1: Zampa into the attack, starts with the WICKET of Ishant Sharma as he hands a simple catch to Steve Smith at short cover. KXIP 71/9

05: 14 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, KXIP 71/8

14.6: Ishant gets off the mark with a single to cover point

14.5: Ishant pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

14.4: Mohit flicks off the pads to backward square leg for a single

14.3: Three dot ball in a row by Stokes

14.2: Dot ball to Mohit

14.1: Ben Stokes into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Mohit Sharma

05: 10 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, KXIP 69/8

13.6: Dot to end the over 

13.5: Ishant Sharma starts with a dot

13.4: WICKET! Unadkat strikes again, Swapnil 10(17) gets healthy outside edge and the ball flies to first slip Dan Christain who slips it but Dhoni is there for the grabs. KXIP 69/8

13.3: Swapnil playa another dot

13.2: Another dot to Swapnil

13.1: Unadkart into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Swapnil to point

05: 05 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, KXIP 69/7

12.6: Swapnil takes a single to long on off the last ball

12.5: Mohit takes a single to mid wicket

12.4: Swapnil takes a single to deep mid wicket

12.3: Mohit takes a single to long on

12.2: Swapnil takes a single to square of the wicket

12.1: Zampa continues, starts with a dot ball to Swapnil

05: 02 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, KXIP 64/7

11.6: Mohit plays a dot off the last ball

11.5: Swapnil takes a single to leg side

11.4: Mohit Sharma gets off the mark with a single

11.3: WICKET! Axar Patel 22(20) edges to Dhoni behind the stumps, Dan Christian strikes again; KXIP 62/7

11.2: Axar takes 2 runs to point

11.1: Dan Christian continues, starts with a single to Swapnil to cover

04: 56 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, KXIP 59/6

10.6: Swapnil takes a single to long off

10.5: Swapnil play a dot 

10.4: Swapnil plays a dot; that was the googly from Zampa

10.3: Axar takes a quick single to short fine leg

10.2: Swapnil takes a single to long off

10.1: Zampa into the attack, starts with a single to Axar Patel to long-on

04: 53 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, KXIP 55/6

9.6: Swapnil takes a couple to deep backward point off the last ball

9.5: Swapnil plays a dot

9.4: Axar takes a single to square off the wicket

9.3: Swapnil Singh gets off the mark with a single to third man

9.2: WICKET! Saha 13(17) has to depart as he edges the good length ball from Christian to Dhoni; KXIP 51/6

9.1: Dan Christian into the attack, starts with a single to Axar

04: 41 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, KXIP 50/5

8.6: Dot to end the over

8.5: Axar takes a single to mid on

8.4: Saha takes a single to long on

8.3: Axar takes a single to mid wicket

8.2: FOUR! Axar pulls the half tracker from ZXampa  to mid wicket

8.1: Zampa into the attack starstw ith 3 runs to Axar to long on

04: 41 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, KXIP 39/5

7.6: Another dot to end the over

7.5: Saha plays to point for no run

7.4: Axar takes a single to  mid wicket

7.3: Another dot ball to Axar 

7.2: Dot ball to Axar 

7.1: Thakur into the attack, Axar Patel gets an edge past wicketkeeper and first slip to third man boundary for FOUR

04: 37 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, KXIP 34/5

6.6: Axar gets off the mark with a single to third man

6.5: Another dot ball by Axar

6.5: WIDE!

6.4: Four dots in a row, good bowling by Ben Stokes

6.3: Another dot to Axar

6.2: Axar plays a dot 

6.1: Stokes into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Axar Patel

04: 32 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, KXIP 23/3. End of Power Play

5.6: Saha plays a dot off the last ball

5.5: WICKET! Glenn Maxwell caught in the deep by Rahane; Half of KXIP back in the hut

5.4: Maxwell plays another dot

5.3: Glenn Maxwell is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

5.3: WIDE!

5.2: WICKET! Rahul Tewatia 4(3) is caught by Unadkat at short fine leg

5.1: Saha takes a single to third man

5.1: Thakur starts with a WIDE!

04: 13 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, KXIP 29/3

4.6: Tewatia gets off the mark with a FOUR to cover point

4.5: Rahul Tewatia plays a dot off the first ball

4.4: Saha takes as single to third man

4.3: WICKET! Eoin Morgan 4(4) is run out by Unadkat; Kings XI Punjab in trouble

4.2: Saha takes a single to third man

4.1: Ben Stokes into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Saha

04: 13 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, KXIP 23/2

3.6: Morgan plays a dot to end the over

3.5: FOUR! Eoin Morgan gets off with a boundary to square of the wicket

3.4: Eoin Morgan is the new batsman, starts with a dot

3.3: WICKET! Shaun Marsh 10(13) is caught by Steve Smith, Thakur Strikes for RPS

3.2: Marsh plays a dot

3.1: Thakur into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Marsh

04: 13 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, KXIP 19/1

2.6: Dot to end the over by Saha

2.5: Another dot to Saha

2.4: Saha plays a dot 

2.3: SIX! Saha picks the slow ball and pull it over deep square leg

2.2: Marsh takes a single to long on

2.1: Unadkat into the attack, starts with a single to Saha

04: 09 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, KXIP 11/1

1.6: Saha guides the ball to third man for a single off the last ball

1.5: Marsh plays to third man for a single

1.4: Marsh plays a dot

1.3: FOUR! Marsh pulls the short ball to mid-wicket

1.2: Marsh plays a dot

1.1: Thakur into the attack, starts with a single to Saha

04: 03 PM IST | 1 over bowled, KXIP 4/1 

0.6: Marsh plays a dot off the last ball

0.5: FOUR! Marsh gets off the mark with a boundary to extra cover

0.4: Another dot to Marsh

0.3: Marsh plays a dot

0.2: Shaun Marsh is the new batsman, starts with a dot

0.1: WICKET! Unadakat strikes with the first delivery of the match, Martin Guptill departs for a duck. Hands a simple catch to Manoj Tiwary at short extra-cover

03: 55 PM IST | Match Begins! Kings XI Punjab openers Saha and Martin Guptill are in the middle

03:30 PM IST | TOSS TIME! Rising Pune Supergiant Captain Steve Smith has won the toss and decided to bowl first against Kings XI Punjab being played at Maharashtra Cricket Association’s International Stadium.

First Published | 14 May 2017 4:08 PM
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