Clinical performance from bowlers, led by Shardul Thakur, helped Rising Pune Supergiant crush Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets to seal an IPL 2017 playoff spot. With 18 points from 14 games, RPS finished second and will face MI in the first qualifier on Tuesday. Get full cricket score of Rising Pune Supergiant vs Kings XI Punjab here (SCORECARD | STREAMING INFO)
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Jaydev Unadkat (Man of the Match): “We have done all that we have planned in the team meeting. The execution has been brilliant. It has been helping me personally as well. To simply things is what I have done. It was a team effort. Ben, Dan, everyone chipped in. Ben was an integral part of the team. Having said that, we have won a game without him.”
Steve Smith: “Was fortunate to win the toss, the ball was stopping. It was an easy decision today, the wicket was sticky. Shardul was outstanding, Unadkat again was outstanding. We were searching a bit in the first few games. We had new players coming in, we have a good balance now. Really good to finish second and have bites at the cherry.”
Glenn Maxwell: “The wicket was damp after a few days of rain. It was just about assessing the conditions. Everything went against us and we could not recover. We have lost our last five tosses. Unfortunately in the IPL, a lot can be decided by the toss. We did not finish last, which was great.”
18:28 hrs IST: SIX! That’s it. RPS thrash KXIP by nine wickets to confirm IPL 2017 playoff spot. They finish second with 18 points and will face Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier.
18:24 hrs IST: RPS need 7 off 54.
18:17 hrs IST: Fifteen runs off the next 18 balls. RPS need 16 off 66. Time-out.
STAT ATTACK - Ishant Sharma is yet to take a wicket in this IPL.
18:08 hrs IST: Seven runs and a wicket off Axar’s first. RPS are 43/1 after 6 overs.
18:05 hrs IST: OUT! Tripathi b Axar 28(20). RPS are 41/1 after 5.3 overs.
18:01 hrs IST: SIX! Tossed up from Tewatia and Tripathi launches it into deep mid-wicket stands. Can’t get any better.
17:58 hrs IST: Two more boundaries for Tripathi. Moves into 20s. RPS are 30/0 after 4 overs.
17:55 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma comes into the attack
17:54 hrs IST: Nine runs off the over. RPS are 18/0 after 3 overs.
17:52 hrs IST: FOUR! Short ball from Sandeep, Tripathi steps out and pulls it the gap between deep square leg and deep mid-wicket boundary.
17:49 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Tripathi. RPS are 9/0 after 2 overs.
17:47 hrs IST: FOUR! Length delivery from Mohit, Tripathi comes down the track and slashes it past cover.
17:45 hrs IST: Mohit Sharma now
17:43 hrs IST: Good start from Sandeep. RPS are 3/0 after first over.
17:39 hrs IST: Rahane to take strike. Sandeep to start the proceedings for KXIP.
17:37 hrs IST: Welcome back!
17:20 hrs IST: OUT! And that’s the end. KXIP restricted to 73 all out, their lowest ever total in IPL history. Not the kind of performance Maxwell would have wanted from his team. We’ll be back shortly.
17:16 hrs IST: WICKET! Zampa joins the party. Gets rid of Ishant Sharma for 1(5). KXIP are 71/9 after 15.1 overs. Strategic time-out.
17:13 hrs IST: Maybe, KXIP missed a trick by not playing Darren Sammy. He is a big match player, has captained the West Indies to two World T20 victories. Could have made a difference.
17:10 hrs IST: Maiden-wicket over from Unadkat. KXIP are 69/8 after 14 overs.
17:08 hrs IST: WICKET! Swapnil Singh c Dhoni b Unadkat 10(17). Brilliant show from RPS.
17:05 hrs IST: KXIP are 69/7 after 13 overs. Swapnil 10*, Mohit 3*
STAT ATTACK - 88: KXIP’s lowest total in IPL. This happened against RCB in the 2015 edition.
16:58 hrs IST: WICKET! And it continues to get worse for Maxwell’s side. Axar Patel, the first KXIP batsman to cross the 20-run mark, becomes Christian’s second victim. KXIP are 64/7 after 11.3 overs.
16:55 hrs IST: Sixteen balls since the last boundary. KXIP are 59/6 after 12 overs.
16:51 hrs IST: OUT! And Christian continues to pile on more misery on KXIP. Saha goes for 13(17). KXIP are 51/6 after 9.2 overs.
16:49 hrs IST: Daniel Christian now
16:48 hrs IST: On the cards!
16:46 hrs IST: Costly over from Zampa. 11 runs off it. KXIP are 50/5 after 9 overs. Time-out.
16:44 hrs IST: SIX! Too short from Zampa, Axar rocks back and creams it over wide long-on boundary.
16:42 hrs IST: Leggie Zampa to start his spell.
16:41 hrs IST: Another brilliant over from Thakur. Finishes with impressive figures of 3/19. KXIP are 39/5 after 8 overs.
16:38 hrs IST: Disastrous batting display from KXIP. It’s just been the case of playing loose shots.
16:36 hrs IST: Tidy over from Stokes. Just two runs off it. KXIP are 34/5 after 7 overs.
STAT ATTACK - Glenn Maxwell has got out inside the Powerplay for the third time this year.
16:31 hrs IST: WICKET! Third wicket for Thakur. Dream start for RPS. Maxwell departs for a duck. KXIP are 32/5 after 6 overs.
16:28 hrs IST: Maxwell comes in at No. 6. Can’t understand why he held himself back.
16:27 hrs IST: OUT! Unadkat is having a wonderful day. Touch short from Thakur, Tewatia looks to flick but mistimes and Unadkat does the rest at short fine leg.
16:25 hrs IST: FOUR! Overpitched from Stokes and Tewatia hammers it through covers for his first boundary. KXIP are 29/3 after 5 overs.
16:23 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant work from Unadkat. KXIP lose their third wicket. Morgan departs for 4(4). KXIP are 24/3 after 4.3 overs.
16:20 hrs IST: Excellent over from Thakur. Four runs and a wicket. KXIP are 23/2 after 4 overs.
16:18 hrs IST: Morgan at No. 4. The southpaw holds the key here for the visitors.
16:17 hrs IST: WICKET! Thakur gets his first scalp. Marsh, who looked threatening, departs for 10. KXIP in some trouble now.
16:15 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off. KXIP are 19/1 after 3 overs.
16:13 hrs IST: SIX! Slower delivery from Unadkat and Saha flicks it over square leg for a maximum. Wind came into play.
16:11 hrs IST: Unadkat to continue
16:10 hrs IST: Single off the final ball for Saha. KXIP are 11/1 after 2 overs.
16:09 hrs IST: FOUR! Half volley from Thakur and Marsh hits it well in the gap between mid-on and mid-wicket.
16:07 hrs IST: Fullish length from Thakur, moves a bit, Saha works it to third man for a single.
16:06 hrs IST: Shardul Thakur comes into the attack. Saha to face his first ball.
16:04 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Unadkat, Marsh leans forward and drives it past the fielder at cover for his first boundary. Still a good over from Unadkat. KXIP are 4/1 after first over.
16:02 hrs IST: Shaun Marsh is the next man in.
16:01 hrs IST: WICKET! What a start for RPS. Unadkat strikes on the first ball. Good length delivery, Guptill goes for the drive but it’s in the air and Manoj Tiwary completes a simple catch at short cover.
16:00 hrs IST: It’s time for live action. Guptill and Saha to open for the visitors. Unadkat to bowl the first over.
STAT ATTACK - Mohit Sharma is now the 44th Indian and 276th player overall to complete a century of matches in Twenty-20 cricket
15:40 hrs IST: So Morgan returns for KXIP. He replaces Matt Henry while Swapnil Singh comes in for Manan Vohra. RPS are unchanged.
15:35 hrs IST: Playing XI of both teams -
KXIP: Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Glenn Maxwell(c), Shaun Marsh, Eoin Morgan, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Swapnil Singh, Mohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Sharma
RPS: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), Manoj Tiwary, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni(wk), Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa
15:31 hrs IST: Rising Pune Supergiant have won the toss and have opted to bowl.
15:20 hrs IST: The all-important toss in a short while.
15:10 hrs IST: Good afternoon and welcome to HT’s live coverage of the ‘winner takes it all’ IPL 2017 encounter between Rising Pune Supergiant and Kings XI Punjab.
RPS are currently on 16 points from their 13 games, while KXIP have 14 from the same number of games. However, RPS’s negative net run rate means that a win will be enough for KXIP to send them to the playoffs.
RPS struggled to chase down Delhi Daredevils’ 169-run target in their previous game, with a middle-order batting collapse not helping their case.
KXIP have had an inconsistent run this season, but will be in high morale after recent wins over Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.
KXIP will, however, be hoping that rain doesn’t play spoilsport today, with Pune having overcast conditions ahead of the game.