Rising Pune Supergiants beat Kings XI Punjab by four wickets in their last match of the Indian Premier League's ninth edition. Batting first, Kings XI Punjab scored 172 for seven in the stipulated 20 overs, and then Rising Pune Supergiants chased down the target in the last ball of the match.
Rising Pune Supergiants Innings
Over 20 || Score 173/6 (Dhoni 64, Ashwin 1)
Axar Patel to bowl the last over of the match. First ball, no run. 2nd ball, Wide, Next ball a SIX from Dhoni's willow. Next ball, again a dot. 4th ball, massive Six by Dhoni. 5th ball, OMG, yet another six. What a match. Six runs needed off the last ball. Dhoni on strike. Last ball, SIX! It's incredible win for Pune as they beat KXIP by four wickets.
Over 19 || Score 150/6 (Dhoni 42, Ashwin 1)
Perera Out gave a simple catch to wicketkeeper off the first ball. R Ashiwn took a single off the next. 3rd ball, Dhoni hit a boundary. Two dot balls after that. Last ball, single off it. Excellent over by the seamer as he gave mere six runs. Pune need 23 runs from 6 balls.
NLTC Perera c Saha b Sharma 23 (14b)
Over 18 || Score 144/5 (Dhoni 37, Perera 23)
Sandeep Sharma to bowl the crucial 3rd last over of the match. Dhoni hit a boundary off the third ball. Match is evenly poised, it can still be anyone's game. Fifth ball was smacked by Dhoni for a six over extra covers. 15 from the over. Pune need 29 runs from 12 balls.
Over 17 || Score 129/5 (Dhoni 26, Perera 21)
Mohit Sharma to bowl the over. Dhoni hit a boundary off the first ball. Single off the next. Five runs came off the last four balls. Pune need 44 runs from 18 balls.
Over 16 || Score 119/5 (Dhoni 18, Perera 19)
Perera hit Abbott for two boundaries and a six to collect 16 from the over. Pune need 54 runs from 24 balls.
Over 15 || Score 103/5 (Dhoni 18, Perera 3)
Pune lost Pathan as Dhawan picked up his first wicket of the match. Now the Dhoni-led side is in deep trouble. Required Rate has reached above 14 as Pune need 70 runs from 30 balls.
IK Pathan c Saha b Dhawan 2 (3b)
Over 12 || Score 81/4 (Dhoni 1, Pathan 1)
In trying to up the ante, Tiwary lose his wicket. Skipper MS Dhoni walked into the middle. Double blow! Khawaja Out. Pune lose two wickets in a heap.
UT Khawaja c Miller b Gurkeerat Singh 30 (29b)
SS Tiwary c Behardien b Gurkeerat Singh 17 (15b)
Over 11 || Score 71/2 (Khawaja 29, Tiwary 11)
Khawaja played a crunchy drive towards to hit his first boundary. Expensive over by Dhawan as he conceded nine runs.
Over 10 || Score 62/2 (Khawaja 24, Tiwary 8)
Kyle Abbott bowled a tight over first up as he gave mere three runs. After ten over, Pune need 111 runs from 60 balls to win the match.
Over 9 || Score 59/2 (Khawaja 23, Tiwary 6)
Rishi Dhawan was hit for a boundary by Tiwary off the 5th ball towards cow corner. Still the bowler conceded mere seven runs.
Over 8 || Score 52/2 (Khawaja 21, Tiwary 1)
Saurabh Tiwary joined Khawaha after Pune lost their 2nd wicket. Gurkeerat Singh to bowl. The tweaker gave mere first runs of his first over.
Over 7 || Score 47/2 (Khawaja 17)
Spin for the first time as Axar Patel has come into the attack. Fruitful opening over by the left-arm spinner as he got the wicket of Bailey off the last ball.
GJ Bailey st Saha b Patel 9 (11b)
Over 6 || Score 44/1 (Bailey 8, Khawaja 15)
Mohit Sharma with his 2nd over. Bailey hit the seamer for a two consecutive boundaries off the last two balls to collect ninr from the over.
Over 5 || Score 35/1 (Bailey 0, Khawaja 14)
Sandeep Sharma once again gave his team the first breakthrough. This time in the form of Rahane. George Bailey walked in to bat, which means two Australians are in the middle for Pune.
AM Rahane c Saha b Sandeep Sharma 19 (15b)
Over 4 || Score 34/0 (Rahane 19, Khawaja 13)
In form Pune opener is dealing in boundaries. He has already hit four boundaries to reach the 19-run mark. 14 runs came in the last two overs.
Over 2 || Score 20/0 (Rahane 9, Khawaja 10)
Two Sharma's -- Mohit and Sandeep -- have started the bowling proceedings for KXIP. Rahane and Khawaja gave Pune a positive start upfront by collecting 20 runs in the first two overs.
Kings XI Punjab Innings
Over 20 || Score 172/7 (Dhawan 11, Abbott 1)
Thisara Perera to bowl the last over of the innings. Axar Out off the first ball. Rishi Dhawan hit the 2nd ball for a six over long off. Then came a single off the next. 4th ball, yet another single. Four runs came off the last two balls as KXIP put up a fighting total of 172 in front of Pune.
AR Patel c Tiwary b Perera 1 (3b)
Over 19 || Score 160/6 (Axar 1)
Dinda to bowl the 2nd last over of the innings. Dhoni has used his bowlers to good effect. Off the 4th ball came a boundary from Behardien's willow. Dinda has the last laugh as the got the better of Behardien off the last ball. Excellent over by the seamer.
F Behardien c Rahane b Dinda 5 (5b)
Over 18 || Score 154/5 (Axar 0; Behardien 0)
Immediately after reaching his fifty off 29 balls, Gurkeerat gave his wicket to Ashwin. Double blow! Millier trapped in front of wicket by the offie.
DA Miller lbw b Ashwin 7 (5b)
Gurkeerat Singh c Chahar b Ashwin 51 (30b)
Over 17 || Score 140/3 (Miller 3; Mann 41)
Pathan to bowl his last over. Gurkeerat Singh has broken the shackles now. He hit the seamer for two sixes. Big over for KXIP as 16 runs came off it.
Over 16 || Score 124/3 (Miller 1; Mann 27)
Vijay Out! His fine knock came to an end as he missed the line completely and his stumps were disturbed. David Miller came to the middle.
M Vijay b Ashwin 59 (41b)
Over 15 || Score 120/2 (Vijay 58; Mann 25)
Zampa with his last over. Off the fifth ball, Vijay smacked the bowler over long on for a huge six. Still mere nine runs came from the over.
Over 14 || Score 111/2 (Vijay 51; Mann 23)
Pathan, who opened the bowling proceedings for Pune today, is back to roll his arm. With a double off the last ball, Vijay completed his half-century. He used 36 balls to reach the mark, laced with four boundaries and two sixes.
Over 13 || Score 102/2 (Vijay 42; Mann 23)
Australian leggie Zampa was first hit for a boundary by Vijay. And then, off the last ball, he was slammed for a six over mid-wicket by the KXIP skipper. The tweaker leaked 14 runs. KXIP crossed the 100-run mark as well.
Over 12 || Score 88/2 (Vijay 36; Mann 15)
Chahar back to bowl his 3rd over. Fifth ball was too short by the seamer as Mann hit it towards square third man for a boundary. The bowler conceded seven in the over.
Over 11 || Score 81/2 (Vijay 34; Mann 10)
Zampa to continue. Five runs from the over, all in singles. Decent start by KXIP after winning the toss.
Over 10 || Score 76/2 (Vijay 31; Mann 8)
Ashwin with his 2nd over. Mann, the new man to the crease hit his first boundary of the match as the offie leaked nine runs.
Over 9 || Score 67/2 (Vijay 29; Mann 1)
Exciting youngster Adam Zampa with the ball. Saha Out! It's a well planned wicket as Saha was caught at slip. Gurkeerat Singh Mann is the new man in.
WP Saha c Bailey b Zampa 3 (4b)
Over 8 || Score 63/1 (Vijay 27; Saha 2)
R Ashiwn to bowl his first over. Amla Out! It's a soft dismissal. The South African gave a simple catch to Bailey at short mid-wicket. Wriddhiman Saha has walked into the middle to join skipper Vijay.
HM Amla c Bailey b Ashwin 30 (27b)
Over 7 || Score 56/0 (Vijay 26; Amla 26)
Pathan is back into the attack. After a long time, finally a tight over. Four runs came off it.
Over 6 || Score 52/0 (Vijay 24; Amla 24)
Thisara Perera into the attack for the first time. Vijay has started dealing in boundaries and sixes. Amla on the other end too is giving right treatment to loose balls. Another expensive over, 12 came off it.
Over 5 || Score 40/0 (Vijay 19; Amla 17)
Chahar has bowled too short thus far in the match. Vijay hit the bowler for a six and a boundary off the last two balls. 15 runs came in the over.
Over 4 || Score 25/0 (Vijay 8; Amla 16)
Dinda to continue. Vijay hit his first boundary towards square of the wicket off the 4th ball. The seamer leaked eight runs.
Over 3 || Score 17/0 (Vijay 1; Amla 15)
Deepak Chahar with his opening over. 4th ball was short enough for Amla to pull it away for a boundary towards square leg. Pune still looking for their first breakthrough. Seven from the over.
Over 2 || Score 10/0 (Vijay 1; Amla 9)
Dinda to bowl the over. Vijay opened his account with the help of a single. Tight over first up by the seamer, two runs from it.
Over 1 || Score 8/0 (Vijay 0; Amla 8)
Irfan Pathan to open the bowling proceedings as Amla and Vijay are in the middle to open the innings for the visitors. Amla hit two boundaries to give a positive start to KXIP. Vijay is yet to face his first delivery.
RPS XI: A Rahane, U Khawaja, G Bailey, S Tiwary, MS Dhoni, T Perera, I Pathan, R Ashwin, A Zampa, A Dinda, D Chahar
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 21, 2016
KXIP XI: M Vijay, H Amla, W Saha, D Miller, GM Singh, A Patel, F Behardien, R Dhawan, K Abbott, M Sharma, Sandeep Sharma
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 21, 2016
Kings XI Punjab have won the TOSS and elected to bat first.
Welcome to our LIVE UPDATES of the 53rd match of the Indian Premier League's ninth edition, which is being played between Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.
Supergiants are coming into the contest after a victory over Delhi Daredevils at the same venue, their home ground, while Punjab have lost their last two outings -- against RCB and table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad.
For Punjab, it was a repeat of the previous seasons. Neither a change in captaincy nor the late addition of a overseas players could lift the team.
But today they will take field for the last time this season, knowing that they have nothing to lose, going out of the event with a win is what both the teams would be hoping for.
KXIP: Murali Vijay (C), Hashim Amla, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Gurkeerat Mann, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Manan Vohra, Shardul Thakur, Nikhil Naik, Mitchell Johnson, KC Cariappa, Farhan Behardien, Arman Jaffer, Kyle Abbott, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Mitchell Johnson.
Rising Pune Supergiants: MS Dhoni (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Ravichandran Ashwin, Saurabh Tiwary, Thisara Perera, Rajat Bhatia, Adam Zampa, Ashok Dinda, RP Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Baba Aparajith, Ankiit Sharma, Ankush Bains, Deepak Chahar, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, Jaskaran Singh, Albie Morkel, Ishwar Pandey, Irfan Pathan and Ishant Sharma.
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