Pune, Punjab in virtual knock-out

Jonathan Hernandez
May 15, 2017

Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur had done major damage with the new ball, and after such a poor start, Kings XI Punjab never found their rhythm.

Steven Smith, Pune's highest scorer so far, has an unimpressive record against Mohit Sharma - 27 runs off 31 balls and two dismissals - in the IPL.

Saha ended up making 93 off 55 balls, which included 11 boundaries and three sixes, while Patel remained undefeated on 19 off 13 deliveries, which included a six.

Rising Pune Supergiant defeated Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.

The win keeps Kings XI alive in the race for the finals, with a win in their final match against Rising Pune Supergiant enough to secure them a spot in the top four. The most valuable player in the Indian Premier League, Stokes was accurate with his line and length throughout the innings. However, the all-rounder was economical in the three overs he bowled, giving away 14 runs.

In the same over from the Kiwi, Marsh perished in his attempt to clear the boundary when he mistimed one from McClenaghan only for stumper Parthiv Patel to take a clean catch in the point region, as Punjab lost their third wicket at 183.

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Comfortably placed at 131/2, the stage was set for another Aussie Shaun Marsh (25 off 16) to press the accelerator from the first ball.

Kings XI Punjab held on to defeat the Mumbai Indians this morning in the Indian Premier League by seven runs after the hosts nearly chased down their mammoth total.

Simmons, who scored his half-century off only 27 balls, hit five boundaries and four sixes, before a brilliant effort at the long-on boundary from Martin Guptill saw the Caribbean worldwide head back to the dug-out.

The pair blasted 68 for the opening wicket before Guptill (36) skied one from Karn Sharma which Hardik Pandya held well running back from mid-on. Skipper Glenn Maxwell smashed 47 off 21 balls with the help of five sixes and two boundaries, taking the team's total to one of the highest in IPL history. 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.

Guptill's departure did not bother Saha, as he continued to take on opposition bowlers, hitting two fours in the seventh over. Kings XI pacers Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma sizzled under pressure.

Unadkat scalped the big wicket of Martin Guptill on the very first ball of the innings.

Three balls later, he had Glenn Maxwell flicking a catch to deep square leg to leave Kings XI at 32 in 5 inside the first six overs.

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