Kings XI Punjab collapse to 73 all-out against Supergiant

Beth Cruz
May 15, 2017

The Kings XI continued to dominate with the bat as Saha and Shaun Marsh put together a 52-run partnership, during which Saha surpassed his half-century, before Marsh was caught behind off the bowling of Mitchell McClenaghan for 25.

With Hashim Amla back in South Africa the Kings XI opened with Wriddhiman Saha and Martin Guptill and the experiment paid off.

Rising Pune Supergiant demolished Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets and stormed into the Indian Premier League playoffs on Sunday.

It was complete domination by the home team, which first skittled out Kings XI Punjab for a paltry 73 and then chased down the target in only 12 overs to finish second in the eight-team table with 18 points.

Needing 10 off 4 balls, Mohit (2/57 in 4 overs) bowled three dots in a row, ladning flawless blockhole deliveries to seal it in favour of the Punjab franchise.

Ishant Sharma hasn't picked up a single wicket in this season's IPL, so his spot could be taken by either Varun Aaron or T Natarajan. Punjab are on 14 points from an equal number of matches but have a comparatively better run rate of +0.296.

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 global head back to the dug-out.

And though Kieron Pollard (50 not out off 24) and Hardik Pandya (30 off 12) threatened something truly great late on, the visitors clung on to move within a point of fourth-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad with one round of group games to go. Needing 23 off 2 overs, Sandeep Sharma gave only 7 runs off the penultimate over before Mohit's brilliant final over.

The Kings XI seamer was only used for two overs, conceding a whopping 27 runs off his second for overall figures of 0-40. Kings XI were off to a flying start with the new opening duo of Martin Guptill (36 from 18 balls) and Saha putting on 68 runs before being separated by Karn. Saha was bowled by Christian for 13.

With the big-hitting Pollard and the less-intimidating Harbhajan Singh attempting to scamper through for two, Maxwell gathered the ball and threw to the far end - knowing the wicket of Pollard to be the more valuable of the two. Even if Mumbai Indians lose to KKR by 100 runs and RPS beat KXIP by 100 runs, Mumbai Indians will still remain ahead of Rising Pune Supergiant on NRR.

Supergiant finished off the game in 12 overs when it reached 78-1 as Ajinkya Rahana (34 not out) smashed a six off captain Glenn Maxwell's off-spin. Axat Patel raised some hopes with his 22 runs, which was the highest individual score for KXIP.

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