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IPL 2016 – KXIP vs RPS: Kings XI Punjab Beat Rising Pune Supergiants To Record First Win

By on April 17, 2016

Kings XI Punjab 153 for 4 (Vijay 53, Vohra 51, Maxwell 32*, M Ashwin 3-36) beat Rising Pune Supergiants 152 for 7 (du Plessis 67, Smith 38, Mohit 3-23) by six wickets…

Kings XI Punjab came into the match after suffering two defeats in as many matches and needed to click as a unit to get their campaign back on the track in the ninth season of Indian Premier League.

After bowlers put up a good show to limit Rising Pune Supergiants to 152, batsmen complemented their effort by chasing down the 153-run target comfortably at PCA Stadium in Mohali. Punjab recorded their first victory of the season in the third match after achieving the target in 18.4 overs with six wickets remaining.

The stage was nicely set for Pune for a big total when Faf du Plessis and Kevin Pietersen were batting but the dismissal of the latter and a mid-innings hiccups prevented them from posting a mammoth score. And Mohit Sharma’s final over, in which he conceded just three runs and took two wickets, did further damaged to Pune’s charge as they finished few runs short in the end.

IPL 2016 - KXIP vs RPS: Manan Vohra

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Chasing 153, the hosts survived some anxious moments in the end when Pune leg spinner Murugan Ashwin triggered a collapse with his triple-strike dismissing Shaun Marsh, Murali Vijay and David Miller in quick succession. Glenn Maxwell held his nerve to take Punjab home as he smashed an unbeaten 32 off 14 balls studded with three fours and two sixes.

Kings XI got off to a rollicking start courtesy openers Murali Vijay and Manan Vohra, racing to fifty-run stand in six overs compared to Pune’s 49/1. Vijay started off with a bang smashing back-to-back fours off spinner Ankit Sharma in the second over. Vijay then tonked Pune’s strike bowler Ishant Sharma for a maximum in the next over, the first of the match.

Ishant’s struggle continued in his next over as Vohra hammered him for three successive fours to set the platform for Punjab’s first victory of the season.

Five bowlers were used by Dhoni in the first ten overs but none of them produced the results for his team. Vohra became the leading partner in the chase hitting Thisara Perera for three boundaries on the trot in the 11th over as he completed 31-ball fifty. Vohra could not last long after his fifty as he was trapped leg before by Sharma in the 13th over. Vijay also departed after making 53 off 49 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes.

Earlier, Du Plessis (67 off 53 balls) seemed to have waged a lone battle as he notched up his second consecutive fifty to take Pune to 152/7 against Punjab.

The collective bowling efforts by Punjab bowlers made Pune skipper MS Dhoni’s decision to bat first wrong as they managed to score 43 runs in the last five overs for the loss of four wickets. Mohit Sharma was the pick of the bowler finishing with the figures of 3/23 which included the two prized scalps of du Plessis and Dhoni in the first two deliveries of the final over.

Rahane opened Pune’s account by hitting a boundary to sweeper cover in the fourth delivery of the first over. Rahane then played a delightful flick to fine leg for next boundary in the third ball of the second over off Kyle Abbott. But the right-handed batsman failed to capitalise on the good start and was cleaned up by Punjab pacer Sandeep Sharma for 9 in the third over.

Kings XI skipper David Miller made early change and handed the ball to spinner Axar Patel in the fourth over in a hope to get another breakthrough. But the new batsman Pietersen smacked back-to-back boundaries to turn the tide. Du Plessis also got into the act in the same over, smashing Axar over mid-on for a four as the off-spinner leaked 14 runs in his first over.

There was no stopping for Du Plessis after that as he hit Sandeep for two fours in the fifth over. The South African batsman continued the carnage in the next over too and clobbered two fours off Pardeep Sahu. Du Plessis welcomed Kyle Abbott, who came in place of Mitchell Johnosn, in his second spell with two boundaries and raced to the fifty-run stand in just 31 balls for the second wicket with Pietersen. Abbott, though, had a huge sigh of relief as he dismissed Pietersen for 15 in the same over.

Pietersen, who became the 50th batsman to score 1000 runs in IPL, failed to get going once again after getting off to a good start. He played it towards mid-wicket but could not keep it low and Manan Vohra timed his jump to perfection to take the catch.

The promotion of Thisara Perera did not work in Pune’s favour as Sandeep struck in the first delivery of his second spell to remove the Sri Lankan allrounder. Punjab spinners bowled well in tandem and tightened the screws on Pune batsmen as the runs suddenly dried up for the visitors.

Du Plessis kept his calm in the middle and went on to score his second consecutive fifty off 42 balls with the help of six boundaries. Steven Smith, who also went past 1000-run mark in IPL today, took on the charge in the end as he hammered Abott for three fours in the 17th over. The duo of du Plessis and Smith put on 63 runs in 46 balls to push Pune to a respectable total in the end. Smith’s fine cameo was ended by Mohit in the 18th over.

Source: TimesOf India

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