Win keeps finals hopes alive for Kings XI

15 May, 2017, 02:51 | Author: Douglas Reid

The West Indian nearly outshone Saha, but the India international's effort was ultimately a match-winner.

Result: RPS won by nine wickets. Saha joined forces with Glenn Maxwell and the duo continued to pepper the boundary regularly.

Needing 23 in the last 12 balls, Pollard kept home hopes alive till the penultimate ball only to fizzle out in the end. After defending 167 successfully against KKR, the Punjab franchise is now nearly overcome from the Mumbai Indians in a high-scoring thriller and in this tournament they just steal the show. Axar Patel was the top-scorer with 22 runs while Wriddhiman Saha's 13 was the next best.

Once again it was Maxwell to the fore, his two overs costing just eight runs and including the vital wicket of top scorer Lendl Simmons.

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Mumbai's team too began their batting inning with a fast opening. The paceman came in running and threw an underhand ball, to hit the stumps. After the fall of his wicket, Nitish Rana arrived in the ground. Tewatia finished his spell giving away just 18 runs and picking 2 wickets. The captain failed to play big inning and returned to pavilion after scoring 5 runs in 7 balls. Pollard seemed to have deliberately run short to keep the strike. It was Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya who built the innings and made themselves to reach the target soon. Pollard and Pandya hit huge sixes and abridged the gap between current run rate and required run rate. But, things could not have got any worse for the visitors, who lost the wicket of Guptill in the first ball of the match. We have done all that we have planned in the team meeting.

With the Mumbai opener running rampant with 59 off 32 balls, Simmons looked to have cleared the long-on boundary only for the Black Caps star to time his jump to perfection, plucking the ball out of thin air to pull-off a one-handed screamer.

Smith said toss played a crucial in deciding the outcome of the match.

In case RPS-KXIP match is abandoned, then RPS and KKR will be through and KXIP will be eliminated with 15 points. The team is set to clash with Kolkata Knight Riders on 13th May at Eden Gardens stadium situated in Kolkata, West Bengal. However, their recent loss to Delhi Daredevils can create some problem for RPS but still, their victory against KXIP would work as positive for the team.

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