IPL 9, RPS vs KXIP as it happened: Dhoni pulls off miraculous win for Pune

  • That's it from us for the match between Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab, with the latter unfortunately finishing at the bottom of the table. Time to shift our focus towards the next game on the cards, which is between Gujarat Lions and Mumbai Indians, the link of which is given below. 

  • That's it from us for the match between Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab, with the latter unfortunately finishing at the bottom of the table. Time to shift our focus towards the next game on the cards, which is between Gujarat Lions and Mumbai Indians, the link of which is given below. 

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  • MS Dhoni is the Man of the Match for his 64 not out off 32 balls. 

    We're just as surprised as you are! 

  • Ladies and Gentlemen! We may have very well witnessed the greatest final over in #IPL2016 so far! 12 off the last two balls, and Dhoni smashes two sixes to finish in his typical style! Helps Pune finish on the seventh position! 

  • After 20 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 173/6 ( MS Dhoni (C) (W) 64 , Ravichandran Ashwin 1)

    Axar to bowl the final over! Dot off the first ball, with Dhoni refusing to go for a single. Wide off the 2nd! 22 needed off 5 now! SIX! Massive one by Dhoni over midwicket! Just what the doctor ordered! 16 off 4. Outstanding fielding by Amla at deep cover to save four runs, with Dhoni refusing to go for the run! FOUR! Short and wide, and Dhoni muscles the next one over wide long-off for a one-bounce four! Fifty for Dhoni as well in 30 balls! SIX off the fifth ball! Can Dhoni pull off a miraculous win? Six off the last ball now! SIX OFF THE LAST BALL! DHONI PULLS OFF AN INCREDIBLE WIN FOR PUNE! 

  • After 19 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 150/6 ( MS Dhoni (C) (W) 42 , Ravichandran Ashwin 1)

    Mohit handed the ball for the 19th over, and this will also be his last. OUT! Perera gone first ball! Gets a bottom-edge off a full delivery just outside off. Departs for a quickfire 23, as the valuable 58-run stand for the sixth wicket comes ends! Ravi Ashwin joins old comrade Dhoni at the centre now. FOUR! Dhoni keeps the fight going, slicing the low full-toss over backward point in the third ball. Dot balls in the fourth and fifth, with the Mohit firing a terrific yorker in the latter! Single off the last ball, with Dhoni retaining strike for the final over. 23 needed by Pune off the last over!

  • Meanwhile, the commentary box witnessed some celebrations, as it is Isa Guha's 31st birthday today! Happy Birthday Isa!

  • After 18 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 144/5 ( MS Dhoni (C) (W) 37 , Thisara Perera 23)

    Thisara Perera gets into the act as well, cutting away through point in the second ball of the 16th to get his first boundary of the day. Hammers a six in the penultimate ball over long-on to keep the Pune hopes alive! Ends the over with another cut, sending the ball scurrying towards deep point! 16 off the over, and Pune need 54 from the last four overs. Mohit in for the next over, and Dhoni guides the first ball through backward point! Six off the remainder of the over, as 10 come off the over. 


    Sandeep bowls his final over in the 18th. Four in the second ball, with Dhoni guiding the wide full-toss towards backward point! Sandeep concedes a wide under pressure in the next ball. SIX! Full and outside off, and Dhoni launches it over deep extra-cover! Huge over for Pune, with 15 coming off it! Need 29 off the last two overs!

  • Meanwhile, super turn-out at the fan park in Patna today!

  • After 15 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 103/5 ( MS Dhoni (C) (W) 18 , Thisara Perera 3)

    It's all come down to the last recognised pair in Dhoni and Perera to save the day for Pune, after the hosts lose wickets in a flurry in the last couple of overs. Good over for the Super Giants, as they gather 13 off the 15th over, including a flat six over deep square-leg by Dhoni off Axar! 

  • OUT! And its a third wicket within a space of a few deliveries, as Irfan Pathan gets a bottom-edge off a slow bouncer from Dhawan, with wicketkeeper Saha running down from his position and diving forward to complete a fine catch! Pathan departs for 2, as RPS lose their fifth wicket with 86 on board. 

  • After 12 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 81/4 ( MS Dhoni (C) (W) 1 , Irfan Pathan 1)

    Just three concedede by Kyle Abbott in the 10th over, with RPS reaching 62/2 at the halfway mark. Not a very good progress at all, if they are to chase down what is a competitive target. Glorious drive by Khawaja in the following over, getting his first four of the innings! Tiwary muscles a flat six over cow-corner in the first ball, followed by a wide, before miscuing the next delivery towards deep cover, where Behardien holds on to the catch! The nightmare continues for Pune in the same over, as Khawaja holes out to Miller at deep square-leg to depart for 30 off 29 balls, with Punjab in firm control of the proceedings right now! Pune need 92 off 48 balls!

  • After 9 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 59/2 ( Usman Khawaja 23 , Saurabh Tiwary 6)

    Axar Patel is handed the ball for the first over after powerplay, and he gets the wicket of Bailey in the final ball of the over. Bailey is foxed by the sharp turn, and is stumped the process. 50th IPL wicket for Axar. Another spinner introduced in the following over, with Gurkeerat coming into play for the eighth over, with Pune getting to the 50-run mark with a double by Khawaja. Tiwary brings some respite for Pune in the ninth over, cracking picking the gap at cow-corner to get his first boundary of the day.

  • OUT! And it's Axar who gets the second wicket with some sharp turn! Bailey misses the line of the delivery, and lunges forward in the process, with his foot of the crease. Keeper Saha whips the bails off in a flash, as Bailey is removed for 9 with RPS losing their second wicket with 47 on board. 

  • After 6 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 44/1 ( Usman Khawaja 15 , George Bailey 8)

    Abbott introduced in the fourth over of the innings, with Rahane and Khawaja progressing quite well so far. FOUR! Lovely cut by Rahane over cover point! Sandeep draws first blood in the next over, as Rahane guides the ball down his leg side straight into the keeper's hands, departing for 19 as RPS lose their first wicket with 35 on board! Bailey walks out to join fellow Aussie Khawaja, and gets off the mark by coming down the track, and launching the fifth ball of Mohit's 2nd over towards deep extra-cover. Finishes the over with another boundary, this time coming down the track and launching over cow-corner! End of the powerplay, with Pune reaching 44/1 at the end of it. 

  • OUT! Sandeep draws first blood as Rahane departs for 19 off 15, nicking the delivery that was moving down the leg side to the wicketkeeper. RPS lose their first wicket with 35 on board!

  • After 3 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 27/0 ( Ajinkya Rahane 14 , Usman Khawaja 12)

    FOUR! Rahane guides the fifth ball of the opening over, bowled by Sandeep, down towards fine-leg to get the first boundary of the innings, with six coming in the first over. SIX! Simple flick towards backward square-leg by Khawaja off Mohit in the following over. Rahane ends the 2nd over with a boundary towards fine-leg, a shot similar to that of his first boundary. Rahane executes the fine-looking shot for a third time at the start of the following over to get his third boundary, moving to double figures in the process. 

  • Some more stats to highlight Zampa's superb progress in the cash-rich league.

  • Summing up Ravichandran Ashwin's performance today.

  • Ashwin is the sixth bowler in IPL history to reach the 100-wicket milestone! Plus, his figures of 4/34 are his best-ever in the IPL!

  • After 20 overs,Punjab 172/7 ( Rishi Dhawan 11 , Kyle Abbott 1)

    Dinda is handed the ball for the 19th over, and is smashed for a boundary towards midwicket in the fourth ball, but is caught by Rahane off a slower ball at long-off to depart for a run-a-ball 5. Patel is then dismissed in the first delivery of the final over, as he is caught by Chahar at the cow-corner boundary rope, before he throws the ball towards Tiwary. Dhawan and Abbott get 12 runs off the remainder of the over, as KXIP finish on 172 for seven at the end of their innings. 

  • OUT! And it's raining wickets at the moment! Perera comes in to bowl the final over of the day, and Axar goes for the big hit towards cow-corner. Chahar however, manages to grab the ball right outside the boundary rope. Realises he is about to cross the boudary rope, and throws it to Saurabh Tiwary, who was smartly backing up for Chahar. Axar goes for 1, as KXIP lose their 7th with 160 on board. 

  • OUT! Behardien's brief stay at the crease comes to an end, as Behardien gets caught by Rahane at long-off off a back-of-the-hand slower ball from Dinda. Departs for a run-a-ball 5, as KXIP lose their sixth wicket with 160 on board!

  • After 18 overs,Punjab 154/5 ( Farhaan Behardien 0 , Axar Patel 0)

    Ashwin continue his destructive form as he gets the key wicket of Murali Vijay, rattling his stumps for the KXIP skipper to depart for 59. Gurkeerat continues to attack the opposition however, hammering two sixes off Pathan in the 17th over to move to 40 in no time! Ashwin's economical run with the ball takes a hit in the following over as Gurkeert races away to his half-century with a six and a four in the first two balls of the 18th over to bring up the milestone in just 29 balls! 


    OUT! Ashwin has the last laugh, as Gurkeerat top-edges a short one from Ashwin towards deep square-leg, where Chahar holds on to the catch! Six, four and a wicket in the first three balls of the over! Miller hammers the fourth ball towards deep square-leg, before getting trapped lbw by a quicker one from Ashwin! Dot off the last ball to end a crazy over, with 14 runs and two wickets coming off it! Ashwin ends with figures of 4/34 from four overs.

  • OUT! And what a crazy over this is turning out to be! Quicker one pitched just outside off, the ball continues along its path and hits Miller at the knee-roll bang in front of the off-stump! Easy decision for the umpire, as Miller departs for just 7, with KXIP losing their fifth wicket with 154 on board! 

  • OUT! Ashwin goes for a six and four in his first two balls of the final over, before incuding Gurkeerat to get a top-edge towards Deepak Chahar at backward square-leg for the batsman to depart for 51 off 30 balls! KXIP lose their fourth wicket with 150 on board!

  • OUT! Ashwin goes for a six and four in his first two balls of the final over, before incuding Gurkeerat to get a top-edge towards Deepak Chahar at backward square-leg for the batsman to depart for 51 off 30 balls! KXIP lose their fourth wicket with 150 on board!

  • Fifty for Gurkeerat in just 29 balls! Absolute carnage so far in the innings! Hammers a six and a four at the start of Ashwin's final over to get to the milestone!

  • OUT! Ashwin gets his second wicket of the day, and gets rid of KXIP skipper Vijay for 59, with Punjab losing their third wicket with 123 on board! Quicker one from Ravi, pitched between middle and leg, the ball straightens and beats the bat of Vijay — who looks to play across the line — before crashing onto the stumps. End of the dangerous-looking third-wicket stand. 

  • After 15 overs,Punjab 120/2 ( Murali Vijay (C) 58 , Gurkeerat Singh Mann 25)

    Four singles off the first four balls of Zampa's third over, before Gurkeerat spoils the economical over with a four and a six in the last two deliveries to move to the 20s, bringing up the 100 for Punjab. Meanwhile, yet another fifty for Vijay — his sixth of the ongoing season, and he gets to the milestone in 36 balls. Zampa comes in to bowl his final over of the day, and gets hammered for a six over wide long-on by Vijay to concede nine, finishing with figures of 1/32 from four overs. Meanwhile, the third-wicket stand between Vijay and Gurkeerat is worth more than 50 at the moment! 

  • Fifty for Murali Vijay! Yet another captain's knock, and Vijay's form with the bat has only improved by leaps and boundas since becoming captain! Sixth fifty for the KXIP skipper! 

  • After 12 overs,Punjab 88/2 ( Murali Vijay (C) 36 , Gurkeerat Singh Mann 15)

    Gurkeerat gets off the mark in his first ball of the day, and gets his first boundary in the 10th over with a late cut that beats the fielder at short third man. Five runs off Zampa's second over of the day, as he continues his economical run. Punjab are scoring at a rate of a shade over eight per over at the halfway mark in their innings, even on a pitch that is behaving rather slowly today. Gurkeerat gets his 2nd boundary of the day in the 12th over, pulled away towards fine leg. 

  • After 9 overs,Punjab 67/2 ( Murali Vijay (C) 29 , Gurkeerat Singh Mann 1)

    Pathan is reintroduced into the attack in the first over after powerplay, concedes just four off it in singles. Ravichandran Ashwin is introduced in the next over, and Amla greets him with a reverse paddle that sends the ball off towards third man. Ashwin strikes back later in the over, as Amla lobs a ball that stays low straight to George Bailey's hands at midwicket to depart for a 27-ball 30, with KXIP losing their first wicket with 60 on board. Another one bites the dust in the following over, as Zampa dismisses Saha for 3 in his third ball of the day. Saha is bamboozled by extra-spin, and ends up edging it to Ashwin in the slips. 

  • OUT! Another spinner does the trick, as Aussie youngster Adam Zampa strikes in his third ball of the day. Saha looks to cut the delivery pitched outside off, but ends up edging it towards the slips, where the ball lands in the palms of Ashwin. Saha departs for 3 off 4 balls, as KXIP suddenly lose two wickets for just five runs, both to spinners. 

  • OUT! The slow surface does the trick, as R Ashwin gets the breakthrough in his first over of the day! Amla looked to play the ball, that stayed low, towards midwicket, where George Bailey leaps up to complete the dismissal. The South African opener has to depart for 30 off 27 balls, as KXIP lose their first wicket with 60 on board. 

  • After 6 overs,Punjab 52/0 ( Hashim Amla 24 , Murali Vijay (C) 24)

    Vijay gets into the act in the fourth over, getting his first boundary of the day with a majestic pull towards backward square-leg, with eight runs being scored in the fourth over, bowled by Dinda. The first 'Yes Bank Maximum' (no we're not paid to write that) of the day is smashed off Vijay's bat, as he hammers the penultimate ball of the fifth over towards long-on, before glancing the next ball down towards fine-leg. Perera introduced for the final over of powerplay, and Vijay hammers the third ball of the over down the ground for his fourth boundary of the day. Amla brings up the fifty stand in the same over with a six over deep extra-cover. The last two overs of the powerplay have fetched Punjab 27 runs. 

  • After 3 overs,Punjab 17/0 ( Hashim Amla 15 , Murali Vijay (C) 1)

    Vijay and Amla walk out to bat, hoping to get their side off to a flying start. Dhoni does a first by handing Irfan Pathan — who has benched for the most part this tournament — the ball in the first over. Amla gets going in style, hammering two boundaries in the first over to get eight on the board. Much better one for Pune in the following over, with Ashoke Dinda giving away just two. Third bowler in as many overs, with Deepak Chahar being introduced in the third over, and giving away seven off it. 

  • Rising Pune Supergiants or Kings XI Punjab? Which side will finish at the bottom of the heap today? Stay tuned to our live blog to find out more. 

  • Zampa or Axar? Which spinner will cause more destruction today?

  • RPS XI: Rahane, Khawaja, Bailey, Tiwary, Pathan, Dhoni (c, wk), Perera, R Ashwin, Zampa, Dinda, Chahar.

    KXIP XI: Vijay (c), Amla, Saha (wk), Miller, Gurkeerat, Axar, Behardien, Abbott, Mohit, Dhawan, Sandeep.

  • Rising Pune Supergiants team unchanged for this match, while Kings XI Punjab have drafted Rishi Dhawan into the side in place of KC Cariappa. 

  • Kings XI Punjab have won the toss, and skipper Murali Vijay has elected to bat first

Preview: Two bottom-placed teams, Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab will aim to end their turbulent Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with a win when they take on each other here on Saturday.

Both debutants Pune and Punjab have eight points each and are placed in the seventh and eight spot respectively on the league table -- the former are ahead on better net run rate. A win will help the teams avoid the last spot and it can be a big motivation.

RPS skipper MS Dhoni. BCCI

RPS skipper MS Dhoni. BCCI

Both the sides are out of the race for the play-offs but the cricketers in each side will like to give respite to their shattered reputation in their final league game.

Pune are coming into the match with a comprehensive win over Delhi Daredevils and that should give confidence to the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side.

Having lost their premier foreign recruits -- Steven Smith, Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen and Mitchell Marsh -- to injuries, the side's batting has revolved around the ever-dependable Ajinkya Rahane (461 runs). The Mumbai right-hander has six fifties so far and will look to continue the good work.

Skipper Dhoni, Saurabh Tiwary and all-rounder Thisara Perera have been mostly inconsistent in their contributions. The focus will also be on Australian batting duo of Usman Khawaja and George Bailey.

The bowling will be led by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been a shadow of his impressive self in the tournament so far.

Leg-spinners Murugan Ashwin and Adam Zampa will once again be Dhoni's go-to bowlers along with the pace duo of Ashok Dinda and R.P. Singh.

Zampa has been their find of the edition and the young Australian leg-spinner will look to add more to hsi tally of 11 wickets from four outings in order to impress his national selectors.

Pune's opposition Punjab will also look to avoid thw wooden spoon for the second successive edition. They also had finished last in 2010.

This edition even a midway change in captaincy -- replacing David Miller with Murali Vijay -- din't help them as they faltered due to the batting failures.

The team's batting will depend on Vijay and Protea Hashim Amla, who hit a brilliant 96 in the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

With Glenn Maxwell out of the tournament, David Miller, stumper Wriddhiman Saha, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis are expected to bolster the middle order.

The bowing will centre around seamers Sandeep Sharma (14 wickets) and Mohit Sharma (12 wickets). Left-arm spinner Axar Patel with 12 wickets, including a hat-trick, has not been bad either but somehow failed to click as an unit.



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115