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

Live scores and updates of IPL 9 match between Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab.

Amit Banerjee May 21, 2016 18:56:10 IST
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IPL 9, RPS vs KXIP as it happened: Dhoni pulls off miraculous win for Pune

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May 21, 2016 - 20:09 (IST)

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. 

May 21, 2016 - 19:51 (IST)

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. 

May 21, 2016 - 19:50 (IST)

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May 21, 2016 - 19:48 (IST)

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

We're just as surprised as you are! 

May 21, 2016 - 19:42 (IST)

May 21, 2016 - 19:40 (IST)

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! 

May 21, 2016 - 19:39 (IST)

May 21, 2016 - 19:37 (IST)

May 21, 2016 - 19:36 (IST)

May 21, 2016 - 19:34 (IST)

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! 

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.

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

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.

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