MS Dhoni-led Rising Pune Supergiants suffer 4th straight defeat in the IPL.
IPL 9, Rising Pune vs Kolkata Knight Riders as it happened: KKR eke out a two-wicket win in thriller
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would look to continue their winning momentum in the Indian Premier League (IPL), but it won't be an easy task as they lock horns with Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Rising Pune Supergiants at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Sunday.
SIX! UMESH YADAV hits it straight out of the park, down the ground. Straight six and the game is over. KKR win it by 2 wickets and 3 balls to spare. Yadav gets down on one knee and picks up Perera, a fuller one. Game over.
OUT! Russell departs, RPS get the all-important wicket of the big-hitter. Russell goes for the big one, he slams Perera in hunt for a six, but finds du Plessis under it at long-on. He departs on 17 off 11. 22 runs needed off 13 balls.
OUT! Yadav is gone! This is the wicket KKR wanted, M Ashwin gets the breakthrough and traps Yadav leg-before. Suryakumar Yadav made 60 off 49 balls. Two new batsmen at the crease now. The Chase: 42 runs from 25 balls.
OUT! Pathan departs on 36 off 27, Bhatia traps him leg-before the wicket. The ball keeps straight as Pathan tries to swing it. He doesn't connect and it's an easy decision. BIg wicket, Pathan was hitting the big ones.
After 7 overs,Kolkata 62/3 ( Suryakumar Yadav 42 , Yusuf Pathan 1)
OUT! Shakib-al-Hasan departs, he's bowled by Bhatia on 3. It was an off-cutter and Shakib failed to pick it up, got an inside edge and the ball went on to hit the leg stump. Excellent over, just three runs off it. Yusuf Pathan comes in to bat. Yadav soldiers on
After 3 overs,Kolkata 31/2 ( Suryakumar Yadav 18 , Shakib Al Hasan 0)
OUT! Skipper Gambhir departs on 11, he's run-out by an excellent throw from Tiwary, some nifty glove work from Dhoni and really poor decision making by himself. He departs in hunt for a second that never was. Both the KKR openers are back in the pavilion now. The match gets interesting now.
OUT! Robin Uthappa departs on the very first ball of the KKR innings. Albie Morkel traps him leg-before. The ball looked to going on to hit the leg-stump. Excellent strat for RPS. That would fire them up.
After 20 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 160/5 ( MS Dhoni (C) (W) 23 , Rajat Bhatia 1)
Dhoni finally does what every one wants him to do, he hits a six. Morne Morkel runs in and bowls short, Dhoni pulls it away for a flat six. Then he plays and audacious shot to send the ball racing away to the wide deep mid-wicket fence. Morkel bowls a yorker in block hole, Dhoni makes space and digs out the ball and drills it to the fence. he then pulls again for another 4 behind square leg. 17 runs off the final over. Dhoni played the cameo. RPS started off slowly but ended on a high.
OUT! Rahane goes on 67. He's caught and bowled by Sunil Narine. This has been an excellent innings from the Mumbai man, and he has displayed consistency throughout the IPL. But he'd be disappointed to not see RPS through to the end. His 67 came in 52 balls, four fours and 3 sixes. Skipper MS Dhoni comes in to bat.
OUT! Steve Smith is run-out! The Aussie captain had walked too far out from the non-striker's end, Rahane's shot went straight into the hands of Satish, the bowler. He quickly turns and takes the bails out on his end as Smith is stranded long way down the pitch. He departs on 31 off 28 balls.
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SIX! Morkel runs in for the penultimate over, Sathish hammers it for a maximum over long-on. First the dismal work at the boundary rope by Tiwary that gave away a boundary and now the six off the very first ball of the next over has brought the ask down for KKR. 10 needed off 9
After 17 overs,Kolkata 136/5 ( Andre Russell 16 , Rajagopal Sathish 1)
Russell starts his demolition job. He hits Sharma for a 98-metre six in the covers. Then Sharma follows up with 3 wides. More free runs. And then Russell lays into him again. Straight down the ground for six. Crucial runs at this stage. Expensive over, 17 runs from it. The two sixes from Russell eases the pressure on KKR somewhat. 25 needed from 18 balls now. With Russell out there, it doesn't seem like a big ask.
Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would look to continue their winning momentum in the Indian Premier League (IPL), but it won't be an easy task as they lock horns with Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Rising Pune Supergiants at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Sunday.
Newcomers Pune have not had a great start to the tournament and have lost three of their four games. On the other hand, KKR have won three out of four matches.
The one contest that the Knights lost was against defending champions Mumbai Indians in Kolkata where the visitors chased down KKR's formidable 187.
Kolkata have been a team who have backed up their brilliant bowling with some quality batting to steer home on the other three occasions, which include wins over Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab.
The Supergiants have only clinched the opening tie against Mumbai Indians, but then succumbed to the Gujarat Lions, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
But on Sunday, Dhoni will be keen on having a turnaround in his fortunes. The injury to star batsman Kevin Pietersen may have come as a blessing in disguise for the hosts as they can now field all-rounders like Albie Morkel and Mitchell Marsh.
"We're playing with six bowlers, yet our death bowling isn't great," Dhoni said after the game against RCB. "Maybe we can look to bring in Albie Morkel or Mitch Marsh in the next game. We need to strengthen our bowling line-up a bit."
The Knights on the contrary look a settled bunch and it is unlikely that skipper Gautam Gambhir will tinker too much with the winning line-up.
The bowling has been led well by the spinners and the likes of pacers Umesh Yadav and Morne Morkel have chipped in well too.
The top-order has also clicked for KKR with Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa scoring a truck load of runs. They have been ably supported by Manish Pandey at No.3.
However, Pune are a dangerous side with some fine batters and great all-rounders and if the likes of Faf du Plessis, Steve Smith, Thisara Perera and Dhoni have a good day on the field then things are going to get tough for the two time champions.
The wicket is likely to be flat and the match is supposed to be a high-scoring one and that is where KKR's experience in the bowling line-up will be tested.
Rising Pune Supergiants:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Jaskaran Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Sharma, Albie Morkel, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Thisara Perera, Saurabh Tiwary, R.P. Singh, Rajat Bhatia, Ankush Bains, Baba Aparajith, Murugan Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Deepak Chahar, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, Adam Zampa.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Gautam Gambhir (captain), Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sheldon Jackson, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Jason Holder, Colin Munro, Rajgopal Sathish, Manan Ajay Sharma.
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