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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.

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IPL 9, Rising Pune vs Kolkata Knight Riders as it happened: KKR eke out a two-wicket win in thriller

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Apr 24, 2016 - 23:24 (IST)

MS Dhoni-led Rising Pune Supergiants suffer 4th straight defeat in the IPL.

Apr 24, 2016 - 23:21 (IST)

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. 

Apr 24, 2016 - 23:19 (IST)

OUT! Chawla departs after taking a double off the first ball. Smith takes a brilliant catch running in from long-on. He makes up for the fumble in the last delivery that gave away the double. 5 off 4 needed with 2 wickets remaining. 

Apr 24, 2016 - 23:16 (IST)

7 runs needed off the final over. 

Apr 24, 2016 - 23:14 (IST)

OUT! Sathish departs on 10, he played across on a straight ball from Morkel, hoping to hammer it to the leg side. But he misses and is bowled. This one will end very close. 10 runs needed off 8 balls, with 3 wickets remaining. 

Apr 24, 2016 - 23:12 (IST)

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

Apr 24, 2016 - 23:09 (IST)

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. 

Apr 24, 2016 - 23:04 (IST)

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.

Apr 24, 2016 - 22:55 (IST)

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. 

Apr 24, 2016 - 22:49 (IST)

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.

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.

IPL 9 Rising Pune vs Kolkata Knight Riders as it happened KKR eke out a twowicket win in thriller

Ajinkya Rahane of Pune Supergiants. BCCI

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.

The squads:

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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