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Ben Stokes helps Rising Pune Supergiant reach IPL play-offs

15 May 2017

On the other hand, Punjab will have to address their bowling woes going forward as seen in the game against Mumbai where they nearly failed to defend 230 but Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma made strong comebacks in the final two overs to put off Kieron Pollard's brilliance.

Guptill (36 off 18 balls) and captain Glenn Maxwell (47 off 21) provided explosive assistance to the wicketkeeper as Kings XI thundered their way to a massive 230-3.

Despite having played five games with virtually no break, Kings XI Punjab will be as much pumped up as the home team Rising Pune Supergiant going into the penultimate game of the league stage.

Kings XI Punjab held their nerves to keep their chances of qualifying for the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs alive as the visitors edged past Mumbai Indians by seven runs in a league encounter at the Wankhede Stadium here yesterday.

Needing 10 off 4 balls, Mohit (2/57 in 4 overs) bowled three dots in a row, ladning flawless blockhole deliveries to seal it in favour of the Punjab franchise.

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Christian took wicket of Patel.

In case RPS-KXIP match is abandoned, then RPS and KKR will be through and KXIP will be eliminated with 15 points.

Mohit Sharma, despite being smashed for 33 in his first two overs, bowled a delivery that climbed on a surging Parthiv, who offered simple skier to Manan Vohra.

He became only the 10th player to score over 250 runs and take more than 10 wickets in the competition, while he hit his first Twenty20 century against Gujarat Lions earlier in May. Hardik out-scored Pollard at one point, clobbering Tewatia for a six before milking Henry for two consecutive maximums before a sensational diving catch from Saha off Sandeep Sharma proved fatal for the all-rounder. With the ball holding on to the wicket, Thakur then came into the act in the fourth over, his second.

Mitchell McClenaghan ( 1-54), Lasith Malinga (0-45), Harbhajan Singh (0-45), Jasprit Bumrah (1-24), Karn Sharma (1 -32 ) and Hardik Pandya (0-29) were hammered to all parts of the ground. Whatever risks he takes, it is always after 12 or 15 overs, when he knows that he has completed his role and there's a need to score quick runs.

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It was a disastrous day for Kings XI from start to finish and was typified by the dismissal of Martin Guptill from the very first ball of the match, the opener driving loosely to cover.

He managed to strangle the batting unit of the Kings XI as he just conceded 10 runs in his three-over spell.

If Kings XI Punjab win, they will make it to the playoffs with 16 points and knock Pune out on run rate.

But, a certain Ajinkya Rahane stood up to do a Dhoni in the chase, by finishing it off with a six off the bowling of Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell.

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