Kings XI Punjab looked like they would be finding it difficult to get a favourable result against Rising Pune Supergiant when they lost their first few wickets without putting too much on the scoreboard. But captain Glenn Maxwell came on with David Miller and just turned on the heat. He raced to 40 runs in less than 20 balls and that just took the game away from the away side.
IPL 2017, KXIP vs RPS match highlights:
1922 hrs IST: And that’s that, Kings XI Punjab beat Rising Pune Supergiant by six wickets. Glenn Maxwell leads from the front with 44 off 20 balls while David Miller remained the able deputy out in the middle.
1920 hrs IST:
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1916 hrs IST: David Miller hits what has to be one of the flatest sixes of the match. A full ball from Dinda, Miller makes room and shovels at it, Christian dives to catch it but he cant get there and the ball falls squarely on the ropes
1907 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell has gone berzerk at Indore. He is at the moment dealing in sixes and has smashed 41 runs off 15 balls.
1902 hrs IST: Captain Maxwell leading from the front here but Stokes went up for a leg before appeal right after he gets hit for a four. There was good amount of bat on it and so Maxwell is safe.
1857 hrs IST: Miller goes big this time, comes down the track and hits Bhatia straight down for a SIX! These two have brought Punjab’s chase back on track, they now need 48 to win off 36 balls.
1852 hrs IST: 100 up for KXIP and that has come after Maxwell and Miller run four runs. It has been a rocky ride for Punjab.
1850 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell and David Miller in the middle now. Two dangerous batsmen now and Maxwell makes a statement of it with a big six off Chahar. KXIP now need these two to click.
1846 hrs IST: OUT! Axar Patel c&b Imran Tahir. Axar looks to go big down the leg side, ends up hitting it straight up in the air, Tahir claims it and catches it.
1844 hrs IST: OUT! Hashim Amla c Stokes b Chahar. Amla has failed to get going and tries to go for the big one. He doesn’t get enough behind the shot and the ball lands straight to Ben Stokes at the boundary line.
1841 hrs IST: SIX! And that was something that they needed. Chahar bowls it full, outside off and Axar Patel obliges, easily clears long on.
1835 hrs IST: KXIP Punjab not taking too many risks at the moment. They need 98 runs to win off 66 balls, Hashim Amla and Axar Patel are unable to really get going.
1827 hrs IST: Ben Stokes bowls the next over and it goes for just three runs. KXIP seem to need the strategic time out more than their opponents as they look to get back on track after the dismissal of Wriddhiman Saha.
1820 hrs IST: GONE! Wriddhiman Saha b Imran Tahir. And Tahir takes off running in utter glee as he gets Saha out off the second ball of his over. A googly of some measure and Saha is rooted to the spot. The ball goes straight through and hits the stumps.
1817 hrs IST: Ben Stokes bearing the brunt of the dropped catch, Saha hits him for consecutive boundaries and Stokes’ over goes for 10 runs.
1815 hrs IST: Saha dropped at short cover. It would have been one of the catches of the season had it been taken but it is a drop nonetheless. Dan Christian had to dive to his right, gets a finger on to it but can’t hold on.
1811 hrs IST: Wriddhiman Saha comes out next, the first ball he faces is a dot but the second he dispatches to the boundary. Hashim Amla then hits Dan Christian’s fourth ball for a six. Christian has had an expensive two overs so far
1808 hrs IST: OUT! Manan Vohra has to walk back. Another short one and Vohra comes down the track once again. But this comes into the batsman and cramps him for space, Vohra can’t get enough behind it and lofts it to Manoj Tiwary at deep square leg
1805 hrs IST: SIX! Vohra goes down the track and hits a short one from Dinda straight down for a big six.
1803 hrs IST: The second over from Dan Christian turns out to be a long one. Two wides in the over in addition to two fours and a few singles and it is 12 runs off it.
1750 hrs IST: The two teams come out onto the pitch. Manan Vohra and Hashim Amla open the innings for KXIP. Ashok Dinda with the new ball.
1746 hrs IST: Here is how we predict the match will go:
1741 hrs IST: Manoj Tiwary faces the last ball and manages to snatch a single off it. That marks the end of the RPS innings. The away side have made 163 runs for the loss of six wickets. It has turned out to be a good total in the end and on a wicket that is helping the bowlers as much as the batsmen, it will be interesting to see how KXIP chase it.
1738 hrs IST: OUT! Dan Christian looks to take the maximum runs off the second-to-last ball but hits it straight to Maxwell
1734 hrs IST: We are now into the last over of the innings, RPS are 147/5. Dan Christian hits the third ball awkwardly for four and the next one also goes for four. That brings up the 150 for RPS. He then hits the next one for a six
1730 hrs IST: SIX! Manoj sends this one for a maximum over long-on boundary. Mohit tries to bowl a yorker but nearly misses it and this time Manoj middles this one for six runs. Pune 140 for the loss of five wickets
1727 hrs IST: WICKET! Stokes gives away his wicket right after completing his fifty. He goes for another maximum but gets the toe of the bat and finds Axar. Daniel Christian joins Manoj in the middle
1725 hrs IST: FITY! Maiden IPL fifty for Ben Stokes. Brings up his fifty with a single off the last ball of 17th over
1722 hrs IST: Change in bowling for Punjab as Mohit Sharma replaces T Natarajan. 16 overs bowled and Pune are 123 for the loss of four wickets.
1716 hrs IST: SIX! One step down the crease and Stokes smashes it for a six at long-on boundary. And with that shot, Stokes edging close to his maiden IPL fifty.
1714 hrs IST: Runout opportunity for Punjab but Stokes with a full length dive makes it into the crease. Stokes is looking dangerous here. Will he take RPS to over the line?
1711 hrs IST: That’s 100 up for Rising Pune Supergiant. These next two overs are going to be crucial now as Stokes and Tiwary have managed to take some weight off their shoulders brought from the wickets of Dhoni and Smith.
1707 hrs IST: Ben Stokes pulling the trigger for RPS. Hits Natarajan for a four and then a six. Some valuable release of pressure that.
1701 hrs IST: FOUR! Manoj Tiwary frees his arms for some much needed runs for RPS. Full and short, Tiwary hits it low and it takes a bounce to go towards the boundary.
1655 hrs IST: OUT! MS Dhoni has to walk, c&b Swapnil. Dhoni looks to lob it towards off, ends up hitting it straight back to the bowler. Swapnil fumbles but in the end holds on to it.
1653 hrs IST: Stoinis’ ball moving away from Stokes who tries to hit it to covers, it takes a thick outside edge and it runs away to the boundary, four lucky runs for RPS.
1650 hrs IST: With the fall of wicket, RPS’ run rate has taken a hot. Dhoni and Stokes are taking it steady and getting accustomed to the wicket.
1643 hrs IST: That’s a close shave for Dhoni. Stoinis bowls this outside off and it climbs up on Dhoni, takes the inside edge and misses off by a whisker.
1640 hrs IST: MS Dhoni comes to the crease with Ben Stokes at the other end. The stadium is cheering “Dhoni Dhoni!” and at the moment, it is hard to figure whose home ground it is anyway.
1635 hrs IST: GONE! Steve Smith is gone and there is the big fish for KXIP. Marcus Stoinis was brought into the attack and there is the instant impact. Smith looks to glance towards leg, it climbs on him and it is straight down the man at deep square boundary.
1632 hrs IST: But Steve Smith is going along his own sweet song. It was a full ball, Smith opens the full face of the bat, and hits it straight down for four.
1628 hrs IST: OUT! Ajinkya Rahane is dismissed by Natarajan. Natarajan comes into the attack and takes a wicket off the second ball itself. Looks to hit it to the boundary at covers but unable to do much, Stoinis has a simple catch.
1622 hrs IST: Steve Smith now, letting some steam off himself. Hits wicket take Sandeep Sharma for consecutive boundaries, the run rate picking up now for RPS.
1618 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane turning it on since the dropped catch, hits Mohit Sharma for a six off the next ball and pushes it off for a boundary.
1615 hrs IST: Steve Smith dropped at cover. Mohit Sharma bowls this one full and on the legs. Its Vohra down at that position and he had to run a fair distance. In the end he spills it.
1611 hrs IST: It has been a slow start for RPS, the early wicket has put a break on their momentum. They have managed to get just seven runs for the loss of a wicket in the first three overs.
1606 hrs IST: Captain Steve Smith now joins Ajinkya Rahane in the middle. Glenn Maxwell will know that his team will never be safe as long as his Australian skipper is around.
1603 hrs IST: GONE! Straight through and on to the stumps. An inswinger that Mayank Agarwal looks to hit towards off, leaves a big gap between bat and pad and it crashes on to the stumps. What a start for RPS!
1559 hrs IST: Sandeep Sharma taking the new ball and facing him is Ajinkya Rahane with Mayank Agarwal at the other end. Sandeep went up for a leg before appeal against Agarwal but the umpire was uninterested.
1554 hrs IST: RPS seem to be in a good vein of form when they beat the mighty Mumbai Indians by a convincing seven wickets in their opening fixture. Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, have been handed a big boost in the form of Ishant Sharma.
1541 hrs IST: The four overseas players for Punjab are Amla, Stoinis, Miller and Maxwell. Here’s a look at the two XIs – RPS: Rahane, Agarwal, Smith, Tiwary, Dhoni, Stokes, Bhatia, Chahar, Christian, Tahir, Dinda. KXIP: Amla, Vohra, Saha, Maxwell, Miller, Stoinis, Axar, Swapnil, Mohit, Sandeep, Natarajan
1532 hrs IST: Pune, last season, lost seven matches when they batted first. They are happy chasers and would like to change the trend in Indore today
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1530 hrs IST: The conditions are not so good at the moment in Indore. Maximum temperature 36, humidity on the lower side but no breeze at all at the moment
1529 hrs IST: TOSS – KXIP elect to field against Pune in Indore. The visitors make two changes as Dan Christian comes in for Adam Zampa and Rahul Chahar comes in for brother Deepak Chahar
1527 hrs IST: This is the first day game of the match of this season’s Indian Premier League. The pitch and conditions suggest the pattern of winning toss, fielding first could continue
1524 hrs IST: Punjab on the other hand need a change in fortunes under new skipper Maxwell. They had disappointing outings in the previous editions and would like to move beyond the lower half of the table
1520 hrs IST: In the opener, Pune ticked all boxes in all departments of the game. Death bowling is a concern for the Smith-led unit but spinners, batsmen and all-rounder Ben Stokes look good
1515 hrs IST: In their previous match, skipper Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane powered Pune with their fifties against Mumbai Indians.
1510 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell is Kings XI Punjab’s ninth captain and most by any team in the history of IPL. Also there have been only two matches in Indore.
1504 hrs IST: Both teams have strong openers. It’s Steve Smith-Mayank Aggarwal for RPS and Hashim Amla-Martin Guptill for KXIP. With Virender Sehwag as their head of operations, Punjab can come in with an attacking mind set.
1458 hrs IST: Singer Harshdeep Kaur to embrace the crowd with her voice. Last time these two teams met, it was Pune who won the match by four wickets.
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1459 hrs IST: Outcomes both the captains as Punjab’s new captain Glen Maxwell presents visiting captain Steve Smith with the ‘Spirit of Game’. Bollywood actress Disha Patani to set the dance floor on fire with her dance performance.
1440 hrs IST: The opening ceremony is underway in Indore. As Indore welcomes IPL back after five years and startes with the performance and there are dancers doing some bhangra in the foreground. This is the fourth out of the eighth opening ceremony for the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League