372dThe Report by Alagappan Muthu

Pune rout Kings XI for 73 to book second place

Led by their bowlers who exploited a pitch with just enough moisture to make driving on the up difficult, Steven Smith and his men booked a place in the playoffs

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AM Rahane
34(34) 1x4 - 1x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
5 1 1 0 8 0 10 9
RA Tripathi
28(20) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 5 0 6 5 0 1 10

Best performances - Bowlers

SN Thakur
O4
M0
R19
W3
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
DT Christian
O2
M0
R10
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

Rising Pune Supergiant , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-17.50, Second Session 17.50-19.20

Match days

14 May 2017 - day/night match (20-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Rising Pune Supergiant 2, Kings XI Punjab 0

Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

END OF OVER:
12 | 11 Runs | RPS: 78/1 | RR: 6.50

  • AM Rahane34 (34b)
  • SPD Smith15 (18b)
  • GJ Maxwell2-0-15-0
  • R Tewatia3-0-14-0

6.30pm We have our four qualifiers. Mumbai will face Pune in Mumbai. Sunrisers will face KKR in the eliminator in Bengaluru. Stokes, however, will leave the IPL tonight. How will Pune cope without him?

This match was all but decided in the first half itself after Kings XI were dismissed for 73 - their lowest total in the IPL. Rahane and Smith then made sure of things in the chase.

Since the playoffs format started Teams that have finished 2nd in the league stage have won the IPL from 2011 to 2015. Sunrisers are the only team to win not finishing 2nd. They were 3rd.

Kushagra: "2nd from bottom in the last season to 2nd from top this season, well done RPS. Now they have their favourite opponents MI(3 victories 1 loss) to take down. All looks good apart from Stokes leaving for England."

"The toss had something to do with it," Maxwell says.The wicket was damp after a few days of rain. It was just about assessing the conditions. Everything went against us and we could not recover. We have lost our last five tosses. Unfortunately in the IPL, a lot can be decided by the toss. We did not finish last, which was great (Positives from the season?). The way we played our last four of five games was great. Axar was outstanding with bat, ball, and [in] the field. We will reflect on the positives in the change room. Thanks to the fans for the support.

"It was a nice day, wasn't it. The bowlers did a terrific job," Smith says. "Was fortunate to win the toss, the ball was stopping. It was an easy decision today, the wicket was sticky. Shardul was outstanding, Unadkat again was outstanding. We were searching a bit in the first few games. We had new players coming in, we have a good balance now. Really good to finish second and have bites at the cherry. Yeah, we have a couple of options for Stokes. He has been magnificent and will be a big boss. Hopefully, the other guys will stand up for us."

"Well, it has been brilliant," Unadkat, Man of the Match, says. We have done all that we have planned in the team meeting. The execution has been brilliant. It has been helping me personally as well. To simply things is what I have done. It was a team effort. Ben, Dan, everyone chipped in. Ben was an integral part of the team. Having said that, we have won a game without him.

11.6
6
Maxwell to Rahane, SIX runs, Rahane finishes it with a six! Rising Pune finish second. Tossed-up offbreak on middle, uses his feet and lofts it in the air to the left of midwicket, who had been whisked in. It's all over for Kings XI Punjab
11.5
0
Maxwell to Rahane, no run, Rahane feigns to move outside leg, this is fired on middle and leg, defended
11.4
1
Maxwell to Smith, 1 run, slider on off, Smith eases a single down to long-on
11.3
1
Maxwell to Rahane, 1 run, short and outside off, swatted on the back foot to long-on
11.2
2
Maxwell to Rahane, 2 runs, Rahane backs away outside leg, Maxwell chases him, Rahane gets it through backward point
11.1
1
Maxwell to Smith, 1 run, short on off, calmly punched down to long-on