Begin typing your search above and press return to search.

Pune beat Kings XI Punjab by 4 wickets

By The Assam Tribune

VISAKHAPATNAM, May 21 (IANS): Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni�s 64 not out off 32 deliveries turned it around for Rising Pune Supergiants as the debutants ended their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with a four-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab here on Saturday.

Dhoni, who smashed four fours and five sixes, clobbered left-arm spinner Axar Patel for three sixes and a four in the final over to not only take Pune over the line but finish at the penultimate spot in the IPL table.

Placed at the bottom and already out of contention for the play-offs, the match was an inconsequential affair for both sides.

Chasing 173, Pune were off to a poor start losing in-form opener Ajinkya Rahane and incoming batsman George Bailey in quick successions. That was before Dhoni�s fireworks started.

The Ranchi stumper got ample support from Sri Lankan Thisara Perera, who chipped in with a 14-ball 23 to forge a 58-run sixth wicket stand to take the team to sniffing distance of a win.

Opening the batting, Rahane, who scored a 15-ball 19, fell to pacer Sandeep Sharma after forging a 35-run opening stand with Australian Usman Khawaja (30 off 29). Bailey failed, scoring a 11-ball 9 before being stumped by Wriddhiman Saha off Patel.

Next in, Saurabh Tiwary (17) added 31 runs for the fourth wicket with Khawaja before falling prey to off-spinner Gurkeerat Singh. He was caught by Farhaan Behardien at deep cover in the 12th over.

Gurkeerat, who smashed a 30-ball 51 in Punjab�s innings, dealt another blow off the last ball of the same over to dismiss Khawaja.

Struggling at 80/4, skipper Dhoni and all-rounder Irfan Pathan (2) joined forces but pacer Rishi Dhawan removed the latter with a slower delivery to be caught by Saha.

Next in Perera, whose 58-run stand with Dhoni turned out to be the cornerstone of Pune�s win, was dismissed by pacer Mohit Sharma � caught behind by Saha.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who joined Dhoni at the fall of Perera, was a mere spectator as the skipper went on the rampage.

For Punjab, Gurkeerat was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets while Mohit, Sandeep, Axar and Rishi took one wicket apiece.

Earlier, riding on skipper Murali Vijay and Gurkeerat�s brilliant half centuries, Punjab reached 172 for seven in 20 overs.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Punjab got off to a steady start with openers Vijay and Hashim Amla putting on 60 runs before the South African veteran fell prey to Ashwin.

In his attempt to accelerate the scoring rate, Amla, who hit four boundaries and a six in his 27-ball knock, tried to hit a short ball over the in-field only to be caught by Bailey at midwicket.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa doubled the joy for Pune, packing off incoming batsman Saha (3).

Gurkeerat then joined Vijay, who continued his brilliant run with the bat to notch another half century off just 35 balls.

Nearing his half century, Vijay changed gears, blasting Zampa for two sixes as the right-handed duo brought up the team�s 100 in 14 overs.

Sensing danger, Dhoni brought in his old warhorse Ashwin, who responded well by breaking the 58-run third wicket stand.

Vijay, who tried to slog sweep Ashwin, found his middle stump knocked off to return to the dug-out for a 41-ball 59.

SCORECARD

Kings XI Punjab: Amla c Bailey b Ashwin 30, Vijay b Ashwin 59, Saha c Ashwin b Zampa 3, Gurkeerat c Chahar b Ashwin 51, Miller lbw b Ashwin 7, Behardien c Rahane b Dinda 5, Patel c Tiwary b Perera 1, Dhawan not out 11, Abbott not out 1. Extras: (LB-1, W-3) 4. Total: (7 wickets; 20 overs) 172. Fall of wickets: 1-60, 2-65, 3-123, 4-150, 5-154, 6-160, 7-160. Bowling: Pathan 4-0-37-0, Dinda 3-0-16-1, Chahar 3-0-28-0, Perera 2-0-24-1, Ashwin 4-0-34-4, Zampa 4-0-32-1.

Rising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane c Saha b Sandeep 19, Usman Khawaja c Miller b Gurkeerat 30, George Bailey st Saha b Patel 9, Saurabh Tiwary c Behardien b Gurkeerat 17, Mahendra Singh Dhoni not out 64, Irfan Pathan c Saha b Dhawan 2, Thisara Perera c Saha b Sharma 23, Ravichandran Ashwin not out 1. Extras: (LB-1 W-7) 8. Total: (For 6 wkts in 20 overs) 173. Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-47, 3-78, 4-80, 5-86, 6-144. Bowling: Sandeep Sharma 4-0-29-1, Mohit Sharma 4-0-39-1, Kyle Abbott 3-0-25-0, Axar Patel 4 0-43-1, Gurkeerat Singh 2-0-15-2, Rishi Dhawan 3-0-21-1. � Agencies

Next Story
Similar Posts
Pune beat Kings XI Punjab by 4 wickets

VISAKHAPATNAM, May 21 (IANS): Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni�s 64 not out off 32 deliveries turned it around for Rising Pune Supergiants as the debutants ended their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with a four-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab here on Saturday.

Dhoni, who smashed four fours and five sixes, clobbered left-arm spinner Axar Patel for three sixes and a four in the final over to not only take Pune over the line but finish at the penultimate spot in the IPL table.

Placed at the bottom and already out of contention for the play-offs, the match was an inconsequential affair for both sides.

Chasing 173, Pune were off to a poor start losing in-form opener Ajinkya Rahane and incoming batsman George Bailey in quick successions. That was before Dhoni�s fireworks started.

The Ranchi stumper got ample support from Sri Lankan Thisara Perera, who chipped in with a 14-ball 23 to forge a 58-run sixth wicket stand to take the team to sniffing distance of a win.

Opening the batting, Rahane, who scored a 15-ball 19, fell to pacer Sandeep Sharma after forging a 35-run opening stand with Australian Usman Khawaja (30 off 29). Bailey failed, scoring a 11-ball 9 before being stumped by Wriddhiman Saha off Patel.

Next in, Saurabh Tiwary (17) added 31 runs for the fourth wicket with Khawaja before falling prey to off-spinner Gurkeerat Singh. He was caught by Farhaan Behardien at deep cover in the 12th over.

Gurkeerat, who smashed a 30-ball 51 in Punjab�s innings, dealt another blow off the last ball of the same over to dismiss Khawaja.

Struggling at 80/4, skipper Dhoni and all-rounder Irfan Pathan (2) joined forces but pacer Rishi Dhawan removed the latter with a slower delivery to be caught by Saha.

Next in Perera, whose 58-run stand with Dhoni turned out to be the cornerstone of Pune�s win, was dismissed by pacer Mohit Sharma � caught behind by Saha.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who joined Dhoni at the fall of Perera, was a mere spectator as the skipper went on the rampage.

For Punjab, Gurkeerat was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets while Mohit, Sandeep, Axar and Rishi took one wicket apiece.

Earlier, riding on skipper Murali Vijay and Gurkeerat�s brilliant half centuries, Punjab reached 172 for seven in 20 overs.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Punjab got off to a steady start with openers Vijay and Hashim Amla putting on 60 runs before the South African veteran fell prey to Ashwin.

In his attempt to accelerate the scoring rate, Amla, who hit four boundaries and a six in his 27-ball knock, tried to hit a short ball over the in-field only to be caught by Bailey at midwicket.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa doubled the joy for Pune, packing off incoming batsman Saha (3).

Gurkeerat then joined Vijay, who continued his brilliant run with the bat to notch another half century off just 35 balls.

Nearing his half century, Vijay changed gears, blasting Zampa for two sixes as the right-handed duo brought up the team�s 100 in 14 overs.

Sensing danger, Dhoni brought in his old warhorse Ashwin, who responded well by breaking the 58-run third wicket stand.

Vijay, who tried to slog sweep Ashwin, found his middle stump knocked off to return to the dug-out for a 41-ball 59.

SCORECARD

Kings XI Punjab: Amla c Bailey b Ashwin 30, Vijay b Ashwin 59, Saha c Ashwin b Zampa 3, Gurkeerat c Chahar b Ashwin 51, Miller lbw b Ashwin 7, Behardien c Rahane b Dinda 5, Patel c Tiwary b Perera 1, Dhawan not out 11, Abbott not out 1. Extras: (LB-1, W-3) 4. Total: (7 wickets; 20 overs) 172. Fall of wickets: 1-60, 2-65, 3-123, 4-150, 5-154, 6-160, 7-160. Bowling: Pathan 4-0-37-0, Dinda 3-0-16-1, Chahar 3-0-28-0, Perera 2-0-24-1, Ashwin 4-0-34-4, Zampa 4-0-32-1.

Rising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane c Saha b Sandeep 19, Usman Khawaja c Miller b Gurkeerat 30, George Bailey st Saha b Patel 9, Saurabh Tiwary c Behardien b Gurkeerat 17, Mahendra Singh Dhoni not out 64, Irfan Pathan c Saha b Dhawan 2, Thisara Perera c Saha b Sharma 23, Ravichandran Ashwin not out 1. Extras: (LB-1 W-7) 8. Total: (For 6 wkts in 20 overs) 173. Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-47, 3-78, 4-80, 5-86, 6-144. Bowling: Sandeep Sharma 4-0-29-1, Mohit Sharma 4-0-39-1, Kyle Abbott 3-0-25-0, Axar Patel 4 0-43-1, Gurkeerat Singh 2-0-15-2, Rishi Dhawan 3-0-21-1. � Agencies