KXIP pip Mumbai Indians by 7 runs to stay alive

Maxwell scored 47 from just 21 deliveries.                        
              Maxwell scored 47 from just 21 deliveries

Maxwell scored 47 from just 21 deliveries. Maxwell scored 47 from just 21 deliveries

RPS are now on 16 points from 13 games with a net run-rate -0.083, while Kings XI Punjab are on 14 points from equal number of matches but have a comparatively better run-rate of +0.296. Bumrah bowled tight third over but Lasith Malinga (0/45) went for 19 runs in his first over as visitors raced to 68 before Guptill holed out in the sixth over as introducing Karn Sharma inside powerplays worked briefly. Saha displayed a different facet of his batsmanship with a unbeaten 93 of 55 balls to power Punjab to 230 for 3 in a do-or-die encounter.

Steve Smith's Rising Pune Supergiants have claimed the fourth and final Indian Premier League finals berth by destroying Glenn Maxwell's Kings XI Punjab side.

The hosts were in no rush but still cruised to victory by nine wickets in 12 overs, a win that sees them finish second in the IPL standings.

With a narrow win against the Mumbai Indians, KXIP will be high on confidence.

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. Simmons was at his brutal best, welcoming Mohit Sharma with two sixes before taking left-arm spinner Axar Patel to the cleaners twice in the next over to bring up his half century off just 27 balls.

453 Runs scored in the match - second-highest aggregate in an IPL match. Shaun Marsh, 5. Manan Vohra, 6.

After posting 167/6, Kings XI restricted KKR to 153/6 in alloted overs, with Tewatia turning out to be the most successful bowler with figures of 4-0-18-2 that included the prized wicket of KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir. 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.

After scoring 30 runs in 13 balls, Hardik Pandya lost his wicket.

KXIP:73 all out in 15.5 overs. Unadkat bowled one short and angling away from the right-hander and Swapnil nicked it to Dan Chrstian at slips.Christian failed to get a hold of it and bounced away from his arms. Guptill took two other catches as the Kings XI Punjab won by seven runs.

"Mohit Sharma, who is our key bowler in Kings XI Punjab, also helps me a lot".

After opening the innings for a change with Martin Guptill, Saha played fluent strokes.

Rising Pune Supergiant host Kings XI Punjab in this all-important match with the victor qualifying for the playoffs while the losing team will be knocked out.

Supergiant finished off the game in 12 overs when it reached 78-1 as Ajinkya Rahana (34 not out) smashed a six off captain Glenn Maxwell's off-spin.

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