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Mohit Sharma defended 15 runs from the final over against a rampaging Kieron Pollard
Kings XI scored a huge 230-3 in their innings with the bat.
Rising Pune Supergiant demolished Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets, with 48 balls to spare, and thus qualified for the playoffs stage in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 here on Sunday (May 14).
The win helped RPS finish second in the table, behind Mumbai Indians, and secured the play-off spot.
On the other hand, Glenn Maxwell's men will be high on confidence after beating leaders Mumbai and Kolkata on the trot.
Needing 10 off 4 balls, Mohit (2/57 in 4 overs) bowled three dots in a row, ladning ideal blockhole deliveries to seal it in favour of the Punjab franchise.
Chasing 231 to win, the Indians made a fabulous start to their innings as Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel accumulated a 99-run partnership, during which Simmons brought up his fifty, before Patel was sent packing by Mohit Sharma for 38. Victory in that match is necessary for KXIP to get entry into the playoffs. The Gujarat southpaw skewed a short ball straight in the air for Manan Vohra to latch on to a comfortable catch running across from cover to mid-off. It was the brilliance of RPS bowlers, which did the trick for the home side, who bowled out KXIP for a paltry 73 runs and chased the score in 12 overs only. 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.
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And though Kieron Pollard (50 not out off 24) and Hardik Pandya (30 off 12) threatened something truly great late on, the visitors clung on to move within a point of fourth-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad with one round of group games to go. Thakur claimed wicket of Tewatia and Maxwell in the sixth over.
He managed to strangle the batting unit of the Kings XI as he just conceded 10 runs in his three-over spell.
Even though Martin Guptill was dismissed for a first-ball duck, Sehwag felt KXIP had enough quality batsmen to make up for the early dismissal.
Martin Guptill hit a flurry of boundaries (5x4, 1x6) during his 18-ball-36 and skipper Glenn Maxwell's 47 off 21 balls also propped up the total.
They were all but out of the game after being shot out in only 15.5 overs. Saha was bowled by Christian for 13. Instead, the Kings XI Punjab crumbled under the pressure and handed Rising Pune Supergiant an effortless win, to set up the Qualifier against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. Maxwell himself made a duck and it was only really Axar Patel who offered any resistance to make 22 as the Kings crumbled.
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