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. Wriddhiman Saha scored an unbeaten 93 off 55 balls with the help of 11 boundaries and three sixes, which earned him the Man of the Match award.
On their home turf, Rising Pune Supergiant defeated Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets in an IPL clash to qualify for the playoffs of the tournament on Sunday.
With Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians winning the two matches yesterday, today's Royal Pune Supergiants vs Kings XI Punjab match has become a knockout. If in the first match both teams play for everything the second is a dead rubber. However, the all-rounder was economical in the three overs he bowled, giving away 14 runs.
Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Pathel came out with great intent putting on 99 for the opening wicket before the latter holed out to Mohit Sharma for 38.
In case RPS-KXIP match is abandoned, then RPS and KKR will be through and KXIP will be eliminated with 15 points. Shaun Marsh, 5. Manan Vohra, 6.
It was Christian who struck again to remove Axar Patel (22) - the only Kings XI batsman to top 20 runs - and the tail was quickly cleaned up by Unadkat (2-12) and Adam Zampa (2-22) - the visitors bowled out with 25 deliveries to spare.
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Sandeep Sharma accounted for Pandya but there was a seamless transition as his replacement in the middle Karn Sharma bludgeoned 19 from six balls.
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. The drop did not prove to be very costly though as Saha was later dismissed for 13 runs in the tenth over.
With the big-hitting Pollard and the less-intimidating Harbhajan Singh attempting to scamper through for two, Maxwell gathered the ball and threw to the far end - knowing the wicket of Pollard to be the more valuable of the two.
But Kings XI bowler Mohit Sharma denied Mumbai victory with an excellent spell in the final over, only letting in eight runs. Guptill took two other catches as the Kings XI Punjab won by seven runs. 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.
Even though Pollard proceeded to finish unbeaten on 50 off 24 balls, which included a boundary and five sixes, the Indians fell just short of their target. Axat Patel raised some hopes with his 22 runs, which was the highest individual score for KXIP.