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IPL: De Kock slams 51-ball 108 as Delhi stun RCB

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23:38   De Kock slams 51-ball 108 as Delhi stun RCB


DELHI WIN BY 7 WICKETS!!!

Delhi 192-3 (19.1 ovs) vs RCB 191-5 | SCORECARD


Nair doing it sensibly as he picks a single on the leg side off the first ball of Watson's final over.

The veteran pacer bowls a good bouncer as de Kock looks to pull but gets a glove edge and is caught down the leg side by keeper Jadhav.

De Kock walks back to a huge cheer after an outstanding innings of 108 from 51 balls, after he put on 134 runs from 76 balls for the third wicket to turn the match on it's head.

J P Duminy drives the second ball he faces, through the covers for a four to get off the mark in style.

He steers the next ball past point for two runs before taking a single from the last ball to level scores.

A misfield by bowler Chahal gives Delhi a single and a splendid victory in a huge run chase.

Amazing innings from de Kock, who smashed 108 from 51 balls, but Nair also deserves a lot of praise for his support as he finished unbeaten on 54 from 42 balls.

RCB must be ruing not getting another 15-20 runs, they managed just 27 runs from the last four overs which ultimately proved crucial.

A huge moral-booster for Delhi as they register their second victory in three games to make a good start to their campaign.
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23:26   De Kock slams 48-ball century, Delhi inch closer to victory


Delhi 183-2 (18 ovs) vs RCB 191-5 | SCORECARD


Wiese to bowl the 18th over as Nair takes a single from the second ball to bring de Kock back on strike.

The left-hander slaps the third ball through the off-side for a single to bring up his century from just 48 balls, having hit 13 fours and three sixes.

What a special innings from the South African youngster!

He has a big swing at a full delivery but gets a thick outside edge which goes past the keeper for a four. But de Kock gets the next ball through the covers for a cracking boundary to bring the equation down to nine needed from two overs for victory.
23:22  


Delhi 171-2 (17 ovs) vs RCB 191-5 | SCORECARD


Left-arm pacer Aravind comes back into the attack. Nair shuffles across and laps a low full toss fine on the leg side, beating a diving keeper for a four to raise the 100-run stand, from 58 balls.

Two balls later de Kock lofts a half-volley over the cover region for another boundary to move into the 90s.

12 runs from the over leave Delhi to get 34 runs from four overs for victory.

Harshal comes back as Nair lofts the first ball straight back over the pacer's head for a six. The Karnataka batsman takes a single from the next ball to race to this fifty, from 36 balls and gets a huge cheer from the Bangalore crowd.

Nair attempts another paddle on the leg side but fails to get the full toss away.

De Kock pulls the last ball fine on the leg side to take his score to 99, from 47 balls.

Delhi in control as they need 21 from three overs for victory.
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23:13   De Kock's attack keeps Delhi in the hunt


Delhi 146-2 (15 ovs) vs RCB 191-5 | SCORECARD


Nair also getting the boundaries from his end as he smashes Wiese over mid-off for a four to get a boundary from the first ball of the new over.

The pacer oversteps to give away a no-ball and de Kock makes most of the free hit, lofting it over square leg for a six. The next ball is short and the left-hander pulls it through the same region for a four to race to 81 from 39 balls, having hit 10 fours and three sixes. Wiese has gone for 20 runs in the over as RCB start to wilt under the pressure.

Senior pro Watson comes back but no stopping de Kock who smashes the third ball of the over, straight back past the bowler for a four.

Delhi are the favourites at this stage and de Kock has single-handedly brought them to this stage. He has smashed his way to 88 from 42 balls, for a strike rate of well over 200.

Nair gets two leg byes from the last ball as Watson goes for 10 runs in his third over.

Delhi are 146 for two in 15 overs, with another 46 needed from five overs for victory. They are slowly running away with the game, having scored 30 runs from the last two overs.


23:02  


Delhi 116-2 (13 ovs) vs RCB 191-5 | SCORECARD


Rasool comes back as de Kock again looks to cut but gets an inside edge before he brings out the sweep for two runs.

The left-hander turns the fifth ball on the leg side and calls for a risky double as his partner Nair does well to dive which sees him escape the run out chance.

Harshal bowls a good second over after going for runs in his first, giving away just five runs.

De Kock decides to do something about the asking rate which is over 10 now. He comes down the track and lofts leg-spinner Chahal down the ground for a six as they get 11 runs from the over.

Delhi are 116 for two in 13 overs, needing 76 runs from seven overs for victory.

De Kock has kept Delhi in the hunt, having smashed 70 from 36 balls, while Nair has stroked 28 from 24 balls.
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22:45   De Kock blasts 22-ball 50 to keep Delhi in the hunt


Delhi 93-2 (10 ovs) vs RCB 191-5 | SCORECARD


Leg-spinner David Wiese comes into the attack. He cuts the first ball behind point for a four before taking a single two balls later. Two more singles before de Kock crashes it yet again through point for a boundary to continue his attacking approach.

David Wiese comes into the attack. He starts with a wide to Nair before bowling five dot balls in a row before the right-hander dances down the track and drives the last ball through the covers for a four.

Medium pacer Harshal Patel comes into the attack. The first ball is full as de Kock picks it off his pads and deposits over square leg for a six. Nair flicks the third ball square on the leg side where Watson makes a good diving stop to keep it down to two.

Patel bowls a short ball which Nair does well to ramp it over the wicketkeeper for a four as the runs continue to come at a good rate.

Nair has gotten into his groove quite well as he pulls a short ball from Wiese on the leg side for a four.

De Kock gets a boundary off the fifth ball through the leg side to race to his fifty from just 22 balls.

12 runs from the over as Delhi race to 93 for two in 10 overs, with another 99 needed from 10 overs for victory.
22:27   Samson fails with the bat, Delhi lose 2nd wicket


Delhi 51-2 (6 ovs) vs RCB 191-5 | SCORECARD


Rasool comes back for his second over, after he was hit for three runs in his first over.

And no stopping de Kock from getting another four through the off-side as Rasool looks a bit clueless on how got it through.

Samson drives the third ball through the covers for two runs as Rasool goes for eight runs in his second with Delhi reaching 50 for one in five overs.

Samson's painful innings comes to an end as he pulls a short ball straight into the hands of the fielder at midwicket. After a poor domestic season, Samson has struggled to get going in the IPL this year and in this innings too, he has managed just nine from 14 balls.

Karun Nair gets off the mark with a single from the last ball of the over, which is the only run of the over in which Watson also bagged a wicket.

That over pegged back Delhi as they reach 51 for two in six overs, with another 141 runs needed from 14 overs for victory at 10 runs per over.
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22:18   De Kock's attack rallies Delhi after early wicket


Delhi 42-1 (4 ovs) vs RCB 191-5 | SCORECARD


A surprise move from RCB as off-spinner Parveez Rasool is called in to bowl the second over.

deSanju Samson takes a single from the second ball before de Kock slaps a short ball through the off-side for a four.

He repeats the shot off the last two balls of the over to make it three fours from the second over as Delhi look to bounce back after that early wicket.

De Kock once again breaches the off-side as he makes most of some width from pacer Aravind. But he misses a full toss as he fails to find the gap on the leg side before taking two runs from the last ball.

Shane Watson comes into the attack. And he is killing anything slightly wide as he crashes another one through point for a four, his sixth of the innings, to race to 28 from 12 balls.

Despite the early wicket, Delhi have gone along well to race to 42 for one in four overs with de Kock smashing 29 from 13 balls and Samson on six.
22:06   Delhi lose early wicket after RCB post a huge 191


Delhi 11-1 (1 ov) vs RCB 191-5 | SCORECARD


Left-arm pacer Sreenath Aravind to open the bowling for RCB.

Quinton de Kock smashes the first ball through the off-side to get the innings off with a boundary. The next ball is a big wide down the leg side to give away five wides followed by a single.

Aravind gets the wicket of Shreyas Iyer with the last ball of the over for a duck. The youngster chipped down the track and looked for a big shot down the ground but failed to make proper connection. Watson did well to run back from mid-on and take the catch just inside the ropes but the momentum carries him over the ropes as he does well to flick the ball back in and David Wiese arrives just in time to take the catch, diving full length and ending inches inside the ropes.

That was another stunning relay catch, we have seen quite a few in T20 cricket recently, as Iyer's poor run with the bat in IPL 9 continues.
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21:40   Kohli, de Villiers blast 50s as RCB post a huge 191


RCB 191-5 (20 ovs) vs Delhi | SCORECARD


Morris comes back as he restores some sanity to the proceedings with two dot balls to new batsman Kedar Jadhav, before he gets an inside edge for a single.

Morris bowls a wide yorker to Kohli, who is beaten for another dot ball. Good stuff from Morris.

Kohli turns the fifth ball on the leg side for two runs before he digs out another yorker for one.

Shami ends Kohli's brilliant innings as he hits it straight into the hands of the fieler at long-on to walk back after a superb knock of 79 from 48 balls.

Jadhav pulls a short ball from Shami over midwicket but picks only a single after initially thinking the ball would go into the ropes for a four but it stops after dropping in the vacant area.

David Wiese also takes a single from the fourth ball before Jadhav misses another quick short ball and he takes a quick leg bye.

The last ball is a full toss driven straight to Amit Mishra in the covers who has a shy at the stumps but misses and ends up giving another extra run.

Wonderful stuff from Shami, who after being hit for 15 runs in his first over, has made a good comeback to take two for 34 in his four overs.

RCB are in danger of ending well short of the 200-run mark as they reach 183 for five in 19 overs.

Morris bowls a quick bouncer as Jadhav again struggles with the pull shot and gets just one and Wiese also takes one as he digs out a fast yorker.

Another two singles from the next ball before Jadhav again fails to connect with the pull shot.

The last ball is a full toss which Jadhav manages to loft over the covers for a four, the first boundary after a long wait of 23 balls.

Just 27 runs from the last four overs as RCB finish on 191 for five in their 20 overs.

Kohli smashed 79 from 48 balls, while AB hammered 55 from 33 balls and Watson hit 33 from 19 balls before they struggled to get the boundaries in the last few overs.

Shami inspired Delhi's comeback as he claimed two for 34, while Morris and Brathwaite also bowled well.
21:21   Two quick wickets check Bangalore's charge


RCB 173-4 (17 ovs) vs Delhi | SCORECARD


It's attack from both ends as Watson targets Shami, hitting a length delivery over long-on for a six.

But Shami gets revenge immediately as he looks to pull a short ball but gets hit on the gloves and is caught at short fine leg after a quickfire 33 from 19 balls.

The young Sarfaraz Khan doesn't last long and it is a brilliant piece from fielding on his follow through from Shami which gets Delhi another wicket.

Shami does well to lunge full length to his left and in one action also manages to hit the stumps at the batsman's end, leaving Sarfaraz with no time to make his crease after he had taken a few steps down after playing the shot.
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21:16  


RCB 164-2 (16 ovs) vs Delhi | SCORECARD


Captain Zaheer, who has one over in hand, comes back as Delhi look for a wicket or two to halt RCB's domination.

But Kohli shows his former team mate scant respect as he takes him to the cleaners.

First Watson plays the lap sweep to perfection, sweeping the pacer fine for a six.

Two balls later Kohli hits a very wide delivery through the off-side for a four and then flicks the fifth ball over midwicket for a six.

The last ball is a full toss as Kohli despatches it through midwicket for a four.

Zaheer is hit for 21 runs in his final over as he finishes with horror figures of one for 51 in four overs.

RCB are turning it on here, as they race to 164 for two in 16 overs, scoring at over 10 runs per over.

Kohli has changed gears efficiently to race to 75 from 43 balls, while Watson is on 27 from 17 balls.
21:08   Kohli smashes quickfire fifty, RCB set for a huge total


RCB 143-2 (15 ovs) vs Delhi | SCORECARD


After having got his eye in, Watson is ready to go on the attack. He smashes Brathwaite straight back over his head for a straight six. The Australian gets the next two balls through the leg side for back to back fours.

After two quiet over which went for a total of eight runs, RCB are back in the act as Brathwaite goes for 16 runs in his second over.

The momentum is firmly back with RCB as Kohli attacks Mishra, who is called back into the attack.

He chips down the track and plays a delightful inside out lofted shot over the covers for a six and reverse sweeps the next for a four.

Mishra goes for 13 runs in his third over with a total of 29 coming from the last two overs to take the score to 143 for two in 15 overs.
21:00   Kohli hits fifty to lift Bangalore


RCB 114-2 (13 ovs) vs Delhi | SCORECARD


Delhi's bowlers are guilty of giving away a lot of loose deliveries time and again. This time Mishra bowls the quicker one down the leg side as AB gets it off the pads for four leg byes.

10 runs from the 10th over takes RCB to 97 for one with AB on 54 from 29 balls and Kohli on 37 from 28 balls.

They are on course for a total around the 200-run mark.

Negi looking to bowl it slower as he gives it a bit of air. Kohli chips down the track but is too early into the shot as he gets an inside edge for a single on the leg side.

But he smashes the fifth ball handsomely over long-on for a six as RCB go past the 100-run mark, in the 11th over.

It is West Indian Carlos Brathwaite, who breaks the stand with the key wicket of AB.

The South Africa goes for a big hit down the ground but holes out to Shami at long-on to walk back after a superb innings of 55 from 33 balls, having hit nine fours and a six.

He rallied RCB after the early wicket of Gayle, putting on 107 runs from 65 balls for the second wicket with Kohli.

That is the first wicket for Brathwaite in the IPL and it couldn't get any bigger!

But Delhi can't relax yet as another dangerous RCB batsman walks out to the middle in the form of Shane Watson.

Excellent start with the ball from Brathwaite, conceding just three runs, while taking the wicket of AB to check RCB's charge.

Shami comes back into the attack as Delhi look to bowl a few tight overs and create some pressure.

Shami does well to concede just five but Kohli races to his fifty from just 36 balls with a single from the last ball.
20:42   De Villiers blasts 25-ball fifty to put RCB in control


RCB 87-1 (9 ovs) vs Delhi | SCORECARD


Delhi introduce their most costliest purchase left-arm spinner Pawan Negi into the attack.

Kohli takes a single from the first ball before AB pulls a short ball through the leg side for a four to continue his charge.

The two batsmen do well to take singles from the last four balls as Negi goes for nine runs in his first over.

Spin from both ends as the experienced Amit Mishra comes into the attack.

Kohli chips down the track to the second ball and lofts it over long-on for a four and they pick another three singles to make seven runs from the over.

Delhi will be eager to stop the flow of boundaries and pull back things in the middle overs using their spinners.

De Villiers hits another cracking shot through the off-side against Negi for a four before a single from the last ball helps him bring up his fifty, from just 25 balls.

RCB are dominating out in the middle, having reached 87 for one in nine overs.
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20:30  


RCB 63-1 (6 ovs) vs Delhi | SCORECARD


That early dismissal of Gayle was just a minor blip and things are back to normal here as AB and Kohli are turning it on at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.

Morris comes back into the attack and he also suffers. Another poor delivery, short and on the pads as AB nudges it fine for sixth four, to race to 33 from 15 balls.

AB plays a cracking straight drive off the last ball, as it speeds past the fielder at mid-on for a four.

RCB have raced to 63 for one in six overs, with AB on 37 from 17 balls and Kohli on 24 from 16 balls.

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20:26   Kohli, de Villiers rally RCB after Gayle's early dismissal


RCB 50-1 (5 ovs) vs Delhi | SCORECARD

Mohammed Shami comes into the attack in place of Morris, who bowled just one over with the new ball.

The first ball is good, hitting AB on the pads, who sneaks a leg bye. But the next is poor, on the pads and slipping down as Kohli nudges it fine for a four. Kohli then plays a majestic cover drive, making most of a wide half volley for another boundary.

The last ball is short and this time AB makes most of it, pulling it high over midwicket for a six as Shami goes for 15 runs in his first over.

Zaheer continues and is taken for runs by de Villiers, in the fifth over. Three singles from the first three balls before AB pulls a short ball through midwicket and then drills a full toss through the covers for back to back fours.

AB makes it a hat-trick of fours, this time he gets it between point and short thirdman as RCB race to 50 for one in five overs, with 31 coming from the last two overs.

20:15  


RCB 19-1 (3 ovs) vs Delhi | SCORECARD

Chris Morris to bowl the second over. Captain Virat Kohli also gets off the mark with a boundary as he hits a wide delivery over the off-side. He gets a thick outside edge off the fourth ball for a single to thirdman before AB is beaten as he looks to slash it through the off-side.

Zaheer continues and Delhi will need another wicket in the next couple of overs to ensure RCB don't come back hard after that early wicket.

Two singles from the first three balls before Kohli pulls a short ball to deep midwicket for two runs and then takes one and AB takes one from the last ball to retain strike.
20:13   Zaheer dismisses Gayle for a duck, RCB lose early wicket


RCB 8-1 (1 ov) vs Delhi | SCORECARD

Veteran Zaheer Khan strikes in his very first over, with the big, big wicket of Chris Gayle.

The RCB opener got an edge and was caught in the slips for a duck off the third ball of the innings.

A dream start for Delhi and it is captain Zaheer, who leads the way with the ball.

But Delhi still can't celebrate as out walks the dangerous AB de Villiers at No. 3 to the chants of 'AB, AB' at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.

De Villiers gets off the mark with a four as he slashes a wide delivery over the point region. The next ball is driven through the covers for another boundary as AB gets off and running with two successive boundaries in the first over.
19:36   Delhi elect to bowl vs RCB, Punjab outclass Pune
So we head to Bangalore for the second match of the day and it's toss time.

Delhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan has won the toss and elected to bowl against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Having a world class chaser in Virat Kohli in the opposition was the key factor in him electing to bowl, reveals Zaheer.

Hosts Bangalore have made two changes with David Wiese and Sreenath Aravind replacing Adam Milne and Stuart Binny respectively.

Delhi have made just one change with fast bowler Mohammad Shami replacing off-spinner Jayant Yadav.
19:23   Maxwell's blast powers Punjab to their first win in IPL 9


PUNJAB WIN BY 6 WICKETS!

Punjab 153-4 (18.4 ovs) vs Pune 152-4 | SCORECARD


Perera is preferred to bowl the 19th over ahead of Ishant Sharma. Saha takes one to bring Maxwell on strike, who gets two runs from the next ball courtesy of an overthrow.

Maxwell pulls the next ball Ishant, who comes charging in, is unable to hold on to a low catch and picks two runs.

AThe Australian smashes the last ball through the covers for a four to take Punjab to their first victory in IPL 9.

Maxwell ensured there were no late dramas as he smashed an unbeaten 32 from 14 balls, having hit three fours and two sixes.

A slight concern for Dhoni's Pune, who started the tournament with a win, but have lost their last two matches.
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19:17   Maxwell's attack lifts Kings XI Punjab


Punjab 144-4 (18 ovs) vs Pune 152-4 | SCORECARD


Ravi Ashwin to bowl the 18th over. Saha takes a single from the first ball before Maxwell sweeps the third ball past short fine leg for a four.

He carts the fourth ball over long-on for a six to put Punjab in control with 11 needed from 14 balls.

Maxwell has raced to 23 from 10 balls as he follows it with a single and Saha does the same off the last ball.

The match is firmly in Punjab's grasp with nine needed from two overs for victory.

Ashwin, who went for 13 runs in his final over, finishes with 27 runs from four overs without a wicket.
19:13   Captain Miller fails with the bat to leave Punjab in trouble


Punjab 131-4 (17 ovs) vs Pune 152-4 | SCORECARD


Dhoni takes a gamble as he brings back Perera, who was hit for 15 runs in his first over.

However, he manages to keep it tight in his second over, conceding just six runs, including two misfields from the last two balls, with Maxwell and Miller converting both singles into twos. They need 35 from four overs for victory.

Murugan Ashwin continues to chip away at the wickets. This time Miller goes for a big shot down the ground but fails to time it well and is caught by Pietersen at long-off.

Captain Miller walks back for seven as Punjab stumble to 119 for four, with 34 needed from 22 balls for victory.

Punjab have lost four wickets for 22 runs in the last 25 five balls as Pune managed to stage a great comeback.

But not all hope is lost if you have Glenn Maxwell out in the middle. He slog sweeps Ashwin over midwicket for a six and smashes the last ball over the covers for a four.

Despite the last two hits, Murugan Ashwin finishes with good figures of three for 36 in four overs.

Punjab still have a slight edge, with 22 needed from three overs for victory.
19:02   Murugan Ashwin's double strike keeps Pune in the hunt


Punjab 112-3 (15 ovs) vs Pune 152-4 | SCORECARD


Left-arm spinner Ankit makes the breakthrough with the wicket of Vohra, who looks to sweep but fails to make connection and is trapped leg before wicket after a good innings of 51 from 33 balls.

Just four runs from the over as Shaun Marsh comes in at No. 3 with Punjab reaching 100 for one in 13 overs.

Ravi Ashwin comes back and Punjab again looking to play him cautiously and just see off his overs.

Murugan Ashwin strikes in the next over with the wicket of Marsh, who goes back and looks to hit it through the off-side but misses and is bowled for four.

The leg-spinner drops short as Vijay pulls it high over midwicket for a six to complete his fifty in grand style, from 49 balls.

However, Ashwin gets his revenge from the last delivery as Ashwin is caught behind for 53.

The match is still evenly poised with Punjab on 112 for three in 15 overs, with another 41 needed from 30 balls for victory.
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18:46   Vohra slams 31-ball fifty to put Punjab in control vs Pune


Punjab 96-0 (12 ovs) vs Pune 152-4 | SCORECARD


Medium pacer Thisara Perera comes into the attack as Vohra is quick to get after him with a hat-trick of fours. The first ball is poor, full and on the pads which he laps fine on the leg side for a four followed by two more boundaries through the off-side.

Three more singles as Perera goes for 15 runs in his first over, which brings the asking rate down to 7.4 with 67 needed from 54 balls.

Just a single over for Pathan before he makes way for leg-spinner Murugan. Vohra makes room and carves the first ball over the thirdman field for a boundary.

He turns the second ball through midwicket for two runs followed by a single to race to his fifty, from 31 balls.

Another profitable over for Punjab as Ashwin concedes 10 with the hosts reaching 96 for no loss in 12 overs.
18:38  


Punjab 71-0 (10 ovs) vs Pune 152-4 | SCORECARD


Vohra looking to break the shackles as he comes down the track to Ankit, but gets an inside edge for two runs on the leg side. He repeats the shot two balls later, for two more followed by a single as six come from the over.

Left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan is called into the attack. He starts with a slower ball which Vohra drives down the ground for one. He drops one short which Vijay steers past short thirdman for a much-needed four followed by two runs off the fifth ball.

Punjab are 71 for one for in 10 overs with Vijay on 40 from 37 balls and Vohra on 29 from 23 balls. They need another 82 runs from 10 overs for victory.

At the same stage, Pune were 76 for two and managed the same number of runs in the second half.

But Punjab have the upper hand, with two well set batsmen out in the middle and a few attacking batsmen to follow.
18:30  


Punjab 58-0 (8 ovs) vs Pune 152-4 | SCORECARD


Left-arm spinner Ankit comes back into the attack after the end of the Powerplay. He sends down a tidy second over, conceding just four singles.

Two overs for Ashwin as he makes way for his namesake leg-spinner Murugan Ashwin.

Even he does well to keep it quiet, conceding four singles with the batsmen not able to keep the momentum going against the spinners in the middle overs with the field well spread out.
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18:24   Punjab in control after getting off to a good start vs Pune


Punjab 50-0 (6 ovs) vs Pune 152-4 | SCORECARD


Ravichandran Ashwin introduced early as he comes on to bowl the fourth over. He makes a tidy start, conceding just four singles with both Vijay and Vohra content to play it safe against India's number one spinner.

Ishant comes under attack from the young Vohra, who smashes him for three boundaries in a row. A half-volley is smashed over mid-off for a four before a misfield at short thirdman gifts him another boundary. Vohra comes down the track to the last ball and carves it over the off-side to make it a hat-trick of fours.

Punjab looking in control on 43 for no loss in five overs.

Punjab doing it quite sensibly, not taking any risks against Ashwin, playing to the merit. On the one occasion that Ashwin drops short, Vijay rocks back and crashes it through the off-side for a four.

Punjab have raced to 50 for no loss in six overs with Vijay on 29 from 25 balls and Vohra on 19 from 11 balls.

They need another 103 runs from 14 overs at an asking rate of 7.3.
18:14   Punjab off to a good start after Pune post 152


Punjab 26-0 (3 ovs) vs Pune 152-4 | SCORECARD


Ishant Sharma opens the bowling for Pune and facing him is his Test team mate Murali Vijay, who defends the first two balls before taking one from the third ball to get his team off and running.

Manan Vohra hits the first ball he faces on the leg side but doesn't time it that well to get two runs before he defends the last two balls.

Left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma to share the new ball. Vijay wastes no time as he goes after the spinner in his very first over, chipping down the track to the third ball and lofting it straight for the first four of the innings and repeats the shot after a wide for another four.

Vohra plays an uppish shot off the leg side from the last ball as Ankit goes for 13 runs in his first over.

Vijay looking to take the initiative early as he swings Ishant over the leg side for a four. He looks to scoop it over the keeper but fails to make connection. However, he gets the last ball off the middle, timing the inside out lofted shot to perfection for a six over the off-side.

Punjab are off to a good start as they race to 26 for no loss in three overs.
17:43   Mohit's double strike lifts Punjab as Pune struggle in final overs


Pune 152-4 (20 ovs) vs Punjab | SCORECARD


Du Plessis goes after Abbott as he smashes the first ball of the 19th over comfortably over midwicket for a four. Two balls later he chips it over the off-side for two runs before taking a single.

That brings a huge cheer from the Mohali crowd despite rival captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni coming on strike.

Abbott bowls a good short ball which Dhoni defends on the leg side for a single and du Plessis picks one from the last ball as Abbott finishes on one for 38 in four overs.

Mohit starts with the final over with the wicket of du Plessis, who has a wild swing but spoons it high in the air and is caught by the bowler himself. Du Plessis walks back after a good innings of 67 from 53 balls as he made a fluent start before struggling in the middle overs, partly due to extreme heat.

Mohit makes it two in two with the key wicket of Dhoni. The Pune captain hits a low full toss straight into the hands of Maxwell at long-on as he walks back after scoring just one. He could not get any sort of timing on that stroke.

Mohit on a hat-trick and facing him is Irfan Pathan. It is a short ball which Pathan pulls to fine leg for a single to get off the mark.

Ravi Ashwin looks for the reverse paddle but misses it completely and is lucky that the ball was not on the stumps.

He hits the fifth ball to short thirdman for a single and Pathan can only get a single from the last ball. Pathan drives the last ball to long-off as the batsmen look to steal a second but Maxwell's rocket throw from the deep catches Pathan well short.

Mohit finishes with excellent figures of three for 23 in four overs which played a big role in restricting Pune to 152 for seven in their 20 overs.

Pune never got any momentum in their innings as they managed 76 runs in the first ten overs and the same number of the runs in the second half too.

Punjab will be feeling confident after their good spell with the ball in the last few overs and hoping that their batsmen can chase down this total.
17:29   Smith out for 38, Pune lose 4th wicket


Pune 140-4 (18 ovs) vs Punjab | SCORECARD


Mohit comes back as Smith looks to pull the first ball but misses and takes a leg bye. Du Plessis smashes the second ball over mid-off for a four before he smashes the next ball straight to the fielder for a single.

Smith then pulls a short ball awkwardly, like a tennis forehand shot, for two runs to long-on.

However, Mohit foxes him the slower ball as he holes out to sweeper cover to be dismissed for a quickfire 38 from 26 balls, which helped Pune take the momentum in the middle overs.

Du Plessis takes a single from the last ball to retain strike.

Pune will need a few boundaries from Dhoni to give their innings the much-needed blast in the death overs.
17:21  


Pune 131-3 (17 ovs) vs Punjab | SCORECARD


Smith smashes one back as Sahu is unable to react in time and take the catch while du Plessis mishits it on the leg side for a single, he is looking completely drained in the middle.

And Smith not making things easy for his partner as he turns Sahu on the leg side and calls him back for two runs despite Maxwell snooping in quickly from deep midwicket.

Fast bowler Abbott comes back as Smith cuts loose. A full wide delivery is steered square on the off-side past point for a four. He shuffles across a long way on the off-side before flicking Abbott square on the leg side for another boundary.

Two balls later, Abbott gifts him a full toss which Smith hammers through midwicket for the third four of the over.

15 runs from Abbott's third over takes Pune to 131 for three in 17 overs with Smith on 36 from 23 balls and Du Plessis on 53 from 44 balls.
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17:12   Du Plessis completes fifty, Pune on course for a healthy total


Pune 109-3 (15 ovs) vs Punjab | SCORECARD


With the left-hander Perera dismissed, Punjab bring back Sahu with two right-handers out in the middle.

Du Plessis looks keen to stay till the end, while Smith is yet to get his eye in as they carefully take five runs from the 12th over.

Spin from both ends as Axar also makes a comeback. Even he does well to keep the two batsmen restricted to five runs his second over.

Punjab won't mind Pune going at five-six runs per over with the boundaries having dried up.

Smith breaks the shackles as he comes down the track and whips Sahu uppishly over midwicket for a boundary, while Pune take a single from the remaining five deliveries to go past the 100-run mark, in the 14th over.

Du Plessis completes his fifty from 42 balls with a single on the leg side. Smith looking to lift the tempo as he heaves Axar over midwicket for a four before taking two runs from the fifth ball and keeps strike with a single from the last ball.

Pune are 109 for three in 15 overs and will need a strong finish to reach around the 160-run mark, which should be a handy total on this track.
16:58   Perera dismissed for 8, Pune lose 3rd wicket


Pune 82-3 (11 ovs) vs Punjab | SCORECARD


Sandeep will bowl out as he comes back to bowl his fourth and final over. And he strikes with the first delivery of his fourth over, as Perera looks for a big hit down the ground but is caught at long-off for eight.

Pune still have a lot of batting firepower. Du Plessis is looking in control, while Steven Smith is the new batsman and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to follow.

Punjab need to keep chipping away at the wickets, to keep Pune's batting under check.

Meanwhile, Sandeep ends his spell with a good over as he registers impressive figures of two for 23 in four overs.
16:55  


Pune 76-2 (10 ovs) vs Punjab | SCORECARD


Promotion in the batting order for Sri Lankan Thisara Perera as he comes in ahead of Steven Smith and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

He gets off the mark with a four, pulling a short ball from Mohit behind square on the leg side. Mohit goes for eight runs in his second over as Pune look to maintain the momentum by sending left-hander Perera to possibly attack the spinners in the middle overs.

Part-timer Glenn Maxwell comes into the attack. He makes a tidy start, conceding just three singles as Pune reach 76 for two in 10 overs with Du Plessis looking dangerous on 36 from 26 balls.
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16:38   Pietersen out for 15, Pune lose 2nd wicket


Pune 65-2 (8 ovs) vs Punjab | SCORECARD


Pacer Mohit Sharma comes into the attack, replacing Sandeep, who took one for 17 in his three overs.

KP takes a single from the second ball to complete his 1000 runs in the IPL. But it is a good start from Mohit, giving away just four singles in his first over.

Du Plessis looks to play the scoop shot over the keeper against pacer Abboot but fails to make connection, however it strikes his shoulder and goes for four leg byes. But he gets the next one off the middle, playing the scoop to a short ball, actually helping it over the keeper on the leg side for a four.

He looks to paddle it fine but fails to make connection before taking a single.

Abbott checks Pune's charge with the wicket of Pietersen, who is caught at midwicket by Manan Vohra after scoring 15. KP looked to flick it over the leg side but Vohra timed his jump to perfection and managed to take a good sharp catch.
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16:29   Du Plessis, Pietersen rally Pune after an early wicket


Pune 49-1 (6 ovs) vs Punjab | SCORECARD


Punjab introduce spin early as left-arm spinner Axar Patel comes into the attack, and not surprising that move with Pietersen out in the middle.

But he is hit for runs in his very first over, being hit for three fours. The second ball is a poor one, full and on the pads as KP nudges it fine before he chips down the track and smashes the next over midwicket for successive fours.

Faf du Plessis joins the party as he also comes down the track and lofts the fifth ball over mid-on for another four as Patel goes for 14 runs in his first over.

Sandeep, who took a wicket in his previous over, continues. Du Plessis smashes the first ball straight down the ground for another four as Pune look to break free after a slow start.

The South African plays the Dilscoop off the fifth ball, lofting it back over the wicketkeeper's head for the second four of the over, which goes for 11 runs.

Just one over for Patel before leg-spinner Pardeep Sahu is called into the attack. Du Plessis comes down the track and smashes it straight, but David Miller makes a diving stop at mid-on to save a certain boundary.

But the Pune opener smashes the fifth ball straight back past the bowler, who barely has time to react as it speeds away for a boundary. He comes down the track to the last ball and lofts it over the bowler's head for another four as Pune race to 49 for one in six overs, having scored 36 runs from the last three overs.

Du Plessis continues his good form, he has blasted 24 from 15 balls, while KP is on 13 from 10 balls.
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16:14   Rahane falls early, Pune lose early wicket

Pune 13-1 (3 ovs) vs Punjab | SCORECARD

The young Sandeep Sharma to open the bowling for Kings XI Punjab, who will be looking for a few early wickets to make a good start in the match.

Ajinkya Rahane defends the first three balls before he plays a delightful shot through the covers for a boundary to get his team off the mark.

He is hit on the pads off the next ball, but the impact is a bit too high and the umpire turns it down instantly before Rahane sees off the last ball.

South African Kyle Abbott to bowl the second over. Faf du Plessis gets off the mark with a single before Rahane hits another four, hitting on the pads through the leg side. He defends the next two balls before taking a single to keep the strike.

Sandeep strikes with the first delivery of his second over. Rahane comes down the track and looks to swing it over the leg side but only manages it drag it back on to his stumps to be dismissed for nine as Pune lose an early wicket.

Kevin Pietersen gets off the mark with two runs to thirdman before he gets a single as Sandeep ends another good over. He has good figures of one for seven in two overs.
15:40  
Captain Dhoni has made three changes to his team, bringing in Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera and Anikit Sharma in place of RP Singh, Mitchell Marsh and Rajat Bhatia.

Meanwhile, Punjab, who have lost both their opening games, have made one change with Kyle Abbott replacing fellow fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.
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15:34   Pune win toss, elect to bat against struggling Kings XI Punjab
Welcome to the coverage of the Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiants in Mohali, on Sunday.

Pune captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won the toss and has no hesitation in electing to bat on a very hot day in Mohali.