Punjab go home as Pune seal play-off spot in style

  •  Punjab go home as Pune seal play-off spot in style
    Punjab go home as Pune seal play-off spot in style
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IPL 2017 : Rising Pune Supergiants on Sunday marched into playoffs in style by crushing Kings Xi Punjab by 9 wickets. The game which was looking to be a high voltage contest turned out to be a completely one-sided match and Punjab was bowled out for just 73 runs and chased down the total in 12 overs to finish second in the eight-team table with 18 points. Young Rahul Tripathi blasted 28 off 20 balls to make a mockery of the chase in an encounter which turned out to be an anti-climax of sorts. It was the ninth time in 10 seasons of the IPL that a team involving Mahendra Singh Dhoni made it to the final four stage.

In the first eight seasons with the Chennai Super Kings, Dhoni was a part of the last four on all occasions. The only other player to achieve this feat in 10 seasons is Suresh Raina (CSK and Gujarat Lions). The victory also gives Supergiant, the cushion of two shots at a place in the final. They will be playing Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 while Sunrisers Hyderabad (3rd with 17 points) will meet Kolkata Knight Riders (4th with 16 points) in the ‘Eliminator’. 

The match as a contest was over by the time Kings XI Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell (0) got out with the scoreboard reading 32 for five. The chase was a mere formality with Tripathi blasting the three Sharmas—Mohit, Ishant and Sandeep—for four boundaries before hitting a six over deep mid-wicket off Rahul Tewatia.

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