Pune, May 15: Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday entered into the Indian Premier League play-offs with a comprehensive win over Kings XI Punjab in a do-or-die final group league match at Maharashtra Cricket Association's International Stadium, Pune, on Sunday. Notably, Rising Pune Supergiant registered a dominant win by 9 wickets and made a one-sided match.
Put into bat first, Kings XI Punjab scored only 73 runs and were all out. Axar Patel was the top-scorer with 22 runs while Wriddhiman Saha's 13 was the next best. In reply, RPS knocked off the runs in only 12 overs to finish second in the eight-team table with 18 points. Young Rahul Tripathi blasted 28 off 20 balls to lead RPS for a win. 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 other match, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 10 runs in the last league match of the Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Delhi could not get their momentum going in the run-chase as Bangalore picked up wickets at regular intervals.
Disciplined bowling from Banglore curbed the flow of runs in the middle overs which put Delhi batsmen under pressure. Rishabh Pant (45) scored the highest for the home team. For Bangalore, Harshal Patel finished with the figures of three for 43 in his four overs. In the battle of the pride, Bangalore stood tall. Earlier Bangalore gave Delhi a target of 162 runs.