The forty-fifth game in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League saw team placed in the top 3, Kolkata Knight Riders battle it out against last team in the standings, Rising Pune Supergiants. The game was played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
A disciplined performance by Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers followed a quickfire knock by Yusuf Pathan in the chase ensured that Rising Pune became the first team to be eliminated from the Indian Premier League this season. The Knight Riders won comfortably by eight wickets in a game curtailed by rain to move to second position on the points table. The pacers like Morne Morkel and Andre Russell chipped in with immaculate lengths in the Powerplay combined with spin of Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla to completely put Rising Pune under pressure throughout the innings to score only 103 runs after 17 overs before rain interrupted play.
The rain was consistent as almost two hours of play were consumed leaving Knight Riders with the equation to chase down 66 runs after 9 overs. Ravichandran Ashwin struck early blows to give some hope for Rising Pune Supergiants but writing was on the wall for MS Dhoni’s men as Yusuf Pathan arrived in the middle to strike a quick-fire 37 runs off 18 balls to close the game for his side in the fifth over via Duckworth-Lewis Method.
Rising Pune led by MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. The start was poor one as Andre Russell dismissed Ajinkya Rahane on 2 while Morkel was impressive at the other end. Usman Khuwaja did get a start and failed to convert as he fell after scoring 21 runs off bowling of Shakib-ul-Hasan.George Bailey was the top scorer for the side with 33 runs as he tried to lead a revival of sorts only to be outfoxed by leg spinner Piyush Chawla to leave Rising Pune in a spot of bother with 74 for 4 on the board.MS Dhoni struggled to find any momentum in his innings as Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir executed perfect plans for him to see Rising Pune crawl towards a total of 103 runs.
The win allowed Kolkata Knight Riders to secure their place in the playoffs of the Indian Premier League while Rising Pune Supergiants is now officially out of the competition.