Pune beat Punjab to seal IPL play-off spot

 14 May 2017 - 22:33


Pune:  Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) cemented their place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs thrashing Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
The Pune victory came off a superb performance by their bowlers which was later complemented by their top-rung batsmen to overhaul the meagre 74-run target set by a hapless Punjab.
Pune now have 18 points in 14 matches and are at the second spot. They displaced Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who slipped to the fourth spot with 16 points.
Earlier, Riding on some disciplined bowling, Pune restricted Punjab to 73 runs. Axar Patel (22) and Wriddhiman Saha (13) were the major contributors for Punjab's cause.
Later, Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils by 10 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.
Brief scores:
Rising Pune Supergiant: 78 for 1 (Ajinkya Rahane 34 not out) beat Kings XI Punjab: 73 (Shardul Thakur 3/19, Daniel Christian 2/10, Jaydev Unadkat 2/12) by nine wickets.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 161/6 (Virat Kohli 58, Chris Gayle 48; Pat Cummins 2/22) beat Delhi Daredevils: 151 (Rishabh Pant 45, Harshal Patel 3 for 43) by 10 runs.