2017 IPL 4th Match Highlights: Rising Pune Supergiants VS. Kings XI Punjab
The 4th match of the 10th season of the Indian Premier League was played between Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab. The match was played in Holkar Stadium, Indore on 8th April at 16:00 as per IST, and 10:30 as per GMT. Kings XI Punjab entered into the tournament with an outstanding victory of 6 wickets over Rising Pune Supergiants. The toss was won by Kings XI Punjab and they chose to bowl. The bowlers of Kings XI did quite a good job as they did not let Supergiants score more than 163 runs, at a fall of 6 wickets. The score was not very high for Kings XI Punjab to chase and consequently they won the match by 4 wickets.
A Cutthroat Competition Indeed!
While there are matches that do not entertain the spectators at all, this was a match that amused them well. Why? The reason being the cutthroat competition between the two teams. Rising Pune Supergiants tottered in the beginning as it lost some of its important wickets such as Steven Smith, Ajinkya Rahane, and MS Dhoni. It was Ben Stokes who managed to control the deteriorating condition by scoring a half century at 32 balls. Another surprise package came in the form of Manoj Tiwary who scored 40 runs not out at 23 balls. This lead the Supergiants score 163 runs at a loss of 6 wickets. Moving on to the performance of Kings XI Punjab, with the unbeated partnership of David Miller and Glenn Maxwell, Kings accumulated 79 runs. Only 4 wickets were fallen and they scored 164 runs. By scoring 44 runs not out at just 20 balls, Glenn Maxwell, the captain of Kings XI Punjab, was given the Player of the Match title.
Who is to be blamed?
It is indeed quite difficult to find out the culprit of this particular match. From Rising Pune Supergiants, only Imran Tahir proved to be the most beneficial in the bowlers who took 2 wickets. Talking about the big names such as MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, and Steven Smith, they all failed badly leading their team to a defeat. Hence, both bowlers and batsmen could be blamed for Pune’s defeat.