Twitter Reaction: KKR clinch a narrow win over Rising Pune Supergiants

KKR handed the Rising Pune SuperGiants their fourth consecutive loss of the season after they defeated the MS Dhoni-led side closely by two wickets. Powered by Surya Kumar Yadav’s wonderful 60 run knock, the KKR side chased down the 161 run target set by RPSG in 19.4 overs.

The Gautam Gambhir-Robin Uthappa duo, who had ensured that KKR have a good start in the previous match failed to set-off today. Surya Kumar Yadav, however, took control of the proceeding excellently kept the KKR side in the hunt. He was wonderfully supported by Yusuf Pathan (36 from 27 balls).


But, the RPSG brought a turnaround in the match after Rajat Bhati and Murugan Ashwin striking with the wickets of Yusuf Pathan and Surya Kumar Yadav. The match, which had slipped into KKR’s favor to a large extent, was again split open.

Andre Rusell made Dhoni and the RPSG fans with his entertaining cameo. However, the momentum again shifted after he was dismissed in the 18th over by Perera. 18 were required in the penultimate over.

R. Satish, who did well with the ball, threatened to take the match away, after he hit a six off the first ball of the decisive over. However, he was undone two balls later as the RPSG stayed in the contention of the win. The equation boiled down to 7 runs off the last six balls but Perera snapped up the wicket of Chawla to bring trail-ender Umesh Yadav to the strike.

Yadav did not stretch game further and finished it with a six straight down the ground.

Batting first, the RPSG side had a sluggish start. Faf du Plessis made a premature exit after getting out in the 4th over.

Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith the combined and kept the run scoreboard moving. Gambhir kept rotating his bowler to keep the pressure intact the duo. He was very successful in doing that too considering the fact that it took RPSG about 9 overs to take the run rate past 6 runs.

However, after putting on 56 runs for the 2nd wicket, the partnership came to an unexpected end when R. Satish ran out Smith off his own bowling in the 13th over. Later, fans were then treated by yet another blazing cameo from MS Dhoni who entered the field in the penultimate over. The skipper slammed a six and two fours in the final overs, pocketing 17 runs to propel RPSG to 160/5 after 20 overs.