Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by nine wickets in the 55th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday.
Ajinkya Rahane (34), Rahul Tripathi (28) gave Pune a solid start in the run-chase which helped them beat the Lions in just 12 overs. Post this win, Pune now stand second in the IPL table and have secured their play-offs berth with 18 points. For Punjab, Axar Patel finished for the figures of one for 13 in his two overs.
With 18 points from 14 games, RPS finished second and will face MI in the first qualifier on Tuesday.
RPS captain Steve Smith said ” It was a nice day. The bowlers did a terrific job” . He also admitted the team will miss Ben Stokes in the IPL play-offs .
“We were searching a bit in the first few games. We had new players coming in, we have a good balance now. Really good to finish second and have bites at the cherry. Yeah, we have a couple of options for Stokes. He has been magnificent and will be a big loss. Hopefully, the other guys will stand up for us,” he added.
The English all-rounder is supposed to join his national team England for a three-match ODI series against South Africa which starts on May 24. But before that he should join the Three Lions for two practice matches on May 19 & 21.