The performance of Rising Pune Supergiants has been disappointing so far. Apart from their first match, Supergiants have not clicked as a batting unit and that is one of the reasons for their failure. On the other hand, Knight Riders openers have done well consistently. While Supergiants will miss Kevin Pietersen, KKR will miss the absence of Manish Pandey on number 3.
In their clash at Pune, Knight Riders won the toss and Gautam Gambhir chose to field. Faf got out early as Supergiants batsmen started off slowly. Rahane led the batting off Supergiants. He scored 67 runs and the team scored 160 runs in 20 overs.
Knight Riders, for the first time, lost both their openers in the powerplays in IPL 2016. Suryakumar Yadav came in at No. 3 in the absence of Manish Pandey and scored important 60 runs. Quick contributions from Yusuf Pathan and Russell took the match close as KKR required 7 runs off 6 balls with 3 wickets in hand.
This match was a real test of nerves but in the end, Knight Riders got the better of MSD led Rising Pune Supergiants and won by 2 wickets.
Here are important numbers from the match between Rising Pune Supergiants and Kolkata Knight Riders –
Second lowest powerplay score – Supergiants scored 31 runs in the powerplay. This is the second lowest powerplay score in IPL 2016.
Bowling it tight – Knight Riders economy in the powerplay over has been 6.87. This is the best among all the teams in IPL this season.
Most Run-outs – Gambhir has been run-out 12 times in IPL. Gambhir is joined by Murali Vijay on top with 12 run-outs each in IPL.
Maiden IPL 50 – While Virat Kohli and L Rahul scored their maiden IPL 100 and 50 respectively in the previous match. Suryakumar Yadav has scored his Maiden IPL 50 in this match.
Chasers game this season: This was 20th match of IPL and so now 17 matches have been won by the team chasing. Off the 3 games won by the team batting first, two have been day-night matches.