Result
53rd match (D/N), Visakhapatnam, May 21 2016, Indian Premier League
172/7
(20 ov, target 173)
173/6
Supergiants won by 4 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Rising Pune Supergiant
Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Shashank Kishore
Scorecard summary
Kings XI Punjab172/7(20 overs)
Rising Pune Supergiants173/6(20 overs)
end of over 2023 runs
RPS: 173/6CRR: 8.65 
MS Dhoni64 (32)
Ravichandran Ashwin1 (1)
Axar Patel4-0-43-1
Mohit Sharma4-0-39-1

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MS Dhoni is the player of the match for his unbeaten 32-ball 64. "It was a fantastic game. If we were alive, this is the kind of game you wanted to win to get into the knockouts. Looking back, we started well and ended well. We were never completely outplayed, which gives us the confidence that we can do better next year. We have to lift our game slightly, which will have an impact on our team. Right from the start, bowling was one department where we were worried. When we have started well with the new ball, the spinners have done well. Otherwise they have struggled. Overall, there were glimpses of some very good talent. We don't have the luxury of having outstanding players on the bench, but this is still a very good team. How we change our game according to our demands is important, so adaptability is the key. This IPL, the best wickets were provided."

Saurabh: "MSD keeps the marker after signing the match ball to himself once again! He likes to keep them as souvenirs? "

Anush Rajagopal: "Bailey was a wonderful captain. Just had a bad season. Much like Dhoni's season this time around. Kings eleven should have never terminated his services."

7:35pm Should Vijay have gone for Abbott? Well, we can debate that long and hard into the night, but for now, lets celebrate MS Dhoni magic. Woah, that was some hitting! Get your heart rates back to normal, folks. It could have so easily gone wrong, but Dhoni kept his composure, cool and then ensured the job was done in the end. What was the probability of striking 23 off the final over to win this game? Not much, but boy, has he done what he used to do all those years back, and in some style. You wouldn't know RPS had just clinched a thriller by looking at Dhoni's face. He's as calm as they come, his partner Ashwin is more animated at the other end as the entire team runs onto the field to embrace their leader. Heart-stopper! The crowd have got their monies worth. Who would have thought a dead rubber would give us a thriller, and an MS Dhoni special his fans were hoping for? Incredible!

ANIRBAN: "Dhoni bids adieu to this year's ipl with his signature helicopter shot. whadda player."

Nabeel: "That somehow sums up King's XI season, next time please focus a little more on who should lead the team because the captaincy woes are hurting them badly ! that was an absolute shocker from Vijay to hand it over to Axar."

Anush Rajagopal: "Welcome back MS Dhoni. "

19.6
6
Patel to Dhoni, SIX runs
what a man! Yem Yessssss Dhoniiiiiiiiiiii. Remember the nammeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Axar bowls this from over the wicket, but the change of angle does little to alter Dhoni's bat swing. This was fired in, too full on middle and leg, but Dhoni had decided he was going over midwicket come hell or high water, and that bottom hand of his is into play as the ball flies off the middle of the bat into the deep midwicket boundary. Shades of the good old helicopter in that one. The powerful wrists of his to the fore as he flicked it up and over. Wow!

There's a dog on the field, and it doesn't want to leave. Is it the same dog that halted play the other night? Don't think KXIP would be complaining. It gives Axar time to gather his thoughts

19.5
6
Patel to Dhoni, SIX runs
short on middle, Dhoni moves back into the crease and swings this one over deep midwicket. Wow! Incredible. Too short, he picked the length early
19.4
4
Patel to Dhoni, FOUR runs
short outside off and he's flat batted that over cover, one bounce into the ropes. An inch on the other side and it would have been six. Is this alive still? This was too short, Dhoni had enough room to slap that over the infield
19.3
Patel to Dhoni, no run
he flat-batted that towards deep cover, was certain it was a boundary but Amla, who was running around to his left dived full length to his left to stop that. They missed an opportunity to pinch two runs
19.2
6
Patel to Dhoni, SIX runs
that's why he refused the run. This one was into his hitting arc, too full and Dhoni clobbered that over long-on. What swing, what power off the bottom hand
19.2
1w
Patel to Dhoni, 1 wide
was he trying to bowl a bouncer or what? Ball left his hand late as he tried to dart one into middle and leg, Saha stops it like a goalkeeper
19.1
Patel to Dhoni, no run
dot ball. Absolute gold. Fired into middle, Dhoni mistimes a pull, but hits it straight to deep midwicket
end of over 196 runs • 1 wicket
RPS: 150/6CRR: 7.89 • RRR: 23.00
MS Dhoni42 (26)
Ravichandran Ashwin1 (1)
Mohit Sharma4-0-39-1
Sandeep Sharma4-0-29-1
18.6
1
Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run
squeezed back past the bowler to long-off, another yorker-length delivery which Dhoni couldn't get underneath
18.5
Sharma to Dhoni, no run
rip-roaring yorker on middle and leg, Dhoni just managed to get his bat down in the nick of time to prevent that from smashing into the stumps
18.4
Sharma to Dhoni, no run
the slower ball works this time, but Dhoni refuses the single. He walks across the stumps to fetch the slow ball on middle towards deep midwicket. He hit it well, but straight to Amla. Immediately signalled to his partner to suggest 'don't even bother trying to take a run'
18.3
4
Sharma to Dhoni, FOUR runs
he's got it away into the point boundary. Not entirely convincing but it doesn't matter. Low full toss outside off, Dhoni's big swing ensures he gets enough bat on it as he slices it into the boundary. Wrong line, the match is alive

Divyamsh : "Master of Slower ball strikes... "

18.2
1
Sharma to Ashwin, 1 run
makes a bit of room to squeeze a full ball to point for a quick single
18.1
w
Sharma to Perera, OUT
big, big wicket. Mohit floats this full outside off from around the stumps, Thisara looks to swing across the line over long-on, but only manages to get a thick outside edge which Saha accepts with glee.
NLTC Perera c †Saha b Sharma 23 (27m 14b 2x4 1x6) SR: 164.28
end of over 1815 runs
RPS: 144/5CRR: 8 • RRR: 14.50
MS Dhoni37 (22)
Thisara Perera23 (13)
Sandeep Sharma4-0-29-1
Mohit Sharma3-0-33-0
17.6
Sandeep Sharma to Dhoni, no run
looks to punch it past cover, the ball kept low to beat the inside edge

Fine leg is up, square leg has dropped back to the fence

17.5
6
Sandeep Sharma to Dhoni, SIX runs
misses his length by an inch, if not more, and Dhoni has blasted that into the long-off boundary. Got underneath the delivery and clobbered that. He backs his strengths when the situation demands. Can he get another one away? Little doubt as to who is under pressure now
17.4
1
Sandeep Sharma to Perera, 1 run
excellent yorker this time on middle from around the stumps, Thisara squeezes it towards square leg for a single
17.3
1
Sandeep Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run
pulled across the line, lands on the bounce to Miller at long-on
17.3
1w
Sandeep Sharma to Dhoni, 1 wide
sprays it wide outside off, did the ball slip out of his hand, or was it the pressure of having to bowl to a feared finisher? We'll know after the match
Best performances - batsmen
MS Dhoni
64 runs (32)
4 fours
5 sixes
Control88%
Productive shot
slog shot
25 runs
0 fours
4 sixes
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M Vijay
59 runs (41)
4 fours
3 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
flick
13 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
R Ashwin
O
4
M
0
R
34
W
4
Eco
8.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Gurkeerat Singh
O
2
M
0
R
15
W
2
Eco
7.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
TossKings XI Punjab , elected to bat first
SeriesIndian Premier League 2016
Player Of The Match
MS Dhoni
Season2016
Hours of play (local time)16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-17.50, Second Session 17.50-19.20
Match days21 May 2016 - day/night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Kumar Dharmasena
Nitin Menon
TV Umpire
Chettithody Shamshuddin
Reserve Umpire
Navdeep Singh
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsRising Pune Supergiants 2, Kings XI Punjab 0