19:24 IST Stokes comes into attack, starts off with a dot ball to Miller. FOUR! He pulls that one for a boundary, good stuff from Miller. Two dot balls to follow from Stokes, too late for RPS, just 3 runs needed. A single from Miller’s bat as he guides the ball towards the third man. WIDE! Stokes falls trying to bowl a bouncer, a bit frustrated. Maxwell takes a single and wins the match for his team!

19:20 IST Maxwell hits the ball towards long on for a single, Dinda is back into the attack. Miller muscles the ball along the ground, good fielding but an overthrow ensures a couple of runs. Next ball, short ball from Dinda, Miller could not get bat on that, a dot one. SIX! A mere short arm jab from Miller. A couple and a single from Miller and Maxwell.

18:14 IST Deepak Chahar comes into the attack, Miller on strike, two dot balls from Chahar, good stuff. Miller takes a single off the next ball, good running between the two. Maxwell on strike, good bowling from Chahar, could not time that one. Lbw shout from RPS fielders as Maxwell tries the reverse sweep shot, takes a single. Miller defends the last ball, just 2 runs from the over.

19:10 IST Tahir comes back into the attack, RPS’ last chance. Miller takes a single towards long on. SIX! Maxwell will not going to knock the ball around from Tahir, rocks back on back foot and muscles the ball over deep mid-wicket boundary for a maximum. SIX! Another one, Tahir does not have a clue, MAXX power at showcase. Two singles from the last two balls.

19:07 IST Ben Stokes comes into bowl, Maxwell on strike, a dot ball to start the over. FOUR! That one rocketed towards the covers boundary, he is taking on the bowlers. A huge lbw shot from Stokes off the next ball, Maxwell takes a single as the Umpire says no. Stokes comes round the wicket to Miller, he guides the ball towards long on for a single. A dot ball to Maxwell, good comeback from Stokes. SIX! Maxwell hits that one on the back foot, flat six from him!

19:00 IST Rajat Bhatia comes into the attack, Miller takes a single off the first ball. FOUR! Maxwell goes back into the crease and slaps the ball towards deep cover for a boundary. Wide ball! Bhatia bowls a wide, Dhoni misses it, a single, byes signalled by the Umpire. Miller back on strike, he pushes the ball towards cover, a dot ball. Swing and a miss, Miller could not connect that one as the ball kept a bit low. SIX! Miller gets it in the middle of the bat, this time, sends the ball sailing over the ropes. A dot ball to end the over.

18:56 IST Rahul Chahar continues, Maxwell on strike. SIX! WHACK! that one has gone a mile, Maxwell has sent that packing over the ropes. He takes a single off the next ball. Miller to takes a single off the next ball. 4 runs towards mid-wicket as Maxwell runs after the ball was overthrown. WIDE! Chahar, the youngster is feeling the pressure. Maxwell plays the next ball towards long on takes a single. Miller takes a single as well, 14 runs from the over.

18:52 IST Tahir to Maxwell, he takes a single towards square leg. Miller on strike, he pushes the ball for a single towards long off. These two hold the key today. A dot ball to Miller, he would not mind that Another dot delivery to end the over, good over from Tahir comes to an end.

Glenn Maxwell and David Miller come into bat

18:48 IST WICKET! Axar Patel c & b Tahir 24(22)

18:47 IST Two runs from two deliveries, good over from Chahar comes to an end.

18:45 IST WICKET! Hashim Amla c Stokes b Chahar 28(27)

18:45 IST Rahul Chahar comes into bowl, Amla takes a single off the first ball. SIX! Patel hits the ball over the deep mid-wicket boundary for a maximum, this will take the pressure off Amla as he was not able to hit boundaries. WIDE! that one was pitched just outside the leg stump. WIDE! Another one pitched on leg side, maybe a plan to get Patel out behind the stumps. He takes a single on the next ball. OUT! Amla miscues the ball to deep covers fielder, Rahul Chahar gets his first wicket!

18:42 IST Rajat Bhatia comes into bowl, Amla lofts the ball in front of long on fielder, takes a single. Patel too guides the ball towards long on for a single. Amal rocks back in the crease and hits the ball towards deep mid-wicket for a single. Patel too tries to get underneath the ball but ends up hitting it towards square leg for a single. Whoa! almost a run out as Steven Smith does well at extra covers position. takes a single anyway. Patel on strike, he tries to hit the ball towards deep mid-wicket, takes a couple of runs.

18:36 IST Rahul Chahar comes into bowl, Axar Patel takes a single on the first ball. Good bowling from RPS spinners, just 3 singles from the over as even Amla could not find boundaries. A single to end the oruns just 4 rusn from it. Good move by Steven Smith to bring in a leg spinner.

18:35 IST Tahir continues, starts off with two dot balls to Axar Patel. Just three singles from the over, good bowling from Imran Tahir so far.

18:29 IST Stokes comes into bat, Axar on strike, he pushes the ball towards mid-off, takes a single. Amla takes a single towards mid-wicket. Three dot balls from Stokes as he binds Axar Patel, he has made a comeback after being struck for boundaries. Last ball of the over, he takes a single towards deep cover.

18:25 IST Tahir continues, Azar Patel comes into bat, he takes a single first ball he faces. Amla takes a single towards mid-wicket. FOUR! the fielder overrun the ball there, a boundary for Axar, he takes a single on the last ball, retains strike.

18:22 IST WICKET! Wriddhiman Saha b Imran Tahir 14(9)

18:22 IST Imran Tahir comes into bowl, he got three wickets in the previous match. Saha takes a single off the first ball, brings Saha on strike. BOWLED! Saha has to depart, squared him up!

18:20 IST Ben Stokes comes into bowl, Saha on strike, almost got a wicket off the first ball, Christian misses the ball by a whisker, it was a half chance for him. A dot ball to follow, he takes a single off the next ball towards mid-wicket. Saha on strike, FOUR! He pierces the boundary on the offside, awesome timing from Amla there. FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries from from Saha, this time towards long off. A dot ball to finish off the over, 10 runs from it.

18:16 IST Saha on strike, Christian continues, he faces a dot ball. FOUR! Saha is off the mark with a boundary, good shot from him on the second ball he faces. A dot ball to follow, he takes a single off the next ball. SIX! Effortless from Amla as he times the ball with perfection, the ball goes sailing over deep extra cover for a maximum. A dot ball to finish off the over.

18:12 IST Wriddhiman Saha comes into bat, but Amla is on strike, he faces a dot ball, to end the over.

18:10 IST WICKET! Manan Vohra c Manoj Tiwary c Ashoke Dinda 14(9)

18:10 IST Dinda continues, Manan Vohra dances down the track, SIX! He muscled that one towards the stands, monstrous hit from Vohra, RPS in trouble straightaway. He takes a single off the next ball towards the third man. Amla returns the favour as he takes another single. A dot ball from Dinda as bouncer surprised him. OUT! Mistimed shot from Vohra and straight to Tiwary, first wicket for Dinda.

18:07 IST Daniel Christian comes into bowl, Vohra on strike, starts off with a dot ball, misses the edge of the bat. WIDE BALL! That was way down the leg side, Vohra is happy to let that one go. FOUR! He hits the ball towards deep backward point, a gentle push from him. Vohra takes a single flicking the ball towards deep mid-wicket. Amla on strike now, he pushes the ball towards sweeper cover for a single. Another wide for Christian. Vohra takes a single as the mistimed shot goes towards mid-off. FOUR! As effortless it could be, Amla shuffles across and guides the ball towards deep square leg boundary, 11 runs from the over.

18:01 IST Ashoke Dinda comes into bowl, Hashim Amla to face the first ball. He faces two dot deliveries as Dinda tries to swing the ball. FOUR! First boundary for Amla as the ball flies towards the third man boundary. He takes a single off the next ball towards covers. Next ball, Manan Vohra on strike, he takes a single towards third man. A dot delivery to end the over.

Innings Break!

17:45 IST KXIP needs 164 runs to win the first match at Indore!

17:43 IST Tiwary takes a single off the last ball towards long on. A target of 164 for KXIP!

17:41 IST WICKET! Daniel Christian c Glenn Maxwell b Sandeep Sharma 17(8)

17:41 IST Last over, Sandeep Sharma comes into bowl. Manoj Tiwary tries to dig the yorker out, just a single for him. Christian guides a poor ball on the leg side for a boundary towards fine leg, first boundary for him. FOUR! A brilliantly timed scoop from Christian, picked the yorker well, another boundary for him. SIX! He has got plenty on that one, Christian shows off his power, a monstrous six over deep mid-wicket boundary for a maximum.

17:36 IST Christian takes a single off the first ball as Mohit Sharma comes into bowl. SIX! missed the yorker length by an inch, a maximum for Tiwary, his second one for the day. He takes a single off the next ball. Christian takes on Sharma but could not get it past Manan Vohra who fielded, diving in, stopped a certain boundary. FOUR! Tiwary flicks the ball, Patel tries to save it but the ball wins the race, another boundary for him. A single to end the over, 14 runs from it.

17:32 IST Daniel Christian comes into bat, he takes a single off the second ball he faces. Tiwary too faces a dot ball, end of over.

17:29 IST WICKET! Ben Stokes c & b Axar Patel 50(32) No timing on that ball, straight into the hands of Axar, he is a happy man!

Axar Patel continues, Stokes on strike, starts off with two wides, clearly under pressure. He takes a single off the next ball, Tiwary on strike, he plays the ball straight and takes a single.

17:27 IST Swing and a miss, Mohit Sharma bowls a beauty, Stokes could not connect that one. A yorker to follow from Mohit, Stokes digs it out to long on for a single. Tiwary on strike, he plays it late dad guides the ball straight to short third man, a dot ball. Two singles from Stokes and Tiwary. FIFTY! Stokes reaches first fifty of IPL from 30 balls.

17:20 IST Marcus Stoinis comes into the attack, Stokes on strike, he takes a couple of runs off the first ball, he wants the strike back desperately. SIX! Comes down the wicket and slaps the ball for a maximum over deep mid-wicket boundary, that one was hammered over the fence. Reverse sweep! He picks up singles this time at it was cut off by the sweeper cover.

Tiwary on strike, he gives back the strike to Stokes knowing he can do the damage against Stoinis. He pulls the ball for a single, could not time it well. He shuffles across the crease and guides the ball towards deep square leg boundary for FOUR!

17:15 IST T Natarajan starts off with a dot ball to Manoj Tiwary. The Indian batsman does the right thing as he takes a single and gives Stokes strike. Stokes takes a single as well, gives Tiwary back the strike. SIX! That one was picked up from wide of offstump, good timiing from Tiwary, first maximum from him. Two more singles from the over, 10 runs from it.

17:11 IST Axar Patel has come into bowl, two singles from Stokes and Tiwary as they look to keep the scoreboard ticking. FOUR! He hits a boundary this time, Stokes has taken the responsibility to attack now. SIX! Stokes hits that one down the ground for a maximum, huge hit from him. Two singles to end the over, 14 runs from the over.

17:05 IST T Natarajan comes back into the attack, he takes a single on the first ball pushing the ball towards mid-on. Tiwary takes a single towards deep square leg, Natarajan has had a dream run so far, taking the wicket of Rahane in his first over. Stokes guides the ball towards deep square leg for a single. FOUR! One bounce over the rope from Tiwary, he used the width to it’s best effect, first boundary for him. He takes a single towards offside on the next ball. A yorker from Natarajan, he takes a single towards long on.

17:01 IST Manoj Tiwary takes a single on the first ball towards square leg. Ben Stokes on strike, he dabs the ball towards deep mid-wicket, he takes a single. Tiwary rotates strike, he takes a single. One more single from Stokes, brilliant over from Swapnil Singh.

16:57 IST WICKET MS Dhoni c & b Swapnil SIngh 5(11)

16:55 IST Stoinis continues, Dhoni on strike, he starts off with a dot ball. He takes a quick single towards onside, good running from Dhoni-Stokes. The English all-rounder pulls the ball for a single towards mid-wicket. WIDE BALL! A misdirected bouncer to Dhoni. He takes a single off the next ball, playing in his typical fashion, taking the game forward. Stokes on strike, he edges the ball towards third man boundary for FOUR! Last ball of the over, he pushes the ball towards mid-off, no run.

16:51 IST Swapnil Singh comes into bowl, Stokes on strike, he takes a single towards long-on. Dhoni is on strike now, he pushes the ball back to the bowler, dot ball. Dhoni goes back into the crease on next ball, takes a single behind point. Stokes takes a single towards mid-wicket easily. RPS needs boundary now. Dhoni takes a single towards mid-wicket. Stokes in play, SIX! He muscles the ball over deep mid-wicket fence. First six for Stokes in IPL.

16:47 IST Dhoni comes into bat, Stoinis starts off with a wide to Dhoni. The former skipper takes a single on the next delivery. Stokes on strike now, he takes a single as well, no fireworks from him yet. A dot ball to end the over.

16:40 IST WICKET! Steven Smith c Manan Vohra b Marcus Stoinis 26(27) The man-in-form is gone, excellent bowling from KXIP continues.

Marcus Stoinis, the Australian all-rounder comes into bowl.

16:37 IST Axar Patel continues, Ben Stokes on strike. He gets off the mark first ball, takes a single. Smith and Stokes are looking to rotate strike, singles after singles. Stokes and Smith are trying to build a partnership. Smith comes down the track and pushes the ball for a single towards deep cover.

16:34 IST Ben Stokes comes into bat, he is off strike. Smith on the crease, he tries to cut the ball past point, fielded inside the circle, no run. FOUR! A cracking cover drive from Smith, races to the boundary beating two fielders. He picks up a couple of runs on the next ball. Ends the over with a dot ball, just 6 runs from the over.

16:30 IST WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane c Marcus Stoinis b T Natarajan 19(15) Dream start for Natarajan who was

T Natarajan comes into bowl, Smith takes a single off the first ball.

End of powerplay overs!

16:28 IST Change in bowling, Axar Patel comes into the attack, Steven Smith on strike, he takes a single towards mid-wicket on the second ball. Rahane takes a single on the first ball, rotates strike. Good bowling from Patel, two dot deliveries from him. A single to end the over, good bowling, just 3 runs from the over.

16:25 IST Sandeep Sharma continues, Rahane takes a single straightaway. Next ball, Smith takes a single towards mid-wicket. Rahane takes a single towards deep square leg. FOUR! Smith finally gets one in the middle of the bat, a boundary piercing the fielders on off side. FOUR! This time he makes room for himself, another boundary for him. Smith-Rahane are well settled now. He flicks the ball towards deep square leg, takes a single.

16:21 IST Mohit Sharma comes into bowl, Rahane on strike, he comes down the wicket but could not get bat on that, dot ball to start with. In the air, DROPPED! it was clearly Natarajan’s catch, Rahane gets a second chance, that should have been caught, a single for him. Smith shuffles again and takes a single towards deep square leg. Rahane back on strike, SIX! that is like rubbing salts on wounds, muscled over square leg boundary. FOUR! this is just getting better and better for Rahane, a deft touch from him, boundary towards

Rahane back on strike, SIX! that is like rubbing salts on wounds, muscled over square leg boundary. FOUR! this is just getting better and better for Rahane, a deft touch from him, boundary towards third man. He takes a single off the last ball, retains strike.

16:16 IST Sandeep Sharma continues, Smith on strike, he shuffles on the offside and takes a single towards mid-wicket. Rahane on strike, he guides the ball towards the third man, rotates the strike. Smith punches the ball on the back foot, takes a quick single on the offside. Rahane on strike, he could not get the ball past the 30-yard circle, no run. He flicks the next ball towards deep mid-wicket, takes a single. Last ball of the over, Smith on strike, another dot ball to end the over.

16:11 IST Mohit Sharma comes into bowl, Rahane on strike, a dot ball to start with. He takes a single towards gully fielder, Smith back on strike. He pushes the ball on the offside but it is fielded by covers fielder, no run. Swing and a miss, good bowling from Mohit Sharma, another dot ball. He rocks back on back foot, trying to hit the ball on the offside, could not time it, another dot. He takes a single off the last ball, retains strike.

16:05 IST Steven Smith comes into bat, he faces a dot ball to finish off the over. Brilliant first over from Sandeep, a wicket and a single from it.

16:04 IST WICKET! Maynak Agarwal b Sandeep Sharma 0(4)

16:04 IST Sandeep Sharma starts off the proceedings, Ajinkya Rahane on strike, he takes a single off the first ball towards offside. Mayank Agarwal on strike, dot ball after dot ball from him, three dot balls so far from Sandeep.

15:58 IST: The players walk out on the playing area.

 

Playing XI KXIP: Hashim Amla, Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Glenn Maxwell(c), David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Swapnil Singh, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan

Playing XI RPS: Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Steven Smith(c), Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni(wk), Manoj Tiwary, Daniel Christian, Rajat Bhatia, Rahul Chahar, Imran Tahir, Ashok Dinda

15:30 IST Glenn Maxwell wins toss, elects to field first!

15:30 IST TOSS TIME! 

Welcome to inUth’s digital coverage of Match 4 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) go up against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) at Holkar Stadium, Indore. RPS are high on confidence as they won their first game against Mumbai Indians, thanks to Steven Smith who led from the front. It will surely be the ‘battle of the Aussies’ as Glenn Maxwell will be captaining the KXIP side for the first time.

It is going to be a belter of a surface, we would expect a run fest at Indore as the ground is small and the surface will be a batting paradise. We expect a 200 plus score as both the teams have a list of big guns in their squads. The last time these two met MS Dhoni finished the game with a six as RPS needed 23 runs from the last over. It is time for redemption for Axar Patel who was smashed left, right and centre.

England skipper Eoin Morgan too will be featuring in the side, he was one of the best buys of IPL Player Auction 2017. KXIP have a lot of options in the bowling department as well with Ishant Sharma making into the side just in time which also sparked a controversy between KXIP mentor Virender Sehwag and Kolkata Knight Riders’ skipper Gautam Gambhir.

On the other hand, Smith will be high on confidence having finished the game with a six in a nail-biter of a game. Their star bowler Imran Tahir too will be tested on a small ground, he picked up 3 wickets in the previous game and became emotional while thanking RPS for picking him.

We are excited to see whether Ishant graces IPL with his game face challenge against Steven Smith on not, the game-face challenge became quite popular when Ishant tried to troll Smith on the field during Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Squads:

Rising Pune Supergiant: Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Steven Smith(c), Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni(wk), Manoj Tiwary, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Adam Zampa, Imran Tahir, Ashok Dinda, Shardul Thakur, Faf du Plessis, Ankush Bains, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Usman Khawaja, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Chahar, Daniel Christian, Lockie Ferguson, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon, Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar

Kings XI Punjab: Manan Vohra, Glenn Maxwell(c), Wriddhiman Saha(w), Eoin Morgan, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, KC Cariappa, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, T Natarajan, Hashim Amla, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Anureet Singh, Shaun Marsh, Nikhil Naik, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Varun Aaron, Matt Henry, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy, Martin Guptill, Rinku Singh, Ishant Sharma