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Glenn Maxwell and Steven Smith were involved exchange of memento pre match © BCCI

Indian Premier League (IPL) giants Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) rode to a comfortable six-wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), in Match 4 of the ongoing IPL 2017 at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Saturday. RPS, led by Steve Smith managed to put up a decent total of 163 for the loss of six wickets, courtesy of a fine 50 and an unbeaten 40 from Ben Stokes and Manoj Tiwary, respectively. However, for KXIP, it was skipper Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten 44, along with opener Hashim Amla’s 28 and David Miller’s unbeaten 30, which sealed a comfortable win for KXIP, who win their opening tie of the season. FULL CRICKET SCORES: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), IPL 2017

Tottering at 49/2, Punjab were in need of a partnership and Amla provided it with southpaw Axar Patel, who was surprisingly promoted above the likes of skipper Maxwell and Miller. The right-left combination of Amla and Patel hung on for the next four overs, milking the easy singles and an odd six to gather 34 runs for the third wicket before the Protea was undone by debutant leggie Rahul Chahar to be safely caught by Stokes at long-off.

Earlier, riding on a disciplined bowling effort, Kings XI restricted Pune to 163/6 in the afternoon match of the double-header. Pune were rescued by the late order heroics of their English import Ben Stokes, who brought up his maiden half century, 50 off 32 balls, along with Manoj Tiwary, who remained unbeaten on 40 off 23 deliveries. Stokes lived up to his billing of being the costliest buy in this year’s IPL auctions. After getting a feel of the wicket, the southpaw used the long handle quite well to spank left-arm spinner Axar Patel for a four and a six off consecutive deliveries.

Brief scores:

Rising Pune Supergiant 163 for 6 in 20 overs (Ben Stokes 50, Manoj Tiwary 40*; Sandeep Sharma 3 for 33) lost to Kings XI Punjab 164 for 4 in 19 overs (Glenn Maxwell 44*, David Miller 30*; Imran Tahir 2 for 29) by 6 wickets.

Man of the Match: Glenn Maxwell

FULL CRICKET SCORES: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), IPL 2017

(With inputs from PTI)