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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Match 20 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 between Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Pune on Sunday. I am Shiamak Unwalla, and I will bring you all the live cricket scores and updates from this tie. This is the second match of the day, with Gujarat Lions (GL) having taken on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the first match of the day. KKR are currently the table-toppers, while RPS are languishing at the No. 7 spot on the points table. Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), IPL 2016, Match 20 at Pune

MATCH REPORT: Suryakumar Yadav’s maiden IPL fifty helps KKR edge out RPS by 2 wickets

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 162/8 | Overs 19.3 | Batsmen: Umesh Yadav 7(2), Sunil Narine 0(0) | Thisara Perera to bowl the final over of the match. TWO. Poor fielding from Steven Smith, he allows two in a pressure situation. OUT! Chawla has holed out! Smith makes up for the poor effort the last ball. SIX! Umesh Yadav you beauty! That was slammed straight back over the bowler’s head for six! Sensational shot to finish the match! OUT! Piyush Chawla c Steven Smith b Thisara Perera 8(5) 

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 154/7 | Overs 19 | Batsmen: Piyush Chawla 6(3), Umesh Yadav 1(1) | Albie Morkel to bowl. SIX! What a shot! Sathish sends that one over long on. ONE. Played to third man. ONE. Quick single again to Chawla. OUT! BOWLED HIM! And in walks Umesh Yadav. WIDE. Down leg. ONE. Good shot, but back to the bowler. ONE. Single to the leg side. OUT! R Sathish b Albie Morkel 10(8)

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 143/6 | Overs 18 | Batsmen: R Sathish 3(5), Piyush Chawla 4(1) | Thisara Perera again. DOT. Played back to the bowler. ONE. Outside edge, Dhoni can’t collect it. ONE. Played nicely but to the fielder in the deep on the leg side. ONE. Driven to deep cover. OUT! Is this the turning point? Out walks the finisher, Piyush Chawla. FOUR. Mis-field by Saurabh Tiwary and that’s four more. OUT! Andre Russell c Faf du Plessis b Thisara Perara 17(11)  

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 136/5 | Overs 17 | Batsmen: Andre Russell 16(8), R Sathish 1(2) | Ankit Sharma to bowl a pivotal over now. DOT. Played to mid off. ONE. Quick single. ONE. Easy single, but then they got ambitious. Never a second run, Sathish manages to get back in time. SIX! That was only moderately fuller than the first three balls, but it was all Russell needed to send it into the sixth tier! WIDE, TWO. Poor ball, poor ‘keeping. This is probably the over that will decide the match. SIX! There we go, Russell is finishing the match early. DOT. No run to end with.

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 119/5 | Overs 16 | Batsmen: Andre Russell 2(3), R Sathish 0(1) | Here’s Murugan Ashwin. ONE. Russell takes a single to start the over. FOUR. Smashed over cover, that’s a superb shot. DOT. Googly, beats Surya. DOT. Beats the bat. OUT! Fantastic bowling from Ashwin, and Surya has been beaten by the googly again! OUT! Suryakumar Yadav LBW Murugan Ashwin 60(49) 

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 114/4 | Overs 15 | Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav 56(45), Andre Russell 2(3) | Rajat Bhatia again. ONE. Played in the air to long off. No harm done. OUT! Yusuf misses a straight one and Bhatia goes up in a successful appeal! ONE. Worked to square leg. ONE. Another single. DOT. Defedned away. ONE. Single to midwicket. OUT! Yusuf Pathan LBW Rajat Bhatia 36(27) 

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 110/3 | Overs 14 | Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav 54(43), Yusuf Pathan 36(26) | Murugan Ashwin continues. SIX. Hello Yusuf! Sends that one over long on. TWO. Good running by these two. ONE. Cut to point for a single. WIDE. Too far outside off. ONE. Surya takes one more. ONE. Single to end the over.

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 97/3 | Overs 13 | Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav 52(41), Yusuf Pathan 26(22) | Rajat Bhatia continues. ONE. Well played down the ground but to the fielder. FOUR. Good shot, pulled to fine leg. DOT. Tries to slog and misses. ONE. Played to long off. ONE. Whacks it to midwicket. ONE. Single to keep strike.

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 89/3 | Overs 12 | Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav 50(39), Yusuf Pathan 20(18) | Murugan Ashwin again. ONE. Single to start with. DOT. No run for Surya. DOT. No run again. ONE. Finally, that’s his maiden IPL fifty. Great knock from Surya so far. DOT. Another dot ball. SIX! Yusuf sends it over cow corner!

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 81/3 | Overs 11 | Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav 49(36), Yusuf Pathan 13(15) | Ankit Sharma continues. DOT. No run for that. ONE. Good ball. DOT. Lovely bowling from Ankit. ONE. Single for Surya. DOT. Yusuf can’t get it away. ONE. Single to end with.

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 78/3 | Overs 10 | Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav 48(34), Yusuf Pathan 11(11) | Murugan Ashwin now. ONE. Single to start with. DOT. Massive turn! FOUR. Big googly, but Yusuf gets it to fine leg. ONE. Played to point. DOT. No run for that. DOT. And another dot.

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 73/3 | Overs 9 | Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav 47(31), Yusuf Pathan 6(8) | Rajat Bhatia again. ONE. Single to start with. ONE. Played to mid on for another single. DOT. Can’t get it past the fielder. ONE. Yusuf takes another single. ONE. Played to mid on. This is Surya’s highest IPL score. DOT. No run to end with.

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 68/3 | Overs 8 | Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav 45(29), Yusuf Pathan 4(4) | Ankit Sharma into the attack. ONE. Surya plays it away for a single. ONE. Yusuf plays a delicate defensive shot and scoots the single, but he would have been out had it been a direct hit. ONE. Driven to long off. ONE. Swatted to long on by Yusuf. ONE. Single to point. ONE. Mis-field at point gives Yusuf one more.

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 62/3 | Overs 7 | Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav 42(26), Yusuf Pathan 1(1)  | Rajat Bhatia into the attack, as he starts off with a SINGLE towards long on off Yadav, followed by a DOT, while the third ball BOWLS OUT Shakib, who plays it on. Yuysuf Pathan is the new in, as he starts off with a SINGLE towards long off, followed by a DOT, as the over ends with a single off Yadav towards long on. OUT! Shakib Al Hasan b Rajat Bhatia 3(9)

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 59/2 | Overs 6 | Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav 40(23), Shakib Al Hasan 3(7) | R Ashwin again. WIDE. Ashwin seems to be setting a trap for Surya down the leg stump, but his back leg isn’t leaving the crease. SIX! Surya is dominating Ashwin, he sent that one over long on. ONE. Down to long on. ONE. Worked away to square leg. DOT. Defended back to the bowler. ONE. Played to midwicket. DOT. No run to end with.

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 49/2 | Overs 5 | Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav 32(19), Shakib Al Hasan 2(5) | Here comes Thisara Perera again. ONE. Played to third man. DOT. Appeal from the bowler, but that probably pitched outside leg. ONE. Played to third man. DOT. Played to mid on. FOUR. Smashed past the bowler, a cruel person would call that a caught and bowled chance but it wasn’t a realistic one. ONE. Single to end with.

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 42/2 | Overs 4 | Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav 26(15), Shakib Al Hasan 1(3) | Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack. DOT. Played to mid on. ONE. Single for Surya. Ash goes ’round the stumps. DOT. Played back to the bowler. ONE. Played to fine leg. SIX! Surya sends that one into the long on fence! WIDE. Down leg, Dhoni whips off the bails but Surya’s back foot never left the crease. WIDE. Again down leg, but this was a harsh call. ONE. Played to fine leg.

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 31/2 | Overs 3 | Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav 18(11), Shakib Al Hasan 0(1) | Albie Morkel again. FOUR. Lovely straight drive from Surya! FOUR. That is a top class shot! Azhar would have been proud of that. Surya whips one from off past midwicket. DOT. Defended to the fielder. ONE. Surya plays one on the stumps to third man. He’s showing some real range today. ONE, RUN OUT! Gambhir tries to do a Dhoni by converting one into two, but it is Dhoni who whips the bails off. Good fielding from Saurabh Tiwary. DOT. No run to end with. OUT! Gautam Gambhir run out Saurabh Tiwary 11(5)

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 21/1 | Overs 2 | Batsmen: Gautam Gambhir 10(4), Suryakumar Yadav 9(7) | Thisara Perera opens up from the other end. ONE. GG plays to square leg. DOT. Surya defends. DOT. Play and miss outside off. DOT. Just past the outside edge. Perera troubling Surya. FOUR. Short and wide, Surya dabs it to third man for another boundary. ONE. Single to end with.

Live cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders 15/1 | Overs 1 | Batsmen: Gautam Gambhir 9(3), Suryakumar Yadav 4(2) | Albie Morkel starts off. OH GOT HIM! First ball duck for Uthappa, Albie gets him! Surya comes in at No. 3. WIDE, ONE. Down leg and they take a single too. FOUR. Trademark Gambhir, glides it to third man. FOUR. Cut hard, outside edge but over slip.ONE. Quick single to third man. DOT. Lovely straight drive, but Albie stops it on the follow-through. FOUR. Short and wide, slapped through point. OUT! Robin Uthappa LBW Albie Morkel 0(1)

INNINGS REPORT: Ajinkya Rahane’s half-century powers Rising Pune Supergiants to 160 against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 9

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 160/5 | Overs 20 | Batsmen: MS Dhoni 23(13), Rajat Bhatia 1(1) | Here comes Morne Morkel. TWO. This is trademark Dhoni running. SIX! Short ball, Dhoni pulls that over the ropes. DOT. Short ball, but a bit slower. Dhoni can’t make connection, he plays a bit too early. FOUR. Brilliant by Dhoni! That’s a good yorker from Morkel, but Dhoni moves his left leg out of the way and times one to perfection over midwicket. FOUR. Another short ball, and another pull from Dhoni. A boundary to fine leg! ONE. Just a single off the final ball.

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 143/5 | Overs 19 | Batsmen: MS Dhoni 6(6), Rajat Bhatia 1(1) | Umesh Yadav continues. OUT! Morkel gets an inside edge and the bails are dislodged. ONE. Single to the leg side for Bhatia to get off the mark. FOUR. Byes, that was between Uthappa’s legs. Lucky runs for RPS. TWO. Typical Dhoni, played and set off immediately. TWO. Full toss, but not hit well. Still two though, since Dhoni is out there. ONE. Dhoni keeps strike. OUT! Albie Morkel b Umesh Yadav 16(9) 

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 133/4 | Overs 18 | Batsmen: Albie Morkel 16(8), MS Dhoni 1(2) | Sunil Narine continues. OUT! Rahane offers a simple catch back to the bowler, who happily accepts! RPS lose their fourth. DOT. Dhoni defends. ONE. Cut to point. SIX! What a hit, that one nearly went out of the stadium! SIX! And another, this one not quite as clean, but still big. Albie is turning on the heat. ONE. Played to point for a single. OUT! Ajinkya Rahane c & b Sunil Narine 67(52) 

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 119/3 | Overs 17| Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 67(51), Albie Morkel 3(5) | Umesh Yadav into the attack in the 17th over. ONE. Slower ball, Rahane plays it to fine leg. ONE. Played to long off. ONE. Short ball, but can’t get hold of it. ONE. Leg bye, just a single. SIX! What a shot from Rahane. He makes room outside off and swivels the full toss over fine leg for six! ONE. Single to fine leg.

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 108/3 | Overs 16| Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 58(47), Albie Morkel 2(3) | Piyush Chawla again. ONE. Driven to cover by Albie. DOT. Played to the fielder, who did well to keep it a dot. DOT. Another sweep, but he can’t get hold of it. SIX! Lovely shot over long-off, that was classic Rahane. They need a few more of those. ONE. Single to third man. DOT. No run for that.

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 100/3 | Overs 15 | Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 51(43), Albie Morkel 1(1) | Here’s R Sathish again. ONE. That’s a half-century for Rahane. Hasn’t come in great time though. He needs to score a few more, and soon. SIX. That was a long time coming. Perera swipes that one into the stands. ONE. Thrashed to long off for a single. ONE. That was a good shot from Rahane, but straight to the man at fine leg. OUT. Another wild slog, and Perera is cleaned up. ONE. Easy single to start with. OUT! Thisara Perera b R Sathish 12(9)

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 90/2 | Overs 14 | Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 49(41), Thisara Perera 3(6) | Sunil Narine continues. ONE. Played to fine leg. DOT. Played to point. TWO. Great running, the batsmen cross over for a couple. ONE. Leg byes, that went off his thigh pad. ONE. Cut to the deep. TWO. Really good running, but is Perera in trouble? They are going to the third umpire. Nah, he’s in.

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 83/2 | Overs 13 | Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 47(39), Thisara Perera 1(2) | R Sathish again. ONE. Smith swats one to mid on. OUT! Rahane smacks that one back to the bowler, and Smith was well out of his crease. “Easy run out in the end,” says the commentator and rightly so. ONE. Single for Rahane. Perera on strike. ONE. Swiped to mid off. ONE. Played to midwicket. DOT. Big slog from Perera, and he misses. Was that an edge that Uthappa dropped? Could be. OUT! Steven Smith run out R Sathish 31(28)

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 79/1 | Overs 12 | Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 45(36), Steven Smith 30(27) | Sunil Narine is back. ONE. Rahane hits it down the ground for a single. DOT. Played to point. FOUR. That’s into the gap. It was a short ball and Smith gave it a real whack all along the ground to cow corner. TWO. Nicely run, played into the gap and set off. DOT. Played to point. ONE. Good running again.

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 71/1 | Overs 11 | Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 44(35), Steven Smith 23(22) | Piyush Chawla again. TWO. Lovely shot from Smith, that’s cut away to the deep. ONE. Big of a slog to long on for one. THREE. Beautiful bowling from Chawla, he slows it up and incites the outside edge from Rahane. No one at slip, which allows the triple. TWO. Played to midwicket. ONE. Played to point again. ONE. Single to end with.

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 61/1 | Overs 10 | Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 40(33), Steven Smith 17(18) | R Sathish into the attack. ONE. Worked away for a single by Rahane. ONE. Played to fine leg. ONE. Another single. DOT. No pace on that, can’t get a run. Just BTW, Umesh Yadav is yet to bowl. ONE. Worked away to square leg. TWO. Quick couple, good running.

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 55/1 | Overs 9 | Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 36(30), Steven Smith 15(15) | Piyush Chawla comes on now. DOT. Wow, big spin. That beat Smith’s cut. ONE. Some more turn, worked away to the leg side by Smith. FOUR. Lovely sweep shot. Brilliantly played by Rahane. ONE. Defended and they set off for one. ONE. Played to long on. ONE. Played to the leg side in the deep.

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 47/1 | Overs 8 | Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 30(27), Steven Smith 13(12) | Shakib Al Hasan continues. DOT. Bit of width, hit to the fielder. ONE. Inside edge, quick single. DOT. No run for that, really well bowled. ONE. Another quick single. ONE. Driven nicely to long off. ONE. Played to long on.

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 43/1 | Overs 7 | Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 28(24), Steven Smith 11(9) | Andre Russell comes on again. TWO. Quick couple to begin with. ONE. Single for that. FOUR. Short ball, pulled away into the gap by Rahane. DOT. Slower ball, played to the fielder. ONE. Played to third man. FOUR. Nicely played to end the over, that’s four more!

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 31/1 | Overs 6 | Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 23(21), Steven Smith 4(6) | Shakib Al Hasan continues. DOT. No run for Smith. ONE. Worked away for another single. ONE. Flicked off his pads. DOT. Played to the leg side but for no run. ONE. Swept hard, but to the fielder. Mis-field allows a single. DOT. Played well but to the fielder.

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 28/1 | Overs 5 | Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 22(19), Steven Smith 2(2) | Sunil Narine into the attack. DOT. Big spin to start with. Rahane looks to cut the ball spins way too much. DOT. Misses the cut. ONE. Nicely played into the deep. ONE. Played to midwicket. ONE. Played to long on. ONE. Played to fine leg.

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 24/1 | Overs 4 | Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 20(15) | Shakib Al Hasan is on now. DOT. Rahane plays that off the back foot. FOUR. How well was that placed? It looked like Rahane would get a single or maybe two for that but the ball just kept going and found the gap to boot! ONE. Similar shot, but this one to the fielder. ONE. Played to midwicket. ONE. Single to the leg side. OUT! What a snapper from Shakib! Faf misses a straight one. OUT! Faf du Plessis b Shakib al Hasan 4(9)

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 17/0 | Overs 3 | Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 14(11), Faf du Plessis 3(7) | Here’s Morne Morkel again. SIX! What a shot from Rahane. On the pads, flicked away over square leg and that’s all the way! DOT. Defended there by Rahane. DOT. No run for that, Rahane misses a flick. FOUR. One bounce and into the ropes, that’s superb batting from Ajju! ONE. Worked away off his pads for one to square leg. DOT. Faf tries to give himself room to flick it off his pads but misses the ball. It bounces over the stumps.

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 6/0 | Overs 2 | Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 3(6), Faf du Plessis 3(6) | Here’s Andre Russell. ONE. Rahane takes a single to start with. ONE. Quick single again. ONE. Oh dear, mis-field which could have resulted in a bit of a problem but no harm done. DOT. Defended off the front foot. DOT. Great fielding from the man at point, I think that’s R Sathish. ONE. Single to end with.

Live cricket score: Rising Pune Supergiants 2/0 | Overs 1 | Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 1(2), Faf du Plessis 1(4) | Morne Morkel it is for the Kolkata Knight Riders, with Ajinkya Rahane and Faf du Plessis coming out to open for RPS. Morkel starts with a dot ball, Rahane takes a single off the next ball. Faf then plays and misses at the next three before taking a single to end with. Good, tidy first over from Morne.

TOSS: Gautam Gambhir calls correctly and decides KKR will field first. Albie Morkel and Saurabh Tiwary come in for RPS while R Sathish makes his way in for KKR.

Teams:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Rajagopal Sathish, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav.

Rising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Steven Smith, MS Dhoni(c&wk), Albie Morkel, Saurabh Tiwary, Thisara Perera, Rajat Bhatia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Sharma.

KKR are on a roll with their current run of form. Skipper Gautam Gambhir has been in excellent form, while Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey have made good contributions as well. Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Brad Hogg, and Shakib Al Hasan have all played their parts in setting up KKR wins. However, Yusuf Pathan’s apparent lack of form has been a hindrance for them.

Meanwhile, RPS have made a few puzzling team selections in the tournament so far. The likes of Irfan Pathan, Ashok Dinda, Ishwar Pandey, and Adam Zampa, have either been ignored or given a token match without getting a proper run. RPS have been rather lacklustre in the tournament, and will need to improve a great deal quite quickly in order to get their campaign back on track. Another win from KKR will firmly establish their dominance while a win from RPS will help them claw their way back into contention.

Squads:

Rising Pune Supergiants: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Steven Smith, Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mitchell Marsh, Ashwin Murugan, Ishant Sharma, Kevin Pietersen, Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera, Rajat Bhatia, Ashoke Dinda, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, RP Singh, Adam Zampa, Ishwar Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Ankit Sharma.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa (wk), Sheldon Jackson, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan. Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, John Hastings, Jason Holder, Colin Munro, Rajgopal Sathish, Manan Ajay Sharma.

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