Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Match 53 of  the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at Visakhapatnam. This is Shruti Hariharan and I will be bringing you updates of Saturday’s clash. Both RPS and KXIP are currently at the bottom of the points table and have had a disappointing run in this edition of IPL. While KXIP has gone through many changes throughout the season starting from their captain itself, RPS has not been different, losing their key players due to injury and replacing them with others in the very last minute. As there is no hope for any of the two teams to reach the play-offs, they face each other for pride. Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants  vs  Kings XI Punjab , Live Score, 53rd T20 Match, IPL 2016

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 173/6 | Overs 20 | BATTING: MS Dhoni 64 (32), R Ashwin 1 (1): Last over and Akshar Patel for final one. Dhoni on strike and once again he restricts taking a single. That is costing RPS. Not the right length, it is WIDE. Now that is massive, SIX! This is what Dhoni was waiting for. 16 to win from 4 now. Amla saved the it and guess what Dhoni didn’t run again. FOUR, Dhoni wants come out as finisher but then can he win this match? Fifty up for skipper btw! What next now? SIX! Guess what Dhoni does it again. RPS need 6 off 1. Last delivery and what will happen another SIX? After all that hussle of the dog, Dhoni finishes it off in style, SIX! Yes, RPS win by 4 wickets.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 150/6 | Overs 19 | BATTING: MS Dhoni 42 (26), R Ashwin 1 (1): Mohit Sharma for his final over and Perera on strike. Big wicket for Mohit Sharma, Perera dismissed! Easy catch by Wriddhiman Saha. Not good sign for RPS at this crunch situation. R Ashwin joins Dhoni in the middle. Good length and yet will stick single. Dhoni on strike now. Still gets the gap and FOUR, how easy it is for Dhoni, can handle it with songle hand! Long chat between Vijay and Mohit Sharma. Perfect length from Mohit Sharma now, Dhoni denied taking single and maintained the strike. 24 needed to win from 8. Good bowling from Mohit Sharma and dot ball. Perfect yorker and just a single to end the over.

OUT! Thisara Perera 23 (14) c Wriddhiman Saha b Mohit Sharma

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 144/5 | Overs 18 | BATTING: MS Dhoni 37 (22), Thisara Perera 23 (13): Sandeep Sharma is back for his last over and Perera on strike. Just as single for that lovely shot. Not god giving extra at this moment. Punished, easy shot for for skipper Dhoni. FOUR towards point. ANother WIDE, not right from KXIP end. Smashed it for boundary and finds the fielder at the right time. Proving to be a long over. That is length Sandeep Sharma is good at, yorkers. Dhoni goes big this time, any way to escape this? No! 29 to win from 13. Can RPS win this? Dot to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 129/5 | Overs 17 | BATTING: MS Dhoni 26 (18), Thisara Perera 21 (11): Mohit Sharma into attack and Dhoni smashes it off FOUR, to take RPS closer to victory. Chances at this moment? Need 50 off 23. Good yorker and single to get Perera on strike. Still dicey who will be end the game with pride. Perfect yorker from Mohit Sharma. That’s what he is good at in death overs. MS Dhoni unable to get the right gap and will still find couple of runs. Last delivery and Perera on strike. single to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 119/5 | Overs 16 | BATTING: MS Dhoni 18 (14), Thisara Perera 19 (9): Abbott is back for his third over and Perera on strike. Dot ball is not what RPS can deal with at the moement. Got hold of this one and FOUR all the way towards backward point. Couldn’t get the right length and will easily get couple of runs. Perera found that easy to just lift it off for SIX, now what still have a long way need 58 off 25. Through the gap and FOUR to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 103/5 | Overs 15 | BATTING: MS Dhoni 18 (14), Thisara Perera 3 (3): Akshar Patel back for his third over and begins with an extra, WIDE. Dhoni the way he runs between the wicket, even two runs becomes easy for him. Dhoni into striking back with SIX and then boundary, thankfully saved yet managed to get three runs. Last ball and single to end the over. RPS need 70 off 30.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 90/5 | Overs 14 | BATTING: MS Dhoni 7 (9), Thisara Perera 2 (2): Rishi Dhawan is back into attack and Dhoni if off the mark with single. Pathan dismissed, easy catch by keeper Wriddhiman Saha, Dhawan gets his first wicket. Thisara Perera joins the skipper. Off the mark with single. Dhoni to keep strike for last ball and single to end the over.

OUT! Irfan Pathan 2 (3) c Wriddhiman Saha b Rishi Dhawan

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 85/4 | Overs 13 | BATTING: MS Dhoni 4 (6), Irfan Pathan 2 (2): Pathan on strike and Akshar Patel enters into attack. Pathan off the mark with single and gets Dhoni on strike. Dhoni wants to keep the strike with dot balls coming in. Easily will get two from that slight niggle from Dhoni. Just a single to end the over and Dhoni will maintain the strike.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 81/4 | Overs 12 | BATTING: MS Dhoni 1 (1), Irfan Pathan 1 (1): Gurkeerat into strike and Tiwary goes big this time, tagging along with Khawaja. SIX! allt he way towards mid-wicket. OUT! Tiway gets dismissed the next moment, easy catch by Behardien and Gurkeerat gets his wicket. Skipper enters the crease along with Khawaja. Dhoni on strike, off the mark with single. OUT! Khawaja goes and Gurkeerat gets his second wicket, didn’t get the right length and Miller takes an easy catch. Last ball to go and who will enter now? Pathan enters on the crease and off the mark with single.

OUT! Saurabh Tiwary 17 (15) c Farhaan Behardien b Gurkeerat Singh

OUT! Usman Khawaja 30 (29) c David Miller b Gurkeerat Singh

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 71/2 | Overs 11 | BATTING: Usman Khawaja 29 (27), Saurabh Tiwary 11 (13): Rishi Dhawan is back for his second over and Khawaja off the mark with FOUR, towards extra cover. Chances of run out and Khawaja is safe goes back to crease on time. Now extras coming from KXIP, WIDE by Dhawan. Tiwary on strike at the moment and with slight nudge will get couple of runs. Single to end the over. RPS need 102 off 54.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 62/2 | Overs 10 | BATTING: Usman Khawaja 24 (23), Saurabh Tiwary 8 (11): Abbott is back for his second over. Khawaja on strike and begisn with dot ball. So a match is on and commentators celebrate birthdays at the commentary box. Interesting, very interesting. It is Esa Guha’s birthday today, just for information. Abbott bowling the right length and dot balls so far with just one run. Last delivery to go and couple of runs to end the over. RPS need 111 to win off 60.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 59/2 | Overs 9 | BATTING: Usman Khawaja 23 (21), Saurabh Tiwary 6 (7): Dhawan comes into attack and so far were dealing with singles and and dot balls and then Tiwary strikes with his boundaries. He placed it all the way towards deep mid-wicket. RPS need 114 to win from 66 balls.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 52/2 | Overs 8 | BATTING: Usman Khawaja 21 (19), Saurabh Tiwary 1 (3): Saurabh Tiwary enters the crease and Gurkeerat to bowl now. Khawaja will take the strike though. Single and Tiwary will face his first delivery. Tiwary off the mark with single. Khawaja smashed for boundary and managed to get couple of runs. Tiwary will take the last delivery and dot to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 47/2 | Overs 7 | BATTING: Usman Khawaja 17 (16): Akshar Patel comes into attack, end pf Powerplay. Khawaja starts off with single. Bailey unable to find the gap and dot ball once again. Bailey for thr last delivery and  chances of stumping, Bailey is already walking out. Good presence of mind for Saha.

George Bailey 9 (11) st Wriddhiman Saha b Akshar Patel

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 44/1 | Overs 6 | BATTING: Usman Khawaja 15 (14), George Bailey 8 (7): Mohit Sharma into attack and Khawaja on strike. Begins with single from first delivery. Bailey still looking to find the right gap for to start off his campaign. Still no luck and Mohit Sharma looking to not provide any runs. Finds the gap towards long off and FOUR, Bailey is finally off the mark. Last delivery and another FOUR to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 35/1 | Overs 5 | BATTING: Usman Khawaja 14 (13), George Bailey 0 (2): Sandeep Sharma into attack and Khawaja on strike. Starts with dot ball. That was a swinging delivery from Sandeep and Khawaja was confused where the ball was. Just a single after two dot balls. Slight nudge and he goes, Rahane is dismissed for 19 for lbw. George Bailey enters to the crease. No luck with runs for Bailey, dot balls to end the over.

OUT! Ajinkya Rahane 19 (15) c Wriddhiman Saha b Sandeep Sharma

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 34/0 | Overs 4 | BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 19 (14), Usman Khawaja 13 (10): Kyle Abbott into attack and Khawaja on strike. Single to begin with. So far just singles and dot balls to deal with. RPS, can breath with that FOUR by Rahane. Single to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 27/0 | Overs 3 | BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 14 (10), Usman Khawaja 11 (7): Sandeep Sharma is back and Khawaja on strike. Just a single to begin with. Rahane smashes it off for FOUR and some respite for RPS after all the singles and dot balls. Khawaja on strike for the last ball and doesn’t find the right length, single to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 20/0 | Overs 2 | BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 9 (6), Usman Khawaja 10 (6): Mohit Sharma called into attack and Khawaja on strike. Good save by KXIP, could have been a boundary for Khawaja there. Khawaja trying various gaps with his flying shot and KXIP fielders every where restricting the flow of runs. And now KXIP giving away extras, WIDE. Khawaja goes big, SIX! all the way towards square leg. Didn’t quite smash it hard for a boundary, will get a couple though. Rahane goes off the mark and FOURA to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants 6/0 | Over 1 | BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 5 (5), Usman Khawaja 1 (1): Rahane and Khawaja enter the crease while Sandeep Sharma will open the attack. First ball annd staright away off the mark with single. Khawaja on strike now. Khawaja is off the mark as well with single. Dot balls and followed by FOUR, Rahane’s first one along with RPS. Last one to go and dot to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 172/7 | Overs 20 | BATTING: Rishi Dhawan 11 (4), Kyle Abbott 1 (1): Perera into attack for last over and gets his first wicket. Akshar Patel dismissed and a regular attempt now fin this edition of IPL, caught comfortably by Saurabh Tiwary. Rishi Dhawan is the new batsman on crease and he is off the mark with SIX, towards deep extra cover. Followed by two singles so far. No very impressive, another two runs to push KXIP to 170. Lands safely, unable to find length to push it for a boundary or maximum. Last ball from this spell and slight flick to get two runs to finish off. 172 to end the innings and RPS to chase 173.

OUT! Akshar Patel 1(3) c Saurabh Tiwary b Thisara Perera

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 160/6 | Overs 19 | BATTING: Akshar Patel 1 (2): Two overs to go and Dinda into attack. Behardien on strike and starts with single. Perfect yorker from Dinda, leaving not much scpe for runs. So far good start for Dinda, just two runs so far from this over. Behardien gets his first, FOUR smashing it towards deep mid wicket. Another 8 deliveries left, if no wickets down KXIP can easily achieve 15-20 runs. Last one from this over and wicket in the last, first one for Dinda. Behardien gone too soon.

OUT! Farhaan Behardien 5 (5) c Ajinkya Rahane b Ashoke Dinda

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 154/5 | Overs 18 | BATTING: Farhaan Behardien 0 (0), Akshar Patel 0 (1): R Ashwin will comeplete his over now and Gurkeerat on strike. R Ashwin punished with SIX, smashing it towards long on. It is raining boundaries, FOUR this time towards backward point. After such a stunning performance, Gurkeerat gone for 51 off 30. He completed his fifty. Third wicket R Ashwin. Miller to take command of the game, Miller tags along with FOUR towards backward point. 4th wicket to Ashwin, Miller dismissed for a lovely googly.

OUT! Gurkeerat Singh 51 (30) c Deepak Chahar b R Ashwin

OUT! David Miller 7 (5) lbw R Ashwin

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 140/3 | Overs 17 | BATTING: Gurkeerat Singh 41 (27), David Miller 3 (3): Pathan back for his last over and Miller on strike. Single to begin with. Gurkeeray in charge of the game after skipper gets dimissed, SIX! all the way towards long on. Smashed it once again for boundary but finds a fielder sticking them to single. In the similar fashion, another shot at the same area and single once again. Back to back sixes for Gurkeerat, SIX! smashed it to extra cover for another maximum. KXIP nearing the 150 mark. Single to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 124/3 | Overs 16 | BATTING: Gurkeerat Singh 27 (23), David Miller 1 (1): R Ashwin into attack and Gurkeerat on strike. After singles and good partnership with Singh, Vijay departs for 59, R Ashwin bowling out the right target. David Millers comes in the middle, he goes off the mark with a single. Gurkeerat ends the over with dot.

OUT! Murali Vijay 59 (41) b R Ashwin

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 120/2 | Overs 15 | BATTING: Murali Vijay 58 (39), Gurkeerat Singh 25 (20): Gurkeerat on strike and Zampa back for his last over. Vijay is ruling the match, SIX! Gurkeerat and Vijay has reached fifty as well. All well for XKIP at the moment. Can reach 150 in this slow pitch.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 111/2 | Overs 14 | BATTING: Murali Vijay 51 (36), Gurkeerat Singh 23 (17): Pathan is back for his third over and Singh on strike. Singh not giving much strike to Vijay to complete his fifty. Taking quick couple of runs. Finally Vijay on strike, can he complete his fifty? A single by Vijay brings him to 49. Gurkeerat on strike. Vijay to face the last delivery and fifty up for skipper. Another on in this edition.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 102/2 | Overs 13 | BATTING: Murali Vijay 48 (34), Gurkeerat Singh 17 (13): Zampa into attack for his third over and Vijay into strike. Single to start off with. Singles are not going to help KXIP they need runs coming up. FOUR, Vijay finally will get some respite with that boundary. SIX, Another one from Vijay and 100 up for KXIP at the moment, skipper two runs away from fifty.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 88/2 | Overs 12 | BATTING: Murali Vijay 36 (30), Gurkeerat Singh 15 (11): Chahar is back into attack and Vijay on strike. Single run to begin with. Gurkeerat Singh and Vijay going very steady after flying start provided by Amla and skipper himself. Pulled it off FOUR, Gurkeerat knows the importance of these boundaries at the moment needed for KXIP. Dot to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 81/2 | Overs 11 | BATTING: Murali Vijay 34 (28), Gurkeerat Singh 10 (7): Zampa is back for his second over and Vijay on strike. Ross Taylor is speaking with the commentators. Vijay and Gurkeerat Singh managing with singles. Good voer from leg spinner just 5 runs from this over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 76/2 | Overs 10 | BATTING: Murali Vijay 31 (24), Gurkeerat Singh 8 (5): R Ashwin back into attack and Vijay on strike. Appeal made to the umpire, no luck of any wicket for R Ashwin. Gurkeerat aimed ot for boundary, finds a fielder and will easily get a couple of runs with that shot. Gurkeerat gets his first FOUR, Dhoni tried to kick the ball once again with his athletic skills. Sorry Dhoni, that did not stop the boundary. Single to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 65/2 | Overs 9 | BATTING: Murali Vijay 29 (22), Gurkeerat Singh 1 (1): Dhoni calls in Zampa into attack and Saha on strike. Off the mark he goes with single. Vijay calls back Saha on strike and Zampa strikes. Gets his first wicket right on target. Saha departs for 3 caught by R Ashwin. Gurkeerat Singh enters the crease to join the skipper. He goes off the mark with single. Vijay remains safe with dot ball. Single to end the over.

OUT! Wriddhiman Saha 3 (4) c R Ashwin b Adam Zampa

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 63/1 | Overs 8 | BATTING: Murali Vijay 27 (19), Wriddhiman Saha 2 (2): Spin called in and R Ashwin comes into attack. Amla on strike and he goes off the mark with FOUR. Just when Amla gained momentary, he gets dismissed by Ashwin comfortable caught by Bailey and Saha enters the crease. Single to end the over after 7 runs and a wicket.

OUT! Hashim Amla 30 (27) c George Bailey b R Ashwin

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 56/0 | Overs 7 | BATTING: Murali Vijay 26 (18), Hashim Amla 26 (24): Pathan is back into attack and end of Powerplay now. Vijay on strike and single to begin with. Vijay and Amla happy with singles so far. Just three runs from this over so far, which means Pathan is bowling the right length and deliveries to Amla and Vijay, leaving no scope for runs. Last delivery from this over and dot to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 52/0 | Overs 6 | BATTING: Murali Vijay 24 (14), Hashim Amla 24 (22): Thisara Perera called into attack and Amla on strike. Slight nudge from Amla and gets Vijay on strike. Vijay, smashes it off for FOUR, skipper in command of the game. Amla back on strike after single from Vijay. Amla joins the skipper, SIX! towards long off and fifty up between this pair. Dot to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 36/0 | Overs 5 | BATTING: Murali Vijay 19 (11), Hashim Amla 17 (19): Chahar is back for his second over and Amla on strike. Begins with single. Amla could have got run out, Ashwin was with ball. Vijay took single and Amla back on strike. Another extra from RPS and Chahar goes for WIDE. Just when Amla and Vijay managing with singles, RPS throw off extras in form of WIDE. LEG BYE call by the umpire. SIX! Skipper Murali Vijay aims straight towards long on. Its back to back boundaries for KXIP, FOUR to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 25/0 | Overs 4 | BATTING: Murali Vijay 8 (8), Hashim Amla 16 (16): Dinda is back into attack and Vijay on strike. Vijay seems to be taking his time with singles. Amla gets Vijay on strike back and he is off the mark as well, first FOUR for the skipper towards deep mid-wicket. Chances of consecutive boundary, good save from Pathan and just couple of runs with that shot. Dot to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 17/0 | Overs 3 | BATTING: Murali Vijay 15 (14), Hashim Amla 1 (4): Deepak Chahar comes into attack and Amla on strike. Amla finds the gap and will easily get a couple from this, wristy shot from Amla. An extra conceded by WIDE. James Taylor in the commentary box now speaking to Khawaja. Amla on a roll, back to back boundaries for him with FOUR towards fine leg. Last delivery from this over and Amla remains on strike. Dot to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 10/0 | Overs 2 | BATTING: Murali Vijay 1 (4), Hashim Amla 9 (8): Dinda into attack for the second over and Vijay on strike. Goes off the mark with single. An inside edge from Dinda and skipper manages to grab hold of the ball. Smashed it off for boundary, finds the third man. Dinda bowling the right length to Vijay and lo luck for runs so far. Dot to end the over.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 8/0 | Over 1 | BATTING: Murali Vijay 0 (0), Hashim Amla 8 (6): Irfan Pathan to open the attack for RPS while Vijay and Amla take over the crease to begin the innings. First ball and dot to begin with. Amla on strike and dot balls so far. Good start for RPS. Amla is off the mark with FOUR all the way towards mid wicket. Good come back by Pathan with right length. Last ball and FOUR again towards fine leg to end the over.

KXIP Playing XI: Murali Vijay(c), Hashim Amla, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), David Miller, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Axar Patel, Farhaan Behardien, Kyle Abbott, Rishi Dhawan, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma

RPS Playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Saurabh Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, MS Dhoni(c & wk), Thisara Perera, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Ashok Dinda, Deepak Chahar

LIVE TOSS UPDATE: KXIP win toss and opt to bat first!

The last time the two teams faced each other, KXIP won the battle but both the teams looked quite different back then. KXIP, who are currently at No. 8 of the points table,were thrashed in their last game against a Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), which must have left them with low morale. Having won only four matches in the series, KXIP will surely want to end the campaign with a victory in this match to regain the respect.

ROS, after a lot of replacements, now have lost their initial glamour. However, the batting line-up boats of names like Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey and MS Dhoni which makes them the sure favorites. After much criticism, Dhoni let Irfan Pathan into the playing XI who did really well with the ball and has been promoted up teh batting order as well, looking at his performance in the domestic circuit. It can be said that the game will be between KXIP’s bowling vs RPS’ batting.

Squads:

Rising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, Saurabh Tiwary, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Thisara Perera, George Bailey, Rajat Bhatia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Ashok Dinda, RP Singh, Steven Smith, Albie Morkel, Murugan Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Peter Handscomb, Jaskaran Singh, Ankit Sharma, Scott Boland, Ishwar Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains

Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, David Miller (c), Manan Vohra, Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Akshar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Johnson, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Kyle Abbott, KC Cariappa, Marcus Stoinis, Farhaan Behardien, Pradeep Sahu, Armaan Jaffer, Swapnil Singh.

Catch ball-by-ball commentary of Match 53 between Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab here