'None of the foreign players took responsibility'

Maxwell scored 47 from just 21 deliveries.                        
              Maxwell scored 47 from just 21 deliveries

As of now, fortunes for the IPL 2017 totally depend on the performance of the team. This time, the face-off is not to avoid the last spot and the teams also need to play too well. The former's onslought ensured that RPS was never in danger, and he left captain Steve Smith in a very comfortable position, after he was dismissed by Axar Patel. The match was close enough as Pollard nearly won the match for his team. Victory in that match is necessary for KXIP to get entry into the playoffs.

The loser of this game will have one more chance to qualify for the final by taking on the victor of the eliminator between defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders, who finished third and fourth respectively.

On the other hand, Punjab will have to address their bowling woes going forward as seen in the game against Mumbai where they nearly failed to defend 230 but Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma made strong comebacks in the final two overs to put off Kieron Pollard's brilliance. In such a scenario, KKR, KXIP and RPS will end with 16 points each and SRH will finish at number two behind Mumbai Indians.

Supergiant finished off the game in 12 overs when it reached 78-1 as Ajinkya Rahana (34 not out) smashed a six off captain Glenn Maxwell's off-spin.

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Jaydev Unadkat - The youngster had bowled some magical spells in this year's tournament.

Guptill's fast-starting fireworks were ultimately overshadowed by opening partner Wriddhiman Saha, who anchored the innings with a swashbuckling 93 not out off just 55 deliveries.

With Martin Guptill providing blazing starts regularly and Glenn Maxwell, now occupies the No. 3, getting amongst the runs, KXIP's batting appears moderate in series by the players like Hashim Amla. As for the bowlers, Mohit Sharma's brilliance in the death and Sandeep Sharma's capability to scalp wickets in the initial stage has kept KXIP momentum going. In his second over, Thakur had Shaun Marsh spooning a catch to mid-off, and then tucked Rahul Tewatia up early in the sixth over. KXIP have a lot of positives look in their bowling style. "The kind of consistency he showed, none of the other players could do that, an individual couldn't take responsibility".

Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians by 7 runs in an Indian Premier League encounter, here tonight to keep their hopes of play-off qualification alive. "International players are expected to adapt to any condition, but that simply wasn't the case for us this time around".

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