Except for a few dull moments, everything went Kings XI favour as they first restricted the mighty lineup of Supergiants to a miser total and then cruised home seamlessly despite Tahir’s inroads in the earlier part of the innings.
Cricingif looks at some of the talking points of the match.
Ben Stokes showed first signs of justifying his $2.16 million price tag as he smashed 50 off 32 balls to break Pune out of shackles.
Stokes smashes Swapnil Singh over long on
Stokes smashes Stoinis for a flat six
Tiwary’s knock was equally important for Pune as he provided the much-needed late surge.
Tiwary provided late surge with a quick-fire 44
Supergiants needed Tahir to put his best to have a chance against the Kings XI. He didn’t disappoint until his last over – accounting for Saha and Axar – only giving away 14 runs. Maxwell got the best of him in the last, but he still managed to finish with respectable figures of 2/29.
Tahir rips through Saha
Tahir accounts for Axar to keep Pune in the game
Despite losing 4 wickets in quick succession, Maxwell made a meat of the total, powering Kings XI Punjab home with 44 off just 20 balls including four maximums.
Maxwell smashes young Chahar down the ground
Maxwell muscles Stokes for his second maximum
Maxwell spoils Tahir’s figures with two consecutive sixes