Kings XI Punjab face Pune Supergiant in ‘do-or-die’ clash

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Kings XI Punjab will be aiming to continue their late surge against Rising Pune Supergiant in a “winner takes it all” Indian Premier League encounter, here tomorrow. The final weekend of the league stage couldn’t have been more enticing with only Mumbai Indians assured of a play-off berth with 18 points.

Kings XISupergiant fluffed their lines in what seemed to be an easy run-chase against out of contention Delhi Daredevils only to keep the race of final four open till the last game.

Supergiant are currently on 16 points from 13 games with a net run-rate -0.083 while Kings XI Punjab are on 14 points from equal number of matches but have a comparatively better run-rate of +0.296.

When the two teams square off tomorrow, the equation is pretty simple for Glenn Maxwell’s team. A win is all that they need to qualify as it will take them to 16 points with a superior net run rate. The Punjab outfit doesn’t have to look at any other results.

For Supergiant, a defeat will be dangerous if Sunrisers Hyderabad happen to win their game against Gujarat Lions and clinch their play-off place with 17 points.

In case Sunrisers lose today, then Supergiant can still make it to the play-offs despite defeat.

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