Kolkata Knight Riders pulled a nail-biting two-wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiants with three balls to spare in a thriller at MCA International Stadium in Rajkot on Sunday.
Chasing a target of 161, KKR continued their winning ways to make 162-8 despite stuttering over the line with Umesh Yadav going for the jugular muscling Thisara for a towering six down the ground for the winning hit.
Suryakumar Yadav (60) laid the foundation for victory with his maiden IPL half century while Yusuf Pathan (36) stepped up the tempo before the tail wagged with some lusty hits.
Morkel, Thisara and Bhatia claimed two wickets each to keep alive Pune's hopes of victory till the end before Umesh Yadav stepped up to deliver a knockout blow.
RPS are still in the game as Chawla lofts straight to Smith at long on. KKR 156-8, 19.2 overs.
Piyush Chawla c Smith b Perera 8 (5b 1x4)
KKR need seven off the last over to be bowled by Thisara.
Sathish hammers Albie Morkel for a six before being yorked as RPS hit back. KKR 151-7, 18.4 overs.
Rajagopal Sathish b Morkel 10 (8b 1x6)
Thisara gets an important breakthrough as Russell holes out to the fielder in the deep. KKR 139-6, 17.5 overs.
Andre Russell c du Plessis b Perera 17 (11b 2x6)
Russell is on fire muscling two thundering sixes off Sharma on either side of the wicket. KKR 136-5, 17 overs.
Murugan Ashwin has struck a timely blow removing the well set Yadav who is adjudged leg before after failing to read the googly. KKR 119-5, 15.5 overs.
Suryakumar Yadav lbw b Murugan Ashwin 60 (49b 6x4 2x6)
Bhatia has struck again trapping Pathan leg before. KKR 111-4, 14.2 overs.
Yusuf Pathan lbw b Bhatia 36 (27b 2x4 2x6)
Pathan has pummelled M Ashwin for another towering six over long-off. KKR 110-3, 14 overs.
Pathan is playing the big shots whacking a massive off M Ashwin having broken the shackles in a previous over by stroking a boundary. KKR 89-3, 12 overs.
Suryakumar Yadav has struck his first IPL half century off 39 balls.
Bhatia strikes a deadly blow castling Shakib. KKR 60-3, 6.3 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan b Bhatia 3 (9b)
Yadav cracks a couple of boundaries off Morkel while Gambhir fails to beat a throw from Tiwari turning back for a second. KKR 31-2, 2.5 overs.
Gautam Gambhir run out 11 (5b 2x4)
KKR are off to a dreadful start as Uthappa is adjudged leg before first ball off Albie Morkel.
Pune Sugerpgiants innings
Morkel goes for 17 in the final over as Dhoni hammers a six and two boundaries as RPS finish with a flourish to post 160-5 after being put into bat.
Dhoni remained unbeaten on a 12-ball 23 while Ajinkya Rahane stroked an elegant 67 which contained four boundaries and three sixes.
Smith (31) figured in a 56-run stand for the second wicket before being run out backing up at the non-striker's end.
Sathish was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 3-0-20-1 while Narine, Shakib and Yadav struck crucial blows.
Yadav strikes as Morkel is cramped up and plays onto his stumps. RPS 133-5, 18.1 overs.
Albie Morkel b Umesh Yadav 16 (9b 2x6)
Albie Morkel slams two massive sixes off Narine. RPS 133-4, 18 overs.
Rahane gets out rather tamely lobbing a return catch to Narine. RPS 119-4, 17.1 overs.
Ajinkya Rahane c & b Narine 67 (52b 4x4 3x6)
Rahane is turning it on slamming Chawla over long-off for his second six. RPS 108-3, 16 overs.
Thisara hammers Sathish for a six and attempting a similar shot misses the completely playing across the line to see his stumps shattered. RPS 99-3, 14.4 overs.
Thisara Perera b Sathish 12 (9b 1x6)
Rahane completes another elegant half century.
KKR get a breakthrough as Satish runs out Smith who is backing up too far. RPS 80-2, 12.2 overs.
Steven Smith run out 31 (28b 2x4)
Smith rocks back and slams Narine for a boundary through midwicket. RPS 79-1, 12 overs.
Rahane is in sublime form sweeping Chawla beautifully through midwicket for a boundary. RPS 55-1, 9 overs.
Rahane and Smith crack a boundary apiece off Russell. RPS 43-1, 7 overs.
Shakib produces a peach of a delivery which rattles Faf du Plessis who plays inside the line. RPS 24-1, 4 overs.
Faf du Plessis b Shakib Al Hasan 4 (9b)
Rahane gets going slamming Morne Morkel for six and boundary. RPS 17-0, 3 overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and opted to bowl first against Rising Pune Supergiants in Match 20 of IPL at MCA International Stadium in Pune under lights on Sunday.
RPS: Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Smith, Tiwary, Dhoni, Thisara Perera, Albie Morkel, Rajat Bhatia, Ravi Ashwin, Ankit Sharma, M Ashwin
KKR: Uthappa, Gambhir, Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Russell, R Sathish, P Chawla, Narine, M Morkel, Umesh Yadav
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the rest of the Indian Premier League after being carried off the field with calf injury.
Pietersen faced a single ball during his side Rising Pune Supergiants' fourth match on Friday before hurting his right calf while attempting a run.
"Over & out, India! Injuries are all part of the job! Horrible tear in my calf! Sad to be leaving a really great bunch of boys but looking forward to being back with my family! London bound for a summer off! Vacation till November!Bye for now! Lots of love, KP xxx," Pietersen wrote on his Instagram account.
The 35-year-old batsman had also posted a picture of himself in a wheelchair in the dressing room, with strapping on his calf, alongside the word "Urgh!" on Facebook soon after the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Pietersen had managed to score 73 runs from four innings for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side, who have struggled with three defeats in the cash-rich league.
The flamboyant batsman has not played an international match since he was controversially dumped by England following their disastrous Ashes tour of Australia in 2013-14.
Pietersen has since moulded himself as a Twenty20 specialist.