Pune: Kings XI Punjab came into the match against Rising Pune Supergiant on the back of a clash of gargantuan proportions against Mumbai Indians, in terms of runs scored.
Rising Pune Supergiant first dismissed Kings XI Punjab for 73 and then overtook their total in 12 overs and cruised to a nine-wicket win.
They did concede nearly as many, but what is to be remembered is that Punjab, batting first, made a target of 231 for Mumbai to chase.
That performance came after their win against Kolkata Knight Riders and it looked like Punjab, who had their backs against walls in the league stages, had finally come to their own.
That notion took a hit when opener Martin Guptill was dismissed off the first ball of their match against Rising Pune Supergiant.
Slowly but surely, Pune took apart the resurgent Punjab batting line-up and the visitors found themselves dismissed for 73 in just under 16 overs.
Pune reached the total in 12 overs for the cost of one wicket. It was a match that acted as a virtual knock-out as both teams were within reach of the playoffs.
Jaydev Unadkat dismissed Martin Guptill off the first ball of the match. It set the tone for the rest of the Punjab innings.
Shaun Marsh was the next to go, becoming the first of three wickets that Shardul Thakur would take.
Punjab then lost Eoin Morgan to a run out, the architect of which was Unadkat with a brilliant fielding effort.
In the fifth over, Punjab lost Rahul Tewatia and skipper Glenn Maxwell, the latter being out on a duck.
The away side suddenly found themselves five wickets down for just 32 runs. Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel then knocked the ball around for sometime and took Punjab beyond the 50-run mark.
Kings XI Punjab - 73 (Thakur 3-19, Christian 2-10, Unadkat 2-12)
Rising Pune Supergiant - 78 for 1 (Rahane 34*)
Result - Rising Pune Supergiant won by nine wickets