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Thriller in the offing

Thriller in the offing
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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, in Pune on Sunday.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.

Pune: 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, in Pune on Sunday.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.

Supergiant 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, 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. For Supergiant, it will be a challenge facing KXIP, whose campaign gained momentum during the business end of the tournament.

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