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    IPL 2016 Live Cricket Score - Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS): Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen Take RPS Forward

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Rising Pune Supergiants would look to get their IPL campaign back on track after losing to Gujarat Lions. They have a brilliant opportunity at hand as they face a demoralised Kings XI Punjab, who are yet to win a game. Get live cricket score and updates of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) here. (LIVE SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE | FIXTURES | NEWS | LIVE STREAMING | PLAY FANTASY CRICKET)

    16:18 hrs IST: Now du Plessis joins in! FOUR!!!! These have decided to target Patel! 14 off the 4th over!

    16:17 hrs IST: And Pietersen gets into the act immediately! Consecutive boundaries off Axar Patel.

    16:16 hrs IST: Kevin Pietersen and Faf du Plessis at the crease. If these 2 can go on, RPS can get a big score here.

    16:15 hrs IST:RPS 13/1! Three runs and a wicket from the third over!

    16:12 hrs IST: Rahane played it early, inside edge and leg stump knocked out!

    16:10 hrs IST:Bowled!!!! Rahane trying to be aggressive, plays on and is bowled by Sandeep Sharma!

    16:09 hrs IST: Another boundary from Rahane in the second over, RPS 10 for no loss.

    16:04 hrs IST: Five dot balls and one boundary. Sums up the first over!

    16:02 hrs IST:FOUR!!!!! off the fourth ball of the match! Rahane off the mark!

    15:59 hrs IST: Faf du Plessis and Ajinkya out to bat for RPS while Sandeep Sharma to open the proceedings for the Punjab team!

    15:55 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Gujarat Lions all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will tie the knot today. Watch his sword skills here.

    15:53 hrs IST: The PCA Stadium is filling up. Lot of IPL enthusiasts can be seen entering the stadium, braving the heat!

    15:45 hrs IST: Kings XI desperately need a win today. Even though it is only the start of the tournament, a third consecutive loss will put them way behind everyone in the league. They will find it really tough to enter the knockouts then.

    15:44 hrs IST: And we see MS Dhoni warm-up with Kevin Pietersen!

    15:41 hrs IST: RPS on the other hand have made as many as three changes! Mitchell Marsh, Rudra Pratap Singh and Rajat Bhatia have been replaced by Irfan Pathan, Ankit Sharma and Thisara Perera!

    15:40 hrs IST: Kings XI have made only one change. Abbot comes in to replace Mitchell Johnson.

    15:39 hrs IST: And here are the playing XI of both the teams:

    Kings XI Punjab: Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohit Sharma, Kyle Abbott, Pardeep Sahu, Sandeep Sharma

    Rising Pune Supergiants: Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane, Kevin Pietersen, Steven Smith, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Thisara Perera, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ankit Sharma, Murugan Ashwin

    15:36 hrs IST: Kings XI are looking to break their losing streak. They have so far lost both their matches. On the other hand, RPS have won and lost one each.

    15:35 hrs IST: This is the 10th match of the ninth edition of IPL!

    15:34 hrs IST: Here we see the home team warming up ahead of the important clash.

    Asia Cup 2014: Virat Kohli will be under pressure as captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be missed, says Sunil Gavaskar

    India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli will be under pressure to produce good results in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh, according to former captain Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar also said senior player and permanent captain MS Dhoni will be sorely missed during the course of the five-nation tournament.

    Dhoni was ruled out of the Asia Cup tournament with a left side-strain injury last week, as the Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed it in a release, along with naming Dinesh Karthik as his replacement. Kohli was named captain in Dhoni's absence. "Virat (Kohli) will be under pressure. If he produces the results then it is a good start for him," Gavaskar told NDTV in an exclusive chat. (India vs Bangladesh preview)

    Gavaskar also said that even if Kohli did not deliver as Team India captain in Bangladesh, he should not be judged on the basis of just one tournament. "Don't judge Virat by just one tournament. Don't expect tremendous results from him as skipper," said the former Indian captain. (Also read: Virat Kohli ready to test himself as skipper)
    "Captaincy, like anything else, is a role to be settled into. So to expect Virat to produce tremendous results might be going over the top. But if he does produce tremendous results it means that he has begun well. Yes, I think he will be under pressure because he realises that with the recent results that India has had there are a lot of expectations from him. There has been a lot of talk about Dhoni retiring as captain from one format and so maybe that is the reason why maybe Virat will feel a little more of the pressure," he added. (Related: Dhoni not the only casualty as injuries mar Asia Cup)

    While encouraging Kohli as captain, Gavaskar made it clear that India could not do without the services of Dhoni, who is a combination of a great finisher, a great runner between wickets and a top-class keeper. "India is going to miss him massively. Apart from the fact that he just takes the game away from the opposition, it's the running between the wickets that he puts pressure on the opposition. So in all aspects I think he is going to be missed massively as a player in the team. Again as a wicketkeeper, he is top class. Not too many people give him credit for being the kind of wicketkeeper he is. But he is a tremendous cricketer and I just hope that whatever injury he suffered in New Zealand, he gets over that pretty quickly," said Gavaskar.

    The Indian cricket legend also touched upon how the fifth bowler could prove key for the team in sub-continental conditions but said the top-four bowlers should do most of the job. "The fifth bowler will be key. Stuart Binny, Ambati Rayudu will be good options but the first four bowlers will have to do the job for India," Gavaskar added.

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