IPL 10

Rising Pune Supergiant crush Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets to seal playoffs berth

Punjab was shot out for their lowest score in IPL history.

Rising Pune Supergaint put up a dominant display at Pune on Sunday against Kings XI Punjab to seal a spot in the Indian Premier League playoffs for the first time.

The home side had their foot on the throat of the Punjab side from the time they won the toss and opted to field. Shardul Thakur (3/19) and the consistent Jaydev Unadkat (2/12) were the architects-in-chiefs for their side, dismissing Punjab out for a paltry 74, their lowest in IPL history.

Rahul Tripathi’s (28) breezy cameo at the start of the innings ensured that there were no hiccups for Pune during the chase, winning with nine wickets and eight overs to spare.

In-form Unadkat opens the floodgates

Image credit: Rahul Gulati/Sportzpics/IPL
Image credit: Rahul Gulati/Sportzpics/IPL

The Mumbai encounter showed what KXIP can do once they find their groove early on in the innings. Here, Unadkat outsmarted the dangerous Martin Guptill, snaring him first ball.

The left-armer’s best moment in the match, though, was when he sent Eoin Morgan packing with a direct hit from mid-on. It was the sort of effort that would have made Ravindra Jadeja proud. Unadkat, in his second spell, came back to get rid of Swapnil Singh in his second spell. He was never a guaranteed starter, but Unadkat has evolved into the lynchpin of the Pune bowling attack, and will be a major draw as his side moves into the final stages of the tournament.

The Dhoni-Christian story

Unadkat could have had ended up with better figures had Dhoni pouched a chance handed by Wriddhiman Saha early on. It was Dan Christian, who was standing at first slip, who should called for it. The former India captain’s failed to collect the ball despite diving full length to his right.

Lightening struck twice as there was further confusion between the two players later on behind the stumps – the ball would thread through the region between the keeper and first slip on two more occasions too. Quite fittingly, the duo joined hands to get rid of two Punjab batsmen and crucial ones at that in Saha and Axar Patel.

Maxwell’s dismissal

Image credit: Vipin Pawar/Sportzpics/IPL
Image credit: Vipin Pawar/Sportzpics/IPL

The Australian’s strategy to walk in at No.6 backfired spectacularly. It is hard to point out if it was Steve Smith’s brilliance with his field placements or if it was one of those days when Maxwell’s counter-attacking approach failed.

The delivery, a pretty ordinary one from Shardul Thakur was angled on the leg side. Maxwell effortlessly flicked the ball, which landed at comfortable height for Ajinkya Rahane, who was stationed at deep square-leg. Maxwell was left stunned.

The procession

All the Pune bowlers were on target and picked up regular wickets but Punjab’s efforts to limit the damage was also baffling. A more sensible approach would have been to patiently get a partnership going before launching into the bowlers.

Here, Punjab continued to take risks despite having half their side back in the dressing room – a ploy that fell flat on their faces. Even the lower order was looking to bash the ball over the ropes rather than trying to rotate strike. That being said, Punjab’s strategy of attacking from the first ball has resulted in a few wins in the tournament too.

Tripathi’s stock rises

Small targets can be tricky at times, as Pakistan found out against West Indies in a Test match recently. Rahul Tripathi, who has had a memorable year, calmed his side’s nerves with a slew of confident shots on both sides of the wicket. The Maharashtra batsman was stylish with with the cut, and smashed a classy six, picking the ball up on his front foot against spinner Rahul Tewatia. Tripathi, though, couldn’t stay long enough to take his side home.

Brief score:

  • Kings XI Punjab 73 in 15.5 Overs (Axar Patel 22; Shardul Thakur 3/19, Dan Christian 2/10) lost to Rising Pune Supergiant 78/1 in 12 Overs (Ajinkya Rahane 28 not out, Rahul Tripathi 28; Axar Patel 1/13) by 9 wickets 
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From catching Goan dances in Lisbon to sampling langar in Munich

A guide to the surprising Indian connect in Lisbon and Munich.

For several decades, a trip to Europe simply meant a visit to London, Paris and the Alps of Switzerland. Indians today, though, are looking beyond the tried and tested destinations and making an attempt to explore the rest of Europe as well. A more integrated global economy, moreover, has resulted in a more widespread Indian diaspora. Indeed, if you know where to look, you’ll find traces of Indian culture even in some unlikely cities. Lisbon and Munich are good cities to include in your European sojourn as they both offer compelling reasons to visit, thanks to a vibrant cultural life. Here’s a guide to everything Indian at Lisbon and Munich, when you wish to take a break from all the sight-seeing and bar crawling you’re likely to indulge in.


Lisbon is known as one of the most vibrant cities in Western Europe. On its streets, the ancient and the modern co-exist in effortless harmony. This shows in the fact that the patron saint day festivities every June make way for a summer that celebrates the arts with rock, jazz and fado concerts, theatre performances and art exhibitions taking place around the city. Every two years, Lisbon also hosts the largest Rock festival in the world, Rock in Rio Lisboa, that sees a staggering footfall.

The cultural life of the city has seen a revival of sorts under the current Prime Minister, Antonio Costa. Costa is of Indian origin, and like many other Indian-origin citizens prominent in Portugal’s political, business and entertainment scenes, he exemplifies Lisbon’s deep Indian connect. Starting from Vasco Da Gama’s voyage to India, Lisbon’s historic connection to Goa is well-documented. Its traces can be still be seen on the streets of both to this day.

While the Indian population in Lisbon is largely integrated with the local population, a few diaspora groups are trying to keep their cultural roots alive. Casa de Goa, formed in the ‘90s, is an association of people of Goans, Damanese and Diuese origins residing in Lisbon. Ekvat (literally meaning ‘roots’ in Konkani) is their art and culture arm that aims to preserve Goan heritage in Portugal. Through all of its almost 30-year-long existence, Ekvat has been presenting traditional Goan dance and music performances in Portugal and internationally.

Be sure to visit the Champlimaud Centre for the Unknown, hailed a masterpiece of contemporary architecture, which was designed by the critically-acclaimed Goan architect Charles Correa. If you pay attention, you can find ancient Indian influences, like cut-out windows and stand-alone pillars. The National Museum of Ancient Art also has on display a collection of intricately-crafted traditional Goan jewellery. At LOSTIn - Esplanada Bar, half of the people can be found lounging about in kurtas and Indian shawls. There’s also a mural of Bal Krishna and a traditional Rajasthani-style door to complete the desi picture. But it’s not just the cultural landmarks that reflect this connection. The integration of Goans in Lisbon is so deep that most households tend to have Goa-inspired textiles and furniture as a part of their home decor, and most families have adapted Goan curries in their cuisine. In the past two decades, the city has seen a surge in the number of non-Goan Indians as well. North Indian delicacies, for example, are readily available and can be found on Zomato, which has a presence in the city.

If you wish to avoid the crowds of the peak tourist season, you can even consider a visit to Lisbon during winter. To plan your trip, check out your travel options here.


Munich’s biggest draw remains the Oktoberfest – the world’s largest beer festival for which millions of people from around the world converge in this historic city. Apart from the flowing Oktoberfest beer, it also offers a great way to get acquainted with the Bavarian folk culture and sample their traditional foods such as Sauerkraut (red cabbage) and Weißwurst (a white sausage).

If you plan to make the most of the Oktoberfest, along with the Bavarian hospitality you also have access to the services of the Indian diaspora settled in Munich. Though the Indian community in Munich is smaller than in other major European destinations, it does offer enough of a desi connect to satisfy your needs. The ISKCON temple at Munich observes all major rituals and welcomes everyone to their Sunday feasts. It’s not unusual to find Germans, dressed in saris and dhotis, engrossed in the bhajans. The Art of Living centre offers yoga and meditation programmes and discourses on various spiritual topics. The atmosphere at the Gurdwara Sri Guru Nanak Sabha is similarly said to be peaceful and accommodating of people of all faiths. They even organise guided tours for the benefit of the non-Sikhs who are curious to learn more about the religion. Their langar is not to be missed.

There are more options that’ll help make your stay more comfortable. Some Indian grocery stores in the city stock all kinds of Indian spices and condiments. In some, like Asien Bazar, you can even bargain in Hindi! Once or twice a month, Indian film screenings do take place in the cinema halls, but the best way to catch up on developments in Indian cinema is to rent video cassettes and VCDs. Kohinoor sells a wide range of Bollywood VCDs, whereas Kumaras Asean Trades sells Tamil cassettes. The local population of Munich, and indeed most Germans too, are largely enamoured by Bollywood. Workshops on Bollywood dance are quite popular, as are Bollywood-themed events like DJ nights and dance parties.

The most attractive time to visit is during the Oktoberfest, but if you can brave the weather, Munich during Christmas is also a sight to behold. You can book your tickets here.

Thanks to the efforts of the Indian diaspora abroad, even lesser-known European destinations offer a satisfying desi connect to the proud Indian traveller. Lufthansa, which offers connectivity to Lisbon and Munich, caters to its Indian flyers’ priorities and understands how proud they are of their culture. In all its India-bound flights and flights departing from India, flyers can expect a greeting of Namaste by an all-Indian crew, Indian food, and popular Indian in-flight entertainment options, making the airline More Indian than You Think. And as the video shows, India’s culture and hospitality have been internalised by Lufthansa to the extent that they now offer a definitive Indian flying experience.


This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Lufthansa as part of their More Indian Than You Think initiative and not by the Scroll editorial team.