Rising Pune Supergiant spoil Royal Challengers Bangalore home party. RPS 161/8 (20.0 Ovs), RCB 134/9 (20.0 Ovs). Player of the Match Ben Stokes
The Royal Challengers Bangalore’s miserably run continued as they drop to a crushing 27-run loss to Rising Pune Supergiant at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, here on Sunday.
Having restricted the visitors to 161/8, the Challengers failed to get going as they lost opener Mandeep Singh to a duck. Skipper Virat Kohli, who opened his innings in flamboyant fashion with a six, survived when he was dropped on 11 by Manoj Tiwary.
But Kohli failed to induce utilization of his lifeline as Ben Stokes got the master, as a clumsy shot found he caught by Rahane this time to ship him backward.
Dhoni made no mistake behind the wickets as he uprooted De Villiers’ (29, 30, 1x4, 2x6) stump before the Pretoria man could cause much harm.
The RCB batting line-up, which had terrified bowlers at one time, appeared to have lost their magic, as the boundaries failed to arrive and the wickets toppled at regular intervals to hand the visitors an easy victory.
Shardul Thakur helped the visitors defined as he plucked up three wickets, with Ben Stokes pocketing two.
In the beginning, the Pune outfit got off to an ideal start, with Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi is building a solid opening partnership.
The visitors looked set, with Rahane, playing his 100th IPL match, setting the quality along with Tripathi, for an opening partnership of 63 off 46. But exactly as the boundaries began to roll, Samuel Badree came to the RCB’s rescue as he received his first scalp for the night, plucking up the big wicket of Rahane.
Badree deceived the Indian trapping him with a googly, which sent the 28-year-old back to the pavilion, to make way for skipper Steve Smith (27, 24b, 3x4).
Tripathi, who was dropped on 21 by Milne, soon followed Rahane back, to send the crowd into raptures as MS Dhoni walked in. With the former Indian skipper at the center, the crowd couldn’t resist cheering him on, despite him being in the rival team. And Dhoni (28, 25b, 3x4, 1x6) looked set for a big score, sending the ball literally out of the park.