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IPL 2016 – RCB vs RPS: RCB Beat Pune Supergiants By 13 Runs In A Thriller

By on April 23, 2016

Royal Challengers Bangalore 185 for 3 (AB de Villiers 83, Virat Kohli 80, Perera 3-34) beat Rising Pune Supergiants 172 for 8 (Rahane 60, MS Dhoni 41, Richardson 3-13, Watson 2-31) by 13 runs…

Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers held their nerves and took wickets in a heap at the death overs to help the team beat Rising Pune Supergiants by 13 runs and registered their second win of the Indian Premier League season nine at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Friday.

Chasing 186-run target, MS Dhoni-led Pune team finished on 172/8 in 20 overs after Thisara Perera and Rajat Bhatia took them close in the end. From needing 50 off the last three overs, the duo scored 25 runs in the 18th over to raise their hopes as they needed 25 more in the final two overs. But they lost four wickets for 11 runs to suffer their third defeat in four games.

Rahane started the chase on a positive note hitting two fours in the very first over off Stuart Binny. But Kane Richardson gave RCB early breakthrough as he struck in the next over to dismiss Faf du Plessis, who was caught by Harshal Patel at mid-off. The start went from bad to worse for the Pune when Steven Smith was run out in the third over after some chaotic moments in the middle.

IPL 2016 - RCB vs RPS: AB de Villiers

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First Patel’s leg before appeal was turned down by the umpire, then Smith tried to steal a single but slipped and Kohli took advantage of it and hit the stumps with a diving throw to catch the Australian short. Pune was stranded on 18/2 in 2.3 overs.

Rahane and Dhoni then applied themselves in the efforts to revive the chase as they took Pune to 73/2 at the halfway mark. Rahane then completed a well-made fifty off 37 balls in the 12th over and the duo took Pune over 100-run mark in the 14th but the asking rate was growing with every ball bowled.

At 109/2 in 14.3 overs, Rahane stepped out to increase the tempo but was stumped by Rahul off Tabraiz Shamsi. The Pune opener left after scoring 60 off 46 balls with the help of eight boundaries, as he stitched a crucial 91-run stand for the third wicket with Dhoni.

Perera hit the first six of the Pune innings off Shamsi to take them to 115/3 after 15 overs, but in the next over Patel got the important wicket of Dhoni. Dhoni reached out to smack the ball out of the park but was holed up by De Villiers at the long-off boundary. Dhoni made 41 off 38 balls with three hits to the fence.

Bhatia and Perera though kept the chase going as they hit a six and a four to score 15 off Shane Watson and took their total to 136/4 in 17 overs, which left them needing 50 off the final three. They followed that up with 25 runs in the 18th off Patel, which included a six from Bhatia and three consecutive fours and a six from Perera.

Watson came back to remove Perera, caught by Mandeep Singh, in the next over after the Sri Lankan had smacked three sixes and three fours in his quick-fire 34 off 13 balls. The Australian allrounder followed that up with the wicket of Ravichandran Ashwin for a duck, and conceded just four runs in the penultimate over.

Earlier, Kohli and De Villiers put on 155 runs for the second wicket to take the total to a massive 185/3. De Villiers was the aggressor of the day as he raced to his 18th IPL fifty off just 25 balls, whereas Kohli took uncharacteristically 47 balls for his 22nd half-century of the league – his fifth in last six T20 innings.

The South African scored an impressive 83 off just 46 balls, which included four big sixes and six boundaries, and Kohli accelerated in the end to post 80 in 63 balls, hitting two sixes and seven fours.

Perera was the only successful bowler for the hosts team, taking all the three wickets fell in the innings which included the scalps of Kohli and De Villiers in successive balls in the last over of the innings. He finished with figures of three for 34 in his quota of four overs.

After sent in to bat, the visitors started watchfully reaching 22 for no loss after first three overs. Kohli then began the next over, bowled by Perera, with a four through the covers but the Sri Lankan bounced back to dismiss Lokesh Rahul, who was struggling in the middle, three balls later as the opener gave away an easy catch to Ishant Sharma at third man.

RCB were 27/1 when they lost Rahul, after that it was all De Villiers and skipper Kohli as they scored runs at will and took the team to 79/1 after ten overs. Dhoni brought in new sensation Murugan Ashwin in the eleventh over, but De Villiers welcomed the youngster with two big sixes as the spinner conceded 18 in his first over of the day.

Pune got a golden opportunity to break the partnership but failed as Ankit Sharma dropped Kohli’s top-edge, who was at 51, at mid-off off Ravi Ashwin. RCB scored 41 runs in the final three overs as Kohli changed the gear at the death.

De Villiers-Kohli duo compiled 13 runs in the 18th off Perera, followed by 16 off Ishant who finished the miserable day with 0/47 in four overs. Perera then took two wickets in the final over to check the charge a little bit.

Source: Times Of India

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