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IPL 2016 – RCB vs RPS: Virat Kohli Leads Royal Challengers Bangalore To Victory Against Rising Pune Supergiants

By on May 7, 2016

Royal Challengers Bangalore 195 for 3 (Kohli 108*) beat Rising Pune Supergiants 191 for 6 (Rahane 74, Tiwary 52, Watson 3-24) by seven wickets…

Leading from the front, Virat Kohli hit a magnificent unbeaten 108 as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Rising Pune Supergiants by 7 wickets in their Indian Premier League clash at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.

Riding on the brilliant knock by Kohli, Bangalore got to the victory-mark with three deliveries to spare even though the result did not change the positions of both the teams in the points table. Kohli’s unbeaten knock came off 58 balls and was studded with 7 sixes and 8 fours.

Chasing a stiff 192-run target, Bangalore got off to a sedate start with Kohli and Lokesh Rahul putting up a 94-run opening stand. Kohli played brilliantly reaching his 50 off 31 balls and Rahul looked good to get to his half-century before IPL debutant Adam Zampa’s double-strike rattled the Bangalore innings.

Zampa first had Rahul (38) caught by George Bailey in the covers and in the same over had AB de Villiers caught by Thisara Perera at long-off to place Bangalore at 97/2 in 12 overs.

IPL 2016 - RCB vs RPS: Virat Kohli

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Shane Watson then came up with a vintage allround performance smashing 2 sixes and 5 fours in his 13-ball 36 before he was trapped plumb in front of the wicket by RP Singh.

But it was Kohli all the way who notched up another brilliant unbeaten knock in a run chase in his trademark style. The acceleration that Kohli gave to his knock can be gauged from the fact that he reached his fifty off 31 balls and the century off 56 balls to become the only captain to hit two centuries in a single IPL season and the icing on the cake was that this resulted in his team’s victory unlike the previous one against Gujarat Lions.

Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane and Saurabh Tiwary hit fine half-centuries as Pune set a 192-run target for Bangalore. Put into bat by Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, Pune got off to a brisk start with Usman Khawaja going after the hosts’ bowlers right from the word go, hitting a six and two fours in his 16-run knock off just 6 balls. But before Khawaja could build on his fiery start, he was run out after a terrible mix-up with Rahane.

Khawaja lived upto his reputation of getting involved in terrible mix-ups. Rahane tried to flick a Chris Jordan delivery but was hit on the thigh pad, Khawaja ran for a what would have been a leg-bye, but by the time Rahane responded, Shane Watson was at the ball at short third man and Rahane returned to the crease but by that time, Khawaja had run all the way down the pitch and both batsmen were at the same end.

Watson meanwhile threw the ball to the bowler’s end where Stuart Binny removed the bails. The decision was referred and the replays showed that Rahane had got his bat just back in.

That seemed to be the only bright spot in the Bangalore fielding as they dropped three catches soon after. Tiwary was dropped twice off successive deliveries when on 19, while Rahane got a life when he was on 27. But nothing can be taken away from the shots that sizzled from the blades of Rahane and Tiwary who were matching each other shot for shot and rattled up a 106-run stand off 70 balls for the second wicket.

That Tiwary reached his fifty off 37 balls, one delivery before Rahane, speaks a lot about the shots that sparked off from his willow. Rahane’s fifty came off 34 balls with a boundary as he became the third Indian batsman, after Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli, to make six half-centuries in an IPL season.

It was Yuzvendra Chahal who broke the Rahane-Tiwary stand by having the latter stumped by KL Rahul and Pune captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked in to loud cheers from the Bengaluru crowd. But the Dhoni show was cut short by Shane Watson who pulled things back to an extent by snaring three quick wickets.

Watson had Dhoni caught by Parvez Rasool and later clean bowled his former Rajasthan Royals teammate Rahane, whose 74-run knock came off 48 balls and was studded with two sixes and 8 fours.

Watson took his third wicket when he had George Bailey caught behind by Rahul. But Thisara Perera, Ravichandran Ashwin and Rajat Bhatia hit a six each down the order to take Pune to a formidable 191/6 in their 20 overs.

Source: Times Of India

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