IPL 2017: RCB Suffer 3rd Straight Defeat, Lose By 27 Runs To Pune
Rising Pune Supergiant defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 27 runs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium to register their second win.
Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) handed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) an embarassing defeat 27-run defeat to clinch only their second win of IPL 2017.
In reply to Pune’s 161/8, Bangalore could only muster 134 for nine in 20 overs.
Brilliant and disciplined bowling from Pune did not allow the RCB batsmen to free their arms and kept them on a tight leash.
After Mandeep Singh departed for a duck in the first over, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers took the centre stage to get their team across the line.
However, Kohli and De Villiers could only make 28 and 29 respectively before being sent back.
Apart from these two no other batsman could cross the 20-run mark.
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For Pune Supergiant, Ben Stokes and Shardul Thakur shined with the ball.
In the First Innings
For Pune, Rahul Tripathi (31) and Ajinkya Rahane (30) provided a 63-run opening stand and a 58-run third-wicket stand between captain Steven Smith (27) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (28) led to expectations that they would score around 175.
But Dhoni and Smith fell off successive deliveries starting from the final ball of the 16th over. They lost three more wickets within three runs. But Manoj Tiwary’s quickfire 27 off 11 deliveries helped them get past 161.
They say cricket is a game of uncertainties and today it was proved again.
At a time, de Villiers said that 200 is the probable target. But in the end, RCB could not even get 161.