MS Dhoni scored 28 and was also effective behind the stumps to get AB de Villiers © BCCI
MS Dhoni scored 28 and was also effective behind the stumps to get AB de Villiers © BCCI

Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 27 runs in match 17 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Playing at their home ground M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB lost their fourth match out of five this season and are at the bottom of IPL 2017 points table. On the other hand, RPS notched up their second win and are positioned at sixth spot. Both teams, however, will have to up the ante if they are to stay on course in order to reach the penultimate stage of the tournament. Let us have a look at the highlights of this contest. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rising Pune Supergiant – Match 17

Dhoni attains new high: Dhoni has not had a good time in this edition. With scores of 12*, 5, 11, and 5, he looked out of sorts this Indian summer. However, he finally found some touch. He scored 3 fours and a six that seemed to have never fallen off the orbit. All in all, he added 28 off 25 to the scoreboard. In the pursuit, he completed 24,000 runs in representative cricket.

Rahane and Tripathi go on song: After collecting only 8 runs off the first 2 overs, RPS’ opening duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi changed gears and ended up stitching a 63-run stand off 7.4 overs. They set the stage for the batters to come, against a potent bowling unit.

Milne, Aravind strengthen RCB bowling: Adam Milne and Sreenath Aravind pulled things back brilliantly after Rahane and Tripathi went berserk. The pace pair picked 2 wickets each, bowling at a combined economy of 7.

Manoj Tiwary resurrects RPS batting: After RCB choked the batsmen up in the middle overs, Tiwary smoked 27 off 11. He took Watson to cleaners in the penultimate over, smacking 3 fours and a six. In the last over, he hit a six over square-leg boundary.

Kohli does his part: Kohli took a one-handed stunner in the first innings to send Tripathi back to the dugout. In the second innings, he scored a brisk 28 to start the chase on a positive note.

Stokes and Thakur take 3-fors: Both bowlers mixed up their pace to leave the RCB batsmen confused. However, while doing so, they made sure they take wicket as well as put a break on the run flow. For RPS to continue the winning momentum, their bowlers need to continue the stellar show.