Ben Stokes 3 for 18    BCCI
Ben Stokes took 3 for 18 BCCI

In the last contest between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), Virat Kohli had scored an unbeaten 108 to chase down a colossal 192-run target. In fact, before match 17 of Indian Premier League (IPL), RPS had never beaten RCB in Indian Premier League (IPL). To make sure they finally taste victory, RPS got rid of Kohli for 28 in the pursuit of defending 162 on a slow and low track of M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. After Kohli scored a four in the fourth over, there was no boundary until the 9th over. That was not it. RCB faced another draught for 6 more overs, summing up their tale of defeat on Sunday night. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rising Pune Supergiant Match 17

Kohli got it wrong at the toss. He elected to bowl citing it as a much better wicket. However, the track got ever slower as the match progressed and RPS bowlers used slower balls, knuckle balls, back-of-the-hand balls, and whatnot to deceive the opposition. In short, they made sure they alter pace as well as lengths, leaving RCB batters in confusion. That was the very difference between the two teams. Shane Watson, in the 19th over of first innings, conceded 19 runs. Rather than mixing up, he bowled full and allowed Manoj Tiwary to collect 3 fours and a six off the over.

The way Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi started off the innings, it seemed it will be a high-scoring contest. AB de Villiers, while speaking to the commentators, said RPS may score 200 on this wicket. Well, none of that happened. After Rahane and Tripathi added 63 runs for the first wicket at a brisk rate, RPS stuttered to scale up. Though Steven Smith and MS Dhoni scored 27 and 28 respectively, RPS were staring down the barrel. After the duo were dismissed off consecutive deliveries, RPS lost 3 more wickets in quick succession. From 127 for 3, they were limited to 130 for 7. However, Tiwary rose to the challenge and smoked 27 off 11 to take RPS to a competitive 161 for 8.

Kohli did his part. He had taken a one-hand catch at covers in the first innings, and scored a fine 28 to start off the chase. Besides, RCB seemed to have missed Chris Gayle on this slow and low wicket that needed power-hitters. For that matter, Gayle’s replacement Watson scored only 14 off 18. To make matters worse for the all-rounder, he was out of sorts with the ball as well. Full cricket updates: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rising Pune Supergiant Match 17

AB de Villiers tried to play a long innings, but he, too, fell in the 20s, like Smith and Dhoni. With RPS bowlers changing their lines, none of the middle-order batters could go all guns blazing.

Shardul Thakur and Stokes ended with a three-wicket haul each, while Jaydev Unadkat took two wickets and Imran Tahir got the better of the all-important de Villiers.

Brief scores:

Rising Pune Supergiant 161 for 8 in 20 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 30, Rahul Tripathi 31, Manoj Tiwary 27; Adam Milne 2 for 27, Sreenath Aravind 2 for 29) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 134 for 9 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 28, AB de Villies 29; Ben Stokes 3 for 18, Shardul Thakur 3 for 35) by 27 runs.

Man of the Match: Ben Stokes

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