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Usman Khawaja yet again showed signs of aggression © Gety Images

Uman Khawaja dismissed on 16 in Rising Pune Supergiants’ encounter against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016. His quickfire was studded with 2 fours and a six. He was dismissed due to a misunderstanding with Ajinkya Rahane. Khawaja called for a quick single, but Rahane refused to take a gamble early on. Earlier, RCB won the toss and elected to bowl. Given the kind of trend modern-day captains follow, it was a good decision to put RPS to bat first. Gone are the days when the batsmen feel pressure while chasing down a mammoth total. However, it’s a must-win game for RPS as they have won only 3 matches out of 9. Thus, a defeat will end their dream of entering the Playoffs. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rising Pune Supergiants, IPL 2016, Match 35 at Bangalore

The Bangalore curators dished out a belter of a track; and, yet again, this contest is expected to be a high-scoring one. To add more the fire, both teams boast of talismanic T20 players. RCB, on the other hand, have been at the doorstep of victory only twice in 7 matches. To stay on course in this tournament, they, too, will be looking to bag a win under their belt. In the previous contests between these two teams, RCB edged past RPS by 13 runs. Therefore, RCB have a slight psychological advantage over MS Dhoni’s men.

RCB captain Virat Kohli has been in the form of his life. With 433 runs to his name, he’s the Orange Cap holder. For RCB to get the better of RPS, Kohli will hold a key along with AB de Villiers. Meanwhile, RPS have been heavily relying on the class apart Ajinkya. The elegant batsman has already plundered five half-centuries so far.