Imran Tahir and co ended the Supergiant’s three-match losing streak with a 27 run win over the Royal Challengers at the Chinnaswamy stadium today. RCB had done well to restrict RPS to just 161, but the visitor's bowlers produced a masterclass as the home side could only manage 134 in their 20 overs.
Here are the player ratings for the match:
Rising Pune Supergiant
Ajinkya Rahane - (7/10)
The Mumbai batsman gave his side a strong start timing the ball well and played some handsome shots weaving a 63-run opening partnership with Rahul Tripathi. He scored 30 runs off 25 balls and would have felt the pinch when he left the crease without scoring a well-deserved half-century.
Rahul Tripathi - (7/10)
The youngster pulled off another great performance with the bat when he assisted Rahane in the opening 63-run stand. Tripathi took the game to the bowlers and made his intent clear when he hit Adam Milne for two consecutive boundaries in the 3rd over. The batsman’s luck ran out when Kohli took a stunner to send him back to the pavilion. Another player who definitely deserved a half-century
Steven Smith - (6/10)
The skipper came in and took his sweet time to settle and appeared to be eyeing the slog overs to unleash himself on the RCB bowlers. However, an off-cutter from S. Aravind saw Smith’s plan reach an abrupt end.
MS Dhoni - (7/10)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked onto the crease in the 9th over and it seemed as if Dhoni had an agenda to attack. Dhoni became his old self when he hit Chahal for a mammoth six over long-on with the ball ending up on the roof of the stadium. The Ranchi batsman, however, was unable to finish strongly scoring 28 runs off 25 balls but the scores certainly would boost his confidence and we might have some special innings coming our way in the matches ahead.
Ben Stokes - (9/10)
The match did not start well for Stokes when he was dismissed at 2 at a time when the Englishman was expected to help Pune post a competitive total. However, this season’s costliest player showed his worth with a splendid bowling performance. The Englishman dismissed the ever-so-dangerous Virat Kohli to put the brakes on RCB’s innings and ended up with 3 wickets in a man of the match performance.
Daniel Christian - (6/10)
The Australian all-rounder was unable to perform with the bat and was dismissed for a run. However, Christian, like Stokes, more than made up for his poor batting performance by bowling economically (gave away 0/26 off 4 overs) and creating pressure on the RCB batsmen that eventually turned into wickets for other bowlers.
Manoj Tiwary - (8/10)
Tiwary came out to bat when Pune
Shardul Thakur - (7/10)
The Mumbai pacer was the first one to strike for the visitors dismissing Mandeep Singh. Even though Thakur was a tad bit expensive (3/35 off 4 overs), the wickets of Negi & Binny, who were trying to stage a comeback, snuffed out any hopes RCB had
Jaydev Unadkat - (7/10)
Unadkat started the proceedings strongly for Pune giving away just 7 runs in the first over. He set the tempo for his side and got better with each over, both in terms of economical bowling and his wicket taking abilities. Unadkat got the wicket of the dangerous Kedar Jadhav and ended his quota of 4 overs with figures of 2/25.
Rahul Chahar - (NA)
The leg-spinner Chahar did not get a chance to show his skills, either with the bowl or the bat, but he would be more than happy with the win his side registered.
Imran Tahir - (8/10)
Once again the leggie was brilliant with the ball as his dream run in IPL continues. Tahir beat AB de Villiers with a beautiful delivery to send his compatriot back to the dressing room. He was very economical and played the part that was scripted for him as he ended with figures of 27-1 in his spell of 4 overs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Mandeep Singh - (3/10)
Singh wasted another opportunity and might find his spot in jeopardy after a series of disappointing performances. After being dismissed for a duck in the last game, the RCB opener failed to open his account again as he was sent packing by Shradul Thakur.
Virat Kohli - (7/10)
The RCB skipper looked in great touch as he started his proceedings with a six. He played great shots and paced up his innings in accordance
AB de Villiers - (3/10)
ABD dismissed the first delivery bowled to him to the boundary but after the dismissal of Kohli retracted into a shell. As the run rate began to creep to dangerous levels, the pressure got to him and he was stumped trying to flick a Tahir delivery over the mid-wicket, beaten by both flight and length. A disappointing outing for de Villiers as he took 30 balls to score his 29.
Kedar Jadhav- (6/10)
The Maharashtrian batsman was unable to settle at the crease and dealt largely in singles, which was quite unnatural for an explosive batsman of his nature. He never seemed comfortable and ultimately dragged a Unadkat delivery back onto the stumps to get out for 18 off 22 balls.
Shane Watson - (4/10)
Watson’s poor form continued as he failed to perform with either bat or ball. While he dismissed Dhoni, his bowling was largely below par relative to his teammates and he ended up with the not-so-impressive figures of 44-1 in his quota of 4 overs. The Aussie was unable to leave a mark on the match with his batting as well and managed to score just 14 runs off 18 balls when the run-rate was hovering around 10.
Stuart Binny- (7/10)
Binny came to the crease with his side needed 71 runs off 31 balls and did what was necessary. He went after every delivery, scoring 18 runs off 8 balls, but his valiant efforts were brought to an end by a Shardul Thakur yorker.
Pawan Negi - (8/10)
The left-arm spinner was very disciplined and managed to slow down the run-rate for the visitors in the middle over giving away just 12 runs in the three overs he bowled. He also dismissed the well-settled Rahul Tripathi which put the brakes on Pune’s innings. The all-rounder even showed his skills with the bat, scoring 10 runs off 7 balls and tried to carry his side over the line, but the asking rate was just too much for him to handle.
Adam Milne - (7/10)
Milne played just the 2nd match of his IPL career today and made it memorable for his team and himself. Although he was hit for consecutive boundaries by Tripathi, Milne did not get bogged down and bounced back into the game with some tight bowling under pressure. Milne dismissed the deadly Ben Stokes and his quota of 4 overs with figures of 27-2.
Samuel Badree - (6/10)
The first bowler to take a hat-trick this season got the first breakthrough for RCB dismissing the well-settled Ajinkya Rahane at a stage when RCB desperately needed a wicket. Although, he was a tad-bit expensive towards the end, finishing with figures of 4-32-1, his performance today will surely win him some applause from his coach Daniel Vettori.
Sreenath Aravind - (7/10)
The youngster was very impressive with the ball striking twice in the game, including the
Yuzvendra Chahal - (4/10)
The leggie had a poor day. While he started strong, giving away just 2 runs off 5 deliveries, he bowled two wides which were followed by a colossal six from Dhoni off the last bowl. A rare bad day as he ended with 11 runs of the only over he bowled
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