The RPS side clinched a convincing 61 run victory over RCB riding on the brilliant performances by skipper Smith and Manoj Tiwary with the bat and Lockie Ferguson's 2/7. The RCB batting lineup once again collapsed for a paltry 96 and it seems their run in the IPL might be over.
Rising Pune Supergiants
Ajinkya Rahane - (4/10)
For a second game running, Rahane’s performance at the top seemed to take a hit today as he was dismissed while trying to dismiss a juicy full toss to the boundary at 6.
Rahul Tripathi - (7/10)
The youngster seems to be on a roll when it comes to giving his side early control of the game. He continued his impressive run and played an explosive 37-run innings at a strike rate of 132. He once again missed out on a well-deserved half-century which is a slightly worrying trend.
Steven Smith - (8/10)
The skipper once again was exquisite with the bat and scored a brilliant 45 off just 32 balls and looked to power his side to a total above 160 until he slashed a slower delivery to deep square leg.
MS Dhoni- (6/10)
Dhoni started slow and was eyeing the slog overs to thrash the bowlers but it looks like he succeeded only partially as he failed to move out of second gear against the RCB bowlers who restricted him quite well in the death overs. He scored an unbeaten 21 off 17 deliveries but even Dhoni would admit it was well short of the potential he possesses.
Manoj Tiwary - (7/10)
Tiwary was promoted up the order and welcomed the opportunity with open arms when he played mature innings of 44* to help his side set up a fighting target of 158. He was the main aggressor in the innings and the main reason that Pune
Daniel Christian - (7/10)
The Aussie pulled another great performance with the ball today. He was economical and reaped the fruits of his efforts towards the end when he got the wicket of Kohli and sealed the game for the home side. He ended his spell of 4 overs with figures of 1/25.
Washington Sundar - (8/10)
The 17-year old continues his dream run in the RPS side as he was spectacular with the ball once again. He finished his spell of 2 overs for just 7 runs and claimed a scalp as well. He is definitely one player to watch out for in the future.
Deepak Chahar - (4/10)
The youngster started off well giving away 4 runs in his first over but leaked 14 runs in his second over and the skipper called it a day for him after that. He surely would have loved to bowl more in the match in order to justify his potential.
Jaydev Unadkat - (7/10)
It looked like Unadkat was itching to get a wicket since his failure in the last match and he did just what was expected of him and sent the dangerous Travis Head back to the pavilion with a beauty of a delivery. He ended his quota of 4 overs with figures of 1/19.
Lockie Ferguson - (9/10)
The Kiwi was brought in for the injured Ben Stokes and justified the management’s choice of selecting him straightaway when he sent ABD packing in his very first over. Ferguson bowled a superb spell which included a maiden and ended his day with figures of 2/7 from 4 overs. The Kiwi’s man of the match performance will surely not be the last we see this season.
Imran Tahir - (8/10)
The leg-spinner did a commendable job of restricting the Bangalore batsmen and more importantly getting his side the timely breakthroughs that eventually helped them to emerge victoriously. He gave away just 18 runs off his 4 overs and got three wickets.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli - (6/10)
The skipper looked to dictate the terms of the game with his quick singles and occasional boundaries but the singles dried out and boundaries became long lost dreams. Although he managed to score 55 runs he did it at the cost of 48 deliveries and the wicket of Jadhav. He failed to pace his innings in accordance with the game and ultimately ended up losing the game altogether.
Travis Head - (2/10)
Head opened the innings for the RCB side and was expected to get his side off to a flyer but he did not perform according to his reputation and was dismissed at a score of just 2.
AB de Villiers - (2/10)
ABD seems to have lost his touch with the bat as the South African once again failed to make an impact on the game. De Villiers had ample of time to get his eye in the game and then go after the bowlers but instead, he floated a good length delivery straight into the hands of the short extra cover at 3.
Kedar Jadhav - (4/10)
Jadhav looked in great nick and was smacking the ball around with ease. The only fault with the Maharashtrian lad was the lack of communication with Kohli and it proved very costly as he was dismissed due to an embarrassing mix up between the two at 9. He would definitely need to go through the basics of running between the wickets today.
Sachin Baby - (2/10)
Sachin Baby’s return to the RCB side lasted for only 4 deliveries when he chipped a Washington Sundar delivery to mid-wicket. Looks like he won’t get a chance to make a comeback anymore this season.
Stuart Binny - (6/10)
Binny started strongly giving away just six runs in his first over but was tested by Smith in his next over when he smashed him for two consecutive boundaries but Binny seemed unfazed by the attack and bowled a well disguised slower delivery to send Smith packing. Binny failed to recreate his decent performance with the ball and looks like he is no more entitled to the title of an all-rounder.
Pawan Negi - (6/10)
The youngster seems to be getting better with each game and continued his splendid run in the tournament with some disciplined bowling and ended up with fantastic figures of 1/18 from his quota of 4 overs. He spearheaded the bowling attack today and dismissed the well settled Rahul Tripathi which was an important breakthrough for his side.
Samuel Badree - (6/10)
The West Indian got his side the first breakthrough when he dismissed Rahane for a paltry score of 6. Badree was taken for a ride by the RPS skipper when he was smashed for 16 runs in an over but the bold West Indian bounced back when he bowled the 16th over where he managed to keep the dangerous Manoj Tiwary and MS Dhoni in check. He finished with figures of 1/31 from his spell of 4 overs
Adam Milne - (5/10)
The Kiwi replaced Gayle today and was expected to fire with the ball but Milne failed miserably and leaked too many runs. He finished with not-so-impressive figures of 0/35 from his spell of 4 overs.
Sreenath Aravind - (6/10)
The Karnataka paceman did a decent job of keeping the RPS batsmen quite at the start of the innings and even towards the
Yuzvendra Chahal - (4/10)
The most successful RCB bowler was at the receiving end today when first Tripathi disrupted his game and in his next over Tiwary never allowed him to settle. The skipper called it curtains for the leg-spinner after he gave away 25 runs in his 2 overs. Chahal would surely want to erase today from his memory.
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