Bengaluru: Rising Pune Supergiants produced a top notch bowling performance to outwit Royal Challengers Bangalore by 27 runs to get some breathing space in the Indian Premier League, here tonight.
On a slow two-paced track, a total of 161 for 8 by Pune looked challenging enough and they got their bowling combination spot restricting RCB to 134 for 9 in 20 overs.
In the end, Manoj Tiwary’s cameo 27 off 11 balls proved to be decisive as he gave Pune a total to fight.
By virtue of this victory, Pune now have four points from five games while RCB are in a spot with only a single win from five games.
The likes of Shardul Thakur (3/35), Imran Tahir (1/27), Ben Stokes (3/18) and Jaydev Unadkat (2/25) kept the pressure on for the entire duration bowling. They bowled a total of 49 dot balls which is equivalent to 8.1 overs.
Virat Kohli started with a flicked six off Jaydev Unadkat and a four off Shardul Thakur. But he had a reprieve when Manoj Tiwary dropped a regulation catch a first slip off Thakur. Thakur however had some consolation as he dismissed an out-of-form Mandeep Singh (0) caught by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Rising Pune Supergiant innings
AM Rahane b Badree 30
RA Tripathi c Kohli b Negi 31
SPD Smith* b Aravind 27
MS Dhoni† b Watson 28
BA Stokes b Milne 02
DT Christian c Mandeep Singh b Aravind 01
MK Tiwary run out (Kohli/†Jadhav) 27
SN Thakur c de Villiers b Milne 00
JD Unadkat not out 02
Royal Challengers Bangalore innings
V Kohli* c Rahane b Stokes 2 8
Mandeep Singh c †Dhoni b Thakur 00
AB de Villiers st †Dhoni b Imran Tahir 29
KM Jadhav† b Unadkat 18
SR Watson b Stokes 14
STR Binny b Thakur 18
P Negi c Tripathi b Thakur 10
AF Milne b Stokes 02
S Badree b Unadkat 00
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