IPL 10 RPS vs RCB: Bangalore suffers 61-run defeat against Pune
Pune: That was the second worst performance of Bangalore as it even failed to cross 100-run mark with final score of 96/9 in the Indian Premier League match. Skipper Virat Kohli's pivotal knock went in vain as Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a 61-run defeat in the hands of refreshed Rising Pune Supergiants at Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium here on Saturday.
With this loss, now RCB is not in the race of play-offs.
In absence of any support from the batsmen, Virat Kohli, despite playing a 55-run knock, failed to lead his team to victory. Kohli's knock was laced with four boundaries and a six. Kedar Jadhav (7) was the second top-scorer from RCB's side.
Chasing the total of 157 runs, RCB was never in fine touch. Loss of wickets on a regular interval continued till the end. Big names including Travis Head (2), AB de Villiers (3) and Kedar Jadhav proved worthless in the crucial game of their side.
For RPS, Imran Tahir yet again impressed and was the leading wicket-taker with bowling figures of 3/18. Lockie Ferguson claimed two wickets while Jaydev Unadkat, Daniel Christian and Washington Sundar bagged one-wicket each.
Earlier, Rising Pune Supergiants set 158-run target for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
After being invited to bat, Rising Pune Supergiants lost Ajinkya Rahane very early at an individual score of 6 runs. Then, in-form Rahul Tripathi along with Steven Smith shared 40-run opening stand. Tripathi was sent back to pavilion by Pawan Negi. He played 28-ball 37-run knock.
Manoj Tiwary was promoted up in the batting order, and remained unbeaten till the end. Together with Smith, he stitched 50-run partnership.
Smith departed after scoring 45 runs off 32 deliveries. He hit four fours and one six in his inning. MS Dhoni once again failed to execute fireworks. He took 17 balls with single four and six in his 21-run knock.
For RCB, Binny, Negi and Badree picked one-wicket each.