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RPS v RCB: RCB go down by 61 runs at Pune | VIVO IPL 2017

Sat, 29th, Apr 2017 |
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Royal Challengers Bangalore's bowlers kept the hard-hitting Pune line up to 157/3 in their 20 overs after Virat Kohli won the toss in a must-win game and chose to bowl first against the Rising Pune Supergiant.  

Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh and Aniket Choudhary made way for Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny and Adam Milne in the RCB line up at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Saturday afternoon.

At the toss, Virat Kohli said "The wicket tends to play well under lights. We've got to make use of whatever we can get out of it in the day. We've got to take it in our stride, nothing is impossible. We have the team to win five out of five. It's important to come out and have fun, not take too much pressure of the Playoffs."

RPS XI: A Rahane, R Tripathi, S Smith, MS Dhoni, M Tiwary, D Christian, W Sundar, L Ferguson, J Unadkat, D Chahar, I Tahir

RCB XI: V Kohli, T Head, AB de Villiers, K Jadhav, S Baby, S Binny, P Negi, A Milne, S Aravind, S Badree, Y Chahal

Pune's prolific find of the season, Rahul Tripathi was dropped by Kohli at mid-on off Adam Milne but Badree struck right after that to get Ajinkya Rahane. Tripathi went on to get his sixth consecutive before he feathered an edge to be caught behind off Pawan Negi for 37 off 28b. Steve Smith and Manoj Tiwary played out a couple of overs from Sreenath Aravind and Pawan Negi quietly then Smith took the attack to Badree, hitting 16 off the 12th over. At the other end, Tiwary took on Chahal, hitting him for a six and Pune took 13 runs off the 13th over. Stuart Binny conceded two fours to Smith but had him caught at long leg by Adam Milne to strike the third blow for RCB. Negi returned immediately and slipped in a 2 run over to finish with impressive figures of 1/18. Badree made up for his expensive third over with just four runs in his fourth, finishing with figures of 1/31.

Pune's desperate search for a boundary saw Dhoni and Tiwary get one each off Milne in his third over and Aravind kept it tight but conceded a six off the 18th over. Milne finished with a tight 19th over, making Tiwary and Dhoni play and miss but an inside edge did run away for a boundary to make it 8 runs off his last over. Aravind bowled a tidy last over, again conceding a four off a leading edge that ran away fine of third man. 10 runs came off the last over to keep Pune to 157/3 in their 20 overs. 

Travis Head, promoted to open, played a poor shot to a Jaydev Unadkat delivery which did nothing except dislodge a bail. A brief burst from Kohli saw 14 runs come off Deepak Chahar's first over but AB fell tamely in Lockie Ferguson's first over with a drive straight to the hands of Manoj Tiwary at cover. Playing in front of his Pune home crowd, Kedar Jadhav got going with a four off Dan Christian but lost his wicket in a terrible mix up with Kohli. Kohli had made his ground after an aborted as Ferguson fumbled the collect, Kedar tried to steal the single on the second go but was left dry when Ferguson recovered quickly and threw to Dhoni at the other end, leaving RCB 44/3. Sachin Baby tried to flick Washington Sundar but found Steve Smith taking a low diving catch at cover which was reviewed a couple of times by the third umpire before being given out. Stuart Binny followed him in the next over, holing out with a pull off Ferguson after being kept on strike with some relentless pace and accuracy.

Negi's attempt to find the big hit too off an Imran Tahir googly only went as far as long off to leave RCB 61/6. The googly next accounted for Adam Milne who flicked it straight to Smith at midwicket. Virat Kohli soldiered on to bring up his fifty off 42 balls with a six but lost Badree to another Tahir googly. Unable to do much, Virat chose not to turn the strike over to Aravind and instead went for the big hits. He was dropped by Manoj Tiwary at deep midwicket but an expansive lofted drive off a wide yorker from Dan Christian next ball saw him out, caught by Mayank Agarwal at sweeper cover. 

Chahal and Aravind remained unseparated at the end of the 20 overs as RCB avoided the ignominy of being bowled out in three successive innings. However RCB's final total of 96/9 and 61 run defeat brought the curtains down on the team's dream of making the playoffs this season. Lockie Ferguson took the Man of the Match award for his scarcely believeable figures of 4-0-7-2. 

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