Rising Pune Defend Lowest-ever First Innings Total by a Visiting Team at the Chinnaswamy

Match report

Manoj Tiwary played arguably the most pivotal innings of 17th match of IPL 2017, as his 11-ball 27 propelled Rising Pune Supergiant to 161/8 after they had been 132/7 at the end of 18 overs. 161 proved to be the lowest-ever total to be successfully defended by a visiting team at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, where Royal Challengers Bangalore once again batted uncharacteristically and folded up for 134/9, losing the match by 27 runs.

Virat Kohli won the toss and as a norm in night matches at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, chose to field first. Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi provided Rising Pune with a blazing start, making 55 runs in the powerplay. Rahane was bowled by Samuel Badree a couple of overs later. Steve Smith joined Tripathi, who was striking the ball well for the second match in a row.

Kohli introduced spin from both ends after the powerplay, and the scoring rate of RPS dwindled alarmingly, with a lot of their batsmen struggling for timing. Tripathi was dismissed in the ninth over, trying to pierce the gap between cover (inside the ring) and sweeper cover on the boundary. His uppish drive was caught by a diving Kohli, who took it one-handed.

Steve Smith was joined by MS Dhoni, who was promoted to No. 4, ahead of Ben Stokes. Together, S Smith and Dhoni forged a substantial partnership, but one that didn’t really bother Royal Challengers. This partnership scored at only 1.11 runs per ball and so, not much damage was being done. Dhoni hit a towering six which sent the ball onto the roof at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, off Yuzvendra Chahal, but his innings of 28 (25) didn’t have much to speak about otherwise. Steve Smith, too, wasn’t at his vintage best.

Shane Watson for RCB was the one who instigated a major collapse in the RPS innings. Dhoni fell on the last ball of the 16th over and with the score at 127, having put together a 58-run partnership with Smith for the third wicket. But once Dhoni was dismissed, the RPS middle and lower order fell like nine pins to some clever bowling from the likes of Sreenath Aravind and Adam Milne. From 127/3, RPS slumped to 132/7 within a couple of overs and were in serious danger of not even making 150.

Until… Tiwary took matters into his own hands and collected 18 runs off the penultimate over of RPS innings. On strike at the start of the final over, he went on to add seven more runs to the total.

A target of 162 should not have worried Royal Challengers. A required run rate of 8.10 is far from daunting for a batting line-up which boasts so much class as RCB’s and at a venue like the Chinnaswamy Stadium, where batsmen get real value for their shots.

With no Chris Gayle in the side, Mandeep Singh, who had been batting in the middle order in the previous two matches, got to open alongside skipper Virat Kohli. But the switch in Mandeep’s batting positions did not have the desired effect and he was dismissed for nought in the second over. Arguably the most exciting batting partnership came together when AB de Villiers walked in at No. 3 for the hosts.

Kohli, like he had done against Mumbai, was timing the ball well and got off to a start. De Villiers was a little sedate and played a supporting role to captain Kohli. In the last over of the powerplay, Kohli, batting on 28, was dismissed by Ben Stokes, as the star Indian batsman got a leading edge in trying to pull a length ball and was caught at the cover boundary by Ajinkya Rahane.

Much like RPS’s innings, post the fall of the second wicket, RCB innings failed to get going even with two aggressive batsmen, de Villiers and Kedar Jadhav at the crease. The required run rate kept climbing. Imran Tahir once again wasn’t having a great night with the ball… struggling to get the line and length of his deliveries right. But, after having been hit for a six by compatriot de Villiers, Tahir came back strongly and bowled a terrific leg spinner which gripped the surface and spun massively to beat de Villiers. The right-hander lost balance and was stumped by Dhoni.

De Villiers was dismissed in the 11th over and with RCB’s score at 69. Because Jadhav has been in good form, RCB would have harboured hopes of getting over the line. But the Maharashtra batsman was strangled by RPS’s spinners and medium pace bowlers, and with the ball not quite coming on to the bat, Jadhav couldn’t bat as fluently as he is used to. He played a bizarre knock by his standards, 22 (18), and played a shot which seemed to be caused by anger and frustration to dismiss himself.

RCB, needing 93 off the last 10 overs, mustered only 65 and suffered a second straight home defeat.

Royal Challengers v Rising Pune, 17th match scorecard

Playing XIs

RCB: 1. Virat Kohli (c), 2. Shane Watson, 3. AB de Villiers, 4. Kedar Jadhav, 5. Stuart Binny, 6. Mandeep Singh, 7. Pawan Negi, 8. Sreenath Aravind, 9. Adam Milne, 10. Samuel Badree, and 11. Yuzvendra Chahal

RPS: 1. Steve Smith (c), 2. Ajinkya Rahane, 3. Rahul Tripathi, 4. Jaydev Unadkat, 5. Ben Stokes, 6. MS Dhoni. 7. Manoj Tiwary, 8. Rahul Chahar, 9. Imran Tahir, 10. Daniel Christian, and 11. Shardul Thakur

Scores

RPS: 161/8 (Tripathi 31 and Tiwary 27*; Milne 2/27)
RCB: 134/9 (de Villiers 29; Stokes 3/18)

Result: Rising Pune Supergiant beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 27 runs in the 17th match of IPL 2017, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Stokes was awarded the man-of-the-match for his bowling figures of 4-13 dots-18-3.

Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) Innings (toss: Bangalore, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Ajinkya Rahane bowled Badree 30 (25) 5 0 120.00
Rahul Tripathi caught Kohli, bowled Negi 31 (23) 3 1 134.78
Steve Smith bowled Aravind 27 (24) 3 0 112.50
MS Dhoni bowled Watson 28 (25) 3 1 112.00
Ben Stokes bowled Milne 2 (3) 0 0 66.67
Daniel Christian caught Mandeep, bowled Aravind 1 (3) 0 0 33.33
Manoj Tiwary run out Kohli 27 (11) 3 2 245.45
Shardul Thakur caught de Villiers, bowled Milne 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Jaydev Unadkat not out 2 (5) 0 0 40.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Rahul Chahar and Imran Tahir
Extras: 13 (7 wides, 5 leg byes and 1 bye)
RPS’s total: 161/8 in 20 overs, at 8.05 runs per over
RPS’s fall of wickets: 63/1 (Rahane, 7.4), 69/2 (Tripathi, 8.2), 127/3 (Dhoni, 15.6), 127/4 (S Smith, 16.1), 129/5 (Christian, 16.5), 130/6 (Stokes, 17.1), 130/7 (Thakur, 17.2), and 161/8 (Tiwary, 19.6)
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Adam Milne 4 11 27 2 6.75
Samuel Badree 4 7 32 1 8.00
Sreenath Aravind 4 9 29 2 7.25
Shane Watson 4 9 44 1 11.00
Pawan Negi 3 7 12 1 4.00
Yuzvendra Chahal 1 3 11 0 11.00
Royal Challengers Innings (target: 162 runs in 20 overs, at 8.10 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Virat Kohli caught Rahane, bowled Stokes 28 (19) 3 1 147.36
Mandeep Singh caught Dhoni, bowled Thakur 0 (3) 0 0 0.00
AB de Villiers stumped Dhoni, bowled Tahir 29 (30) 1 2 96.66
Kedar Jadhav bowled Unadkat 18 (22) 0 0 81.81
Shane Watson bowled Stokes 14 (18) 1 0 77.77
Stuart Binny bowled Thakur 18 (8) 2 1 225.00
Pawan Negi caught Tripathi, bowled Thakur 10 (7) 0 0 142.85
Adam Milne bowled Stokes 2 (3) 0 0 66.67
Samuel Badree bowled Unadkat 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Sreenath Aravind not out 6 (7) 0 0 85.71
Yuzvendra Chahal not out 1 (2) 0 0 50.00
Extras: 8 (5 wides, 2 leg byes and 1 bye)
RCB’s total: 134/9 in 20 overs, at 6.70 runs per over
RCB’s fall of wickets: 14/1 (Mandeep, 1.5), 41/2 (Kohli, 5.3), 70/3 (de Villiers, 10.2), 91/4 (Jadhav, 14.5), 101/5 (Watson, 15.5), 123/6 (Negi, 17.3), 125/7 (Binny, 17.6), 126/8 (Badree, 18.2), and 132/9 (Milne, 19.3)
Rising Pune Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Jaydev Unadkat 4 12 25 2 6.25
Shardul Thakur 4 10 35 3 8.75
Daniel Christian 4 8 26 0 6.50
Ben Stokes 4 13 18 3 4.50
Imran Tahir 4 6 27 1 6.75

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