Same Old Story: Third Straight Batting Failure Sees RCB Suffer 61-run Defeat to Rising Pune

If their team score of 96/9, only one batsman making a double-digit score and their opposition bowling 59 dot balls in a Twenty20 match do not point to an eccentric but a familiar story for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2017, then I am not sure what will be. As a result of this batting display, Royal Challengers suffered their SEVENTH defeat of the season, against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the 34th match of the 10th edition of the IPL.

Chasing 158 for victory, only Virat Kohli managed a double-digit score, a half-century (55) in fact, for the boys from Bangalore, who fell short by 61 runs. The nature of T20 cricket is such that the bowlers do not have to be extraordinary to get any batsman out, let alone good batsmen. And Rising Pune’s bowlers did the needful by bowling the right lines and lengths. Imran Tahir (3/18) and Lockie Ferguson (2/7) were the standout bowlers for Pune, as they, in addition to taking wickets, bowled economically.

Earlier in the evening, Kohli won the toss and chose to field first. Ajinkya Rahane fell cheaply and to a delivery that didn’t deserve a wicket. The Mumbai batsman, in trying to guide the ball behind square on the leg side, top-edged a leg-stump full toss for a simple catch to Adam Milne, who was fielding at short fine leg.

Rahul Tripathi and Steve Smith got together and did struggle to score freely early on. Pawan Negi, for the visitors, bowled an immaculate line which restricted the RPS batsmen from freeing their arms. But on the one occasion the Delhi left-arm spinner offered room outside the right-hander’s off stump, he dismissed Tripathi, who got an outside edge to be caught behind by Jadhav.

Pune’s innings gathered momentum once Manoj Tiwary, who was promoted to bat at No. 4 ahead of MS Dhoni, joined Steve Smith in the middle. Having been 58/2 in the ninth over, Pune scored 51 runs in the next 34 balls to get themselves into a strong position ahead of the slog overs.

Smith, though, fell in the 14th over to obviously undermine the momentum of the innings. Dhoni, walking into bat with only a few overs left, didn’t quite bat with the fluency you expect of him and Tiwary too struggled to find the boundaries towards the latter part of the Pune innings. To make just 157/3 after having been 109/3 at the end of the 14 overs must have been disappointing for Pune Supergiant. But the total didn’t matter in the end.

Lockie Ferguson was the man-of-the-match for his economical spell of fast bowling: 4-18 dots-7-2.




Rising Pune Supergiant vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 34th Match Scorecard

Playing XIs

Pune: 1. Steve Smith (c), 2. Ajinkya Rahane, 3. Rahul Tripathi, 4. MS Dhoni, 5. Lockie Ferguson, 6. Manoj Tiwary, 7. Daniel Christian, 8. Deepak Chahar, 9. Jaydev Unadkat, 10. Washington Sundar, and 11. Imran Tahir

Bangalore: 1. Virat Kohli (c), 2. Adam Milne, 3. AB de Villiers, 4. Kedar Jadhav, 5. Travis Head, 6. Pawan Negi, 7. Stuart Binny, 8. Samuel Badree, 9. Sreenath Aravind, 10. Yuzvendra Chahal, and 11. Sachin Baby

Scores

Pune: 157/3 (Smith 45 and Tiwary 44*; Binny 1/17)
Bangalore: 96/9 (Kohli 55; Tahir 3/18 and Ferguson 2/7)

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 caught Milne, bowled Badree 6 (8) 0 0 75.00
Rahul Tripathi caught Jadhav, bowled Negi 37 (28) 4 1 132.14
Steve Smith caught Milne, bowled Binny 45 (32) 5 1 140.62
Manoj Tiwary not out 44 (35) 4 1 125.71
MS Dhoni not out 21 (17) 1 1 123.52
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Lockie Ferguson, Jaydev Unadkat, and Imran Tahir
Extras: 4 (3 wides and 1 leg bye)
RPS’s total: 157/3 in 20 overs, at 7.85 runs per over
RPS’s fall of wickets: 18/1 (Rahane, 3.1), 58/2 (Tripathi, 8.2) and 108/3 (Smith, 13.5)
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Adam Milne 4 10 35 0 8.75
Samuel Badree 4 8 31 1 7.75
Sreenath Aravind 4 8 30 0 7.50
Yuzvendra Chahal 2 1 25 0 12.50
Pawan Negi 4 12 18 1 4.50
Stuart Binny 2 2 17 1 8.50
Bangalore Innings (target: 158 runs in 20 overs, at 7.90 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Travis Head bowled Unadkat 2 (5) 0 0 40.00
Virat Kohli caught Agarwal (sub), bowled Christian 55 (48) 4 1 114.58
AB de Villiers caught Tiwary, bowled Ferguson 3 (8) 0 0 37.50
Kedar Jadhav run out Ferguson/Dhoni 7 (12) 1 0 58.33
Sachin Baby caught Smith, bowled Sundar 2 (4) 0 0 50.00
Stuart Binny caught Sundar, bowled Ferguson 1 (7) 0 0 14.28
Pawan Negi caught Christian, bowled Tahir 3 (7) 0 0 42.85
Adam Milne caught Smith, bowled Tahir 5 (8) 0 0 62.50
Samuel Badree bowled Tahir 2 (7) 0 0 28.57
Sreenath Aravind not out 8 (5) 1 0 160.00
Yuzvendra Chahal not out 4 (9) 0 0 44.44
Extras: 4 (2 wides and 2 leg byes)
RCB’s total: 96/9 in 20 overs, at 4.80 runs per over
RCB’s fall of wickets: 11/1 (Head, 1.6), 32/2 (de Villiers, 4.4), 44/3 (Jadhav, 7.4), 47/4 (Baby, 8.4), 48/5 (Binny, 9.5), 61/6 (Negi, 12.4), 71/7 (Milne, 14.6), 82/8 (Badree, 16.5), and 84/9 (Kohli, 17.5)
Pune Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Deepak Chahar 2 3 18 0 9.00
Jaydev Unadkat 4 11 19 1 4.75
Lockie Ferguson 4 18 7 2 1.75
Daniel Christian 4 10 25 1 6.25
Imran Tahir 4 12 18 3 4.50
Washington Sundar 2 5 7 1 3.50

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