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IPL PHOTOS: RCB humiliated by Pune as batsmen flop again

Source: PTI
April 29, 2017 20:05 IST
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IMAGE: Imran Tahir, centre, of Rising Pune Supergiant celebrates with his team mates after taking the wicket of Pawan Negi. Photograph: BCCI

A formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore led by India captain Virat Kohli became the first team to be out of contention for play-offs after a humiliating 61-run defeat against Rising Pune Supergiant in an Indian Premier League encounter, in Pune, on Saturday.


Although the RCB bowlers managed to keep the Pune batsmen under a tight leash restricting them to 157 for three but another shoddy batting performance saw them finish at a dismal 96 for nine after 20 overs.

While Pune kept themselves in contention with their fifth win in nine games, RCB are practically out of the tournament with their seventh defeat in 10 games and only five points in their kitty.

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: Virat Kohli hits a boundary. Photograph: BCCI

Pune bowlers rose to the occasion defending a sub-par total with a controlled bowling performance.

Imran Tahir was the pick of the bowlers with figures of three for 18 from four overs, while Lockie Ferguson claimed two for seven in four overs to claim the man of the match award. Jaydev Unadkat, Daniel Christian and Washington Sundar took one wicket each.

This is one of the rarest occasions when a team has been bundled out below 100 runs twice in the IPL.

RCB were shot out for 49 by KKR in an earlier game in the tournament.

IMAGE: Rising Pune Supergiant players celebrate the run out of Kedar Jadhav. Photograph: BCCI

Chasing a modest 158, Bangalore just kept losing wickets despite skipper Kohli holding his ground at one end.

Apart from Kohli, who came up with an uncharacteristic 48-ball 55, studded with four boundaries and a six, none of the other RCB batsmen could reach the double-digit mark.

Though not in his usual aggressive self, Kohli single-handedly tried his best to bail the team out of trouble but did not get any support from the other end.

The highest partnership of just 21 runs tells the dismal saga of a vaunted RCB batting line-up.

IMAGE: Rising Pune Supergiant captain Steve Smith bats. Photograph: BCCI

The visitors were gasping at 48 for five in the 10th over and there was no time when RCB showed any signs of revival.

Kohli only reduced the margin of defeat with a gritty knock.

Earlier, RCB bowlers dominated the proceedings from the word go after inviting the Pune outfit to take first strike, with left-arm spinner Pawan Negi returning with impressive figures of one for 18 from his four overs.

Despite losing just three wickets, Pune batsmen could not lift the tempo in the second half of the innings even though the pitch was reasonably batting-friendly.

Skipper Steven Smith top scored with 32-ball 45 that included five boundaries and a six, while Manoj Tiwary, who hit 44 not out from 35 balls, and opener Rahul Tripathi (37) also made important contributions.

However, Pune could bring up 100 runs only in the 14th over.

Rahul Tripathi

IMAGE: Rising Pune Supergiant opener Rahul Tripathi bats. Photograph: BCCI

Even Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who hit a huge six and a boundary during his unbeaten 21 off 17 failed to increase the tempo in the final overs. Dhoni and Tiwary could put up only 46 runs in the last five overs.

Despite three 40-plus partnerships, Pune batsmen simply failed to get going, even as the bowlers maintained a consistent line and length to dry up the boundaries.

Having lost Ajinkya Rahane (6) early, opener Tripathi and Smith stitched 40 runs for the second wicket, before the skipper joined hands with Tiwary for a 50-run stand for the third wicket.

Just when Smith threatened to cut loose, he was caught on the leg side off Binny, which affected the momentum of the Pune innings.

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