Rising Pune Supergiants slammed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 27 runs at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore to register their second win in the 10th edition of the glittery Indian Premier League.
Here are the four moments from the game that grabbed Cricingif’s attention.
Rahul Tripathi milked Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowlers during the powerplay. There was nothing stopping the right-hander as he struck three 4s and a six. The situation aggravated when Adam Milne dropped him at cover off Shane Watson on the first ball of the fifth over. Two overs before, the Kiwi international had been spanked four boundaries. An extraordinary effort was required to curtail the threatening knock and Virat Kohli’s sensational one-handed catch at short-cover did the job for RCB.
Captain Steve Smith and M.S. Dhoni set up a breezy 58-run third-wicket stand after RPS had lost two wickets for 69 in 8.2 overs. This was the second time these two put a 50-run stand. The two fell in two balls and that initiated a batting collapse. RPS lost five batsmen in nine balls with Milne picking up two back-to-back wickets.
On a placid wicket on which the bowling side contemplated chasing at approximately 9 an over, Tiwari raised his hand when his side wanted him to take them to a defensible total. From 7 for 130 in 17.2 overs, the 31-year-old took Pune to 161 with his 11-ball 27 by striking five boundaries – three 4s and two 6s.
When RCB looked upon AB De Villiers to take them across the line after Virat Kohli was back in the pavilion, Imran Tahir delivered an exquisite flight to pull his South African teammate out of the popping crease. Dhoni, after De Villiers had been beaten by the turn, dismantled the stumps quicker than the blind of an eye.