In Pics: Royal Challengers Beat Rising Pune Supergiants by 13 Runs

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers notch fifties as RCB beat RPS by 13 runs at Pune. 

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Kohli and AB de Villiers guided RCB to a huge score. (Photo: BCCI)
Snapshot
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore: 185/3 in 20 Overs (AB de Villiers 83, Virat Kohli 80, Thisara Perera 3/34
  • Rising Pune Supergiants: 172/8 in 20 Overs (Ajinkya Rahane 60,
    Kane Richardson 3/13)

Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

The clash of Virat Kohli versus captain cool, MS Dhoni. (Photo: BCCI)
The clash of Virat Kohli versus captain cool, MS Dhoni. (Photo: BCCI)

Virat Kohli and KL Rahul opened the innings for the Royal Challengers. Rahul was out for seven runs in the fourth over.

KL Rahul scored 7 runs before being caught at the fine leg by Ishant Sharma off Parera’s bowling. (Photo: BCCI)
KL Rahul scored 7 runs before being caught at the fine leg by Ishant Sharma off Parera’s bowling. (Photo: BCCI)

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers then took charge of the situation and with their magnificent batting took the score past the 100 mark.

Kohli completed his 80 of 63 balls. (Photo: BCCI)
Kohli completed his 80 of 63 balls. (Photo: BCCI)
AB quick-fired a 83 of just 46 balls. (Photo: BCCI)
AB quick-fired a 83 of just 46 balls. (Photo: BCCI)

RPS had a good chance to dismiss Kohli when he looped a simple catch to Ankit Sharma, who unfortunately dropped it.

Virat Kohli hit a skier without any distance off R Ashwin’s bowling, but Ankit Sharma missed it. (Photo: BCCI)
Virat Kohli hit a skier without any distance off R Ashwin’s bowling, but Ankit Sharma missed it. (Photo: BCCI)

Both Kohli and De Villiers departed in the final over, but after causing sufficient damage.

Chasing 186 runs to win, RPS go off to a disastrous start. Faf du Plessis was caught by Harshal Patel off Kane Richardson after scoring just 2 runs. Pietersen who came in after that was retired hurt after just facing his first delivery while Steve Smith was brilliantly run out by Virat Kohli for just 4 runs.

Kane Richardson celebrates the wicket of Faf du Plessis. (Photo: BCCI)
Kane Richardson celebrates the wicket of Faf du Plessis. (Photo: BCCI)
Kevin Pietersen being helped out of the ground after he incurred an injury. (Photo: BCCI)
Kevin Pietersen being helped out of the ground after he incurred an injury. (Photo: BCCI)
Virat Kohli (on ground) celebrates after getting Steve Simth run out. (Photo: BCCI)
Virat Kohli (on ground) celebrates after getting Steve Simth run out. (Photo: BCCI)

Ajinkya Rahane and captain MS Dhoni then steadied the innings for Pune.

Rahane scored 60 off 45 balls. (Photo: BCCI)
Rahane scored 60 off 45 balls. (Photo: BCCI)
Dhoni played his regular galvanizing innings by taking quick singles and doubles. (Photo: BCCI)
Dhoni played his regular galvanizing innings by taking quick singles and doubles. (Photo: BCCI)

But then RCB’s new signing Tabraiz Shamsi struck as he dismissed Rahane. Meanwhile the required run rate increased beyond 15 for RPS.

Tabraiz Shamsi celebrates Rahane’s wicket. (Photo: BCCI)
Tabraiz Shamsi celebrates Rahane’s wicket. (Photo: BCCI)

And then Dhoni departed.

Dhoni scored 41 off 38 delivers before a brilliant catch was taken by AB de Divilliers, which dismissed him.  (Photo: BCCI)
Dhoni scored 41 off 38 delivers before a brilliant catch was taken by AB de Divilliers, which dismissed him. (Photo: BCCI)

Almost when RCB thought they had the game in hand, Thisara Perera and Rajat Bhatia took matters into their hands. They began hitting the ball all over the park.

Rajat Bhatia of Rising Pune Supergiants hits a six. (Photo: BCCI)
Rajat Bhatia of Rising Pune Supergiants hits a six. (Photo: BCCI)

But then Watson dismissed Perera and Ashwin which brought back RCB into the game.

Mandeep Singh of Royal Challengers Bangalore takes a catch to dismiss Thisara Perera. (Photo: BCCI)
Mandeep Singh of Royal Challengers Bangalore takes a catch to dismiss Thisara Perera. (Photo: BCCI)

Eventually, RPS lost the match by 13 runs.

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