The sixteenth game in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League saw Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Rising Supergiants at Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Pune.The trend in this year’s Indian Premier League is that teams have won all their games chasing down scores while only once has team batting first won the game.
Virat Kohli put in masterclass effort alongside AB de Villiers as duo continued their fabulous run of form to share a partnership of 155 runs after opener KL Rahul was dismissed for just 7 by medium pacer Thesara Perera.Virat Kohli played a subdued innings of 80 runs as he did struggle to accelerate in the middle overs of the innings.AB de Villiers on the other hand,did once again was exemplary in his stroke play with his swatting and reverse sweeps to score 83 runs off 46 balls.
The masterclass pair of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers helped their side to reach a score of 185 runs after Rising Pune Supergiants skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to field first.
Rising Pune Supergiants in reply to the score set by Royal Challengers got off to poor start as Faf du Plessis was dismissed on 2 and Kevin Pietersen did injury himself aggravating his calf while looking for a second run.The problems furthur compounded as Steve Smith was well short of his crease as he was dismissed after scoring just 4 runs.While things looked chaotic on one end,Ajinkya Rahane was batting like a composed monk and churned out runs at will as he scored 60 runs off 46 balls.The pressure mounted on Ajinkya Rahane as he was dismissed on 60 while looking to go big in the crucial overs to get the asking rate down to a moderate level.
MS Dhoni looked off color as he struggled with his timing and hitting to score 41 runs off 38 balls.Though Thesera Perera did look threatening to take the game away from Royal Challengers Bangalore until Shane Watson dismissed him to eventually turn the game in favor of his side.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore won their second game after suffering consecutive losses in the ninth edition of Indian Premier League.