The thirty-fifth game in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League saw Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Rising Pune Supergiants at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
Virat Kohli scored his second hundred in this edition of the Indian Premier League after he was given a let off by George Bailey who missed a chance to get him out on 4.He after that went on to score unbeaten 108 runs of 58 balls as he helped his side to chase a mammoth score of 192 runs put up by Rising Pune Supergiants.
Rising Pune Supergiants batted first after Virat Kohli won the toss for Royal Challengers and opted to field first. The Supergiants 192 runs on the board was mainly due to contributions by Ajinkya Rahane and Saurabh Tiwary who notched up fifties to setup a competitive total on the board.Ajinkya Rahane has been the star of the season for Rising Pune in the Indian Premier League as he scored 74 runs off 48 balls. He struck eight fours and two sixes in his innings.Saurabh Tiwary also manage to support Rahane and scored 52 runs as both put on a 106 run partnership to take their side to score 191 runs after 20 overs.
KL Rahul and Virat Kohli provided a splendid start with 91 run opening stand to lay a solid foundation for the rest of the batting order. While KL Rahul was dismissed after scoring 38 runs who was taken out by leg spinner Adam Zampa.Virat Kohli continued to accelerate and regular struck boundaries at key moments to put the pressure on the opposition bowlers. Zampa also got better of de Villiers as he was dismissed for 1 to see Royal Challengers 2 wickets down for 97 runs. Shane Watson scored 36 runs off 13 balls to step up rate of scoring as Royal Challengers managed to win the game by 7 wickets in the 19th over with Virat Kohli at the crease to see his side all the way to register an important win.
Royal Challengers got their third win of the season while Rising Pune Supergiants has failed to string any kind of consistency in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League.