Rising Pune Supergiant defends lowest total against Royal Challengers Bangalore

 . Last updated on April 17, 2017, 11:40 AM
Rising Pune Supergiant defends lowest total against Royal Challengers Bangalore
This is how the Supergiant defended their score. An extreme fielding from Ben Stokes, the Player of the match.
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Rising Pune Supergiant successfully defended their score at the Bangalore surface to beat the home team by 27 runs. Top batsman Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers remained restricted to paltry runs, as the top scorers of the inning. The target of 161 could not have a challenge for Royal Challengers Bangalore, had Supergiant bowlers attacked their batsmen with iron fists. The team created a milestone of defending the lowest total by a visiting team in Chinnaswamy stadium. Bangalore batsmen could haul the chase only to 134 with nine wickets, surrendering the match to Pune. It was the first match where Pune defended their score this IPL.

Pune bowlers Ben Stokes and Shardul Thakur had three wickets each crumbling the chase. With Kohli and Mandeep Singh as openers, the chase began with a good momentum. However, Mandeep was removed in the second over before even he could take the first run. Kohli paired with de Villiers hitting occasional boundaries. By the end of the powerplay overs, Ben Stokes trapped him with a bouncer as the skipper tried to hit another shot. AB de Villiers hauled it to 70 until half of the inning was bowled out. With his wicket, Bangalore lost three batsmen. Stokes achieved the match winning figures, taking down three wickets for 18 runs. He was named the Player of the match.

In the first inning, Pune batsmen played more graciously than their opponents. The strong partnership from Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi indicated a high score at the beginning. The players scored 50 in five innings. The stretch brought 63 runs without any loss of wicket until Rahane was bowled by Samuel Badree. Smith scored 27 of 24 balls runs batting a long stretch. MS Dhoni brought 28 runs. There was a slid in the team as well, as they lost five wickets of the middle order in three runs. The late strike from Manoj Tiwari was a substantial addition into the tally. The player scored 27 off 11 balls striking 3 fours and 2 Sixes. He was the last wicket to fall in the last ball of the inning.


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