Rising Pune Supergiants v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016, Pune April 22, 2016

De Villiers and Kohli craft Royal Challengers win


Royal Challengers Bangalore 185 for 3 (AB de Villiers 83, Virat Kohli 80, Perera 3-34) beat Rising Pune Supergiants 172 for 8 (Rahane 60, MS Dhoni 41, Richardson 3-13, Watson 2-31) by 13 runs
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Prior to this match, 14 of 15 games in IPL 2016 had been won by the team chasing. Royal Challengers Bangalore bucked the trend again by defending 185 against Rising Pune Supergiants and securing a 13-run victory. They had earlier defended 227 against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Virat Kohli played an un-Virat Kohli innings of 80 and struggled for timing, particularly in the middle overs. AB de Villiers, though, was his usual self, swatting and even reverse-swatting his way to 83 off 46. The pair produced their third 100-plus stand in four matches, adding 155 runs to take the side to 185, a total that Supergiants captain MS Dhoni described as "par-plus". Thisara Perera blitzed 34 off 13 to give Royal Challengers a late scare, after claiming three wickets with the ball, but Shane Watson dismissed the Sri Lanka allrounder and R Ashwin in the space of three balls to snuff out the chase.

Supergiants lost Faf du Plessis in the second over when he stepped out and chipped a catch to mid-off. A ball later, they suffered a bigger jolt. Kevin Pietersen set off for a quick single and seemed to have hurt his calf while turning back. Moments later, he limped off the field. In the next over, Steven Smith slipped near the middle of the pitch and was run out for 4. Ajinkya Rahane went on to make 60 off 46 balls, but his knock was offset by Dhoni's patchy 41 off 38 balls. This meant that Supergiants limped through a large part of their chase before Perera gave it a leg-up.

When Perera came out to bat at 109 for 3, the asking rate was close to 15 an over. He survived a close lbw shout off his first ball and then mowed South African chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi over midwicket for a six. He hit full tilt when he bashed four successive boundaries off Harshal Patel in the 18th over. Perera's blows reduced the equation from 50 off 18 balls to 25 off 12, but Watson and Kane Richardson combined to seal the deal for their side.

Royal Challengers' batting was once again led by Kohli and de Villiers, after KL Rahul skied a catch to third man in the fourth over. De Villiers marked his arrival with a crunching cut off left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma that pierced the gap between cover and cover point. Kohli, too, began positively, thanks to a steady supply of leg-stump balls from Ishant Sharma. Rajat Bhatia's assortment of cutters and Ankit's darters, however, squeezed Royal Challengers. R Ashwin was also economical, though he did not complete his quota again. He could have dismissed Kohli on 50 had Ankit hung on to a catch at mid-off.

De Villiers tucked into M Ashwin, hitting the rookie legspinner for two sixes in his first over. He followed it with swept and reverse-swept fours in the bowler's second over. The South Africa batsman continued to showcase his gallery of shots even as Kohli was tied down. Kohli's frustration was evident when he whacked himself on the pad with the bat after mistiming a slower ball from Bhatia to deep midwicket and then jammed his bat onto the helmet when he holed out in the last over of the innings. A ball later, De Villiers was undone by Perera's legcutter. Kohli had played out 17 of Royal Challengers' 28 dots, which incidentally was the joint-third least in an IPL innings.

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Lerato H Nyelele Mjoli on April 23, 2016, 13:34 GMT

    Messi and Ronaldo on the same team that's Ab and kholi

  • Oneiric on April 23, 2016, 12:49 GMT

    @PRAVIN LIMAYE: Doesn't every cricket team rely on their 3-4 main batsmen? It's also wrong of you to single out RCB's bowling as poorest, it's that sort of IPL this year. And don't forget that RCB has won 2 out of 4 despite losing all 4 tosses, a big achievement considering this year's trend in IPL.

  • devona3414902 on April 23, 2016, 12:16 GMT

    i'd rather play one short than to play harshal patel.. absolute nothing bowler RCB needs to get rid of him if they want to keep winning... almost cost rcb the game with is 25 run over.... bad captiancy by kholi to give pater rather than richardson in the 17th over

  • Vaishak on April 23, 2016, 10:39 GMT

    @PRAVIN LIMAYE..True,but the fact is every team is reliant on their top 4.And some sides on 1 or 2 players.Mumbai have done badly when Rohit or Buttler haven't played.DD with QdK.GL with Finch ad Raina.Punjab with noone.KKR look like the only side with a longer lineup.

  • udit on April 23, 2016, 9:43 GMT

    So much for the criticism of our bowling we are the only team to have put up good totals while batting first and defended twice this season while all other so called good bowling attacks havent been able to do that and have struggled to put up totals as well

  •   Pravin Limaye on April 23, 2016, 9:36 GMT

    I've said it time and again, and everybody knows it is an open-secret. RCB is hyper-reliant on VK, ABD and CG. The bowling except for Shamsi (vs RPS) and to an extent Watson has been the poorest. But even RCB knows they can't help get swatted all round the park. Watson, Gayle, Kohli, ABD, Binny... Would be my batting order for RCB... And with the unpredictable bowling line-up that RCB have, they would have to score 180 plus on bowler-friendly wickets and 220 plus on flat wickets

  • Kendal on April 23, 2016, 9:07 GMT

    The Kohli/AB partnership is a scary machine. Kohli just needs to be careful his ego doesn't get in the way. He is a team man, but last night wasted too many balls trying to get his timing back while AB was making it look easy. He didnt get strike for a while then lost momentum and got out. Otherwise great job, except one bowling decision that could have cost the game...Patel/Richardson. I would always go with the latter if there is a choice. Shamsi was unlucky. Perera stone dead first ball.

  •   Raj Alva on April 23, 2016, 9:03 GMT

    I still don't understand why Kohli is so much depend on H.Patel??.. Why did Kohli preferred H.Patel to blow the 18th over when he had 2 overs of Richardson(2 -6-1W) left. They were almost in losing the game. No doubt, Kohli is one of the great and successful batsmen in current generation..... Still long way to become successful great captain.....

  • Mohsin on April 23, 2016, 8:19 GMT

    What a waste he is! Dhoni is the most over hyped captain.

  • Vaishak on April 23, 2016, 8:18 GMT

    RCB have been at d receiving end of all d luck I guess.Starc and Badree,ur two best bowlers injured,lost all 4 tosses.Still managed two wins,pretty good.

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