17th match (N), Bengaluru, Apr 16 2017, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 162)
Supergiant won by 27 runs
Player Of The Match
Rising Pune Supergiant
RCB Innings
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end of over 203 runs • 1 wicket
RCB: 134/9CRR: 6.7 
Yuzvendra Chahal1 (2)
Sreenath Aravind6 (7)
Ben Stokes4-0-18-3
Jaydev Unadkat4-0-25-2

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Ben Stokes is the Man of the Match for his 3 for 18, not to mention a spectacular fielding effort late in the innings. "I think we assessed the way the wicket turned when we were batting. So we went into the bowling innings with a better understanding and we executed our bowling plans really really well. We tried to stay away from full deliveries because those were the ones that were hit. Then we slowed it up and hit hard on a good length which was the hardest to hit. I thought we were struggling with our total, but we did excellently with the ball. First few games didn't go to play, we've got some quality bowlers, hoping to build on this. [Great crowd here?]I think wherever you go when Dhoni's in your team is a home ground"

"We were in a pretty good position at one point at 0 for 60. Then we lost our way in the middle, losing 5 for 3. But I thought Tiwary finished off well for us and I thought 160 was par on that wicket, it was slow and up and down," Steven Smith says, "Bowling changes worked out well tonight, it's nice when it works. Had a lot better energy and presence in the field today so it was nice to turn it around. We have some great characters and some really good players. Hopefully this is the start of a little run for us"

"It's very important to find the winning formula," Virat Kohli says, after his team's third loss in four matches. "If we play like this, we don't deserve to win. The last game, we fought hard. Today we let the game go away right in front of our eyes. We have a few things to address. We can't think we can sweep sides away at home. One of the best catches that I have taken ever. Just reflexes. All the training drills go into that. Milne bowled really well, assessed conditions really nicely, just his second or third opportunity in the IPL. Guys coming in have to learn form that, they can't play without intent, without fear. :Last year we had to win four out of four to qualify but that can't happen every time. As professional cricketers, you're playing for a franchise, you're playing in front of a lot of people, we can't keep doing this. Hopefully we can turn things around and the players can take the responsibility"

11.40 pm Pune have the record for the lowest total defended by a visiting team at M Chinnaswamy. It is also their first win batting first in 10 tries. Smith and his men only had 161 on the board. And getting there looked like it took an awful lot out of them. Smith and Dhoni struggled badly, but it seems they had read the pitch a lot better than everyone else, including me, had. Then Manoj Tiwary played a blinder, hitting 27 off only 11 balls to give the bowlers something to defend.

After that, the story was simply Pune and their slower balls. The dew that people expected to come did not. And that meant a pitch that had begun slowing down midway through the match kept slowing up. Some balls even kept low and hitting through the line just wasn't possible. Pune understood it, bowled tons of slower balls, Shardul Thakur even used the knuckle ball to take 3 for 35. Ben Stokes took 3 for 18 off his four overs - and his wickets included Virat Kohli and Shane Watson. It was thought that Pune's threat was only from Imran Tahir, but their quicks have won them this game.

Only 112 runs were scored in the middle overs (7th to 15th) in this match from both innings, the second-lowest in an IPL match at Chinnaswamy where both teams played all those 9 overs.

Stokes to Chahal, no run
full on middle, which is defended, which could only be defended.

Smith with a smile of disbelief on his face. Which hat have they pulled this rabbit out of?

Stokes to Aravind, 1 run
low full toss on leg stump, works it away past short fine leg. But Tahir still tracks it down. It wouldn't have mattered, but Tahir tracks it down
Stokes to Chahal, 1 run
full and outside off, drives to extra cover

Chahal is the last man in

Huzefa: "This IPL it looks like Chinnaswamy and Eden have swapped roles with former being the low and slow while the latter offering pace and bounce to score heavily."

Stokes to Milne, OUT
topples him. It's a good length ball on off stump, the kind you see in Test match. Milne swings, misses and has to walk back
AF Milne b Stokes 2 (9m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
Stokes to Aravind, 1 bye
another dot ball, and there is no pace on this either. Aravind charges, swings across the line, is beaten. Dhoni gets a bad bounce on the take and gives away a bye
Stokes to Aravind, no run
starts with a slower ball from around the wicket, and it sneaks under Aravind's slog

Ben Stokes for the last over. He has a whopping 30 runs to defend. Four sixes won't do this time

end of over 196 runs • 1 wicket
RCB: 131/8CRR: 6.89 • RRR: 31.00
Sreenath Aravind5 (4)
Adam Milne2 (2)
Jaydev Unadkat4-0-25-2
Shardul Thakur4-0-35-3
Unadkat to Aravind, 1 run
comes down the track and smacks a length ball outside off to deep point
Unadkat to Aravind, 2 runs
lugs a slow, length ball from outside off to deep midwicket
Unadkat to Aravind, 2 runs
slower ball again, and Aravind heaves it over to deep square leg

This will be RPS' first win after batting first, in the 10th attempt.

Unadkat to Aravind, no run
full and wide outside off - no pace on the ball again - Aravind was expecting it, is beaten and left looking a bit silly
Unadkat to Badree, OUT
middle pole out of the ground again. It's the slower ball again. Pune have bowled a lot of them this innings and have had loads of success. Badree here slogs across the line and is nowhere near the line of the ball
S Badree b Unadkat 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Unadkat to Milne, 1 run
slower short ball outside off, Milne, the new batsman, pulls towards short fine leg

RCB need 37 off 12 balls now

end of over 1810 runs • 2 wicket
RCB: 125/7CRR: 6.94 • RRR: 18.50
Adam Milne1 (1)
Shardul Thakur4-0-35-3
Daniel Christian4-0-26-0
Thakur to Binny, OUT
gave him free access to all his stumps and Thakur nails them. Binny had moved right across, well outside off, looking for a scoop. But the bowler delivers it full, straight, doesn't let the batsman have the leverage he needs and then sends him on his way. This is a mess from RCB
STR Binny b Thakur 18 (17m 8b 2x4 1x6) SR: 225.00
Thakur to Milne, 1 run
shortish delivery outside off, looks to slog, but gets an inside edge. Could have raced away if Dhoni had not dived to his left
Thakur to Binny, 1 run
What an effort from Stokes! He is right on the boundary edge at long-on, he is leaning over it, he is still watching the ball come down, he takes it over his head, in the airspace beyond the boundary. But he is losing balance. He needs to push the ball back. He does so, between his legs, as he crumples up in a heap. Knuckle ball, seemed set for six but Stokes, possibly the best fielder at any place on the ground, pulls off something special
Thakur to Negi, OUT
this is a spectacular catch! Under pressure is when you least want to be under a skier. A swirler. Tripathi is the mat at deep midwicket, setting himself up, eyes always on the ball coming down on him. Takes it like a boss. Slower ball from Thakur makes Negi stretch out to slog, and that moment when he lost balance, stole his timing away
P Negi c Tripathi b Thakur 10 (9m 7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 142.85
Thakur to Negi, SIX runs
no one back at long-off and he picks the spot. It's full, it's wide, it's smashed off the back foot. Still head, good hands

Tensions rising. Dhoni was unhappy with the throw the last ball, he wanted it at his end, waving his hands around animatedly

Thakur to Negi, 2 runs
mis-hit, can it be caught? Tahir is running back and to his right. But it falls beyond him. Top-edged pull again
end of over 1713 runs
RCB: 115/5CRR: 6.76 • RRR: 15.66
Stuart Binny17 (6)
Pawan Negi2 (4)
Daniel Christian4-0-26-0
Ben Stokes3-0-16-2

RCB need 47 off 18, with Unadkat, Stokes and Shardul to bowl one over each

Christian to Binny, FOUR runs
top edge over the wicketkeeper. That makes it 13 off the over. Digs it in short, Binny goes for the pull, is quite late on the shot, but still benefits

And the crowd aren't giving back the ball... Time for a new one

Christian to Binny, SIX runs
on a length, affording him the room to free the arms and Binny takes full toll. It's the legcutter, drags it down. The batsman smashes it over deep square leg.
Christian to Negi, 1 run
shortish and outside off, he mistimes the cut towards point
Christian to Negi, no run
full and outside off, slaps it down the ground, but Christian sticks out his right hand and prevents any runs
Christian to Binny, 1 run
shortish on middle and off, works it off his hips through to deep midwicket
Christian to Negi, 1 run
full and outside off, Negi is only able to get a single, squeezing this through cover

RCB need 60 off 24 balls and Christian to bowl his last over, from around the wicket