731dThe Report by Alagappan Muthu

RCB crash to another miserable defeat

Despite the target being only 158, and Virat Kohli getting a fifty in the chase, Royal Challengers Bangalore were kept to 96 for 9 in a morale-killing defeat by Rising Pune Supergiant

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
55(48) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 23 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 1 7 1 10 1 4 27
SPD Smith
45(32) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 16 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
4 1 12 11 2 1 3 11

Best performances - Bowlers

Imran Tahir
O4
M0
R18
W3
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
LH Ferguson
O4
M1
R7
W2
Eco1.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Royal Challengers Bangalore , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-17.50, Second Session 17.50-19.20

Match days

29 April 2017 - day/night match (20-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Rising Pune Supergiant 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0

Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan

END OF OVER:
20 | 8 Runs | RCB: 96/9 (62 runs required, RR: 4.80)

  • Sreenath Aravind8 (5b)
  • Yuzvendra Chahal4 (9b)
  • Daniel Christian4-0-25-1
  • Lockie Ferguson4-1-7-2

A win margin of 61 after a total of 157 is just ridiculous. But it's been that sort of a game. The first game of double-header Saturday was a no-contest. But do tune in to see what happens in the second game, between Gujarat Lions and Mumbai Indians at Rajkot. This is all we have from here. Cheers!

"I think we were probably 15-20 short today, but we started really well, which made my job easier. I could create some pressure", says Man of the Match Lockie Ferguson. "The boys were incredible, and obviously, feels pretty good to do well personally well too. My strength lies in back of a length, I try to bowl a few cutters as well. But credit to the other guys as well for building up the pressure, I couldn't have done it without that."

"It's nice to have a got a nice little streak going,", says Rising Pune captain Steven Smith. "We didn't know what would be a good score at the halfway mark, to be honest, but we wanted a complete performance today and we got that. We executed our plans really well tonight, Lockie Ferguson bowled beautifully. They're being very consistent for us, hopefully, then can continue it and win us a few more games. It's a magnificent effort from Lockie, hit good lengths and bowled good bouncers as well. He is an exciting player for the future."

The only consolation for RCB from all this is really the fact that they avoided getting bowled out for the third successive time. Bowled out twice and nine wickets down in back-to-back games in innings of 20 overs each is a sign of serious worry.

"I think it's for everyone to see we lost that game. It's hard for a captain to stand here and speak after a performance like this," says RCB captain Virat Kohli. "But got to learn and move on from these kind of experiences. We lost the game rather than them winning it. Could be a few reasons, expectations, people looking at us as a good batting side that made the Playoffs last year. Can't really pinpoint something - could be hesitation to get out, to get runs. We are pretty much not in the race for the Playoffs, all we can do is enjoy the four remaining games."

Karthik: "It's better they stop rotating the foreign players. Who gives priority to Travis Head over Gayle. Such a mess up, they can't get into the playoffs​, that's sure. But they can showcase a good game of cricket for the fans to maintain momentum for the next season. There will be a completely new team next year with all players going into the auction. Hope they end the season on a high. "

Kushal: "RCB scorecard still resembles a cell num of Brazil (+55) along with area code 84 for 2 not outs and 8 digits for dismissed batsmen . +55 84 23721352 !! Surely someone has this number"

mvl: "Kushal: Someone? why? RPS has RCB's number today!"

Lockie Ferguson's 18 dot balls today are the most by any bowler this season.

Phani: "Similar to deccan chargers inaugural season. Stars, big names and disastrous results"

19.6
4
Christian to Aravind, FOUR runs, isn't that some irony! They struggled to score throughout and finish it off with a boundary. Fuller ball, lofted over covers and the ball goes on the bounce and over the boundary
19.5
1
Christian to Chahal, 1 run, fuller, backs away and drives it through point for one
19.4
0
Christian to Chahal, no run, slower ball, 117ks, swings early as he looks to pull and the ball misses off-stump by inches
19.3
2
Christian to Chahal, 2 runs, stays leg side of this back of a length ball and hammers it through covers, sweeper runs to his right, slides and cuts it off in front of the boundary
19.2
0
Christian to Chahal, no run, width on offer outside off, opens the face of his bat and taps it to backward point
19.1
1
Christian to Aravind, 1 run, backs away to a fuller ball and drives it out to mid-off who fumbles and they take the single

Whose PP is it anyway?

17

Number of wickets RCB have lost in Powerplays this season, the most for any team. Their Powerplay run rate of 6.64 is the lowest too

AB's singular IPL

8,5,3

AB de Villiers' last three scores, the first time he has got for three successive single-digit scores in the IPL

Badree's Powerplay

6

Number of wickets taken by Samuel Badree in Powerplays this IPL, joint-highest with Mitchell McClenaghan