The 35th match of the season saw two sides lying in the bottom half of the table locking horns against each other. Royal Challengers Bangalore welcomed newcomers Rising Pune Supergiants at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru in a crucial clash.Both the teams needed to win this match to keep their playoff hopes alive.
RCB captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to field first. His bowlers had one more bad outing on the field as the RPS batsmen scored a massive 191 from their 20 overs.While the target was big but RCB had the required firepower in their team to chase it on a good batting track.
Chasing 191, RCB openers made a superb start as they scored 94 runs in only 11 overs for the first wicket. RPS dismissed AB de Villiers cheaply but a special knock by Virat Kohli sealed the match for RCB.
1. Virat Kohli: 5/5
What a knock from the captain. Scored his second century of the tournament and steered his side to an important win to keep his team’s playoff hopes alive.
2. KL Rahul: 3/5
Struggled initially to found his rhythm but played some big shots later on. Had a very good partnership with Kohli which set the platform for the big chase.
3. AB de Villiers: 1/5
A rare off-day for the South African star. The team expected him to play a good knock but was dismissed for only 1.
4. Shane Watson: 3.5/5
Bowled an economical quota of four overs on a good batting track and conceded only 24 runs taking three important wickets.Played a quickfire knock of 36 from just 13 balls with the bat to ease the pressure off Kohli.
5. Travis Head: 1.5/5
Had nothing much to do with the bat.
6. Sachin Baby:1/5
Did not bat.
Did not bat and bowled only 2 overs conceding 17 runs.
8.Parvez Rasool: 1.5/5
Was very expensive with the ball as he was clobbered for 37 runs in his three overs.
9.Chris Jordan: 1.5/5
Not a memorable debut for the Englishman as he conceded 43 runs from his 4 overs.
10. Varun Aaron: 1.5/5
Just like others he was expensive too with the ball.
11.Yuzvendra Chahal: 1.5/5
Could not do anything special with the ball on a good batting track and conceded 38 runs from his four overs.