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IPL 9, RPS vs RCB as it happened: Kohli trumps Dhoni, Bangalore post 13-run win

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Amit Banerjee April 22, 2016 23:45:42 IST
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IPL 9, RPS vs RCB as it happened: Kohli trumps Dhoni, Bangalore post 13-run win

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Apr 22, 2016 - 23:58 (IST)

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Apr 22, 2016 - 23:57 (IST)

AB de Villiers (Man of the Match): I got myself into a bit of a trouble there (with the catch of Murugan Ashwin). Im getting older, and like to keep myself on my toes all the time.

It wasnt that easy to get going. I think it went my way tonight. 

We look at their batting lineup, its all class. They really kept us on our toes. We crossed the line, and we are really happy about that. 

Apr 22, 2016 - 23:54 (IST)

Kohli: That was closer than we thought it would be at one stage. But good to cross the line. I would like to win the toss next tiem

Specially with the kind of power that Perera has, we cannot relax at any stage. Instead of getting frustrated and annoyed, Watson came in and got the crucial breakthroughs, and Kane finished it off. 

I wasn't too happy with myself, on how I played after 30-35 balls. AB kept me going, such a great partnership and world-class experience. We thought it was not that easy a wicket. 

There's no doubt about the fact that AB is the best batsman of the generation. He's a much better human being than a batsman.

Sham (Shamsi), just came in and bowled really well! 

Apr 22, 2016 - 23:47 (IST)

Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore have moved to the third spot with their latest win, while Rising Pune Supergiants have fallen to the seventh. 

Apr 22, 2016 - 23:44 (IST)

Dhoni: We lost three wickets early. We could have restricted (RCB) earlier. But Im quite happy with out batting. Disappointed with the loss, but there are a plenty of positives to look at. 

Hopefully our bowling looks better in the coming games. If we can take catches, it could be a good blessing for us. In the batting, get those extra 10 runs. So every department needs to do more. 

KP's injury could allow us to field Albie or Marsh.

Apr 22, 2016 - 23:40 (IST)

After 20 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 172/8 ( Ankit Sharma 3 , Ishant Sharma 0)

Brilliant turnaround by Watson in the penultimate over, with four runs and two wickets coming off it! Perera is caught at cover by Mandeep off a miscue, before Ashwin is dismissed for a golden duck! 

Richardson bowls the final over, with RPS needing 21 off the final over! Bhatia takes doubles off the first two balls, before getting caught by Watson at backward square-leg to depart for 21 off 11, with RPS' hopes virtually coming to an end! And he gets two in two, with Murugan Ashwin getting caught rather brilliantly by AB de Villiers near extra-cover! Turns around a couple of times in order to judge the catch, before finally trapping it between his palms. Hattrick ball for Richardson. Just a single off the last ball, with RCB pulling off a 13-run win. Meanwhile, RCB continue to be the only side in the tournament so far to successfully defend a total in the ninth edition of the tournament. 

Apr 22, 2016 - 23:33 (IST)

OUT! Ashwin follows suit as Watson gets his 2nd wicket of his over! Attempted slog towards midwicket with the intention of clearing the boundary rope, but does not get enough bat on it as the Patel in the deep holds on to the catch! What a dramatic turnaround! RCB 165/6 in 19 overs; Four runs and two wickets for Watson in the penultimate over!

Apr 22, 2016 - 23:30 (IST)

OUT! Perera walks back to the pavilion! Full and outside off, and the Sri Lankan all-rounder miscues it towards Mandeep at cover! Departs for a superb 13-ball 34, but RCB are back in the game now! RPS 164/5 in 18.3 overs; need 22 to win from 9 balls. 

Apr 22, 2016 - 23:27 (IST)

After 18 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 161/4 ( Thisara Perera 34 , Rajat Bhatia 13)

OUT! Fuller delivery from Harshal outside off, and Dhoni hammers it down towards long-off. Unfortunately for him, AB de Villiers is stationed near that region, and he holds on to the catch as RPS lose their fourth wicket with 120 on board. Four and a big six conceded by Shane Watson in the 17th over, with 14 coming off it, as Perera and Bhatia are beginning to display intent of chasing the target down. And the 18th over goes for 25 runs, with two sixes and a hattrick of boundaries coming off it! 

Apr 22, 2016 - 23:18 (IST)

OUT! Now Dhoni walks back to the pavilion, and its a huge blow for Pune! Wide full-toss from Patel, and Dhoni hammers it down the ground. Unfortunately for him, AB de Villiers was positioned near long-off, and he held on to the catch comfortably for RPS to lose their fourth wicket with 120 on board! Dhoni walks back to the dugout for a well-made 41.

PREVIEW: Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will aim to return to winning ways when they meet in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune on Friday.

Both teams started off in promising fashion by winning their respective opening matches, but lost their way thereafter with back to back defeats. A win on Friday will be crucial in getting their campaign back on track.

IPL 9 RPS vs RCB as it happened Kohli trumps Dhoni Bangalore post 13run win

Rising Pune Supergiants skipper MS Dhoni (left). AFP

Both teams are on one point each after identical records of one win and two defeats. But Pune are at the fifth spot on the points table, a rung above Bangalore, due to a better run rate.

Pune are struggling to get going in both batting and bowling departments. They have star-studded batting line-up which includes the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Kevin Pietersen, Steven Smith and skipper MS Dhoni. But with the exception of Faf du Plesis, none of the big names have lived up to their reputation so far.

RCB also have an explosive batting line-up. They will miss star opener Chris Gayle, who has flown back home to Jamiaca following the birth of his first child. But the likes of captain Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson have the ability to tear apart any bowling attack on their day. The young Sarfaraz Khan has also been promising.

The bowling however, is a cause for worry. Pacers Varun Aaron, Kane Richardson, Adam Milne and David Wiese have been far too expensive and have also struggled to get wickets. The spinners have fared no better with Yuzvendra Chahal, Parvez Rasool and Iqbal Abdullah struggling due their lack of experience.

Squads:

Rising Pune Supergiants: MS Dhoni (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Jaskaran Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Sharma, Albie Morkel, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Thisara Perera, Saurabh Tiwary, R.P. Singh, Rajat Bhatia, Ankush Bains, Baba Aparajith, Murugan Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Deepak Chahar, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, Adam Zampa.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Shane Watson, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Stuart Binny, Iqbal Abdulla, Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Vikramjeet Malik, Kane Richardson, Varun Aaron, Mandeep Singh, Abu Nechim, Adam Milne, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Travis Head, David Wiese, Sachin Baby, Lokesh Rahul, Parvez Rasool, Vikas Tokas, Sarfaraz Khan, Praveen Dubey, Akshay Karnewar.

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