Royal Challengers Bangalore were out of the reckoning for the IPL playoffs after suffering a crushing 61-run defeat at the hands of Rising Pune Supergiant on Saturday.
Skipper Steve Smith top-scored for the Pune with a 45- run knock while Manoj Tiwary was the next best with a crucial 44-run innings. For RCB, skipper Virat Kohli top-scored with a 55-run knock while none of the other batsmen could touch double-digit mark.
It was Bangalore's seventh defeat this season. They are seventh in the table in the eight-team league with five points. They have managed to win just two matches out of 10 outings so far.
Challengers Bangalore bowlers kept the Rising Pune Supergiant batsmen in a tight leash to restrict them to a modest 157 for three in their Indian Premier League match here today.
For once, RCB's bowlers had dominated the proceedings from the word go. Left-arm spinner Pawan Negi returned with impressive figures of 1/18 from his four overs. Stuart Binny (1/17) and Samuel Badree (1/31) chipped in with wicket apiece.
Despite losing just three wickets, Pune batsmen could not upped the ante despite the pitch being reasonably batting- friendly.
Skipper Smith top scored with 32-ball-45 that included five boundaries and a six, while Tiwary (48*, 35 balls) and opener Rahul Tripathi (37) also made important contributions.
Pune could bring up 100 runs only in the 14th over. Even Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who hit a huge six and a boundary during his unbeaten 21 off 17, failed to increase the tempo in the final overs.
The two India batsmen could put up just 46 runs in the last five overs.
Despite three 40-plus runs partnerships, Pune batsmen simple failed to get going, as the bowlers managed to tightened the noose.
Having lost Ajinkya Rahane (six) early, opener Tripathi and Smith stitched 40 runs for the second wicket, before the skipper joined hands with Tiwary for a 50-run stand for the third wicket. Tiwary then couple with Dhoni for an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 49.
Updated Date: Apr 29, 2017 22:10 PM