Bengaluru: Ben Stokes and Shardul Thakur picked three wickets each as Rising Pune Supergiant beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 27 runs in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday night.
Chasing a target of 162, Virat Kohli got RCB off to a solid start by hitting Jaydev Unadkat for a huge six in the first over of the innings. Kohli then welcomed Shadul Thakur with a boundary on the first ball of the second over to keep the scoreboard going.
However, on the next ball, Manoj Tiwary dropped a sitter at first slip to give a second lifeline to skipper Kohli.
But Shardul didn't let his head drop and dismissed the other dangerman Mandeep Singh for a duck. Ab De Villiers announced his intentions by hitting a four off the first ball that he face after coming onto the crease.
Kohli and De Villiers kept the scoreboard moving and hit boundaries for fun during their stay in the middle.
However, the 27-run partnership was finally broken by Ben Stokes, who got rid of Kohli for 28 runs and shifted the momentum in RPS's favour. For the next 18 balls, RCB couldn't manage even a single boundary as Pune bowlers continued to peg back the batsmen.
With boundaries hard to come by, the RCB batsmen were reliant only on singles which wasn't helping their chase a bit as the run-rate kept on increasing.
Kedar Jadhav's 22-ball vigil was finally ended by Unadkat who castled him for 18 runs.
Shane Watson showed some intent by hitting two boundaries in one over but Stokes got better off him eventually as the Australian was dismissed for 14.
Shardul Thakur dismissed Pawan Negi and Stuart Binny in one over to end the innings with 3/35 in his four overs. In the next over, Unadkat clean bowled Samuel Badree for 0.
Stokes castled Milne in the last over and eventually RCB fell short by 27 runs and lost their third match in a row.
Earlier, a late cameo from Manoj Tiwari helped Pune post a fighting total of 161-8 in their designated 20 overs.
RPS crossed the 50-run mark in just 5 overs and were well on course towards a big total. But after couple of tight overs from Sreenath Aravind and Pawan Negi, the pressure finally got the better of Rahane, who was dismissed by Samuel Badree for 30.
Tripathi didn't last long either as in the next over, the youngster was removed by Pawan Negi. The ball was hit fiercely but skipper Kohli took a fantastic reflex catch to sent Tripathi back into the hut.
Steven Smith and MS Dhoni joined forced in the middle steadied the boat for Pune. Dhoni looked in good nick and hit two boundaries off one Badree overs.
But the best part about Dhoni's innings was his huge six off the bowling of Chahal that landed on the roof of the stadium. Smith too joined in the party as he hit two boundaries in as many overs to increase the scoring rate.
Dan Chrisitian too couldn't survive for long as he became Aravind's second scalp of the over for 1 run.
Adam Milne picked two wickets in as many deliveries as Stokes and Shardul were dismissed cheaply and RPS were seven down.
However, Manoj Tiwary (27 off 11) played a handy innings right at the end to give some respectability to the Pune score. In the penultimate over of the innings, Tiwary hit Watson for 19 runs to help them cross over the 150-run mark.
While ten more runs in the final over ensured that Pune bowlers were given a fighting total by the batsmen to defend.