May 06, 2016
By MI Media
Dhoni led Rising Pune Supergiants, began their innings after the Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and decided to bowl first. The Royal Challengers looked confident and it was quite evident from the way they kicked off their innings. By slowly building on the boundaries, they surged ahead with Rahane taking point on the score making. Khawaja who opened along with Rahane, got himself involved in a terrible running between the wickets mix-up. He ended up being at the same end with Rahane and eventually being ruled run out by the umpire. Tiwary came in next and complemented Rahane with a 106 run off 70 ball partnership thanks to dropped catches from RCB. Their partnership pushed the Royal Challengers to 132 before Tiwary got stumped. Everyone that followed after either had a single run contribution or were in the lower 20 run range. The skipper himself contributed 9 runs off 8 balls only. This led to RPS settling for a good score of 190, when they could have got a score of well beyond 200.
RCB got off to good start when Kohli and KL Rahul steered them from 46 in the power play to 94 in just eleven overs. Adam Zampa who made his IPL debut this match picked up two wickets in his third over to send back KL Rahul and Ab de Villiers. When Shane Watson walked in the target appeared to be a bit daunting. After he was done the target appeared easy and achievable when he hit Thisara Perera for 5 boundaries before getting out to RP Singh. But, Virat Kolhi, one of the best chasers, stayed till the very end to guide his team home. Another superlative batting performance from Kolhi led RCB to their third win of this IPL season.