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Ben Stokes bowled a highly economical spell that produced three wickets as the Rising Pune Supergiants breezed past the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 27 runs.
Being put in to bat first, the Supergiants got off to a great start as Ajinkya Ranahe and Rahul Tripathi amassed a 63-run partnership before Rahane was clean bowled by Samuel Badree for 30.
Tripathi fell shortly after for 31 before captain Steve Smith and Mahendra Singh Dhoni steadied the ship with a 58-run stand.
Once Smith and Dhoni were dismissed for 27 and 28 respectively, the Supergiants began to collapse. However, a quickfire 27 from Manoj Tiwary helped the Supergiants finish on 161/8 off their 20 overs.
Adam Milne and Sreenath Aravind picked up two wickets apiece, while Badree, Shane Watson and Pawan Negi chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 162 to win, the Royal Challengers lost opener Mandeep Singh for a duck as he was caught behind off the bowling of Shardul Thakur.
Just when the Royal Challengers seemed to be rebuilding their innings, Stokes made a huge breakthrough as he removed captain Virat Kohli for 28.
With Imran Tahir taking out his South African compatriot AB de Villiers not long after, the Royal Challengers began to lose their grip on the match.
Stokes and Thakur did them no favours either as the duo carved through their middle and lower order with relative ease.
As a result of the regular strikes, the Royal Challengers were restricted to 134/9 off their 20 overs.
Stokes and Thakur took three wickets apiece, while Jaydev Unadkat snapped up two and Tahir claimed one.
Stokes was named Man of the Match.