IPL 2017 34th Match: Lacklustre RCB collapse to another defeat

Ferguson was named Man of the Match for his figures of 2/7 off four overs

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore’s dismal campaign continued as they were subjected to a 61-run thrashing by the Rising Pune Supergiants.

Opting to bowl first, the Royal Challengers struck in the fourth over as Samuel Badree dismissed Ajinkya Rahane for six runs.

Just as the Supergiants were beginning to recover, Rahul Tripathi was caught behind off the bowling of Pawan Negi for 37.

Captain Steve Smith and Manoj Tiwary stabilised the innings with a 50-run partnership before Smith was removed by Stuart Binny for 45.

Tiwary and Dhoni ensured the Supergiants concluded their innings on a high as they put together an unbeaten 49-run stand.

Tiwary ended up making 44 and Dhoni remained undefeated on 21 as the Supergiants finished on 157/3 off their 20 overs.

Badree, Negi and Binny picked up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 158 to win, the Royal Challengers found themselves in trouble right from the get-go and failed to recover.

Skipper Virat Kohli did his best to keep his side in with a chance, but even his knock of 55 off 48 balls, which included four boundaries and a six, was not enough.

Kohli scored his 29th IPL fifty

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With Kohli being the only batsman to reach double figures, the Royal Challengers were restricted to 96/9 off their 20 overs.

Imran Tahir was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Lockie Ferguson took two and Jaydev Unadkat, Dan Christian and Washington Sundar claimed one wicket each.

Ferguson was named Man of the Match.

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