Rising Pune Supergiant vs Royal Challengers Bangalore | Match 34 | IPL 10 | April 29 - 2017
34th match: Rising Pune Supergiant v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Pune, April 29, 2017, Cricket Highlights.
Royal Challengers Bangalore had a real opportunity to get a win on the board against Rising Pune Supergiant, having been set an achievable total of 158 to win. Usually you would back a team featuring the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to manage a total like that, but again this expensively-assembled team failed with the bat - Kohli managing 55, but not being backed up by any other member of his side.
96 all out was probably more than RCB deserved, and though Imran Tahir gets immense credit for his three wickets, the end result was a match that could probably have been won on autopilot. Steven Smith's 45, while not the Australilan captain's greatest innings, showed the opposition the benefits of having on-form batsmen who inspire the confidence of others. Pune, tipped to flop in the IPL by many including this writer, continue to impress, while RCB have some work to do.