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RCB v RPS, IPL 2017: Listless Royal Challengers Bangalore lose another tie at home

Set to get 162, not a daunting target in any way, RCB never got going as Pune put up an impressive bowling performance and finished at 134/9. RCB's chase was undone primarily by the fact that both Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers could not stay at the wicket long enough to produce a substantial knock.

Kohli was looking good when he was caught by Ajinkya Rahane off Ben Stokes at 28. De Villiers, who wasn't his fluent self, was gobbled up by Imran Tahir who got him stumped at 29. With Pune bowlers giving nothing away, it became more and more desperate for RCB batsmen who succumbed one after the other while trying the big shots.

Asked to bat first on a decent track here, the visitors gave a good account of themselves in the Powerplay overs only to lose five wickets in the space of nine balls towards the end as the innings fizzled out.

It was some big hitting by Manoj Tiwary which helped them reach a competitive 161/8 which proved enough in the end. Tight bowling by RCB's slower bowlers and incisive strikes by the pacers led by Kiwi Adam Milne, who played in place of a sick Tymal Mills, gave the home team a good chance of snapping their indifferent form. However, that was not to be. RPS openers Rahane and Rahul Tripathi gave the team a solid foundation to build upon, with a 68-run opening stand.

It was the introduction of spinner Samuel Badree in the eighth over that got RCB the breakthrough. The West Indian drew Rahane into a shot and got through the Indian batsman's defence. Pawan Negi then got rid of Tripathi in the next over, as Kohli plucked the ball out of thin air while diving low to his left in the cover region.

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