Ben Stokes scripts Rising Pune defeat RCB at their home

Absolutely brilliant performance from the RPS bowlers. They read the conditions beautifully and found a method to strangle the opposition. The ploy was to bowl slower back of length deliveries right into the pitch and the RCB batsmen just couldn't find a counter to it. The home side had initially got off to a decent start against the new ball which was coming on much better.

That's where a lot of credit must go to Tahir for changing the course of the game and building pressure with a brilliant spell which included the wicket of AB de Villiers. Stokes chipped in with timely wickets of Kohli and Watson. And Unadkat and Thakur, who might have been the major worries going into this, stepped up magnificently at the death on a pitch which was slowing rapidly.

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