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IPL 2016, RPS vs RCB: AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli shine once again in RCB win

Royal Challengers Bangalore picked up their second win in the IPL 2016 after beating Rising Pune Supergiants by 13 runs in Pune.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore endured some turbulence late on with some big hitting by Thisara Perera and Rajat Bhatia but they did just enough to win their second match of IPL 2016 by 13 runs. (Source: BCCI/IPL)
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The encounter between Rising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore saw India's limited overs captain MS Dhoni square off with the national side's Test captain Virat Kohli. It raised a question for the fans over who they should support? (Source: PTI)
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AB de Villiers' 83 off 46 balls with the help of six boundaries and two sixes took RCB to 185. His fiery knock earned him the Man of the Match Award. He delivered not just with the bat but on the field also with two catches. (Source: PTI)
AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli ensure 13-run win for RCB

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After losing Faf du Plessis early on, RPS' woes were compounded when they lost Kevin Pietersen retired hurt. The out-of-favour England batsman suffered from a calf strain it was revealed later. (Source: BCCI/IPL)
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To add to RPS' early concerns, Steve Smith departed for four after being run out from Virat Kohli. After hitting the stumps and getting the nod from the third umpire, Kohli went off on a Imran Tahir-esque celebratory run. (Source: BCCI/IPL)
AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli ensure 13-run win for RCB

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Rahane made 60 off 46 balls with the help of eight boundaries before the ever climbing asking rate took a toll on him. He fell in the 15th over stumped by KL Rahul off debutant chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi (1/36) while going for an extravagant shot. (Source: BCCI/IPL)
AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli ensure 13-run win for RCB

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Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (41) shared 91 runs off 73 balls for the third wicket with Ajinkya Rahane to keep Pune afloat. An over after Rahane was gone, Dhoni also departed in the pursuit of a big shot, caught at long-off by AB De Villiers off Harshal Patel (1/46). (Source: BCCI/IPL)
AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli ensure 13-run win for RCB

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Thissara Perera (34 off 13 balls) and Rajat Bhatia (21 off 1) shared quickfire 44 runs off just 14 balls to raise Pune's hopes. The turnaround came in the 18th over when Patel conceded a whooping 25 runs. Perera struck the hapless bowler for two boundaries and as many sixes. (Source: BCCI/IPL)
AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli ensure 13-run win for RCB

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But just when it seemed the match was slipping away from RCB’s hand, Shane Watson came to his side’s rescue claiming two wickets in the next over off dangerous Thisarra Perera and Ravichandran Ashwin. (Source: BCCI/IPL)
AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli ensure 13-run win for RCB