Indian Premier League, 2020

Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - Match 33

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 17 October 2020

Royal Challengers Bangalore 179/3

RR: 9.10 | Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Devdutt Padikkal c Ben Stokes & b Rahul Tewatiac Ben Stokes & b Rahul Tewatia353720
Aaron Finch c Robin Uthappa & b Shreyas Gopalc Robin Uthappa & b Shreyas Gopal141102
Virat Kohli c Rahul Tewatia & b Kartik Tyagic Rahul Tewatia & b Kartik Tyagi433212
AB de Villiers not out not out 552216
Gurkeerat Singh Mann not out not out 191710
Washington Sundar
Chris Morris
Isuru Udana
Navdeep Saini
Yuzvendra Chahal
Shahbaz Ahmed
Extras 13 (b 0, lb 1, w 11, nb 1)
Total 179 (3 Wkts, 19.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
23-1 (Aaron Finch,3.3), 102-2 (Devdutt Padikkal,13), 102-3 (Virat Kohli,13.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Jofra Archer3.4 0 38 0 11.18
Shreyas Gopal4 0 32 1 8.00
Kartik Tyagi4 0 32 1 8.00
Jaydev Unadkat4 0 46 0 11.50
Rahul Tewatia4 0 30 1 7.50

Right then, with that win, Bangalore have 12 points now, with 6 wins from 9 games. They have consolidated their position at No. 3 in the points table. For Rajasthan, it is the reverse, 6 losses in their 9 games. Things are looking pretty bleak for Rajasthan from here. They need to pull a rabbit out of the hat, if they are to reverse their fortunes. Right then, Super Saturday means double the excitement. Yes, Delhi are taking on Chennai at Sharjah. Switch tabs and catch our coverage of the same.

AB de Villiers is named the Man of the Match.

Earlier, after winning the toss, Smith opted to bat first in the searing Dubai heat. It was a good and yet tricky start for Rajasthan, as they started well but lost their top-order quickly. They recovered well to post 177 later on. Their bowlers kept a tight noose from the start, but allowed it to slip away later on. It went down to the wire but Bangalore pulled off a spectacular win.

For Rajasthan, well, they had Kohli's men in quicksand but failed to contain the de Villiers blitzkrieg, which allowed the game to slip away. It was a case of so-near, yet so far for them. Gopal, Tewatia and Tyagi bowled well, taking 1 apiece and were economical by the match's standards as well. Unadkat took a pounding and surprisingly, their key bowler, Jofra Archer, went wicketless and conceded close to 10.5 runs per over. They would be ruing this opportunity which was well within their reach, but slipped away, as they took their foot off the pedal.

Bangalore started off well, Padikkal opting to play second fiddle to Finch's hitting. But it was a short blitzkrieg as Finch departed after two biggies. And then, walked Kohli, to the middle. It was a very watchful passage, with Kohli going for his trademark 2s, while Padikkal lashed out at the loose deliveries and kept rotating the strike otherwise. The left-handed batsman later fell for a near-run-a-ball 35. Because he and the skipper started motoring late, the required rate started climbing up. Kohli followed Padikkal and two new batters out in the middle. Things got tough for Bangalore as there was some confusion between Mann and de Villiers, with either possibly running themselves out. In the end, they rode through that, de Villiers smashed a superb unbeaten 55 from 22 balls. Mann provided the required assistance at the other end and Bangalore cruised home with 2 balls to spare, sparing a Super Over prospect.

Bangalore, what a thumping win in the end, here in Dubai. Spoils our hopes for a Super Over but boy do we not love to see him finishing off in such fashion. A huge win for Kohli's men. 

19.4
6
Jofra Archer to AB de Villiers, SIX! WOW! Game, set and match for AB de Villiers and Bangalore! What a shot to end the game! Archer goes for the yorker on the toes, de Villiers is deep inside his crease. He manages to get under the ball and whips it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie. BANGALORE WIN BY 7 WICKETS!
19.3
2
Jofra Archer to AB de Villiers, Two now! Full and around off, de Villiers drills it down the ground. Before the long off fielder can get around, two taken. Bangalore just a hit away!
19.2
1
Jofra Archer to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Single! De Villiers is back on strike. 7 needed in 4. Banged short and on middle, Gurkeerat looks to pull but the ball gets big on him. The ball hits the upper part of the bat and lobs towards mid-wicket. Single taken.
19.1
2
Jofra Archer to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Couple to begin the over! A low full toss on middle, Gurkeerat flicks it wide of the deep square leg fielder. Tewatia does well to get to the ball, easy two. De Villiers is away from the strike again.

Jofra Archer to bowl the final over of the match. 10 runs needed. Can Bangalore get it? Or are we in for a Super Over? A long time since the last one.

18.6
1
Jaydev Unadkat to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, A single! 25 off the over. Full and wide outside off, Gurkeerat drills it down to sweeper cover for one. Gurkeerat will keep the strike. 10 needed in the last 6 balls.
18.5
4
Jaydev Unadkat to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, FOUR! Gurkeerat joins the act now and Unadkat is getting a beating. Not sure if Unadkat was the perfect choice to bowl the penultimate over. Short and wide outside off, Gurkeerat slams it over cover-point and finds the fence.
18.5
0
Jaydev Unadkat to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, WIDE! A slower bouncer on middle and leg. The fingers are rolled on this one. It takes ages to get to the batsman. Gurkeerat tries to hammer it but misses. Wided for the height.
18.4
1
Jaydev Unadkat to AB de Villiers, Finally bowls a yorker outside off, ABD pushes it down to sweeper cover for a run.
18.3
6
Jaydev Unadkat to AB de Villiers, SIX! Three in a row! This is terrific stuff! Short and on middle, not pacy at all. De Villiers swivels and powers it over deep square leg for a biggie.
18.2
6
Jaydev Unadkat to AB de Villiers, SIX! Two-in-two! And this one is even bigger. You just can't be bowling in the slot of de Villiers. Unadkat does that and gets slammed way over long on. Huge six. Unadkat under massive pressure.
18.1
6
Jaydev Unadkat to AB de Villiers, SIX! ABD starts with a bang! A massive six to begin the over! A length ball in the slot of de Villiers. It is the slower one. De Villiers powers it way over the deep mid-wicket for a massive six.
17.6
1
Kartik Tyagi to AB de Villiers, Single to end the over! A very good one from Kartik. Full and around off, de Villiers pushes it towards long off for a run. He will keep the strike for the next over. 35 needed in 12.
17.5
3
Kartik Tyagi to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Three! Good effort from Unadkat. Kartik goes full and wide outside off, Gurkeerat manages to steer it over short third man. Unadkat there leaps high and gets a hand to it but it doesn't stick. It goes to third man and they take three runs.
17.4
0
Kartik Tyagi to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Excellent delivery! Full, fast and around off, Gurkeerat looks to slog but misses.
17.3
1
Kartik Tyagi to AB de Villiers, Gets it right this time. Low full toss, it is drilled down to long on for a run.
17.2
4
Kartik Tyagi to AB de Villiers, FOUR! Nicely done! There was nothing wrong with the ball but AB de Villiers is so good. He manages to dig it out through cover-point and it races away to the fence.
17.1
1
Kartik Tyagi to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Very full and on middle, flicked down to long on for a run.

Is ABD safe?

16.6
2
Jaydev Unadkat to AB de Villiers, NOT OUT! Yes, de Villiers is very quick and safe! He would've had his heart in his mouth though when the ball went high in the air. Slower one outside off, de Villiers looks to slog it away but gets a top edge but the ball lands to safety. They go for the second run. Unadkat, the bowler, runs to the ball and fires the throw to the keeper who takes the bails off. The third umpire has been called in. Replays confirm de Villiers is safe.
16.5
6
Jaydev Unadkat to AB de Villiers, SIX! BOOM! Full and wide again but this time it is de Villiers on strike. He reaches out and slams it over sweeper cover for a maximum.
16.4
1
Jaydev Unadkat to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Finally gets off the strike. Full and wide again, this time Gurkeerat manages to connect it well and push it through covers for a run.
16.3
0
Jaydev Unadkat to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Three dots in a row! Full and wide outside off, he tries to reach out but gets a bottom edge to the keeper.
16.2
0
Jaydev Unadkat to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Change of pace again! Excellent bowling. Slower one and outside off, this time Gurkeerat jumps out of his crease to hammer it but misses.
16.1
0
Jaydev Unadkat to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Play and a miss! Good start from Jaydev. The slower one from him. It is good length and outside off, Gurkeerat is beaten for pace as he tries to force it on the off side.

DRINKS! 54 needed in 4 overs. AB de Villiers is out there! As long as he is there, one would assume that he can take his side home. Rajasthan would want to see him going back as quickly as possible. Let's see who raises their hand to remove the dangerous man. We are in for a thriller it seems. Also, Jaydev Unadkat is back on.

15.6
0
Jofra Archer to AB de Villiers, Full and wide outside off, driven hard but straight to the cover fielder. 10 off the over!
15.5
6
Jofra Archer to AB de Villiers, SIX! THUMP! Much-needed biggie! Short and outside off, de Villiers moves inside and powers it way over deep mid-wicket for a bigige.
15.4
1
Jofra Archer to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, 4 singles in a row! Singles won't hurt Rajasthan. A short ball on the body, Gurkeerat looks to pull but doesn't manage to middle. It hits the upper part and goes to fine leg. A single taken.
15.3
1
Jofra Archer to AB de Villiers, One more single! Very full ball on middle, it is stroked down to long on for one by ABD.
15.2
1
Jofra Archer to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Full and on middle, Gurkeerat flicks it to deep square leg and gets to the other end.
15.1
1
Jofra Archer to AB de Villiers, Full and on middle to begin, de Villiers flicks it down to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Jofra Archer is back on. 2-0-17-0 are his figures so far.

14.6
2
Shreyas Gopal to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, A couple to end the over. Flatter ball around middle, Gurkeerat punches it wide of the long on fielder. Easy two taken. 64 more needed in last 5.
14.5
3
Shreyas Gopal to AB de Villiers, Three now! Short and wide outside off, de Villiers cuts it uppishly between backward point and short third man. Before the fielder can do the mop up work near the ropes, three taken.
14.4
1
Shreyas Gopal to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, On middle, Gurkeerat strokes it down to long on for one.
14.4
0
Shreyas Gopal to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, WIDE! Fires one down the leg side. Gurkeerat looks to sweep but misses. Wided.
14.3
1
Shreyas Gopal to AB de Villiers, Another single! Flatter and on middle, pushed down to long on for one.
14.2
1
Shreyas Gopal to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Short and on middle, pulled down to long on for an easy single.
14.1
1
Shreyas Gopal to AB de Villiers, Floated around off, driven down to long off for a run.

Rahul Tewatia has completed his quota. Shreyas Gopal is back in the attack now.

13.6
0
Kartik Tyagi to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, A dot to end the over. This is hit towards cover-point for a dot.
13.5
1
Kartik Tyagi to AB de Villiers, Direct hit at the bowler's end would have been interesting. Very full ball on leg, de Villiers digs it out to square leg and takes a quick single. The throw comes in, de Villiers dives, the ball though misses the stumps. Would have been close had he hit, the fielder.
13.4
0
Kartik Tyagi to AB de Villiers, Outside off on a good length, steered to Archer at short third man. This time they stay where they are, the batters.

Saturday and we are back to double headers! In the first game, Match 33, Bangalore take on Rajasthan. Bangalore endured an agonizing loss against Punjab in their last game. Their batsmen did well to post a 170-odd total but the bowlers were hammered. However, it went down to the wire. Still, they have 5 wins from 8 games and there is no need for them to fret. Rajasthan managed to stem their losing spree by pulling off a spectacular win against Hyderabad. And against Delhi, one of the sides to beat this season, Rajasthan looked like they might pull off another one. But they kept losing wickets and that proved to be their undoing. With just 3 wins from 8 games, they need wins, wins and more of them. Can they pull off another heist or will Bangalore come back hard after their loss to Punjab earlier?

Rajasthan Royals Team Squad -Aniruddha Joshi,David Miller,Manan Vohra,Riyan Parag,Robin Uthappa,Steven Smith,Yashasvi Jaiswal,Ben Stokes,Mahipal Lomror,Rahul Tewatia,Shashank Singh,Anuj Rawat,Jos Buttler,Sanju Samson,Akash Singh,Andrew Tye,Ankit Rajpoot,Jaydev Unadkat,Jofra Archer,Kartik Tyagi,Mayank Markande,Oshane Thomas,Shreyas Gopal,Tom Curran,Varun Aaron

Royal Challengers Bangalore Team Squad -Aaron Finch,Devdutt Padikkal,Gurkeerat Singh Mann,Pavan Deshpande,Virat Kohli,Chris Morris,Moeen Ali,Shahbaz Ahmed,Shivam Dube,Washington Sundar,AB de Villiers,Josh Philippe,Parthiv Patel,Adam Zampa,Dale Steyn,Isuru Udana,Mohammed Siraj,Navdeep Saini,Pawan Negi,Umesh Yadav,Yuzvendra Chahal