Indian Premier League, 2020
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date & Time: 17 October 2020
RR: 9.10 | Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets
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.
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.
Is ABD safe?
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.
Jofra Archer is back on. 2-0-17-0 are his figures so far.
Rahul Tewatia has completed his quota. Shreyas Gopal is back in the attack now.
Who will walk out now? Gurkeerat Singh Mann it is.
Is that a clean catch? Has Tewatia taken a stunner? Is his foot touching the ropes? Things we ponder on as the umpires have called for the third umpire's assistance. OUT...it reads on the big board.
Who will walk out to bat now? AB de Villiers it is.
Kartik Tyagi is back on. Went for 12 in his first over. Smith wants a wicket.
DRINKS! An interesting passage of play this. Kohli is content with knocking the balls around, while Padikkal is lashing out at the loose balls on offer. Rajasthan have kept a good tight lid on the scoring rate, dismissing a dangerous-looking Finch. With the required rate at close to 10.5, it is time for these two to get going as Bangalore have good batting depth. Cannot afford the required rate to keep ballooning. Shreyas Gopal is back in the attack now.
Rahul Tewatia to bowl his first over.
Jaydev Unadkat to bowl now.
Kartik Tyagi is into the attack now.
Virat Kohli walks out to bat now, at No. 3.
Who will bowl from the other end? Shreyas Gopal it is.
We are back for the run chase! Both the umpires stride out to the middle. Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal are the openers for Bangalore. They need to do well if Bangalore are to romp home here. Jofra Archer with the ball first up for Rajasthan. Here we go...