The comprehensive victory over RR boosted RCB's prospects of a top-two finish in IPL 2021 and qualify for playoffs. Catch highlights here.
Put into bat, Rajasthan Royals got off to a flier with Evin Lewis (58 off 37) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (31 off 22) adding 77 runs for the first wicket in 8.2 overs. Then, none of the RR batsmen managed to reach 20. Harshal Patel missed out on a second hat-trick but ended up taking three wickets in the final over of the RR innings. Shahbaz Ahmed and Yuzvendra Chahal took a brace each. RCB's chase got off to a flier too, with Virat Kohli (25 off 20) and Devdutt Padikkal (22 off 17) threatening to repeat what they did in the first leg. But the brilliance of Mustafizur Rahman kept RR in the match. But Srikar Bharat (44 off 30) and Glenn Maxwell (50 not out off 30) made sure that RCB reach the target with 11 balls to spare.
RCB remain third in the points table, but they have reduced the gap at the top. Check the updated points table HERE.
And AB de Villiers hit the winning runs, a four off Riyan Parag. Win by seven wickets. RCB - 153/3 (17.1); RR - 149/9 (20).
Fifty for Glenn Maxwell in 30 balls and RCB one away. RCB - 149/3 (17).
Second wicket for Mustafizur Rahman. Srikar Bharat (44 off 35) caught by sub fielder Rawat. AB de Villiers is the new man. RCB - 127/3 (16).
Chris Morris starts his third over with RCB needing 55 runs in 48 balls. A single to Glenn Maxwell, then a couple. Srikar Bharat hits the third for a massive six, over square leg boundary. 11 runs from the over. The third-wicket stand is now worth 48 off 37. RCB - 106/2 (13)
New man Glenn Maxwell hits Kartik Tyagi for a four, then finds top-edge and thought, it's going for a certain six. But Mustafizur Rahman pulls off a stunning effor to limit it to a just a single. RCB - 75/2 (9); RR - 149/9 (20)
Virat Kohli (25 off 20) is run out. RCB skipper goes for a quick single but is caught short. Riyan Parag hits the target from point. RCB - 56/1 (6.2)
Mustafizur Rahman breaks the opening stand. Bowled. Devdutt Padikkal made 22 off 17. Srikar Bharat (3 off 2) joins Virat Kohli (23 off 17). RCB - 54/1 (6)
Chetan Sakariya on with his first over. And Sanju Samson drops Devdutt Padikkal, off the fifth ball. In the previous over, Kartik Tyagi leaked 14. RCB - 29/0 (3).
A dot and an outside edge for a four through the cordon. A well-executed bouncer, followed by a four, pulled with some conviction over mid-wicket. then a four to fine leg to end the first over. All Virat Kohli, and Chris Morris. 12 from it.
Virat Kohli takes the first strike. Devdutt Padikkal is his opening partner. Chris Morris with the new ball. Target - 150.
Riyan Parag caught by Virat Kohli for 9 off 16. 24th wicket in IPL 2021 for Harshal Patel, the most by a bowler in a single season in the tournament's history, going past RCB team-mate Yuzvendra Chahal (2015). Then Chris Morris' wicket, caught by Devdutt Padikkal for 14 off 11. And on a hat-trick, again. Kartik Tyagi takes a single off the next ball to deny Patel back-to-back hat-tricks. But not over. AB de Villiers takes the catch to dismiss Chetan Sakariya off the last ball. Three wickets for three runs, and figures - 3/34. RR - 149/9.
Chris Morris and Riyan Parag struggling to score freely. Mohammed Siraj with the penultimate over. Morris hits the four for a four. Nine from the over. Siraj's figures: 0/18 in three. RR - 146/6 (19).
Second for Yuzvendra Chahal. Liam Livingstone (6 of 9), caught by AB de Villiers at long-on. Chris Morris joins Riyan Parag in the centre. RR - 127/6 (16.2)
26 runs and four wickets in the last five overs. Clearly, RCB have pulled things back. Yuzvendra Chahal and Shahbaz Ahmed are brilliant so far, 1/15 in three and 2/10 in two overs respectively. RR - 126/5 (16).
What an over for Shahbaz Ahmed. Two wickets for four runs in his first over. Rahul Tewatia caught, again by Devdutt Padikkal. He made 2 off 3. RR - 117-5 (14)
Shahbaz Ahmed on with his first over and he gets the big wicket of Sanju Samson (19 off 15). Caught by Devdutt Padikkal at deep. Rahul Tewatia is the new man. RR - 113/4 (13.1)
Yuzvendra Chahal strikes. Lomror lasts four balls. Stumped by Srikar Bharat for 3 runs. Liam Livingstone is the new man for Rajasthan. 42 runs and three wickets in the last five overs. RR - 113/3 (13)
Maiden IPL wicket for debutant George Garton. Evin Lewis (58 off 37), caught by Srikar Bharat. Mahipal Lomror joins skipper Sanju Samson in the centre. RR - 100/2 (11.1).
31-ball fifty for Evin Lewis. The Windies batter hits Harshal Patel for back-to-back fours in the tenth over. On 56 off 33 now, with five fours and three sixes.
Daniel Christian on with his second over and a six off the first ball. But responds in some style. Yashasvi Jaiswal (31 off 22) picks out a specially placed Mohammed Siraj the very next ball at short fine leg. 77 in 50 balls for RR, and that's their best opening stand this season. Sanju Samson (3 off 3) joins Evin Lewis (47 off 29) in the centre. RR - 81/1 (9)
Mohammed Siraj on with his second over, and he checks the run flow. Four singles, off the first four balls. But Yashasvi Jaiswal (15 off 15) and Evin Lewis (41 off 21) won't mind much. RR - 56/0 (6).
Glenn Maxwell on with his first over. Yashasvi Jaiswal lofts the second ball for a six. And a new ball. A single, then Evin Lewis finds the gap at backward point for a four. 13 from the over. In the previous over, Mohammed Siraj leaked five, with the last ball going for a four off the blade of
Jaiswal. RR - 21/3 (3)
Impressive first over from George Garton. A double off the first ball as Evin Lewis runs down it to third man. Then, a single by Yashasvi Jaiswal off the fifth. Three from the over.
Debutant George Garton with the new ball. Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal to open for Rajasthan.
One change each. England quick George Garton makes IPL debut. He replaces Kiwi Kyle Jamieson in RCB XI. Karthik Tyagi in for Jayden Unadkat in RR XI.
Rajasthan Royals: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, George Garton, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Virat Kohli wins the toss and RCB will bowl first. He also feels, this is a very good pitch.
In the first leg, RCB chased down RR's 177/9 in 16.3 overs without losing a wicket at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Devdutt Padikkal hit an unbeaten 101 off 52. Virat Kohli was 72 not out off 47.
Matthew Hayden with the pitch report for the broadcasters. "High-quality pitch," he starts. "Lots of grass on it. Very very hard. I think it'll be pretty good for batting."
He clearly is expecting a high-scoring match tonight.
Rajasthan Royals: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman, Tabraiz Shamsi, Shreyas Gopal, David Miller, Manan Vohra, KC Cariappa, Glenn Phillips, Shivam Dube, Oshane Thomas, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Gerald Coetzee, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh, Kartik Tyagi.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachin Baby, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, George Garton, Wanindu Hasaranga, Suyash Prabhudessai, Tim David, Akash Deep.
With the race for the IPL 2021 playoffs heating up, both Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore look for two crucial points in Dubai tonight. For RR, it will be a must-win game. The Royals have been struggling for consistency and except skipper Sanju Samson, their batting has largely flopped. RR are in the seventh spot with eights points from 10 matches. RCB are relatively in a comfortable zone with 12 points from 10 and are currently third in the IPL 2021 standings. Virat Kohli, captaining RCB for the last time, is finding his batting touch at the right time and with Glenn Maxwell coming good against Mumbai Indians in the last match, things are looking up. RR will be wary of Harshal Patel, RCB's hat-trick hero against Mumbai Indians. Patel (23 wickets so far) has been a consistent performer with the ball alongside spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and pacer Mohammed Siraj. Follow live cricket scores of RR vs RCB here.
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