Kushal Kumar Jha
IPL 2020, RR vs RCB: ABD blasts off RCB to victory against RR by 7 wickets
In the 33rd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 7 wickets at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers rescued RCB today with their brilliant innings. While Kohli played a good innings of 43 runs off 32 balls, the de Villiers played an explosive innings of undefeated 55 runs off 22 balls aided by 6 sixes and a four. Aided by brilliant knocks of Robin Uthappa and skipper Steven Smith, RR gave a respectable target of 178 runs for the RCB to chase today. Chris Morris shined for the RCB as he grabbed 4 wickets today while also being the most economical bowler of the lot. With today's win against Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore sits comfortably at the 3rd position in the points table of the 13th edition of IPL. whereas, Rajasthan Royals continue to stand at the 7th position in the points table.
Skipper Steven Smith won the toss and elected to bat first, allowing the partnership of openers Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes to start. While Uthappa played aggressively from the start itself and made 41 runs off 22 balls, the Stokes failed to impress today with the bat as he lost his wicket after making 15 runs off 19 balls. Youngster Sanju Samson also failed today as he lost his wicket in the early after making 9 runs off 6 balls. Skipper Steven Smith shined for the RR today as his brilliant knock of 57 runs off 36 balls, aided by Joss Buttler's 24 runs knock, and Rahul Tewatia's last-minute undefeated knock of 19 runs off 11 balls, helped RR to give a respectable target of 178 runs for the RCB to chase today. Chris Morris remained the best bowling pick for the RCB today, with him grabbing 4 crucial wickets today while also being the most economical bowler of the lot. Yuzvendra Chahal also grabbed 2 wickets in his spell of 4 overs for the RCB today.
Royal Challengers Bangalore had a rough start today with the early wicket of opener Aaron Finch. Finch lost his wicket after making just 14 runs off 11 balls today. However, the other opener Devdutt Padikkal and Skipper Virat Kohli rescued RCB successfully from deep trouble with their amazing partnership today. While Padikkal played an innings 35 of runs off 37 balls, the Skipper shined consistently again with the bat today with his brilliant knock of 43 runs off 32 balls. After the fall of the duo, AB de Villiers and debutant Gurkeerat Singh came to the crease to aid in RCB's chase today. AB de Villiers played a masterclass innings today with his brilliant knock of undefeated 55 runs off 22 balls, aided by 6 sixes and a four. Aided by ABD's classy knock today, RCB won the match against RR by massive 7 wickets. Rahul Tewatia remained the most successful bowler for the RR as he grabbed a wicket today while also being the most economical bowler of the lot.