The AB de Villiers masterclass (55 not out of just 22 balls) helped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) make a stellar comeback, beating Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in a thrilling encounter at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday. With 35 required from the last two overs and the ball didn’t hit the bat nicely, the game seemed to slip out of RCB’s hands, but de Villiers had some other plans. Steve Smith decided to bowl Jaydev Unadkat instead of Jofra Archer in the penultimate over and that cost them a lot of money as RCB wicketkeeper hit him three consecutive sixes from the first three balls to take the game away from them. Gurkeerat Singh Mann also scored a crucial cut in the 19th over, bringing the equation back to 10 from six balls. De Villiers finished in style by hitting Archer’s fourth delivery over a deep midwicket fence.
Looking for 178 to win, RCB got off to a decent start, with Aaron Finch hitting two massive sixes early on. However, he couldn’t hide his start and took off after scoring 14 points. Young Devdut Padikkal and skipper Virat Kohli struck sensibly when they reached 47/1 after six overs.
The highlight of the 79-run grandstand between the duo was running between wickets. They played with gentle hands, making most of them of longer dimensions on one side of the ground.
However, they both left in quick succession, leaving de Villiers to achieve a lot. The former South African skipper went deep into the competition, launching at the right time to seal victory for his side.
Previously, Robin Uthappa, who opened the innings for the first time this season, got Rajasthan Royals off to a flying start in the first six overs. While his partner Ben Stokes failed again with the bat, Uthappa’s knock helped Rajasthan reach 52/1 at the end of Powerplay.
Yuzvendra Chahal struck twice in the eighth, removing both Uthappa and Sanju Samson to pull things back for RCB.
After two quick wickets, RR skipper Steve Smith and Jos Buttler sewed a crucial 55-run grandstand for the fourth wicket to keep the innings stable.
Buttler got out after scoring 24 of 24 balls, but Smith went ahead and completed his half century. Smith accelerated towards the end and a cameo from Rahul Tewatia (19 of 11 balls) helped Rajasthan place a competitive total of 177/6 on a slow wicket.
After collecting 19 and 15 runs in the 18th and 19th overs respectively, Rajasthan was on track with more than 180 runs in total, but Chris Morris Bowler won a brilliant final, allowing only four runs and picking two wickets, to win. prevent them from reaching that target.
Morris was the most successful bowler for RCB, returning with impressive numbers of 4/26, while Chahal was a bit more expensive than usual as he gave away 34 runs, 19 of which got into his final, but accounted for two big wickets. .
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