- Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets
- Rajasthan Royals scored 149 for nine in 20 overs
- RCB team won the match by scoring 153 runs for three wickets in 17.1 overs.
- Glenn Maxwell’s Fifty, Harshal Patel took 3 wickets
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), who made a stellar comeback from the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Shahbaz Ahmed, beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets with 17 balls to spare with Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten half-century in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday. ) consolidated its position in third place. RCB had a target of 150 runs and they registered an easy victory by scoring 153 for three in 17.1 overs. Maxwell scored an unbeaten 50 off 30 balls with the help of six fours and a six.
He shared a 69-run partnership for the third wicket with Srikar Bharat (44 off 35 balls). Royals had scored 100 runs in 11 overs but in the last nine overs they could only manage 49 runs and in the meantime they lost eight wickets and their team could reach 149 for nine in the end. Evin Lewis (58 off 37 balls, five fours, three sixes) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (31 off 22 balls) got the Royals off to a good start by adding 77 runs for the first wicket. Chahal took two for 18 in four overs while Shahbaz took two for 10 in two overs.
Bangalore’s advantage, Rajasthan Royals got tough
Harshal Patel (3 for 34), who took a hat-trick in the last match, came close to showing this feat again in the last over. This is RCB’s seventh win in 11 matches, taking them to 14 points. He remains in third place. The Royals suffered a seventh defeat in the 11th match. They are in seventh place with eight points and their way to the playoffs has become difficult.
Kohli made a strong start
Skipper Virat Kohli (25 off 20 balls) and Devdutt Padikkal (22 off 17 balls) started with a flurry of fours, but both failed to convert a good start into big scores. Kohli had hit his four fours in the first two overs. He returned to the pavilion after being run out in the seventh over but could only manage seven runs in the last 10 balls. Padikkal was the first batsman to be dismissed. He could not take advantage of the life donation. Mustafizur Rahman (2 for 20) bowled him. Padikkal hit four fours.
Strong innings of India-Maxwell
The target was small and hence Bharat and Maxwell batted with ease. Bharat, in the 13th over, hit Chris Morris for the first six of the innings at deep square leg to take the score beyond 100 runs, but he could not complete the half-century and returned to the pavilion with a simple catch at fine leg. Maxwell completed his half-century by hitting Maurice for the first six and then three fours, while AB de Villiers (4 not out) hit the winning four. Maurice proved expensive. He conceded 50 runs in four overs.
Thrill of Rajasthan innings
Earlier, after losing the toss, the Royals, who came to bat first, scored 56 runs without any loss after the powerplay. He scored 44 of these runs in just three overs. Jaiswal welcomed Maxwell, who held the ball in the third over, with a six. Lewis changed the line in the next over to bowl two sixes and a four off Georges Garten and hit Patel for a six at mid-on to take the Royals’ score past 50 in the fifth over.
Then the wickets fell like this
Jaiswal then targeted Daniel Christian but the Australian fast bowler soon broke the partnership by getting him caught at mid-off. Jaiswal hit three fours and two sixes. Lewis completed his third fifty in IPL off 31 balls. Skipper Sanju Samson (19) hit a six off leg-spinner Chahal in the 11th over to take the team’s score to triple digits, but RCB then made a spectacular comeback with the fall of wickets.
In his next spell, Garten forced Lewis to wave the ball in the air while Chahal sent Mahipal Lomror (three) to the pavilion as soon as it came. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz added to the Royals’ trouble in his first over by sending Samson and Rahul Tewatia (two) to the pavilion. Chahal did not let Liam Livingstone (six) run. Patel took all his three wickets in the last over.