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IPL 2020: RR vs RCB | De Villiers’ genius drags RCB across the line

Rajasthan Royals are fielding an unchanged side, while Royal Challengers Bangalore made couple of changes.
Rajasthan Royals are fielding an unchanged side, while Royal Challengers Bangalore made couple of changes.

For the second time in six days, A.B. de Villiers swung a game Royal Challengers Bangalore's way with a blinder of a knock.

Rajasthan Royals, which made 177 for six at the Dubai International Stadium after winning the toss, was beaten by seven wickets with two balls to spare.

If his 33-ball 73 had set up RCB's victory, batting first against Kolkata Knight Riders at Sharjah earlier in the week, de Villiers put on a masterclass in chasing down an imposing target on Saturday. His 55 not out came off just 22 balls (1x4, 6x6).

Its sixth win in nine matches helped RCB stay in the vicinity of the two standout teams of the competition, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals, with 12 points. RR remains near the bottom, on six points.

When RCB’s two set batsmen had returned to the dugout off successive balls, RR may have sensed an opportunity.

Opener Devdutt Padikkal (35, 37b, 2x4) and Virat Kohli (43, 32b, 1x4, 2x6) had put on 79 for the second wicket.

When the captain succumbed to a brilliant piece of fielding by Rahul Tewatia at deep mid-wicket — he caught the ball on the run, released it before he went over the rope and came back in to complete the catch — 76 was needed off 41 balls.

It was 35 off 12 when Steve Smith handed the ball to Jaydev Unadkat. The left-arm seamer's first three balls were dispatched over the on-side boundary by de Villiers in imperious style.

Turning the tide

Twenty-five runs came off the penultimate over. de Villiers then finished the job by sending RR’s best bowler Jofra Archer over the deep mid-wicket boundary.

Earlier, a rejigged batting line-up helped RR post a competitive total. The decision to send in Robin Uthappa as opener paid dividends. He made a sparkling 41 (22b, 7x4, 1x6) and put on 50 for the first wicket with Ben Stokes, who became one of Chris Morris’ four victims.

Smith finally returned to form, too, scoring 57 (36b, 6x4, 1x6). But later on in the afternoon, de Villiers made it a match to forget for RR.

The AB sizzler

de Villiers’ unbeaten 55 came off just 22 deliveries

The South African hammered six sixes and a four

With 35 needed off two overs, 25 were scored off the penultimate over bowled by Unadkat

Scoreboard

Rajasthan Royals: Robin Uthappa c Finch b Chahal 41; Ben Stokes c de Villiers b Chris Morris 15; Sanju Samson c Chris Morris b Chahal 9; Steven Smith c Shahbaz Ahmed b Chris Morris 57; Jos Buttler c Navdeep Saini b Chris Morris 24; Rahul Tewatia not out 19; Jofra Archer lbw b Chris Morris 2. Extras: (B-1, W-7, NB-2) 10

Total: (6 wkts, 20 Overs) 177

Fall of Wickets: 1-50, 2-69, 3-69, 4-127, 5-173, 6-177.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Washington Sundar 3-0-25-0, Chris Morris 4-0-26-4, Isuru Udana 3-0-43-0, Navdeep Saini 4-0-30-0, Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-34-2, Shahbaz Ahmed 2-0-18-0.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal c Stokes b Rahul Tewatia 35; Aaron Finch c Uthappa b Shreyas Gopal 14; Virat Kohli c Rahul Tewatia b Kartik Tyagi 43; AB de Villiers not out 55; Gurkeerat Singh not out 19. Extras: (LB-1, W-11, NB-1) 13

Total: (3 wkts, 19.4 Overs) 179

Fall of Wickets: 1-23, 2-102, 3-102

Rajasthan Royals bowling: Jofra Archer 3.4-0-38-0, Shreyas Gopal 4-0-32-1, Kartik Tyagi 4-0-32-1, Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-46-0, Rahul Tewatia 4-0-30-1.

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