New Delhi. Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in the 43rd match of IPL on the basis of Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell. RCB had a target of 150 runs and they registered an easy victory by scoring 153 runs for three wickets 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). 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-Padikkal get off to a great start for RCB
Captain Virat Kohli (25 off 20 balls) and Devdutt Padikkal (22 off 17 balls) started with a flurry of fours, but both of them could not convert the 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 score seven runs in the last 10 balls. Padikkal was the first batsman to be dismissed. He could not take advantage of life donation. Mustafizur Rahman (2 for 20) bowled him. Padikkal hit four fours. 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 by giving an easy catch at fine leg. Maxwell completed his half-century by hitting Morris for the first six and then three fours, while AB de Villiers (four not out) hit the winning four. Morris proved expensive. He conceded 50 runs in four overs.
Rajasthan slipped after a good start
Batting first, Rajasthan Royals had scored 100 runs in 11 overs but in the last nine overs, he could only manage 49 runs and in the meantime he lost eight wickets and his 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.
Captain Sanju Samson (19) hit a six in the 11th over on leg-spinner Chahal 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, Georges Garten forced Lewis to wave the ball in the air while Chahal sent Mahipal Lomror (three) to the pavilion as soon as he arrived.
Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed added to the Royals’ trouble by sending Samson and Rahul Teotia (two) to the pavilion in his first over itself. Chahal did not let Liam Livingstone (six) run. Chahal took two for 18 in four overs while Shahbaz took two wickets for 10 runs in two overs. 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.