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PICS: Royal Challengers too good for Rajasthan Royals

Last updated on: October 03, 2020 19:57 IST
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Images from Saturday's IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, in Abu Dhabi.

Virat Kohli hits a six

IMAGE: Virat Kohli produced some of his trademark shots in an unbeaten 72 as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Rajasthan Royals in the IPL match, in Abu Dhabi, on Saturday. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Captain Virat Kohli roared back to form with an unbeaten half-century, while opener Devdutt Padikkal continued his dream run with the bat to power Royal Challengers Bangalore to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League match, in Abu Dhabi, on Saturday.

 

Padikkal rallied te Royal Challengers after the early dismissal of opener Aaron Finch (8), stroking 63 from 45 balls to register his third half-century in four games.

Kohli started watchfully before he grew in confidence to hit 72 not out from 53 balls, as the Royal Challengers cruised to 158-2 in 19.1 overs, in reply to Rajasthan Royals' 154 for six, to win with five balls to spare.

Devdutt Padikkal celebrates his half-century with captain Virat Kohli

IMAGE: Devdutt Padikkal celebrates his half-century with captain Virat Kohli. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

This was after wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal snared three wickets in an impressive bowling show that helped RCB restrict Rajasthan Royals 154 for 6.

The victory, their third in four matches, took Royal Challengers to the top of the IPL standings.

Padikkal yet again produced an impressive innings before he was dismissed by Jofra Archer in the 16th over.

Devdutt Padikkal on the attack

IMAGE: Devdutt Padikkal continued his good form, having scored 56, 1, 54 in his three earlier innings, racing to his fifty off 34 balls. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

The young RCB opener allowed his captain to get in and settle down before Kohli produced some of his trademark shots later on to accelerate.

Having failed to score big in his earlier three innings (14, 1, 3), Kohli took time to settle down and scored mostly in ones and twos initially.

Padikkal continued his good form having scored 56, 1, 54 in his three earlier innings as he raced to his fifty off 34 balls.

Yuzvendra Chahal takes a catch off his own bowling to dismiss Sanju Samson

IMAGE: Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner Yuzvendra Chahal takes a catch off his own bowling to dismiss Rajasthan Royals’s Sanju Samson. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Earlier, wily wrist spinner Chahal snared three wickets as Royal Challengers restricted Rajasthan Royals to 154 for 6.

With those three victims, he finished with figures of 3 for 24 and jumped to joint-No. 1 in the bowlers' chart along with Kings XI Punjab's Mohammed Shami on eight wickets.

Royal Challengers Bangalore's players celebrate after Isara Udana claims the wicket of Rajasthan Royals opener Steve Smith

IMAGE: Royal Challengers Bangalore's players celebrate after Isara Udana claims the wicket of Rajasthan Royals opener Steve Smith. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Opting to bat, the Royals lost their top-order batsmen cheaply, inside the Powerplay overs, but recovered to some extent to post a decent total, thanks to Mahipal Lomror's knock of 47.

Royals skipper Steve Smith (5) fell cheaply for the second consecutive time, Isuru Udana taking his wicket in the third over.

RCB pacer Navdeep Saini celebrates taking the wicket of Jos Buttler

IMAGE: Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer pacer Navdeep Saini celebrates taking the wicket of Jos Buttler. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Englishman Jos Buttler (22), who got the start but failed to come up with a big score yet again, soon joined him in the hut.

Sanju Samson (4), who had two sensational innings of 74 and 85 in the first two matches, was the third Royals batsman to be dismissed when Chahal took a low catch in his follow-through in the fifth over.

The third umpire took a long time to come to a decision, which ultimately went with the 'soft decision'.

Mahipal Lomror hits out

IMAGE: Mahipal Lomror’s gritty 47 off 39 balls, which included three sixes, enabled Rajasthan Royals finish with a fighting total. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

At 31 for 3 the Royals were in deep trouble. The recovers a bit and reached 70 for 3 at halfway mark with Robin Uthappa (17) and Lomror stitching a 39-run stand for the fourth wicket.

However, Uthappa’s batting woes continued, as Chahal hag him caught at long-off.

Chahal ended Lomror's innings in the 17th over when the batsman sliced up a widish delivery to Devdutt Padikkal at long-off.

Rahul Tewatia (24 not out), looking for yet another explosive innings after the one against Kings XI Punjab, hit two sixes in the last over after enduring a beamer from Navdeep Saini on his chest to give the Royals a fighting total.

 

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