AB de Villiers onslaught earns RCB win over Rajasthan in IPL thriller

Ross Houston
October 18, 2020

Archer had only 10 to defend in his over and de Villiers finished it off with two to spare with a six and a fist bump as his teammates poured into the field to serenade him.

AB de Villiers smacked a blitzkrieg 22-ball 55 after Chris Morris' four-wicket haul to propel Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their IPL match on Saturday.

Chasing 178 runs to win, Bangalore were off to sedated start before Aaron Finch changed the gears and hit Jofra Archer in the third over for two sixes.

Other notable performers for Bangalore were skipper Virat Kohli, who scored 43, and Devdutt Padikkal (35).

Kohli was also sent back to the pavilion in the next over by Karthik Tyagi. Buttler was quick to get off the blocks as he moved to 17 off 13, with a four and a six. Skipper Steve Smith, generally regarded as an astute tactician, was once again in the spotlight for a couple of questionable calls.

The Royals smashed 19 and 15 runs in the 18th and 19th over respectively. Smith completed a 30-ball 50 and before eventually falling for 57. Meanwhile, Tewatia scored 19 runs off 11 balls.

The run to the play-offs is becoming clearer now; DC lead the pack with 14 points whereas defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) sit in second place, ahead of RCB on Net Run Rate (NRR) only as both have 12 points.

Opting to bat first, Rajasthan Royals got off to a flyer with opening batsman Robin Uthappa bludgeoning the RCB's bowling attack with Ben Stokes playing the role of second fiddle.

Uthappa creamed a drive through the off side to start the proceedings and followed it up with three fours through the leg-side.

The Padikkal-Kohli duo completed the fifty-run stand after Kohli tonked a six off Shreyas Gopal in the tenth over. RCB bowlers Morris took 4 wickets while Chahal managed to grab 2 wickets for the team.

Yuzvendra Chahal brought RCB right back into the game by removing the unsafe Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson off consecutive balls.

"We executed quite nicely towards the end, at the end of the day, its T20 cricket, I can go for 60 runs the next game, it was nice to get some wickets against Rajasthan Royals", Morris told Chahal.

Jos Buttler and Steve Smith knuckled down to rebuilding job. The over ended up costing 25 runs.

Batting first, Rajasthan Royals had done well to post 177-6 in what were tricky conditions to bat in. In this match, Rajasthan captain Steve Smith won the toss and chose to bat first and RR scored 177 runs losing 6 wickets in the allotted 20 overs.

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