Even though RR won the toss and invited RCB to bowl first, they made a lot of changes in their batting order coming into this match, as there was a definite need to get back on the winning track. They had their 5th new opening pair of the season as Uthappa and Stokes entered the crease.
Uthappa finally found his groove in the opening slot as he assaulted the RCB boring attack in the power play. Ben Stokes couldn’t really swing his arms as RCB bowled some tight lines to him. Owing to Uthappa’s carnage, RR managed 52 runs in the first six overs.
Captain Smith’s innings takes RR to 178
Problems started for RR when Chahal dismissed Uthappa and Samson in successive deliveries. Buttler had been pushed down to 5th position to accommodate Stokes at the top. After Samson’s wicket, captain Smith and Buttler joined hands, but the latter wasn’t too quick in scoring runs due to which RR couldn’t up the ante in the middle overs.
RCB completely controlled the middle overs, but two no-balls by Chahal in a single over, Smith’s big hits, and a few Tewatia smacks took RR to 178. Morris topped the bowling charts with four wickets to his name.
RCB got to a good start. Finch was looking set in the crease after hitting two huge sixes in the 3rd off Archer, but he couldn’t keep going and got out shortly after that. Kohli and Padikkal made sure that they reached a decent total Of 47 runs after the powerplay.
In the middle overs, even though they didn’t lose a wicket, didn’t score massive runs either. Kohli kept them in the hint by ensuring that the required run rate didn’t go too high by running hard between the wickets.
Rahul Tewatia puts RR back on the driver’s seat
Rahul Tewatia again almost changed the game n favor of the Royals in the span of 2 balls. On the last ball of the 13th over, he dismissed Padikkal, and on the first ball of the next over, he took a great catch at the boundary to dismiss Kohli.
ABD and Gurkeerat Sing were at the crease, and the required run-rate kept increasing. They needed 45 runs off the last three overs, and RCB needed an ABD special to win it from here.
ABD puts on a show
Karthik Tyagi bowled well in the 18th over and conceded only ten runs. Unadkat was set to bowl the 19th over, and they needed it to be big as Archer was going to bowl the last. ABD smashes him for three continuous sixes of the first three balls, Gurkeerat Singh also hit a four and made sure that they scored 25 runs of this over, and Archer had to defend 10 of the last over. Ten runs were never going to be easy to defend when ABD was batting. He finished the match with a huge six and ended up with a score of 55 of just 22 balls.
AB de Villiers, of course, was the man of the match.
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