Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR) by seven wickets in the 33rd match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in Dubai on Saturday.
Chasing the challenging target of 178, RCB had an abysmal start as they lost opener Aaron Finch (14) cheaply in the fourth over of the innings. Skipper Virat Kohli (43) and youngster Devdutt Padikkal (35) stitched a vital partnership of 79-runs for the second wicket.
However, both Kohli and Padikkal couldn’t accelerate the innings. This made excessive pressure on the pair and due to which both lost their wickets in consecutive overs. RCB were in trouble but then came their spinal column AB de Villiers for the rescue.
De Villiers completely changed the scenario and took his team over the line by scoring unbeaten 55 off just 22 deliveries. He was well assisted by Gurkeerat Mann (19 not out).
The game changed in the penultimate over of RCB’s chase bowled by Jaydev Unadkat, who conceded 25 runs in that over. In the end, RCB won the game by 7 wickets to register their sixth triumph in IPL 2020.
Steve Smith, Robin Uthappa propel RR to 177/6
Earlier, Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat first. There was again a change in the opening pair as this time around Jos Buttler was missing at the top. Robin Uthappa (41), who used to open when he was a part of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), came to bat at his old spot. He was accompanied by Ben Stokes (15).
The pair started well and took Royals off to a flier. Uthappa looked terrific as he began to attack RCB bowlers from the word go. Both the batters added 50 runs for the opening wicket before Chris Morris sent Stokes back into the dugout.
Just two overs, wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal provided back-to-back breakthroughs to RCB in his opening over. First, he dismissed set batsman Uthappa and then removed Sanju Samson (9).
Then, skipper Smith (57) and Buttler steadied the ship by adding a crucial stand of 58 runs for the fourth wicket. The English wicket-keeper batsman fell on 24, but Smith kept on tickling the scoreboard and scored a gutsy half-century. However, in the 20th over, Smith became the third victim of Morris.
Rahul Tewatia (19) made valuable contributions down the order to take RR’s total to 177/6.
For Challengers, Morris was their most successful bowler as he picked up a four-wicket haul for 26 runs. Apart from the Proteas all-rounder, Chahal bagged two scalps.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
We love us some A B DeVilliers. What a plyrr👏🏻👏🏻🔥🔥🔥🔥
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) October 17, 2020
Genius. Just say it every day. @ABdeVilliers17
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 17, 2020
— JP Duminy (@jpduminy21) October 17, 2020
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) October 17, 2020
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— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 17, 2020
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 17, 2020
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) October 17, 2020
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) October 17, 2020
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 17, 2020
Wow! Just wow no more words can explain what I just witnessed! @ABdeVilliers17 unbelievable once again! Bringing the @RCBTweets Bangalore from the dead against @rajasthanroyals! Too freaking good #RCBvsRR #IPLinUAE
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) October 17, 2020
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) October 17, 2020
— rishi dhawan (@rishid100) October 17, 2020
De Villiers is the 🐐 end of story!
— Liam Livingstone (@liaml4893) October 17, 2020