Royal Challengers Bangalore cruised to their third victory of the season by 8 wickets on the back of an unbeaten 72 from skipper Virat Kohli as they top the table after this game. The Royals, on the other hand, succumb to their second successive defeat after the Royals won their first two games. Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore will welcome Kohli coming back into the runs after three failures with the bat in the first three games.
Rajasthan’s batting woes continue
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and opted to bat first in the first afternoon game of the season. The start wasn’t particularly good for the Royals with their top three, Steve Smith (5), Jos Buttler (22) and Sanju Samson (5) being dismissed within the batting powerplay.
Since then, the Royals kept on chasing behind a good score. Mahipal Lomror playing his first game of the season scored an impressive 47. He was accompanied by Rahul Tewatia who played a cameo of 24 from 12 balls. Yuzvendra Chahal, was the wrecker-in-chief for the RCB taking three for 24 from his spell.
Virat Kohli Back in Form For Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB presented an efficient run-chase with Virat Kohli playing an unbeaten knock of 72. With Devdutt Padikkal (63), the duo added a-99 run-stand to stage a perfect platform for Royal Challengers Bangalore comeback. Padikkal played some lovely shots all over the ground with ease and even ran between the wickets efficiently.
He was dismissed with the team score at 124. AB de Villiers then came into bat and scored an unbeaten 12 to close the game alongside his captain. Royal Challengers Bangalore are now with six points from four games and are at the top of the table.
What was the Turning Point of the Game?
The turning point of the game was for the Rajasthan Royals. The loss of their three key players (Smith, Buttler, Samson) meant that they were always chasing a score in their innings and at the end, fell well short of securing a decent score as it turned out.
Who was the man of the match?
Yuzvendra Chahal was adjudged as the Man of the Match for his match-winning spell of 3 for 24. He also overtook Mohammed Shami to be the current Purple Cap holder with nine wickets.
“I’m enjoying a lot because the grounds are bigger and I can flight more. When you come into bowl, when you get a wicket in the first over, it makes you confident. They take fewer chances and then I just vary the pace,” Yuzvendra Chahal said after his match-winning performance.