Dhawan stars in Delhi win, Bangalore beats Rajasthan

  • Dhawan stars in Delhi win, Bangalore beats Rajasthan

Dhawan stars in Delhi win, Bangalore beats Rajasthan

After a single took de Villiers off strike, the under pressure Unadkat bowled a wide delivery before his fifth ball was dispatched for four by Gurkeerat Singh. "I think that is going to be important for us", Smith said in the post-match press conference.

Chahal, RCB's most dependent bowler finished with wonderful figures of as he tightened the spinners tightened the screws around Rajasthan in the middle overs.

AB de Villiers was the difference between two sides as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.

Chasing 178 runs, RCB had a 23-run brief partnership between Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal. Finch scored 14 runs and was caught by Robin Uthappa off Shreyas Gopal.

The team suffered a third blow the very next bowl in the form of skipper Virat Kohli, who scored 43 runs off 32 balls and was caught by Rahul Tewatia off Karthik Tyagi.

After restricting Royals to 177/6, Bangalore knocked down the winning for the loss of just three wickets with two balls to spare. The Royals have a shorter turnaround and will face Chennai Super Kings on October 19.

Rajsathan scored 19 off the 18th over bowled by Chahal and Smith brought up his fifty from 30 deliveries before Tewatia creamed a six and a four in the penultimate over.

The 41-year-old, who has scored the bulk of his over 13,000 runs in Twenty20s (T20) in the opening slot, has struggled to break into the side this season due to success of the opening pair of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. At the same time, Joffra Archer was dismissed for 2 runs. They won the toss, and finally promoted Robin Uthappa (41 off 22) to open, which is where he belongs.

Uthappa creamed a drive through the off side to start the proceedings and followed it up with three fours through the leg-side. Smith and Buttler did the rebuild job through a 58-run stand in which the Australian was allowed to turn aggressor thanks to questionable tactics from Udana.

However, Chris Morris in the sixth over dismissed Stokes to put a brake on the peddle.

Defeat pushed Smith's Rajasthan into a very tight corner, with just six points from nine games and only five matches left. The over ended up costing 25 runs. In the death overs, except the 17th one, Smith bludgeoned the RCB's bowling attack and smashed his 11th IPL half-century to steer the Royals to 177 runs in their allotted 20 overs. In this match, Rajasthan captain Steve Smith won the toss and made a decision to bat first and RR scored 177 runs losing 6 wickets in the allotted 20 overs.