Royal Challengers Bangalore has beaten Rajasthan Royals comprehensively by 8 wickets. This is the 3rd victory for them in 4 matches they have played. With this win RCB are resting on the top of the table. RCB’s captain has also been back in good form as he has made an unbeaten 72 runs off 53 balls. This is King Kohli’s first fifty in IPL 2020.
RCB’s opener got off to a flying start chasing a modest total of 154. Both the openers grabbed 20 runs in first two overs but Aaron Finch was trapped by Shreyas Gopal in the 3rd over. After the early departure of Finch, RCB’s skipper Virat Kohli came to the crease and then along with the young Padikkal ensured that RCB is through the line. Padikkal was very impressive as he scored runs fluently and effortlessly. The young opener scored his 3rd fifty of IPL 2020. Kohli on the other hand started cautiously and after some time he cut loose in the Ryan Parag’s over. He smashed a 4 and a 6 on consecutive deliveries in the 13th over. Both Kohli and Paddikal added 99 runs for the 2nd wicket but then a a quick delivery from Jofra Archer disturbed Paddikal’s stumps. Padikkal left the crease with an impressive 63 off 45 balls. After this AB de Villiers joined the party and Kohli on the other hand finished the affair on the first delivery of 20th over.
On the other hand Rajasthan Royals decided to bat first after winning the toss and they were off to a good start as both the openers Buttler and Smith found fence in the first over. Buttler’s onslaught continued in the 2nd over as well as he hot Sri Lankan Isuru Udana for a six and a four but Udana sent RR’s skipper Steven Smith home on the 4th delivery. RCB’s young pacer Navdeep Saini then joined the party and shown the way to the dugout to Buttler on his very first delivery of the match. After this Rajasthan Royals bamboozled and never recovered as their prime batsman Sanju Samson also failed to score big. Rahul Tewatia, the guy who became zero to hero the other day along with Jofra Archer showed some resistance and helped their team to post a respectable total.