Yuzvendra Chahal three wickets were enough to restrict Rajasthan Royals to a below-par score in the first double-header of the event at Abu Dhabi. Royal Challengers Bangalore then eased their way to a decent target as they collected their third win in four matches.
The 15th match of IPL 2020 is the first day game of the tournament. RCB vs RR. Virat Kohli vs Steve Smith. A mouth-watering contest in any format of the game. RCB bowlers first restrict the RR batsmen to a below-par score in Abu Dhabi pitch and then cruised to the score in the final over taking them to the top of the table, although for a brief period since the winner of the second game of the day will take over RCB as the table-topper, with six points.
Rajasthan Royals innings – Chahal and co dominance
Rajasthan Royals batsmen lost the early momentum in the innings. They stumbled at the start and could not finish as the team is looked on the paper. Although a flurry-finish by Rahul Tewatia, who struck five sixes earlier in the tournament to seal the game for them, and Jofra Archer, who’s six-hitting ability has so far helped in every game, could only give them a score to ball at.
Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, and Sanju Samson could not score runs in the fourth game, went early leaving the scorecard 31-3 in the 5th over. Robin Uthappa, not having the best of the seasons, continued his poor run of form and dismissed for 17 off 22 balls.
Mahipal Lomror was the only batsman in the Royals line-up to make a significant score. His 47 runs took the score to 154-6.
Tewatia and Archer provided the last touches to end the innings in style. They both combined to score 40 runs off the last 20 balls.
Yuzvendra Chahal, the main influencer in the innings. His three wickets at different times never allowed RR batsmen to settle in. He finished with the figures of three wickets for 24 runs. Isuru Udana picked up two wickets including the precious scalp of Steve Smith.
Royal Challengers Bangalore innings – Padikkal-Kohli led the team to a comprehensive win
Not the biggest of the scores, RCB feeling must be convincing of the two teams. Although a jerk early in the innings in the shape of Aaron Finch who went out in the 3rd over of the innings. Shreyas Gopal trapped Finch LBW in his first over.
That wicket brought, not the best shape Kohli. And once again he started slowly which pretty low by the standards of him.
Devdutt Padikkal had been the best batsmen for RCB so far in the tournament and once again he proved his place in the team. Gaining experience by playing with the likes of Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers, and at the same time performing for the team. Padikkal had the scores of 56, 1, 54 in the previous three matches and he backed up his tournament with a good performance in this match too.
He, with Kohli, scored 99 runs in the partnership and almost cruised the RCB ship to victory before getting bowled by Jofra Archer in the 16th over. He departed for 63 runs, his third 50+ score and the highest score of the tournament.
AB de Villiers assured that he and Kohli should sail the team to the victory and they did it comfortably without losing any wicket on the first ball of the last over. Kohli remained not out at 72 runs off 53 balls.
Archer and Gopal were the only bowlers to pick up one wicket each at an economical rate. The rest of the bowlers were hammered all across the park.
Yuzvendra Chahal won his second man of the match award of the tournament.
Man of the Match: Yuzvendra Chahal
Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore win by 8 wickets
Points: Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Rajasthan Royals 0