DubaiRoyal Challengers Bangalore beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets with Glenn Maxwell’s stormy batting followed by lethal bowling from the trio of Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Shahbaz Ahmed. In this match played at Dubai International Cricket Ground, Rajasthan batting first scored 149 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs. In reply, chasing the target of 150 runs, Bangalore team scored 153 runs in 17.1 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. Glenn Maxwell scored an unbeaten 50 off 30 balls, hitting 6 fours and a six. Earlier, the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Shahbaz Ahmed did not allow Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to take advantage of a good start to Rajasthan Royals. Royals had scored 100 runs in 11 overs but could only manage 49 runs in the last nine overs and in the meantime they lost eight wickets and their team could only manage 149 for nine in the end. Evin Lewis (58 off 37 balls, five fours, three sixes) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (31 off 22 balls) got the Royals off to a good start by adding 77 runs for the first wicket. Chahal took two for 18 in four overs while Shahbaz took two wickets for 10 runs in two overs. Harshal Patel (3 for 34), who took a hat-trick in the last match, came close to showing this feat again in the last over. After losing the toss, the Royals’ opening pair came out to bat first, especially Lewis, after sensing the conditions in the first two overs, showed an aggressive attitude. Virat Kohli tried the spin attack in the third over itself in the form of Glenn Maxwell, who was welcomed by Jaiswal for a six. Lewis switched sides in the next over to bowl two sixes and a four off Georges Garten and hit Patel for a six at mid-on to take the Royals past 50 in the fifth over. After the powerplay, the Royals’ score was 56 for no loss. Out of these, he scored 44 runs in just three overs. Jaiswal then targeted Daniel Christian but in the end it was the Australian fast bowler who broke this partnership. Left-handed batsman Jaiswal gave a simple catch at mid-off on the next ball after hitting a six. Jaiswal hit three fours and two sixes. Lewis hit two consecutive fours on Patel and completed his third half-century in IPL on the first of these fours. Skipper Sanju Samson (19) hit a six off leg-spinner Chahal in the 11th over to take the team’s score to triple digits, but RCB then made a spectacular comeback with the fall of wickets. Garten forced Lewis to wave the ball in the air in his next spell while Chahal sent Mahipal Lomror (three) to the pavilion as soon as it came. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz added to the Royals’ trouble in his first over by sending Samson and Rahul Teotia (two) to the pavilion. Chahal did not let Liam Livingstone (six) run. Patel took all his three wickets in the last over.
[Attribution to NBT]