ABD blitz powers RCB to win over Rajasthan Royals

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 18, 2020

Bangalore, who were in trouble against Rajasthan, won by a scintillating innings by AB de Villiers.

He had his reasoning, of course. De Villiers knock guided the side to a seven-wicket triumph over Rajasthan Royals at Dubai International Stadium. De Villiers had already lifted Unadkat over the shorter off-side boundary for six in the 17th.

As Smith grew in confidence, he also reverse swept Chahal for two more boundaries, despite the leggie's best attempts to have the batsmen play the slog sweep to the longer boundary.

"When Unadkat was bowling, I was looking leg side but to be honest I was nervous because I knew I had to hit it well". Credit to Gurkeerat as well, he stuck with AB, got that important boundary. RCB needed 35 from 12 balls before the start of the over and that deficit was reduced to 10 off the last six balls. Even Archer had lost his swagger now.

De Villiers, who was the hero for the RCB against KKR on Monday, had come into bat at number six against KXIP. After taking the wicket on the previous ball, Tewatia took a wonderful catch at the deep midwicket fence. None of his team-mates had been able to generate much timing or power on the slow pitch. Rajsathan lost Buttler in the same over after Morris picked his second wicket. Very very nervous, and erratic and all sorts of amusing stuff. "In my eyes he's the most impactful player in the IPL", Kohli told the host broadcaster Star Sports after at the post-match presentation. It is disappointing. I think it was a good score on a slow wicket. And family, fans, and also for myself. I'm proud of my performances. "I've been playing for 13 years and this is the first (century), so really happy", Dhawan said. It's a cat and mouse game, I always respect the bowlers. "Luckily I got a few away", he added.

And it was another one that had got away from RR's grasp.

After winning the toss, the Rajasthan team made a change in the opening pair for the fifth time in this IPL. 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. In hindsight, he said he would have given the 19th to Archer. We just got ABD there. "Want to perform for my team, have an impact to win games". Chelsea, which has already drawn two matches 3-3, missed the experience of one of its new recruits - Thiago Silva, who was missing in action.

Shikhar Dhawan hit his first Indian Premier League century on Saturday as Delhi Capitals beat Chennai Super Kings to go back top of the table.

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