Set a target of 190, RR stumbled to 182 for six. A disciplined bowling performance from RCB saved the day, with pacer Harshal Patel starring with three wickets.
Royal Contenders commander Faf du Plessis leads the IPL 2023 race for the Orange Cap after his 39- ball 62 against Rajasthan Royals at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.
Devon Conway, who slammed his fourth successive fifty of IPL 2023 on Sunday against Kolkata Knight Riders, is alternate on the list of the loftiest run- songwriters this season.
Set a target of 190, RR stumbled to 182 for six. A disciplined bowling performance from RCB saved the day, with leader Harshal Patel starring with three lattices.
It was a poor chase from RR. Yashasvi Jaiswal( 47, 37b, 5×4, 2×6) and Devdutt Padikkal( 52, 34b, 7×4, 1×6) guided the caller to a comfortable 92 for one in 10 overs, but from then, slow fur burgled RR of instigation.
Southpaw Shimron Hetmyer( 3, 9b), known to be a power megahit, had a shocking spin.
The asking rate reached breaking point when RR demanded 61 runs from 24 balls. Dhruv Jurel( 34n.o., 16b, 2×4, 2×6) and R. Ashwin( 12, 6b, 2×4) fired in spurts, but it was nowhere near enough.
Harshal’s slower deliveries befuddled the RR batters, while David Willey( one for 26) kept up the pressure with a tight line. Mohammed Siraj was precious, indeed if he frequently beat the batter for pace. Spinner Wanindu Hasaranga applied the thickets with a niggardly spell in the middle overs.
After being put in, RCB failed to capitalise on an electric stage between Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell( 77, 44b, 6×4, 4×6) and du Plessis( 62, 39b, 8×4, 2×6) crushed the RR bowling with a 127- run third- gate stage in 67 balls, but after the brace departed, RCB moved at a crawler’s pace.
The home platoon managed to score only 33 runs in the last five overs. RCB’s complete dependence on du Plessis and Maxwell reads like an old and tired script.
The likes of Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik and Suyash Prabhudesai have constantly failed to contribute.
It was a citable day for Virat Kohli. The nature was transferred back in the veritably first ball of the match, caught raised in front by a Trent Boult inswinger.
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