RR vs RCB, IPL 2021 Highlights: Bangalore romps home with 7-wicket win over Rajasthan

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Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell of Royal Challengers Bangalore hits a boundary.   -  Sportzpics for IPL

Welcome to the highlights of IPL 2021, Match 43 between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. This was Santadeep Dey bringing you all the action as it unfolded at the Dubai International Stadium.

HIGHLIGHTS

Yuzvendra Chahal has been adjudged Player of the Match.

WHAT THEY SAID

Virat Kohli, RCB captain: We have come back strongly in two back-to-back games with the ball. It is great. Means we are heading in the right direction. 175 would have been competitive. With the kind of bowling attack we have, we need a couple of breakthroughs and things will open up. We knew if we held our patience, we'll get mistakes from the batsmen and that's what happened.

Sanju Samson, RR skipper: We got a really good start. Our openers played really well, but we couldn't capitalize on it. Think the middle-order needs some confidence. It has been a hard one week for us. The wicket was a bit two-paced, so the batters couldn't time the ball properly, they kept mistiming it. I'm happy with the intent put in by the bowlers.

BANGALORE INNINGS

RCB 153/3 in 17.1 overs: That'll be all. De Villiers gets off the mark with a four and that ensures a seven-wicket victory for Kohli and Co.!

RCB 149/3 in 17 overs: In a hurry is Maxwell... Unfazed by the wicket that just fell, the Australian is taking Morris for a joy ride. A six to begin with, a streaky couple of runs to follow, and another four means RCB is within arm's reach of a clinical victory. Oh, it only gets better. Two more fours bring up Maxwell's fifty. Only one run required now. 22 runs came off that over!

RCB 127/3 in 16 overs: RCB is closing this game out pretty quickly and sensibly; no undue risks being taken by the duo in the middle. Alright, I may have just jinxed it. Bharat, on 44, looks to go for the glory shot but doesn't get enough behind the pull. In the end, it was all too easy for Lomror at deep fine leg.

RCB 123/2 in 15 overs: There's width on offer off the very first ball in this over from Sakariya and Maxwell pounces at the opportunity, lofting this over extra cover. Less than 6rpo required now.

K. S. Bharat and Glenn Maxwell

K. S. Bharat and Glenn Maxwell of Royal Challengers Bangalore   -  Sportzpics for IPL

 

RCB 115/2 in 14 overs: The fifty-run partnership comes up for Maxwell and Bharat in 41 deliveries. Bharat celebrates the occasion with a reverse-sweep that beats the short third man to the ropes.

RCB 106/2 in 13 overs: RR has to pull a rabbit out of the hat to stop RCB in its tracks. As fas as the equation is concerned at present, it is set to be a walk in the park for Kohli's men. Meanwhile, Bharat gets down on one knee to unleash the slog sweep against Morris to register another six for RCB over deep square leg. Timeout! RCB needs 44 runs in 42 balls.

RCB 95/2 in 12 overs: Samson continues to use his spinners in tandem to get in a few quick overs. Bharat greets Lomror with a boundary straight down the ground. Samson saves a few runs, diving to his left to stop a wide ball.

RCB 86/2 in 11 overs: Timed to perfection! Maxwell finishes an otherwise perfect over for RR with a boundary towards point.

RCB 79/2 in 10 overs: An excellent first over from Lomror, as he gives away only four off it.

RCB 75/2 in 9 overs: Tyagi is back and gives away a wide off his second ball. Maxwell picks up four runs but it was scary for a moment there as Yashasvi almost got to the other end of it. Mustafizur gives his all next as he swats away the ball at the edge of the rope to save five runs.

RCB 66/2 in 8 overs: Maxwell is up and running straightaway with a single. Bharat pierces the gap between deep midwicket and deep square leg to pick up four runs.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli's dismissal   -  Sportzpics for IPL

 

RCB 59/2 in 7 overs: It doesn't get any bigger than this! Virat Kohli walks for 25. The RCB skipper looks to steal a deft single as Parag compensates for a dropped catch earlier in the over with a direct hit at the bowler's end. The giant screen shows Kohli was short by quite some distance. Maxwell is in.

RCB 54/1 in 6 overs: Mustafizur strikes in the final over of the Powerplay! Padikkal tries to go for a big hit down the ground but ends up missing all of it as the Bangladesh pacer rocks his furniture. KS Bharat joins his captain at the crease. Strategic timeout taken.

RCB 48/0 in 5 overs: A wide from Sakariya. Padikkal is on a roll as he continues to deal in boundaries. This time he targets the region between short third man and point.

RCB 41/0 in 4 overs: Padikkal shimmies down the track but doesn't get enough behind this shot. Thankfully, for RCB, it dips in no man's land. Padikkal pulls a short ball from Mustafizur away for four. And muscles one through cover next. The runs are coming thick and fast for the Bangalore boys.

RCB 29/0 in 3 overs: Samson drops a regulation catch behind the stumps to hand Padikkal another life on 6. This is bad news.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore, hits a boundary.   -  Sportzpics for IPL

 

RCB 26/0 in 2 overs: Padikkal to face his first ball of the day. Tyagi, in for Unadkat, starts off with a wide. And Padikkal is looking to join the celebrations as well as he beautifully times one through cover for four. Kohli lifts one over the fielders in the inner circle to pick up another boundary.

RCB 12/0 in 1 over: Morris will be looking to swing the ball away from the right-handed Kohli on strike and that is precisely why he has a slip in place. A lucky escape for the Bangalore skipper! Gets a leading edge that flies over the head of Samson and goes for four runs. Morris bangs one short and Kohli has pulled this with absolute disdain towards midwicket. There... one more. Flicked down fine leg. Easy pickings.

Kohli and Padikkal saunter in. Morris to open the bowling for RR.

TARGET: RCB NEEDS 150 TO WIN

RAJASTHAN INNINGS

RR 149/9 in 20 overs: Deep backward point, deep point and a long-off in place for Harshal. And that'll be wicket number 24 for the Purple Cap holder! He is 11 wickets away from equaling Dwayne Bravo's record of the most wickets snapped up in a single season. Parag miscues as one of the best in the business, Kohli gets underneath. MAKE THAT 25! Padikkal takes a stunner at deep cover to send Morris back into the hut. Another hat-trick? Well, if it is Harshal we are talking about, anything is possible! TWENTY SIX!!! WHAAAT?! Sakariya departs, dragging the last ball straight to ABD.

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RR 146/6 in 19 overs: Siraj had a long chat with ABD and Kohli ahead of this over and that shows. He is keeping things tight, bowling on the channel of the off stump. Kohli puts in a Supermanesque effort (almost a catch) on the field to save some valuable runs. Morris registers a much-needed boundary.

RR 137/6 in 18 overs: Ooohh... Morris gets a big, fat edge onto one and that just goes down to the ropes. Bharat almost got a finger to it though.  Garton saves two runs with a superb effort near the fence of the penultimate delivery of the over.

RR 129/6 in 17 overs: Chahal picks up his third as Livingstone hits this straight down de Villiers' throat at long-on. The spinner has looked to be in a league of his own in the UAE leg of IPL 2021.

RR 126/5 in 16 overs: Shahbaz continues the good work as he gives away a run a ball in this over. 200 seems like a distant dream now - a score RR seemed to have been heading towards when Lewis and Yashasvi were at the crease.

RR 120/5 in 15 overs: Brilliant from Yuzi. He pins Parag to the back-foot. Parag finally fizzles out with a single to the deep on the on-side. Just the three runs in the over as RR suffers a big tumble.

Shahbaz Ahmed removes Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia in one over.   -  SPORTZPICS

 

RR 117/5 in 14 overs: Shahbaz to Samson. OUT! Holes out to the deep on the off-side. Tossed up from Ahmed first ball outside off. He lures Samson into the slog over covers and it sails straight into the hands of Padikkal. A difficult stroke to execute and Bangalore strikes right after the timeout. Tewatia, on strike. Ahmed angles into the pads and Tewatia attempts for the sweep. GONE! The top-edge flies straight to deep backward square! Game-changing over from Shahbaz!

RR 113/3 in 13 overs: Swing and a miss... STUMPED! A wrong'un from Chahal outside the line of the off stump and Lomror gets beaten on the heave. Bharat wastes no time in uprooting the sticks. It is time for the strategic timeout.

RR 109/2 in 12 overs: That's the big fish! Garton gets his revenge after being taken for 21 runs in the first two overs of his IPL career. Lewis gets a thick top-edge and 'keeper Bharat happily pouches. Samson has undone all the good work by Garton in this over with a six off the last ball.

RR 100/1 in 11 overs: Chahal has been introduced into the attack. Starts with a googly. Guessing there will not be many leg-spinners aimed for Lewis. Lewis slams a flatter pull that falls just short of Maxwell at deep midwicket. RR enters the triple digits as Samson goes downtown!

Evin Lewis

Evin Lewis after reaching his half-century.   -  Sportzpics for IPL

 

RR 91/1 in 10 overs: Harshal starts off with a wide down leg. Lewis brings up his fifty with a fearless strike for four through the square leg area. Oh, that's poor from Harshal with the pressure getting to the present Purple Cap holder. Hauls this wide and Lewis only helps it along its way.

RR 81/1 in 9 overs: Over extra cover goes Yashasvi. SIX. Off the slower ball, this was a brave shot. And finally... Christian provides RCB with the breakthrough as Yashasvi fails to clear Siraj at mid-off. Samson joins Lewis in the middle.

RR 71/0 in 8 overs: Maxwell is back. The Big Show concedes only four. Guess RCB will be pleased there were no further boundaries in this over.

RR 67/0 in 7 overs: RCB has gone with Christian right after the Powerplay. Yashasvi loves the backward point region and has worked one wide of the fielder stationed there. Oh, this keeps getting worse for RCB. A cheeky but calculated move from Yashasvi, this, as he has scooped one to the ropes. Kohli is livid.

RR 56/0 in 6 overs: Siraj's cutters continue to come into play as his first four deliveries go for singles. It is a very good over from the India international. Time for the first strategic break of the day.

RR 52/0 in 5 overs: Harshal replaces Maxwell and starts off with a brilliant yorker. The very next delivery, however, sees Lewis go for a free swing of the bat. Sliced over third man as the Trinidadian continues to score for fun. My, oh, my! Lewis clobbers one straight down the ground now. WOW.

RR 39/0 in 4 overs: Dispatched! Lewis doesn't want to be left alone. Garton has been welcomed back into the attack from the opposite end with a monstrous six. And another boundary! Garton takes the pace off and a thick edge off Lewis' blade goes past short third. We aren't done yet... Lewis goes big. Goes huge. Goes all the way into the stands.

Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal

Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal of Rajasthan Royals.   -  Sportzpics for IPL

 

RR 21/0 in 3 overs: Yashasvi clears his front foot and goes long. Sorry, make that massive - 96m! Timed again... Rocks back and slaps this through deep backward point this time. Four more. Maxwell isn't happy.

RR 8/0 in 2 overs: Siraj will be sharing the new ball. Yashasvi continues to be surprised by the added pace and bounce that the track has to offer. However, he breaks free to cream a drive through cover off the last delivery.

RR 3/0 in 1 over: Lewis gets off the mark with a double. Garton is getting the new ball to swing a bit. Woah! Lewis gets lucky early on as an audacious pull towards the longer side of the boundary lands just short of Padikkal.

Umpires Anil Dandekar and K. N. Ananthapadmanabhan are making their way out into the middle. They will be followed by the boys in red led by Kohli.

Yashasvi and Lewis to open for RR. Debutant Garton to get things started for RCB. Let's play!

PLAYING XI

Rajasthan Royals: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (w/c), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (w), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, George Garton, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

- 07:02 PM: Virat Kohli wins the TOSS and asks Rajasthan to bat.

WHAT THEY SAID

Sanju Samson, RR skipper: The wicket is nice. People who have batted first here have won the game as well. As a team we were a bit down. Had a long chat yesterday. Karthik Tyagi comes in, in place of Jaydev Unadkat.

Virat Kohli, RCB captain: I feel the pitch remained good in the last game. If you get off to a decent start, you can get runs consistently. Feel as a batting unit, we're doing a good job and want to continue that. Want to provide our bowlers with the conditions... this is a new track. I feel like I'm hitting the ball the best I have in a while. We have one change. Kyle Jamieson misses out. Garton makes his IPL debut. Exciting left-arm pacer, good with the bat and a gun fielder.

- 06:57 PM: Looks like someone is being handed a cap by Glenn Maxwell... Left-arm medium pacer George Garton of England is all set to play his debut IPL game.

- 06:55 PM: PITCH REPORT - "The pitch is a lot different. It is a new surface and we will be having the first game here. The boundaries on the offside for a left-hander will be shorter. It is a high quality track with lots of grass of even structure. It is hard as well. Among all of the venues, this pitch has held together the best. Pretty good for batting," reckon Anjum Chopra and Matthew Hayden.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, bats ahead of the IPL 2021 match against Rajasthan Royals.   -  Sportzpics for IPL

 

MATCH PREVIEW

Fresh from an impressive 54-run win over Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore will take the field against Rajasthan Royals at Dubai today with confidence.

RCB snapped a two-match losing streak in fine fashion on Sunday, stunning a strong MI with authority. Skipper Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell notched up fifties, before Harshal Patel’s hat-trick sealed the match in RCB’s favour.

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Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal played his part, picking up three crucial wickets.

RR, on the other hand, has lost two straight matches. The most recent setback came on Monday, when the side went down to Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets.

Skipper Sanju Samson has been on fire with the bat, but has lacked support from teammates. RR has been badly affected by the withdrawal of England star Jos Buttler, who pulled out of the second leg citing bubble fatigue.

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RR’s two other English match-winners — Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes — are also unavailable.

The next few matches will be vital for RR, as it is stuck on eight points alongside three other mid-table teams. Some winning momentum will help to break free from the pack and make a bid to qualify for the playoff rounds.

RCB (12 points) is in a more comfortable position, with six wins in 10 matches.

- Ashwin Achal

PREDICTED XI

Rajasthan Royals: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c/wk), David Miller, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Paddikal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj

Virat Kohli and Sanju Samson

Captains Virat Kohli (R) and Sanju Samson during the toss at RR's away fixture in IPL 2021.   -  Sportzpics for IPL

 

RR vs RCB DREAM 11 FANTASY TEAM

Wicketkeeper: Sanju Samson (RR), KS Bharat (RCB)

Batters: AB de Villiers (RCB), Virat Kohli (RCB) - captain, Mahipal Lomror (RR), Devdutt Padikkal (RCB)

All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell (RCB) - vice captain

Bowlers: Harshal Patel (RCB), Mustafizur Rahman (RR), Tabraiz Shamsi (RR), Mohammed Siraj (RCB)

RR 4/7 | RCB 7/7 | Credits left: 0.0

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS

RCB just manages to pip RR in the overall H2H numbers, with an 11:10 win ratio.

STARS FROM LAST SEASON (IPL 2020):

RankBest BatsmenTeamRuns Scored
1.Devdutt PadikkalRCB473
2.Virat KohliRCB466
3.AB de VilliersRCB454
RankBest BowlersTeamWickets taken
1.Yuzvendra ChahalRCB21
2.Jofra ArcherRR20
3.Chris MorrisRCB (moved to RR this season)11

SQUADS

Rajasthan Royals: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman, Tabraiz Shamsi, Shreyas Gopal, David Miller, Manan Vohra, KC Cariappa, Glenn Phillips, Shivam Dube, Oshane Thomas, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Gerald Coetzee, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh, Kartik Tyagi

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachin Baby, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, George Garton, Wanindu Hasaranga, Suyash Prabhudessai, Tim David, Akash Deep

AT WHAT TIME DOES TODAY'S IPL 2021 MATCH - RR vs RCB START?

The IPL 2021 match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore begins at 7:30 PM IST.

WHERE TO WATCH TODAY'S IPL MATCH - RR vs RCB LIVE?

IPL 2021 will be aired live on Star Sports channels - Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. It will also be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar. You can also follow the live commentary and latest updates from IPL 2021 on Sportstar.