RR vs RCB Royal Challengers Bangalore thrashed Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first match of the 13th season of IPL today. AB de Villiers was the architect of Bangalore’s victory. He smashed 55 off just 22 balls to win the match.
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to bat first. Rajasthan sent Robin Uthappa to the opener along with Ben Stokes. Stokes was dismissed for 15 runs. After that, Sanju Samson, who came in second, failed once again and was dismissed for 9 runs. With 69 for two, skipper Smith and Uthappa shared a half-century. Uthappa was dismissed for 41 runs. Jose Butler then returned for 24 runs. But on the other hand, captain Steve Smith fought the fort. He scored 57 off 36 balls. Rajasthan scored a challenging 177 runs in 20 overs.
Bangalore, who came on the field with a target of 178 for victory, did not have a good start. Finch returned with 14 runs. After that Virat and Devdutt Padikkal laid the foundation of victory. He shared 79 runs. Dev Dutt was dismissed for 35, followed by Virat Kohli (43). Rahul Tewatia caught Virat brilliantly at the boundary. From 101 for 1, Bangalore were 102 for 3.
Rajasthan bowlers tried to get the upper hand. But AB de Villiers did not like them. He was well supported by Gurkirat Singh Mann. AB hit an unbeaten 55 off 22 balls with six sixes and just one four.
With this victory, Bangalore has jumped to the third position in the table. He has 12 points with 6 wins in 9 matches. So this defeat has added to Rajasthan’s problems. They have won only 3 of 9 matches.