IPL 2021: Bangalore cruise to seven-wicket win over Rajasthan

Dubai: An all-round performance by Royal Challengers Bangalore helped them cruise to a seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in Match 43 of IPL 2021 at Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday. Chasing a modest score of 150, Bangalore hunted down the target with 17 balls to spare. The win now strengthens Bangalore’s chances of making it to the playoffs.

Bangalore were off to a flying start as Virat Kohli slammed Chris Morris for three boundaries in the opening over. Devdutt Padikkal crunched Kartik Tyagi for two boundaries in the second over before slamming Mustafizur Rahman for a brace of boundaries in the next over.

Bangalore were 48 for no loss in five overs before Padikkal, dropped at six, swung across the line, only for Rahman to disturb the stumps. In the next over, Kohli tried to sneak a run on a misfield by Riyan Parag at backward point. But a direct hit from Parag caught Kohli short of the crease at non-striker’s end.

KS Bharat and Glenn Maxwell stitched a stand of 69 runs for the third wicket. The duo smashed boundaries while rotating the strike, which kept the asking rate under check. Bharat was more impressive of the two, slog-sweeping Chris Morris for a big six before playing a gentle reverse sweep off Rahul Tewatia.

Rahman broke the partnership in the 16th over as Bharat pulled to fine leg. After Bharat’s dismissal, Maxwell whipped Morris for a six over mid-wicket followed by three fours, the last of which brought up his fifty in 30 balls. AB de Villiers finished off the chase with a sweep through square leg off Parag to seal an easy win.

Earlier, Rajasthan suffered a spectacular batting meltdown to end at a below-par score of 149/9 in 20 overs. From 100/1 in eleven overs, they lost next eight wickets for 49 runs in the last nine overs to squander hopes of a big total.

IPL 2021 Teams Points Table

No. Teams Played Won Lost N/R Points NRR
1 Chennai Super Kings 10 8 2 0 16 1.069
2 Delhi Capitals 11 8 3 0 16 0.562
3 Royal Challengers Bangalore 11 7 4 0 14 -0.200
4 Kolkata Knight Riders 11 5 6 0 10 0.363
5 Mumbai Indians 11 5 6 0 10 -0.453
6 Punjab Kings 11 4 7 0 8 -0.288
7 Rajasthan Royals 11 4 7 0 8 -0.468
8 Sunrisers Hyderabad 10 2 8 0 4 -0.501
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