RCB vs RR: Rajasthan Royals storm to No.1, after RCB lose as Virat Kohli’s horror season continues


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Rajasthan Royals stormed to the top of the IPL 2022 points table after a xx-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Tuesday. RCB crashed to their second successive defeat of the season after another insipid batting display which included a golden duck for Glenn Maxwell alongside failures from skipper Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli.

Virat Kohli was promoted to open the innings along with Faf du Plessis after RCB dropped Anuj Rawat but the former India and RCB captain, who had scored back-to-back golden ducks before this match, scored only 9. Chasing 145, RCB’s top-order crumbled against a disciplined RR bowling line-up.

Kuldeep Sen (4 for 20) and R Ashwin (3 for 17) were the pick of the bowlers for Rajasthan Royals on a night their batters failed to put up a big total. But the bowlers were relentless and handed RCB a convincing defeat.

Rajasthan Royals were sent in to bat after Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis won the toss. Devdutt Padikkal was dismissed early and R Ashwin was sent up as a pinch-hitter and did his bit with 17 runs off 9 balls. Both men were dismissed by Mohammed Siraj. Jos Buttler, the Orange Cap holder, was sent back cheaply by Jos Buttler and it was left to Riyan Parag (56 not out off 31 balls) to do the heavy lifting after Sanju Samson departed for 27 off 21.

KOHLI FAILS AGAIN!

Virat Kohli was out for back-to-back ducks before he walked out as an opener alongside skipper Faf du Plessis. Kohli took first strike and defended the first ball with some confidence. He had a close escape off the third ball when he tried to work Trent Boult off his hips and the ball fell just short of Daryl Mitchell at square leg. But Kohli did not last long and he fell to Prasidh Krishna in the second over of the innings.

Virat Kohli tried to pull Prasidh Krishna but just managed an edge off the toe end of the bat and was smartly caught by Riyan Parag who ran in from backward point.

Faf du Plessis was the next to go in the seventh over when Kuldeep Sen struck with his second ball. In his very next ball, Kuldeep dismissed Glenn Maxwell for a golden duck and RCB’s chase was in tatters.

Anuj Rawat, who was dropped for this game, would have felt hard done by as he saw Virat Kohli flop again.

R Ashwin set up Rajat Patidar beautifully when he cleaned him up by bowling wider of the crease. At this point, RCB were in deeper trouble even as Suyash Prabhudessai joined Shahbaz Ahmed in the middle. It wasn’t going to be easy.

RCB were 59 for 4 after 10 overs and Sanju Samson unleased the Purple Cap holder of the season – Yuzvendra Chahal. He bowled in tandem with Ashwin and spin twin applied pressure on the Royal Challengers. Prabhudessai had to go for the big shot and ended up falling to R Ashwin in his third over.

Dinesh Karthik was RCB’s one big hope but he was run out in dramatic fashion. Yuzvendra Chahal almost made a mess while collecting the ball the non-striker’s end but he somehow disturbed the bails and managed to catch Dinesh Karthik just short of the crease. And when Ashwin snared Shahbaz Ahmed, it was almost as good as over for RCB.

Wanindu Hasaranga did try but he was dismissed by Kuldeep Sew with RCB still needing 43 in 20 balls. Kuldeep Sen picked the final wicket as RCB collapsed were bowled out for 115.

BUTTLER FALLS CHEAPLY

Rajasthan Royals are used to getting superb starts courtesy of Jos Buttler, the Orange Cap holder this IPL season. But on Tuesday, Buttler fell cheaply to Josh Hazlewood. He managed to last only 9 balls and scored 8 in a poor start for the Royals.

The damage was started by Mohammed Siraj, who dismissed Devdutt Padikkal in his first over.

R Ashwin was sent up to No.3, not for the first time this year. When you have batters like Sanju Samson, Daryl Mitchell and Shimron Hetmyer, one would wonder what the need was to send Ashwin at the top. However, that move almost paid off. Ashwin hit four boundaries in a nine-ball stay before falling to Siraj in his second over.

Sanju Samson hit three sixes in a 21-ball 27 before Wanindu Hasaranga snared him in the 10th over. Samson tried a reverse sweep but was beaten by the pace and the length, which was slightly fuller.

The onus was now on Mitchell and Riyan Parag to try and take the Royals to a total their bowlers could work with.

RR continued to slip further when Hazlewood struck again to remove Daryl Mitchell in the 15th over. Shimron Hetmyer came in to bat at No.7 and he did not last long either, falling for 7 off 3 balls to Wanindu Hasaranga.

Trent Boult was brilliantly caught by Virat Kohli off the bowling of Harshal Patel as RR slipped to 110 for 7 in the 18th over. Riyan Parag was still going strong and the focus was on him as the Royals sought a respectable total by the end of their 20 overs.

Riyan Parag finished with his maiden fifty of the season as Rajasthan Royals reached 144 for 8.

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