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De Villers magic fires RCB to thrilling win

De Villers magic fires RCB to thrilling win”

With eight runs needed from the last five balls of the match, the camera panned across the stadium to share the intense looks on players in the stands. Smith also detailed why he opted for Jaydev Unadkat to bowl the crucial 19th over instead of Jofra Archer.

Rajasthan Royals unveiled their fifth opening combination of the season when Robin Uthappa walked out bat after an unchanged Royals won the toss.

De Villiers finished on 55 not out off 22 balls.

Chahal two in two helped RCB bounce back in the game as the Royals got reduced to 69/3. The RCB bowlers had given away 177/6, a score de Villiers said was "15-20 too much". Kohli had whipped the ball but Tewatia stopped the ball, leaped over the boundary and then hoped back inside to complete a thrilling catch. After taking the wicket on the previous ball, Tewatia took a wonderful catch at the deep midwicket fence.

Meanwhile, Uthappa, who had earlier completed 4500 IPL runs, added two more fours to his account in the seventh over.

In the third over of the innings he hit 4 fours in an over off the wily Washington Sundar. In this match against Bangalore, Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes came in as the opening pair.

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Smith finds his batting touch. It was particularly important in the context of this game as Yuzvendra Chahal struck off successive deliveries to dismiss Uthappa and Sanju Samson.

Jos Buttler and Steve Smith then joined forces and had a rebuilding job at their hands. Theoretically, the longer boundary would be harder to clear, more so with Unadkat not the type to provide much pace on the ball. The run-scoring was largely powered by Smith as he smashed 57 runs off 36 balls.

The INR 10 crore acquisition continued to be excellent for RCB with the ball. Buttler was quick to get off the blocks as he moved to 17 off 13, with a four and a six.

South Africa pacer Chris Morris took 4-26 to restrict Rajasthan to 177-6 despite skipper Steve Smith returning to form with 57 off 36. Rajasthan raced to their fifty in the final over of the powerplay, losing the vital wicket of Stokes in the same over after he was caught behind the stumps to become the first victim of Morris.

The Englishman appeared to have picked up an injury while digging out a Morris yorker, minutes before he got out. In this match, Rajasthan captain Steve Smith won the toss and made a decision to bat first and RR scored 177 runs losing 6 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. They'll have another round of COVID-19 test before travelling across to Abu Dhabi and face another top-half side, Kolkata Knight Riders on October 21.



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