Bengaluru, April 22: The Royal Challengers Bangalore continued their stunning start to the Indian Premier League (IPL) season as centurion Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli guided RCB to a thumping 10-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium.
After completing their Chennai stage with three back-to-back wins, the Virat Kohli-led side began their Mumbai leg with a smashing win. The Royals were at the end of an onslaught, as Padikkal notched up his maiden IPL century with captain Kohli on the other end.
After winning the toss, Kohli opted to bowl first. Mohammed Siraj led from the front as the Royals top order crumbled as Rajasthan lost their first three with the power play and then lost their skipper as well. At one stage Rajasthan were reduced to 43-4. But the Royals middle-order fought back as they reached a total of 177/9.
Shivam Dube (46 off 32), Riyan Parag (25 off 16) and Rahul Tewatia (40 off 23) helped the Rajasthan team fight back to put up something on the board for their bowlers. Reaching 177/9 after being four down for 42 was commendable, but little did they see the onslaught headed their way!
The Bangalore team chased down the total with 21-balls to spare, with Padikkal scoring an unbeaten 101 off 52, while Kohli also played a superb knock off 72 off 47. With Thursday’s win, RCB remain unbeaten as they have won four on the trot.
Padikkal, who registered his maiden IPL ton, smashed 6 sixes and 11 boundaries in his unbeaten knock. Meanwhile captain Kohli’s innings was studded with six boundaries and three maximums.
With Thursday's win, RCB now climb to the top of the table with 8 points from four matches. Meanwhile Rajasthan fell to the bottom of the table with two points from four matches.
Here's how the RCB vs RR IPL match panned out:
End of the match: It was a sensational game of cricket, well, at least for RCB! After the bowlers restricted RR to 177, Padikkal and captain Kohli chased down the total with 21-balls to spare. Padikkal's maiden ton came off 101 off 52. Meanwhile captain Kohli scored an unbeaten knock of 72 off 47. With Thursday's win, RCB climb to the top of the table, while RR are at the opposite end, at the bottom of the table!
And its over!! A superb win for the Royal Challengers Bangalore as they pick up a 10-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals! A glorious innings for Padikkal who notched up his maiden IPL ton
FOUR!!! A superb innings as Padikkal brings up his maiden IPL hundred with a boundary
8 needed off the last four overs. Padikkal just three away from a ton
FOUR!! Padikkal inches closer to a century! Five to go
FOUR!! Kohli cuts this past deep point. Expensive over from Gopal as he leaks 17 runs. RCB need 19 off 36 to win
FOUR!! Padikkal on 89 now. Will the young opener get to his century tonight? 25 needed off 39
SIX!! After playing a patient knock so far, captain Kohli is picking the pace up! Kohli pulls this over deep midwicket to get the over underway with a maximum
FIFTY UP FOR CAPTAIN KOHLI! 40th IPL half-century for Kohli. The skipper has played second fiddle to Paddikal tonight. But another solid knock for Kohli
FOUR!! Captain Kohli times this past deep backward square leg for a boundary
Another good over for RCB as 10 runs come off it. RCB need 61 off 54
Overthrows and the RCB openers pick up two quick runs
FOUR! Beautiful pull shot from the captain as he times this past deep midwicket
10 overs done. RCB sailing through this chase. Kohli's men need 71 off 60 to win their fourth match on the trot
100 comes up for RCB with all wickets in hand. The required rate has come down to 7.10
SIX!! Another comfortable shot from Padikkal as this sails over deep square leg
BACK-TO-BACK MAXIMUMS! Paddikal in sensational form as he hits Tewatia for two sixes in the row. While the first one sailed over long on, the second one was hammered over deep mid-wicket. 15 runs off Tewatia's over
SIX!! Padikkal sends this over long-on as Riyan Parag leaks 14 runs
FOUR!! Padikkal brings up his 6th IPL half-century off 27 deliveries! Superb innings from the RCB opener
Riyan Parag into the attack
FOUR!! Padikkal sweeps this past deep backward point
SIX!! After keeping the batsman in check with no boundaries off the over, Padikkal lifted the final delivery over long-on for a maximum. 10 runs off the over. End of powerplay: RCB post 59 for no loss
SIX!! A maximum to end the over.
FOUR!! Padikkal puts this past short fine.
FOUR!!! A boundary to end the over. 15 runs come up from Morris' over
Back-to-back fours to begin Morris' over!!
FOUR!! Second boundary off the over as Padikkal hits this past short fine. 10 runs come off Shreyas' Gopal's over
FOUR! Padikkal puts this past fine leg
Six runs off the over. 14 for no loss after two overs. RCB off to steady start. Whie the required run rate at this stage is 9.14 the current run rate is 6.92
FOUR!! Padikkal finds his first boundary as he places this past deep midwicket
Sakariya into the attack
8 runs off the first over
SIX!! After three consecutive dots, Kohli comes down the track and drills it over mid-on as he gets his innings under way with a maximum!
Slip in place as Shreyas Gopal into the attack
Time for the chase to get underway. Kohli, Padikkal to open
End of an innings: RR struggle to reach 177/9. On this ground this score doesn't look enough as the dominant RCB can chase this down. But after losing their top order quickly, the Royals middle order were commendable to fight back and reach this total.
SIX!!! Shreyas Gopal looks to add a few as he finds the important boundary
OUT! Harshal Patel on a hat-trick as Chetan Sakariya caught by ABD and departs for 0 off 1. RR down 9 wickets. Four balls to go
WICKET! Harshal Patel picks up another as Chahal picks Morris up at short fine. Morris goes for 10 off 7. Perfect start to the final over
OUT! Tewatia goes for 40 off 23 as Shahbaz Ahmed picks him up at midwicket. Fourth wicket for Siraj
FOUR! Second boundary as he lifts it over ABD for four.
SIX!! Tewatia sends this over extra cover
Siraj back for his final over
SIX!! First boundary of the evening for Morris as he hammers this over long-on. 12 runs off the over. Two overs to go
Missed chance. Just clears extra cover. Sundar attempts to take it but fails to reach it as Tewatia keeps his wicket.
FOUR!! After a quiet over, Tewatia sends it past backward point as he finds the boundary of the final delivery of the over.
Chris Morris the new batsman in. Can he once again don the finisher's role and find the boundaries off the last couple of overs
WICKET!! Richardson picks up a wicket as Glenn Maxwell takes the second successful catch of the evening to remove Shivam Dube. Dube falls short of his 50 as he goes for 46 off 32
FOUR!! Tewatia reverse sweeps it past backward point for a boundary. 8 runs off the over
Sundar back into the attack
FOUR!! This one goes past ABD for a boundary. Though Patel picked up a wicket, it turned out to be an expensive over, as he gave away 16 runs
SIX!! Tewatia gets off the mark with a maximum! An effortless shot from the all rounder as he sends this over fine leg
Rahul Tewatia the new man in
OUT!! Harshal Patel bounces back with a wicket. First wicket of the evening for Patel as Riyan Parag goes for 25 off 16. Royals lose their fifth wicket
FOUR!! Parag smashes this past midwicket
After an expensive first over Harshal back into the attack
8 runs off the over. RR at 100 up for Rajasthan. After 13 overs RR are at 104/4
Jamieson back into the attack, replaces Richardson
Expensive over from Harshal Patel as he leaks 15 runs
Back-to-back fours! Parag lifts this but Siraj can't get to it and it crosses the ropes for a boundary
FOUR!! First boundary for Riyan Parag as this goes past the keeper
Harshal Patel comes into the attack
FOUR!! Dube flicks this past third man. After the early wickets, Dube keeping the Royals innings alive. 11 runs off Richardson's over
Kane Richardson back into the attack. Dube welcomes him with a boundary past long off on the first delivery of the over
Good over from Sundar as only six runs come off it. RR at 70/4 after 10 overs
4-6!! Dube hammers Chahal. The second maximum goes over long-on. Expensive over from Chahal as 17 runs come off it
SIX!! Shivam Dube drills this over deep midwicket
10 runs and a wicket from Sundar's first over. RR at 47/4 after 8 overs
The young Riyan Parag the new batsman in
WICKET!! Sundar hits back in the very next ball as Samson goes for 21 off 18. Maxwell picks him up at midwicket as RR lose their fourth wicket
SIX!! The first maximum of the evening as Samson sends this over deep midwicket to start the over with a maximum!
Washington Sundar replaces Richardson
Good over from Chahal as he gives away only 5 runs
Chahal into the attack. A dot to begin
Good finish to the over after being hit for two boundaries. 10 runs off it. End of powerplay. Rajasthan Royals at 32 for 3 after 6 overs
FOUR!! Samson puts this past third man for the second boundary of the over
FOUR!! Samson hits Richardson for a boundary off the first delivery and puts it past mid-off
FOUR!! Samson hits Richardson for a boundary off the first delivery and puts it past mid-off
FOUR!! Dube punches this past cover to get his innings off to a start with a boundary
Decision overturned! A happy RCB dugout as David Miller goes for 0 off 2. What a start for RCB! Captain Kohli looks a happy man on the field! Second wicket of the evening for Siraj!
Big appeal for LBW. Original decision not out. Kohli goes upstairs
David Miller the new batsman in. Not the start RR were looking for. Samson, Miller have to build a partnership to steady the innings. Siraj back for his third over
WICKET!! Jamieson picks up the second wicket of the evening. Kane Richardson takes a really good catch running in from mid-on to send opener Manan Vohra back to the dugout. RR off to shaky start. Vohra goes for 7 off 9 as RR reduced to 16/2 in 13.5 overs
Captain Sanju Samson the new batsman in. Superb over from Siraj as he picks up a wicket and gives away just one run. RR at 14/1 after 3 overs
BOWLED!!! And Siraj hands RCB a rocking start removing the dangerous Jos Buttler. Buttler goes for 8 off 8
FOUR! Vohra pulls this to the midwicket boundary
Jamieson up next. A dot to begin
FOUR!! First boundary of the evening after four consecutive dots. Buttler gets his innings underway with a boundary. Two boundaries to finish the over. 8 runs off the first over
Manan Vohra and Jos Buttler open. Dot to begin the proceedings
Play gets underway at the Wankhede. The umpires walk in. RCB huddle done.
Royal Challengers Bangalore playing XI against RR:
Match 16. Royal Challengers Bangalore XI: V Kohli, D Padikkal, S Ahmed, G Maxwell, AB de Villiers, W Sundar, K Jamieson, H Patel, K Richardson, M Siraj, Y Chahal https://t.co/qQv53qdmXv #RCBvRR #VIVOIPL #IPL2021— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2021
Samson after the toss: Shreyas Gopal comes in place of Jaydev Unadkat
Virat Kohli after winning the toss: We’ve seen dew and it continues to be a high scoring ground. We’ve been batting well and we’re very confident that we can chase it down. One change in the team. Rajat Patidar misses out and Kane Richardson comes into the line up
Toss Update: Tails is the call. Looks like Kohli won the toss and didn't realise it as he made way for Samson! RCB won the toss and opted to bowl
Half an hour to go for the RCB vs RR toss. In the head-to-head count, the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals are on equal footing, having won ten matches each. But in tonight's game at the Wankhede, the Virat Kohli-led Bangalore team will have the upperhand as they head into the game on the back of three consecutive victories. An experienced Kohli vs new captain Samson.
An hour to go for the toss at Wankhede. Will a change in venue, hamper RCB’s winning run? With explosive batsmen in both line-ups, tonight’s game promises to be a game of sixes! Toss at 7:00pm
The ABD masterclass was on display during #RCB's win over #KKR. ⚡⚡— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2021
Will the 'Mr. 360' @ABdeVilliers17 dazzle once again as @RCBTweets face #RR tonight❓ #VIVOIPL
As we get ready for the #RCBvRR clash at Wankhede, let's re-watch an ABD special 🎥 👇
Bangalore vs Rajasthan: While Sanju Samson-led Royals have won one and lost two on this ground, the Virat Kohli-led Challengers will be playing their first match of the season at the Wankhede. Kohli's men have completed a successful Chennai leg, having won three matches on the trot.
The previous match, we witnessed an onslaught from Maxwell and ABD! Another one on the cards tonight at the Wankhede?
The two teams will enter tonight’s game with contrasting fortunes. While Virat Kohli-led RCB are the only team to remain unbeaten this side, winning three on the trot, Sanju Samson’s Royals have won only one, while losing two.
Hello & welcome to mykhel’s coverage of match no. 16 of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Tonight’s clash at the Wankhede Stadium will see a troubled Rajasthan Royals face off against the high-flying Royal Challengers Bangalore. Stay tuned as we bring you the toss, pitch and match updates. The match is set to get underway at 7:30pm IST in Mumbai.