Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Live Score IPL Match 39 Updates: Riyan Parag scored an unbeaten 56 off 31 balls to help Rajasthan Royals post a challenging 144/8 on the board.
RCB vs RR, Match Review:
Riding on Riyan Parag’s superb batting effort and Kuldeep Sen’s clinical bowling performance Rajasthan Royals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 29 runs in the Indian Premier League clash at the MCA Stadium, Pune on Tuesday evening.
Parag scored an unbeaten 56 off 31 balls, which included three 4s and four 6s. Kuldeep went to dismiss Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell in consecutive deliveries and returned with 4/20 in the 3.3 overs he bowled. After being invited to bat first, Rajasthan started on a poor note. Openers Devdutt Padikkal, Jos Buttler failed to provide the team with a start, while Sanju Samson was dismissed on 27.
Shimron Hetmyer too fell cheaply, adding just three runs on the board as Rajasthan posted 144/8 in 20 overs. Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood and Wanindu Hasaranga returned with two wickets each. Harshal Patel picked one, while Prasidh Krishna was run-out. In response, Bangalore lost Virat Kohli cheaply on 9. Faf du Plessis, who looked in good touch, was dismissed on 23. Maxwell fell for a golden duck.
R Ashwin then soon joined the party as he cleaned up Rajat Patidar on 16. The carrom-ball specialist then removed Suyash Prabhudessai, while Dinesh Karthik was run-out on 6. RCB then kept losing wickets in regular intervals and were eventually bundled out for 115 in 19.3 overs.
Player of the Match Riyan Parag,
A bit of satisfaction. The Royals have shown faith in me for the last three years, and I am paying them back bit by bit. I love pressure and I am just showcasing my abilities. During the time-out, Sanga came out and we agreed that 140 was a good total on this wicket. We decided to go big in the last two overs. I wanted to target Hasaranga in his second over, but we lost wickets, and so I had to strategize and go after Hazlewood and Harshal.
Sanju Samson after the win,
It is a really great win. After the start in the first 15 overs, we had real belief and trust in someone called Riyan Parag. We have been backing him for the last three-four years and he just showed it to the world today. I thought we were 10-15 runs short with no dew in the second innings. The pitch was turning and was two-paced, so 150-160 would have been a good total. It was something we were waiting for, for the back end of our batting to win us matches. Almost everyone has put up a match-winning performance so far. The chat we had just before the second innings, was that when you are chasing 200 there is only one gear. But for such totals like 150, it was only a matter of putting pressure as the batsmen had to change gears. The dressing room atmosphere is really important. We make a couple of changes according to the wicket and the opponent, but the communication is very important. Karun, for example, was left out just because we needed that one over from Daryl Mitchell, and he understands that, and he can come back in later.