In the first leg, they chased down Rajasthan’s 177 with 21 balls to spare and without losing a wicket. The RCB openers came out with a positive intent probably in an attempt to repeat the feat as they scored 48 in the first five overs. Padikkal played one shot too many and fell to Mustafizur and Kohli followed him the very next over falling victim to Parag’s direct-hit.
THE MAXI SHOW!!!
Maxwell, coming on the back of a fifty, had a couple of close shaves early in his innings when he attempted the pull shot twice in two balls against Kartik Tyagi. While one evaded the Jaiswal at deep square leg, the other one was acrobatically stopped by Mustafizur at fine leg.
Post that, the all-rounder batted sensibly and was even happy to second fiddle to Bharat. But once the wicketkeeper-batter fell, Maxwell significantly upped the ante. The Australian all-rounder smashed his fourth fifty of the season and RCB hunted down the target with 17 balls to spare.
That was as comprehensive as a run chase can get. And it takes RCB into a fantastic position from which they can dream of a top-two finish. They’re still two points adrift of the top-two – CSK and DC. The game was set up by their bowlers, who bounced back to restrict Royals to 150 from 91 for 1 at the halfway mark.
Terrific contributions from Chahal, Harshal and Shahbaz. And then with the bat, Maxwell and Bharat played the chase perfectly after Kohli set it up.
The Royals now can only get to 14 points at best. The stars have to align wildly to keep them in the hunt.
For the fourth time in as many games in the UAE leg. RCB failed to pick a wicket in the powerplay. At the end of the 11th over, Kohli’s men were staring down the barrel with Evin Lewis in a punishing mood. Looking at Samson getting underway with a six against Chahal. Debutant George Garton taken apart by the WI power-hitter in the powerplay. He took the crucial breakthrough by removing Lewis with a slower ball and things went downhill from thereon for the 2008 IPL champions. Spinners Chahal and Shahbaz Ahmed picked two wickets apiece and the Purple Cap holder – Harshal Patel – capped off the innings superbly with another impressive show (three-fer) in the death overs.