Indian cricket team most consistent batsman Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horns in a mouth-watering encounter against Steve Smith-led Rajasthan Royals today at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Bangalore-based franchise RCB won their previous encounter in a most dramatic way in the super over. On the other hand, Steve Smith and their young boys are doing a tremendous job in their first two games but they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by a big margin of 37 runs as they fell short while chasing a stiff total of 175 runs set by Dinesh Karthik and Co earlier. So, RCB will be looking for their consecutive wins here at the slowest venue of Abu Dhabi(UAE).
Jaipur-based franchise RR, on the other hand, lost their previous encounter against two-time IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders by a big margin. Steve Smith and his guys not able to chase down an average total set by KKR. However, Royals have completely dominated in the first two matches of the biggest fantasy cricket league of Dream11 IPL 2020. So, they also looking to bounce back strongly against Virat's Men in Red today at Abu Dhabi.
Rajasthan Royals are currently at 3rd position with 4 points behind KKR in the points table. On the other hand, Virat's Royal Challengers Bangalore were at the 4th place with 4 points from their three matches.
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RCB - 151/2 IN 18.3 overs
RCB nearer to win against RR
Kohli bounce back with his 37th half-century
RCB direct go to the top spot in the points table.
That's the fifty for Kohli. RCB were at 118/1 in 15 overs
Devdutt Padikkal - The first player to hit three 50+ scores in the first four matches in IPL. His scores so far:
56(42) v SRH Dubai
1(2) v KXIP Dubai
54(40) v MI Dubai
54*(36) v RR Abu Dhabi
Royal Challengers Bangalore need 37 runs in 5 overs
RCB - 107/1 in 14 overs
Virat Kohli* - 41(37)
D Padikkal* - 55(39)
Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal's partnership is going well for RCB
RCB were at 50/1 in the powerplay
Virat Kohli - 6(9)
Devdutt Padikkal - 36(20)
Good start from RCB.
RCB - 27/1 in 3 overs
Aaron Finch Lbw b Shreyas Gopal 8(7)
Virat Kohli* - 1(1)
D Padikkal* - 23(12)
Tewatia smashes 2 consecutive sixes of Navdeep Saini's last over of the inning
SRH finishes their innings to 154/6 in 20 overs
Top scorer: Mahipal Lomror - 47(39)
Rahul Tewatia - 24 from 12 balls with 3 maximum
For RCB, Chahal - 4-0-24-3
Udana - 4-0-41-2
SRH - 128/6 In 18 overs
Chahal vs RR in IPL
Chahal to Lomror, THATS OUT!! SRH were at 114/6 after 16.4 overs
Chahal finishes his impressive spell with 4-0-24-3
RR is stumbling here.
Paraga gone!! SRH - 105/5 AFTER 15.5 overs
Riyan Parag c Finch b Udana 16(18) [4s-1]
Mahipal Lomror* - 40(36)
Rahul Tewatia is the new man comes in.
SRH - 89/4 after 14 overs
Mahipal Lomror* - 30(29)
Riyan Parag* - 11(13)
The partnership is on now for SRH
After 10.1 overs, SRH were at 70/4
Mahipal Lomror* - 22(19)
Yuzvendra Chahal [1.0-0-2-1] is back into the attack, he is really playing his part in the game so far for RCB
Chahal to Uthappa, Gone!! Caught!! Udana takes a comfortable catch in the deep.
Uthappa c Udana b Chahal 17(22) [4s-1]
It's time for a strategic timeout.
After 8.2 overs, SRH - 57/3
Robin Uthappa* - 12(12)
Mahipal Lomror* - 14(18)
This pair looks to repair the innings for Rajasthan Royals. Let's hope they both consolidate their inning
After 5 overs
SRH - 33/3
Robin Uthappa* - 1(6)
Mahipal Lomror* - 1(4)
Score after 4.1 overs, Last 3 overs: 22 runs, 3 wkts
SRH - 31/3
Robin Uthppa - 0(5)
Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack. What a start by wrist-spinner Yuzi Chahal.
Chahal to Samson, THATS OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
Samson c and b Chahal 4(3) [4s-1]
Score after 3.1 overs
SRH - 31/2
Sanju Samson - 4(2)
Navdeep Saini to Buttler, out Caught by Devdutt Padikkal!! What a way to start your spell! This is a massive strike by Navdeep Saini on his very first-ball.
Navdeep Saini to Buttler, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
Buttler c Devdutt Padikkal b Navdeep Saini 22(12) [4s-3 6s-1]
Score after 2.4 overs
Jos Buttler - 22(11)
A Huge wicket for RCB, Udana to Smith, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Smith b Udana 5(5) [4s-1]
Score after 1 overs
Jos Buttler - 4(3)
Steve Smith - 5(3)
Isuru Udana - 1-0-9-0
RR skipper Steve Smith and Jos Buttler will open the inning for them. Buttler is on strike
Isuru Udana opens the attack
Rajasthan Royals Playing XI
Jos Buttler(w), Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat
Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI
Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Yuzvendra Chahal
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to bat first