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RR got smashed by RCB for the second time this season
Welcome to our live blog for Match 43, where Sanju Samson's Rajasthan Royals take on Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai. Please refresh for new updates and you can follow the ball-by-ball here
Mustafizur gets Bharat caught at fine leg, ending a fine 69-run stand but Glenn Maxwell wasn't letting this game go deep. Chances his arms in the next over bowled by Chris Morris and dispatches the bowler for three boundaries to get to his half-century off 30 balls. De Villiers provides the finishing touch with a sweep and it's a fantastic seven-wicket win for RCB, with 2.5 overs to spare!
RCB kept in check
A fifty-run stand off 40 balls, slower than what you expect with Maxwell in on a good pitch, but both him and Bharat, who was promoted up the order, are taking the wiser route. They have seen what happened when RR tried to force the issue, so RCB are taking it nice and slow, especially with the modest target at hand. 44 runs needed off the last 7 overs.
And Kohli is run out now
Game on? Kohli slices one to Riyan Parag at point but is hesitant with the run. Is found short by a bullet throw at the bowler's end. A sweet redemption for Parag who had put down Kohli earlier in the over. RR need to string together a few of these moments if they are to make a match out of this. This remains a good wicket.
Padikkal falls after fast start for RCB
It's a good pitch and that's showing in the way RCB are batting at the moment. Devdutt Padikkal, though, falls to Mustafizur Rahman — swishing across the line and missing. But RCB look well on track in this small run chase. Any more twists you think?
RR finish with 149
What a deceleration. They were flying at 113/2 in the 13th over, with Evin Lewis going strong with a quickfire fifty, but his dismissal was tailgated by Sanju Samson's and Rajasthan's middle order imploded. Not that it hasn't been an issue with them this edition but it was a surprise looking at them fold like that on a very good pitch. Anyway, this looks like a straightforward chase for RCB… but will it be?
We'll leave you with an innings summary:
Also, with RCB about to bat, it's a good time to check out this CB+ feature by Prasanna Agoram, former performance analyst of South Africa who's also worked with IPL teams. He discusses how RCB have gotten back to a tactic that's worked for them in the past, and with a better bowling attack at disposal could power their campaign this season.
RR lose tempo and wickets
It probably started with Sanju Samon's dismissal, a miscued thrash to deep cover which gave Shahbaz Ahmed a wicket off his first ball today. That was the second wicket RR lost on a score of 113 but it only got worse from there. Shahbaz picked Rahul Tewatia in the same over before Liam Livingstone perished to spin again, this time of Yuzvendra Chahal's. Harshal Patel returns, gets himself on hattrick again with wickets of Parag and Morris, just that the hattrick doesn't materialize this time.
Garton has his revenge
Taken for two sixes and a four by Lewis in his second over, Garton has come back and struck first ball. A slower short ball does the trick here as Lewis top-edges and is caught by the keeper running to the short fine leg region.
Lewis got to his fifty off only 31 balls but unfortunately couldn't carry on. Fantastic innings nonetheless. Sanju Samson at the other end has already gotten off to a start with two sixes, so don't go anywhere.
Jaiswal falls after good stand
A good opening stand worth 77 but Jaiswal fails to dispatch a quicker offcutter from Dan Christian and holes out to mid-on. He played the ideal foil in this opening stand as Lewis picked quick runs at the other runs.
That was Dan Christian's first wicket in RCB colours in the IPL, our stats guy Arun Gopalakrishnan pings. He'd played 2 matches for the franchise in 2013 & 4 matches this season – all without a wicket to show. Wow.
Good start for RR
It started alright with tight overs from debutant Garton and Siraj. But Glenn Maxwell came on to bowl the third, conceded a huge slog-swept six by Jaiswal and the momentum has swung since then. Garton's second over, featuring 2 sixes and a four, went for 18 runs. That said, it's a really good pitch and the batsmen are able to cut freely and even play on the up. What a relieving sight that is!
RR are 56/0 after the powerplay.
Bharath Ramaraj @Fancricket12 Looks like a pretty good deck for batting. When you can hit on the up like that… 02:25 PM • Sep 09, 2021
Who's George Garton?
Signed by RCB for the UAE leg after multiple withdrawals by overseas players, George Garton is a left-arm pacer from England. The 24-year-old Sussex player has been on England's radar since the 2017-18 Ashes series, when he had been briefly called-up as an injury cover. He was recently a part of the England ODI squad against Sri Lanka in June-July but couldn't get the opportunity to make his debut.
Garton, though, has played for England U19 and Lions, and was also a part of the England's U19 World Cup squad in Bangladesh in 2016. He played nine matches in The Hundred and picked 10 wickets at an average of 23. In the T20 Blast this year, he had 9 wickets from 6 games at an average of 16.66 and an economy of 7.50. Garton brings pace and versatility to the table and can bowl both with the new ball and in the death overs. He's also a very capable lower-order hitter and an excellent fielder.
Toss – RCB opt to bowl
Pitch is “good” and “nice” heard at the toss, so every chance we witness some runs being made today. George Garton makes his IPL debut and he comes into the RCB XI in place of Kyle Jamieson. Fit-again Kartik Tyagi returns for RR and Jaydev Unadkat makes way for him.
RR: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
RCB: Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat(w), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, George Garton, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
While we wait for the game to begin, why don't you read this CB+ feature on Harshal Patel by Bharath Ramaraj. IPL's latest hat-trick hero shares moments from his journey including what he learnt from Zaheer Khan, his messages to Daniel Vettori and the influence of captain Virat Kohli!
Do you remember the last time RCB played RR? Devdutt Padikkal smashed an unbeaten hundred, also his first in the IPL, and with Virat Kohli added an unbeaten 181-run for the first wicket in a 10-wicket victory. And if that wasn't enough, Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel set the game up earlier with three wickets each, signalling a shift in dynamics for Virat Kohli's team which has long been a one-trick pony. Safe to say, it was a marquee day in RCB's history and the team will hope for some more of it in the UAE this time. Their 54-run win and their tactical dominance over MI in the last game should set them up alright for this one.
And what about RR? Kritika Naidu has been tracking the team and she details the middle order woes among other things in our match preview.
And ICYMI, the last two league games of this edition will be played at the same time on October 8. How do you like the idea?