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AB blinder sets up RCB’s incredible win over RR


Virat Kohli of Royal Challengers Bangalore plays a shot during the Indian Premier League match against Rajasthan Royals at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, on Saturday. – PTI
 DUBAI, Oct 17: AB de Villiers’ swashbuckling 22-ball 55 fashioned an incredible seven-wicket victory for Royal Challengers Bangalore over Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League match here on Saturday. Chasing 178, De Villiers smashed six sixes to help RCB win the game after all seemed lost for them following the dismissal of Virat Kohli with the team struggling at 102 for three in the 14th over.

 The seasoned South African launched into Jaydev Unadkat for three successive sixes in the 19th over to swing the match in his team’s favour. He finished the game in style, hitting Jofra Archer for a maximum with two balls still to go. RCB lost Aaron Finch (14) after Australia’s limited overs captain had hit two sixes. Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal stitched a 79-run partnership for the second wicket but consumed too many deliveries in doing so, failing to keep pace with the required run rate.

Kohli brought the team’s hundred by lofting Rahul Tewatia for a big six over long-on, but Padikkal, while trying to break the shackles after struggling his way to 35 off 37 balls, got out when his pull shot failed to clear Ben Stokes in the deep.

And then came the big wicket of Kohli, thanks to a brilliant piece of fielding by Tewatia, who pulled off a catch inches from the line at deep midwicket on the rebound after the batsman whipped it off his pads.

SCOREBOARD

Rajasthan Royals: Robin Uthappa c Finch b Chahal 41, Ben Stokes c de Villiers b Morris 15, Sanju Samson c Chris Morris b Chahal 9, Steven Smith c Shahbaz b Morris 57, Jos Buttler c Navdeep Saini b Morris 24, Rahul Tewatia not out 19, Jofra Archer lbw b Chris Morris 2. Extras: (B-1, W-7, NB-2) 10. Total: (For 6 wkts, 20 overs) 177. Fall of Wickets: 50-1, 69-2, 69-3, 127-4, 173-5, 177-6. Bowling: Washington Sundar 3-0-25-0, Chris Morris 4-0-26-4, Isuru Udana 3-0-43-0, Navdeep Saini 4-0-30-0, Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-34-2, Shahbaz Ahmed 2-0-18-0.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal c Stokes b Tewatia 35, Aaron Finch c Uthappa b Shreyas Gopal 14, Virat Kohli c Tewatia b Kartik Tyagi 43, AB de Villiers not out 55, Gurkeerat Singh not out 19. Extras: (LB-1, W-11, NB-1) 13. Total: (For 3 wkts, 19.4 overs) 179. Fall of Wickets: 23-1, 102-2, 102-3. Bowling: Jofra Archer 3.4-0-38-0, Shreyas Gopal 4-0-32-1, Kartik Tyagi 4-0-32-1, Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-46-0, Rahul Tewatia 4-0-30-1. – PTI

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