Yuzvendra Chahal delivered a bowling masterclass to help Royal Challengers Bangalore register a comfortable eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in a game played at Abu Dhabi.
Earlier in the game, Rajasthan Royals won the toss and opted to bat first. Captain Steven Smith and Sanju Samson perished for low scores to see Rajasthan get reduced to 31 for 3. Jos Buttler failed to capitalize on his good start and perished after scoring 22 runs off 12 balls with the help of three fours and one six.
Robin Uthappa and Mahipal Lomror added 39 runs for the fourth wicket in an attempt to rebuild the innings for Rajasthan. Uthappa was dismissed in the 10th over to see Rajasthan lose their fourth wicket.
For Rajasthan, Mahipal Lomror was the standout player with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 47 runs off 39 balls with the help of one four and three sixes. With the dismissal of Lomror in the 16th over, Rahul Tewatia and Jofra Archer put on an unbeaten 40-run partnership to help Rajasthan Royals push their score beyond 140-run mark.
Rahul Tewatia smashed 24 not out off 12 balls with the help of three sixes, whereas Jofra Archer chipped in with 16 runs off 10 balls.
For Royal Challengers Bangalore, Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal claimed three wickets and conceded 24 runs from his four overs. Left-arm pacer Isuru Udana picked up two wickets and conceded 41 runs from his four overs.
In pursuit of 155 runs, Aaron Finch perished for a low score to see Royal Challengers Bangalore lose their first wicket in the fourth over of the innings. Rookie opener Devdutt Padikkal and Captain Virat Kohli came together and put on a match-winning partnership of 99 runs to see RCB inch closer towards a comfortable win.
Devdutt Padikkal notched up another crucial half-century for Royal Challengers Bangalore in this fixture. He smashed 63 runs off 45 balls with the help of six boundaries and one six.
For RCB, Virat Kohli was the standout player with the bat and finished the innings with unbeaten 72 off 53 balls with the help of seven boundaries and two sixes. He stitched crucial partnerships with Devdutt Padikkal and AB De Villiers to see Royal Challengers Bangalore complete the chase in the final over of the innings.
For Rajasthan, pacer Jofra Archer and leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal delivered tidy spells and claimed one wicket apiece.