Match : 15
Teams : Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Rajasthan Royals(RR)
Venue : Sheikh zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Toss : Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and elected to bat First
Team Update: From Rajasthan Royals they came up with one change Mahipal Lomror made his debut for RR replacing Ankit Rajpoot. Royal challengers Bangalore played with unchanged squad and came up with the same winning combination from their previous game .
It’s the First double header played in IPL 2020 at UAE with more than 38 degree celsius in the ground.
In the First Innings, Rajasthan had a bad start on their day , lost their top order batsmen(Butler, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson) within the powerplay overs . Kohli’s captaincy work on bowling change made RR batsmen a little confused which in turn resulted in early wickets, Kohli utilized his Top 5 prime bowlers within 7 overs was an excellent start for RCB .Jos Butler had a quick start but he got out against Navdeep saini with an excellent catch of Devdutt Padikkal, Rcb Bowlers didn’t gave any chance to settle RR batsman in the crease that results in back to back early wickets for the batting team. Then , young debutant Lemur & Robin Uthappa had a decent partnership by rotating the strike in the middle.After that Chahal got the breakthrough of Uthappa . RR were very slow scoring rate at some point , we thought RR would reach around 130 , but at the end quick cameo innings of Tewatia & Archer made them to set the target above 150 .For Rajasthan, Lomrur was the high scorer with 47 Runs. At the end of First Innings , Rajasthan were able to manage to set the total of 154 -6 against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
While Chasing the par score of 155, RCB needed a good start in the power play , but Finch got out early against the spin of Shreayas Gopal. Then RCB Captain Virat kohli came into crease with lot expectation from both fans and critics, as he didn’t batted up to his capacity in the previous 3 games. He came and settled in the middle , by rotating the strike to his partner Devdutt Padikkal who was striking the ball in the middle very well. Devdutt was exceptional with his performance which completely reduced the pressure of middle order batsmen of RCB , because in previous years complete RCB batting order depends on AB& Kohli performance, but in this year 2020 padikkal took the responsibility and scored his 3rd fifty of IPL 2020 in his 4 games.. Both Kohli & Devdutt scored a 99 run partnership and made the chasing look easy , in the meantime we witnessed some of the quick fire cover shots of Virat kohli after months which was delightful to watch and he took charge against the bowlers after scoring his half century. Finally, it’s an easy win for RCB , with Virat Kohli & padikkal extraordinary innings.Virat Kohli Scored 72 Runs from 52 balls . Devdutt padikkal scored 63 runs from 45 balls.
Virat Kohli is the leading Run Scorer of IPL 2020 and passed the milestone of 5500 Runs in his IPL Career.
Drawbacks of Rajasthan Royals:
For Rajasthan Royals, they were completely dependent on foreign strength of batting , it would be really good if Steve smith made himself play at No:3 position to handle the middle order problem for his team , so that a left hander (Yashasvi Jashwal ) might get a chance to prove himself in the top-order as he was the leading run scorer of U-19 World Cup . Hope he will shine in the later part of the Tournament .
Game changer of the Match:
Chahal wicket taking ability was the game changing moment for RCB, especially the extraordinary caught & bold wicket of Sanju Samson , shifted the momentum towards RCB.
Man of the Match :
Yuzvendra Chahal awarded man of the match for his excellent performance with the ball .
4-0-24 -3 .