In the 33rd match at Dubai International Stadium, it was De Villiers bang. With the De Villiers bang, RCB made another victory at 2020 IPL. RCB won over RR for 7 wickets. RCB now made their playoff dreams more live with 12 points slotted third in the points table.
RR won the toss and chose to bat, the team appeared with certain changes in the batting line promoting Robin Uthappa to opening slot with Ben Stokes, also demoted Jos Butler to mid-order. Smith’s decision to bring Robin for the opening went right as he scored 41 runs out of the 22 balls.
Stokes and Sanju were unable to play well. After Uthappa’s wicket team struggled in scoring, skipper Smith and Butler played well. Butler lost the wicket when the team score was at 127 at 15th over. Butler was sent back by Chris Morris, he just scored 24 off the 25 balls faced. But Smith began smashing RCB bowlers and led the team to a decent score of 178 with the end of 20 overs. Smith scored 57 off the 36 balls. RCB bowlers Morris took 4 wickets while Chahal managed to grab 2 wickets for the team.
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In the second innings, RCB made a fair start but lost opener Finch by the 3rd over. But skipper Kohli along with Paddikal played well and scored 102 runs by 13 overs. Then both of them got out in the consecutive deliveries. Skipper Kohli scored 43 runs along with Paddikal, he scored 35 off 36 balls faced. Both of them were struggling to find boundaries. De Villiers and Gurkeerat joined to keep the score moving, Gurkeerat seemed to be struggling but AB De was in beast mode.
In the 19th over Mr. 360 punished Unadkat for three consecutive sixers, making a total of 25 from 19th over alone. That over made the game in favour of RCB, the team was just in need of 10 runs of the last over. AB De led the team to victory hitting Archer for a sixer in the 4th ball of the over. De Villers scored 55 of the 22 balls faced and that includes 6 sixers and one boundary. Gurkeerat contributed 19 runs off the 17 balls, to the team’s victory.
RR bowler Gopal, Tewatia, and Tyagi took one wicket each. RR’s playoff dreams now remain as question marks. RR now lies 7th in position with 6 points only.