RCB vs RR Live: Rajasthan set 155-run target for Bangalore

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Jofra Archer will open the attack for RR. Here we go…!!!
Aaron Finch and Devudutt Paddikal are making their way to the middle. Royals are in a huddle.
Welcome back! RCB need 155 runs to win.
Yuzvendra Chahal gets the purple cap
Yuzvendra Chahal:
It is very humid. Playing after six months in this humidity. We thought they would get 170 but restricting them to 155 is good. I’m very happy with the way the ball has been coming out from my hand. When I came to bowl in the third over, I realized that it’s a slow wicket and didn’t go to my googlies a lot. I realised that I’m dropping a few in international cricket, so I’m working on it (catching). Not worried about the Purple Cap, the whole team is just focused on winning the trophy for RCB. One boundary is a bit shorter at one end, so bowling from that side will be tougher. We need a good partnership at the beginning.
End of RR innings: Rajasthan Royals 154/6

OVERS 19.3: SIX! Tewatia sends Saini over deep mid wicket. Tewatia is dealing in sixes right now. RR 153/6
OVERS 19.2: FREE HIT! SIX! Tewatia smashes Saini over deep square leg. RR 147/6
OVERS 19.2: Saini to Tewatia. NO BALL. High full toss from Saini. Tewatia tries to play a scoop but the ball hits his shoulder. He is down in pain. Physio is out in the middle. Tewatia is fine and ready to bat.
OVERS 19.1: Low full toss from Saini. Jofra will get just 1 run.
Saini to bowl the last over.
End of OVER 19: 10 runs off Udana’s over. RR 139/6
OVERS 18.3: SIX! Archer smashes Udana over deep mid wicket fence. RR 136/6
Udana starts his fourth and last over.
OVERS 18: FOUR! Saini to Archer. Archer finds an edge and the ball races towards fine leg boundary. That’s French Cut by Jofra. RR 129/6
OVERS 17.1: SIX! Tewatia welcomes Saini with a huge one over deep square leg fence. What a confident shot from the youngster. RR 122/6
Navdeep Saini starts his third over.
End of OVER 17: 10 runs off Chahal’s over. RR 116/6

Jofra Archer comes to the crease. Are you ready for some fireworks?
OVERS 16.4: WICKET! Chahal ends Lomror’s stay at 47. Third wicket for Chahal. Wide and outside off by Chahal. Lomror tries to go over the top but fails to connect it well. Paddikal takes an easy catch at long off. RR 114/6
OVERS 16.1: SIX! Lomror goes down to his knee and whacks Chahal over deep mid wicket for a hug six. RR 112/5
Chahal starts his fourth and final over.
End of OVER 16: 7 runs off Udana’s over. RR 106/5

Rahul Tewatia comes to the crease
OVERS 15.5: WICKET! Udana removes Riyan Parag for 16 runs. Short from Udana. Riyan tries to pull but fails to get the distance. Finch takes an easy catch. RR 105/5.
100 comes up for Rajasthan Royals

Udana is back into the attack for his third over.
End of OVER 15: 10 runs off Chahal’s over. RR 99/4
OVERS 14.5: SIX! Lomror dances down the track and smashes Chahal over mid-over fence. What a shot by the left-hander. RR 98/4
Chahal is back into the attack. This is his third over.
Sundar completes his quota of 4 overs. His bowling figures: 4-0-20-0

End of OVER 13: 8 runs off Zampa’s over. RR 85/4
OVERS 12.4: FOUR! Riyan Parag hits this with brute power. The ball races like a rocket straight down the ground. RR 83/4
Adam Zampa is back into the attack. It’s his third over.
End of OVER 12: 4 runs off Dube’s over. RR 77/4
Shivam Dube comes into the attack.
End of OVER 11: 3 runs off Chahal’s over. RR 73/4

Riyan Parag comes to the crease now
OVERS 10.1: WICKET! Chahal removes Uthappa for 17. Royals lost their fourth wicket. Uthappa tries to go over the top against Chahal but fails to connect and finds Udana at long off.

Yuzvendra Chahal is back into the attack
10 overs gone! 9 runs off Saini’s over. RR 70/3

OVERS 9.3: FOUR! Lomror smashes Saini towards mid off for a boundary. RR 66/3
Navdeep Saini is back into the attack. This is his second over.
End of OVER 9: 11 runs off Zampa’s over. RR 61/3
OVERS 8.2: SIX! Lomror leans forward and whacks the ball over deep mid wicket region. Superb shot from the left-hander. RR 57/3
Zampa starts his second over.
End of OVER 8: 4 runs off Sundar’s over. RR 50/3
50 comes up for Rajasthan Royals
Sundar starts his third over.
End of OVER 7: 8 runs off Zampa’s over. RR 46/3
OVERS 7: FOUR! Uthappa lofts this towards long on. Gurkeerat dives but fails to grab the ball. Risky shot from Uthappa. RR 46/3
Another bowling change for RCB: Adam Zampa comes into the attack.

End of OVER 6: 5 runs off Sundar’s over. RR 38/3
Washington Sundar is back into the attack. This is his second over.
5 overs gone! Just 2 runs off Chahal’s over. RR 33/3
Sanju Samson vs Yuzvendra Chahal in IPL
29 balls
23 runs
4 dismissals
Mahipal Lomror comes to the crease
Bringing Chahal in the powerplay worked well for Virat Kohli’s men. Brilliant move from captain Kohli.
OVERS 4.1: WICKET! Brilliant caught and bowled from Chahal. Sanju has to depart. Chahal gets the big fish. He exults in celebration. Umpire are checking for a clean check. And, it’s OUT. Sanju departs for 4. RR 31/3

Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the attack.
Robin Uthappa comes to the crease.
Wicket maiden from Navdeep.

OVERS 3.1: WICKET! Navdeep Saini strikes on his first delivery. Jos Buttler tries to play a drive, gets an outside edge and Devdutt Padikkal takes a brilliant catch at first slip. Big wicket for RCB. RR 31/2
Navdeep Saini comes into the attack
OVERS 2.5: FOUR! Sanju comes and opens his account with a superb drive towards mid off. RR 31/1
Sanju Samson comes to the crease
OVERS 2.4: WICKET! Udana castles Steve Smith for 5. Superb bowling from him. RR 27/1
OVERS 2.2: FOUR! Buttler is on fire. He stays back and pulls it away through mid-wicket region. RR 26/0
OVERS 2.1: SIX! Buttler stands tall, picks the length and lofts it over long on fence. What a shot from him.
Udana starts his second over.
End of OVER 2: 7 runs off Sundar’s over. RR 16/0
OVERS 1.2: FOUR! Buttler leans forward and guides Sundar towards fine leg. RR 13/0
Washington Sundar comes into the attack
OVER 0.6: FOUR! Poor delivery from Udana. Smith shuffles across and guides the pacer towards fine leg. RR 9/0
OVER 0.2: FOUR! Buttler uses the pace and flicks the ball towards fine leg for a boundary. RR 4/0
Here we go…!!!!
Steve Smith and Jos Buttler are at the crease. Isuru Udana will open the attack for RCB.
Battle of GOATS

RR’s record at Abu Dhabi.

PLAYING XIs

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Yuzvendra Chahal

Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Smith (c), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat

CAPTAIN SPEAK
Virat Kohli: It’s dry heat, but it’s not so bad. We are playing with the same XI. We wanted to bat first as it’s a day game, better to get into the game in the first six overs of the match. Getting a strong squad together, it’s good to see the youngsters doing the job for us, that’s what we have focused on. Dube contribution, Chahal’s always a banker and AB does what he is good at doing.
Steve Smith: We’ll bat first. It’s a day game, pretty warm out here, so we want to bat first and set a target. We got one change, Lomror comes in for Ankit (Rajpoot). It’s a long tournament, you are going to win games, lose games. Hopefully, we’ll put on a good show today. Ben (Stokes) is a quality player, adds to our squad once he’s arrives.
TEAM NEWS: For RR, Mahipal Lomroro replaces Ankit Rajpoot.
TOSS NEWS: Rajasthan have won the toss and Steve Smith decides to bat first.

Hello and welcome back to Timesofindia.com’s continued coverage of the 13th edition of the IPL that enters its 15th day, which will see the first double-header of the 2020 edition. The first game will be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals and the late-evening fixtures will see Delhi Capitals taking on Kolkata Knight Riders.

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