RCB edge out RR
Harshal provided the finishing touches to the chase by thwacking Jaiswal for a six. But it was the pair of Karthik and Shahbaz who broke the game with an association of 67. Karthik remained unbeaten on 44.
It was certainly a roller-coaster of game where both sides had their chances. In the end, RCB edged out RR.
Shahbaz falls after crucial 45
Shahbaz also joined in the act by clubbing Boult for a four and then pulled the bowler for a six. Boult, though, dismissed him in the same over. However, his vital knock of 45 and his alliance with Karthik has put RCB on course.
Dinesh Karthik is taking the game away from RR’s grasp with some clinical hitting. He has raced away to 28 off 11! He smashed Ashwin for three fours and 1 six. Some wonderful striking down the ground. And then gave a glimpse of his experience by staying deep in the crease to sweep Saini over short fine leg. A game where the pendulum has swung back and forth.
The dew has also set it.
Samson and sharp reflexes!
From nowhere, RCB have suffered a collapse. Sanju Samson, the skipper, has to take some credit for the collapse. It went off Willey’s pads into the leg-side and Kohli looked to steal a leg-bye but Samson quickly got across and threw it to the non-striker’s end. Kohli tried to get back to his crease but his bat was on the line and he had to walk back with Chahal taking the bails off. Chahal then castled Willey.
RCB are in deep trouble now.
Oh, some street smart bowling from Chahal against his former team. Du Plessus tends to target straight boundaries. So Chahal shifted his line towards leg-stump and Faf could also find the man at long-on.
Saini then prised out Anuj with the cutter. That delivery gripped a bit. Now that should gave RR some hope.
RCB on the right track
Du Plessis and Anuj Rawat have made a useful start for RCB. Rawat danced down the deck and tonked Prasidh through mid-on. Du Plessis, on the other hand, cracked the drive and punch.
There also seems to be some dew out there. The humidity is showing as 81 per cent in Mumbai.
Buttler, Hetmyer’s defining stand
For a while it seemed as if RR would end up with a slightly below par total. However, in the 19th over, Buttler smacked Siraj for two sixes including a shot where he flat-batted one over long-on. Then he showed his wisdom of experience in the final over where he knew that the pitch was stopping and waited for the slower banged in ball to come to him before nailing it over long-on. Hetmyer provided the finishing touches by tonking the last ball for a six.
In the last two overs, RR collected 42 runs. Yes, if there is dew, it could change things.
Enough drama in that 12th over. RCB took a review for an LBW against Samson but it was going down leg. Samson then crunched a six, only to fall the very next ball. His early trigger was to move towards the on-side. Hasaranga shortened his length accordingly and Samson spooned a catch back to the bowler. Soft dismissal.
Harshal lifts RCB!
Padikkal clubbed one into the downtown territories while Buttler gave a glimpse of his stroke-making ability when he danced down the deck and lofted Hasaranga wide of long on. Trademark shot from Buttler. The England batter timed his skip down the deck to near-perfection as the bowler didn’t get any time to adjust his length.
However, against the run of play, Harshal dislodged Padikkal with a cutter. Kohli grabbed a fine catch. Much needed wicket for RCB.
Willey can swing it both ways with a side-on action.
Some drama and action
Padikkal was beaten a couple of times but also showed his class by using his wrists to whip Siraj over backward square leg and into the stands. Economy of movement.
Buttler and Padikkal are trying to resurrect the innings. Buttler, though, was dropped twice in the 7th over, with Willey misjudging one at deep square leg.
Willey and the ability to swing
Willey is bowling well, using a hint of swing to good effect. He was also rewarded for his effort when he cleaned up Jaiswal. The southpaw struggled to come to terms with movement. Eventually, his back foot didn’t load and for the front foot to be on the move. As a result, he had hear the sound of the timber being rattled.
Willey is happy. The RCB camp is happy.
Toss and teams
RCB have won the vital toss and elected to bowl. Can David Willey find a hint of swing upfront? Or for M Siraj to employ his three-quarter seam ball effectively.
The pace duo will be against the in-form Buttler. We could be in for a cracking contest. The point to observe would be Buttler’s drive through the extra cover region versus any movement on offer. The grass cover though is much less.
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis(c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik(w), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj
Sanju Samson: Not too disappointed (at losing the toss). It looks like a completely different surface to the ones we played in the last few games. Our standards in our bowling and batting. We should all take care of our own roles and try to win the small moments. Same team.
Faf du Plessis: We’ll have a bowl. Just the trend and with the dew effect. The pitch does look very different, so we’ll have to see what the dew does. The fact that pleases me is that we hung in in the last game. It gives a lot of confidence to the group. Even though you aren’t playing at your best, it is pleasing. We’re playing the same team.
Pitch report | Matthew Hayden: This pitch definitely has a lot lesser grass on it. It is very, very hard. It isn’t something we have seen with the pitches here so far. The batsmen are in for a little bit of a treat today. Expect a score of over 160.
RCB have notched up one win out of two while RR are sitting pretty on the points table with two victories out of two.
RR’s think tank will hope for the likes of Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Prasidh Krishna and Yuzvendra Chahal to put up game-changing performances.
Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik and Virat Kohli have been in fine form the Bangalore franchise. Who will come out on top in this highly-anticipated game? Toss and teams in a few minutes.
The humidity is on the higher side today in Mumbai – 78 per cent. Hopefully, the dew will stay away.