High on confidence after registering a win against Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look for their second win in three Indian Premier League (IPL) ties when they take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Sunday. South African star batsman AB de Villiers cracked a brilliant 50 to guide RCB to their first victory of the season against Kings XI Punjab on Friday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Pacer Umesh Yadav took three wickets in one over to also star for the franchise which had finished last in the league table in the previous season. RR celebrated their return to the fortress Sawai Mansingh Stadium with a 10-run win over Delhi Daredevils in the rain-truncated match. (Live Scorecard)
RR would feel they fell on the favourable side of the Duckworth-Lewis Method and have areas to improve on, especially their batting. For RCB, De Villiers and Quinton de Kock, who scored 45 runs to lay the foundation against Punjab, will aim to continue the good work. Captain Virat Kohli has got starts but would want to make a mark by getting a big score on Sunday. New Zealand star stumper-batsman Brendon McCullum would also like to get into the thick of things, especially after getting a golden duck.
IPL 2018 Live updates of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals straight from M Chinnaswamy Stadium
17:43 IST: SIX!! It is raining sixes here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium as he Samson gets his 10th maximum.
17:42 IST: SIX! Samson hits his ninth maximum of the boundary as Virat Kohli is not happy with his bowlers.
17:40 IST: SIX! Rahul Tripathi gets in the action as he smokes Umesh Yadav for a huge maximum at the long-on region. Tripathi follows the maximum with yet another boundary on the leg-side. Short delivery and he pulls the ball with glee. Today is not the day for Umesh.
17:38 IST: SIX – FOUR – FOUR !! Samson has changed gears and is sending the bowlers on a leather hunt. First, he goes straight down the ground. He edges the next past the keeper for a boundary and then follows it up with another with a boundary at the sweeper cover.
17:35 IST: OUT! Woakes bowls a low-toss and Buttler, aiming to deposit the ball, gets the toes end of the bat and Kohli at mid-off takes a simple regulation catch. Buttler departs for 23.
17:32 IST: SIX and a SIX! Fuller delivery from Khejroliya, Samson gets underneath the ball and smokes it for a maximum straight down the ground. Khejroliya bowls the same delivery and Samson punishes him, this time the ball is deposited back in the second-tier. MAMMOTH !!
17:29 IST: SIX! Jos Buttler is not among the one, who will sit and watch as he too gets into the act. Back of a length delivery from Woakes and Buttler pummels him for a maximum over McCullum, who is standing at the deep mid-wicket area. Buttler is changing gears now.
17:26 IST: Sanju Samson scores his 8th IPL fifty. Great batting from the youngster.
17:25 IST: SIX! Woakes bowls slow and short, Samson rocks back and deposits the ball in the crowd towards the deep mid-wicket region. Samson is nearing his IPL half-century.
17:19 IST: SIX! Rajasthan Royals get a Free-Hit and Samson makes full use of it. Umesh Yadav bowls a low full-toss and Samson flicks it towards the deep mid-wicket area. Poor bowling performace from Umesh today.
17:16 IST: Rajasthan Royals 129/3 (Samson 34*, Buttler 10*) in 15 overs.
17:12 IST: FOUR! Buttler gets lucky. Negi bowls slower through the air and instigating Buttler to throw his bat at the ball. Buttler, trying to play inside-out, Buttler manages to nick the ball past the keeper as the ball rolls away to the boundary. The ball was very close to the keeper.
17:10 IST: SIX!! Samson welcomes Pawan Negi with a maximum over cow corner. Negi starts with a half-volley and gets punished immediately as Samson, looking in fine touch, smokes the ball out of the park.
17:05 IST: FOUR and FOUR! Jos Buttler, the new man in, slams Chahal for two boundaries in the same over to announces his arrival. Classic Buttler as he gets off the mark in style.
17:03 IST: OUT! Kohli wants a wicket, Chahal gets him a wicket. Chahal slows the ball down and fires it in wide of off, Stokes, down on one knee, tries to fetch it from outside off but only manages to drag the ball back onto the stumps. The leg spinner to a left-hander is always a double-edged sword, this wicket proves it. A big wicket as a healthy partnership was brewing. Chahal also becomes the highest wicket taker for RCB in the IPL.
17:00 IST: 100 comes up for Rajasthan Royals in the 12th over.
16:59 IST: FOUR! Khejroliya bangs the ball in short around middle and leg, Stokes just swivels across and guides the ball towards the fine-leg area for a maximum. Excellent timing from the Englishman.
16:58 IST: FOUR! Back of a length delivery outside of off from Khejroliya. Stokes waits and opens the face of the bat at the last moment to guide the ball away to the boundary.
16:55 IST: SIX! Full delivery from Washington Sundar and Samson stands tall and lifts the ball for a maximum straight down the ground. Effortlessly done.
16:50 IST: FOUR! Short delivery from Umesh Yadav and Stokes pulls it for a boundary to end the over. Eight runs off the Umesh Yadav over.
16:41 IST: SIX! Kulwant Khejroliya goes short and he is dispatched. Sanju Samson, the new batsman, reads the short delivery early, gets into position and pulls the ball with utmost ease as the ball flies towards the deep square leg region for a maximum.
16:35 IST: OUT! Chahal strikes as D Arcy departs. Short and wide from Chahal and Short looking to cut it, edges it back to Quinton de Kock, who takes a good catch. Both the Rajasthan Royals openers are back in the hut.
16:29 IST: OUT! Chris Woakes takes the big wicket of Ajinkya Rahane. A sigh of relief for the hosts. Fuller delivery from Woakes and Rahane, on the back foot, looking to heave miscues as the ball goes down the throat of the fielder at mid-on. A good innings comes to an end.
16:26 IST: FOUR! Now, D Arcy Short gets in the act of scoring runs. Chahal goes full yet again and SHort frees his arm and slaps the ball straight down the ground for a boundary. Rajasthan Royals are upping the ante steady but slowly.
16:24 IST: FOUR!! Yuzvendra Chahal goes full and Rahane sweeps him for a boundary. Injured Rahane is taking the attack to the opposition. Rahane, down on one knee, sweeps Chahal powerfully, top edges the ball for a two-bounce boundary.
16:20 IST: FOUR! Umesh Yadav, the new bowler in, gets whacked for a boundary. Short delivery from the Indian, Rahane reads it early, gets into position and pulls the ball with power for another boundary. There is no stopping the Rajasthan Royals captain, he is on fire!
16:16 IST: SIX!! Washington Sundar goes full and wide but gets punished anyway. Rahane makes room for himself, frees his arm and slams the ball straight down the ground. This shot couldn’t have been any better.
16:15 IST: FOUR!! Rahane, down on one knee, sweeps Washington fine for his second boundary. The muscle pulls has no affect on the captain as he looks fit.
16:13 IST: Rajasthan has hit a roadblock to their steady start as Rahane pulls a muscle. Physio is out on the field attending the captain. No worries there as he is back on his feet.
16:10 IST: Rajasthan Royals 8/0 after two overs.
16:06 IST: FOUR!! Rahane welcomes Chris Woakes with a boundary on the leg-side. Length ball from Woakes sits up nicely, Rahane reads it early, leans back a little and smacks the ball over mid-wicket for the first boundary of the innings.
16:04 IST: Wonderful first over from Washington, concedes just a run
16:00 IST: First ball — Rahane starts with a reverse sweep. Does not connect properly as the ball is cut away by the fielder at point.
15:59 IST: Ajinkya Rahane and D Arcy Short are opening the batting for Rajasthan Royals.
15:58 IST: Washington Sundar is opening the bowling for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
15:40 IST: Rajasthan Royals playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane(c), D Arcy Short, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler(w), Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin
15:38 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore playing XI: Quinton de Kock(w), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Pawan Negi, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
15:33 IST: Ajinkya Rahane: “We were looking to bowl first as well. But it doesn’t matter; you need to start and end well. T20 is all about giving your best in every over and take it from there. It is all about believing in ourselves and focus on things we can control. Our bowlers did a fantastic job in the last two games, despite all that people say about T20 being a batsman’s game. We’re playing with the same team.”
15:32 IST: Virat Kohli: “We’re going to bowl first today as well. As we saw last year, batting first in the afternoon would be a bit tricky. The team is feeling good; the wicket would play much better batting second, especially when one big partnership takes you through. This has become a challenging ground and we’re happy to play the waiting game. Momentum is hard to gain, we understand that one game is enough to give you that. Rajasthan are coming off a win too and we need to be brave while making our decisions. Just one change – Pawan Negi comes in for Sarfaraz Khan.”
15:30 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli wins toss, elects to field against Rajasthan Royals
15:15 IST: The two teams arriving at the Chinnaswamy for the match.
15:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals.
There are chances that England’s Moeen Ali could be pencilled in for the ineffective Sarfaraz Khan. Another alteration could be the inclusion of New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson. Coming to the visitors, besides RR captain Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson, who scored 45 off 40 balls and 37 off 22 balls, respectively, would like to continue in similar vein, but beyond them, the batting has flopped.
The likes of big-hitting English wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and Rahul Tripathi and Big Bash famed D’Arcy Short will have to deliver the goods. RRs bowling attack comprising pacers Ben Laughlin and Dhawal Kulkarni had done well to keep DD batsmen in check with their variations.
Ben Stokes, the most expensive signing at the IPL Player Auction 2018, hasn’t been in the best of batting form recently, but RR will hope he can start hitting a few balls out of the park soon. He has just managed 21 runs in two games.
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