Jaipur, Apr 2: Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by seven wickets to register their first win in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), here at Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Tuesday.
RR won the toss and put RCB to bat first. With the help of leg-break bowler Shreyas Gopal's figures of 12/3 in four overs, the home side restricted RCB to just 158/4 runs in stipulated 20 overs before chasing down the paltry target in 19.5 overs, registering a comfortable seven wickets win.
Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler was the high-scorer from the home side with his 59 runs knock off 43 balls (8 fours & 1 six), followed by right-handed batsman Steven Smith, who scored 38 runs. Gopal was declared Man of the Match for brilliant bowling performance. With the virtue of this win, RR got two points and moved to 6th position in the points table. Chennai Super King is leading the table.
On the other hand, this was RCB's fourth successive defeat in this edition of the league. Chasing a paltry target of 159 runs, RR got off to a good start as captain Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler added 60 runs in 7.4 overs. Rahane was the first man to go. The right-handed batsman was trapped LBW by leg-break bowler Yuzvendra Chahal for 22.
Former Australia captain Steven Smith came in to bat at number three. Smith-Buttler scored 44 runs for the second wicket before English batsman was caught by Marcus Stoinis off Chahal. Buttler scored his eighth (59) fifty in the IPL. It was his second consecutive fifty.
Rahul Tripathi (34 not out) and Smith added 50 runs for the 3rd wicket before Smith was caught at long-on by Umesh Yadav. RCB dropped couple of chances in the fielding. Smith was dropped by Yadav. Tripathi was also dropped by England's Moeen Ali.
Earlier, RCB also got off to a good start as skipper Virat Kohli and left-handed batsman Parthiv Patel scored 49 runs in 6.3 overs.
Gopal gave RR their first breakthrough, dismissing visiting team captain Kohli for 23. Soon, he dismissed the dangerous AB de Villiers as well, triggering a mini-collapse. Shimron Hetymer struggled against the spin bowling, the leg-break bowler struck again for the home side, reducing RCB to 73/3 in 10.1 overs.
Parthiv looked steady at the other end, playing some good strokes, while Marcus Stoinis took time to settle at the crease. Parthiv completed his fifty off 29 balls, scoring 53 runs for the 4th wicket with Stoinis. However, he was then dismissed by Jofra Archer for 67.
Another left-handed batsman Moeen Ali scored 18 off 8 balls while Stoinis remained not out on 31 off 28 balls, helping RCB to put a total of 158 runs in stipulated 20 overs. UNI