The top-order hoax hurt Rajasthan one more time as they suffered second straight defeat after the Sharjah glory. Bangalore didn’t miss the opportunity to top the table, riding on Kohli and Padikkal's half-centuries and Chahal's 3 wickets haul to take the Saturday encounter by 8 wickets in Indian T20 League.
Toss: Rajasthan opted to bat first
Team Changes: Mahipal Lomror comes in (Rajasthan)
Bangalore was unchanged
Venue: Sheikh ZayedStadium, Abu Dhabi
Detailed Match Report
Rajasthan put a dull start to their innings as Smith and Butler went cheaply. In-form, Samson went in Chahal’s to see Pink outfit in deep trouble at powerplay. Uthappa and Lomror both showed steadiness to take the control of the game but Chahal removed Uthappa to break the stand. A smart captaincy was in the chart as Kohli used their all 5 bowlers in first 10 overs to put pressure on Rajasthan. Mahipal Lomrar tried to keep Rajasthan in the game, scoring gritty 47 off 39. After some handy runs in the end from Tewatia and Archer, Rajasthan finished their innings on 154.
In the chase, Bangalore looked quite confident, despite losing Finch to DRS in 3rd over. Rajasthan failed to put pressure and Bangalore marched towards a comfortable victory in the game. Padikkal was in fine touch, scoring yet another half-century this season. Kolhi also got his maiden half-century to get the form back after struggling three games with the bat. Rajasthan tried to pull off things but the damage was done by Padikkal and Kohli. Bangalore took the game with 8 wickets to find them on the top spot.
Star-performer of the match
Yuzvendra Chahal is our star performer of the match. The spinner took Bangalore into a pole position with an excellent figure of 4-0-24-3. He picked in-form Samson with a stunner catch in his first over. He also gotUthappa who was building a partnership. In his final over, he bagged the top-scorer Lomror to complete his 3-wickets haul and the purple cap as well.
Top 5 players who made an impact in the game
Mahipal Lomror 47 (39)
Y Chahal 4-0-24-3
Devdutt Padikkal 63 (45)
Virat Kohli 72 (53)
Jofra Archer 4-0-18-1