Royal Challengers Bangalore ensured their survival in the 2015 IPL by defeating Rajasthan Royals by 71 runs at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium on Wednesday. Excellent batting performances by AB de Villiers and Mandeep Singh did the trick for Bangalore and they will now face Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifier.
Excellent batting display by Royal Challengers Bangalore
It was Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle who opened the innings for Bangalore. The strategy was there to be seen from the start itself as Gayle was concerned about the strike rate while Kohli tried to keep his wicket intact. Both batsmen however were dismissed by Dhawal Kulkarni before the score reached 50.
This brought out AB De Villiers and Mandeep Singh into the middle. Shane Watson tried almost everything he had in his bowling attack to break the partnership but nothing worked. De Villiers smashed 4 fours and 4 sixes during his innings and ended up scoring 66 from just 38 balls. He was then sent back to the pavilion through the only way teams can get him out – A run out.
Mandeep on the other hand, added an unbeaten fifty to his record as well. He scored 54 from 34 balls with seven fours and two maximum. The 113 run partnership between these two helped Royal Challengers Bangalore end their innings with a strong total of 180 for 4 after 20 overs.
Cracking under pressure
There was a lot of pressure on the Rajasthan Royals batting line up and they failed to live up to expectations. The team lost wickets at regular intervals as the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Sreenath Aravind, Harshal Patel and David Weise ripped through their top and middle order.
Ajinkya Rahane was the only batsman who showed some fight in him and he went on to score 42 from 39 balls before he was caught by De Villiers off Chahal’s bowling. Steven Smith, Shane Watson, Karun Nair and Deepak Hooda were the other Rajasthan Royals batsmen who saw double figures.
Despite the batting collapse, the Rajasthan team hung around till the 19th over at which point Chahal came back into the attack to formalize a convincing win for Bangalore. The Rajasthan innings ended at 109 for 10 after 19 overs and they are now officially out of the 2015 IPL. So it will now be Dhoni’s battle hardened CSK versus the marauding RCB for a place in the IPL finals.
Man of the Match: AB De Villiers
Match Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore Won by 71 Runs
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 180/4 from 20 overs
De Villiers: 66 (38), Mandeep Singh: 54 (34).
Dhawal Kulkarni: 2/28
Rajasthan Royals: 109/10 from 19 overs
Ajinkya Rahane: 42(39), Steven Smith: 12(13)
Harshal Patel: 2/15, Chahal: 2/20
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