The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won for the second time in a row on Tuesday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, defeating the Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 4 wickets.
In a high-octane match, Dinesh Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed hit match-winning blows as RCB chased down a 170-run mark.
Faf du Plessis and Anuj Rawat, the RCB openers, got off to a strong start as they chased 170. In the powerplay, both du Plessis and Rawat struck four fours apiece, and RCB were 48-0 after six overs.
After RCB skipper holed out to long-on, Yuzvendra Chahal, who was inserted into the attack in the seventh over, broke the opening partnership.
Rajasthan retains their lead in the IPL 2022 points standings despite suffering their first loss of the season, while RCB moves up to sixth place with two wins in three games.
Faf du Plessis and Anuj Rawat put on 55 runs for the first wicket to give RCB a great start in their pursuit. However, Chahal removed du Plessis (29 off 20 balls) in the seventh over, while Navdeep Saini returned Rawat (26 off 25 balls) in the next over.
After terrific effort from Sanju Samson and Chahal to get Virat Kohli (5) run out in the ninth over, he was caught just inches short of safety.
Trent Boult (2/34) returned to get rid of West Indies power-hitter Sherfane Rutherford (5), who couldn’t add much to the total. But it didn’t matter because Karthik walked out and got right to work, perfectly performing his duty as finisher.
RCB regained control as the wicket-keeper batsman and Shahbaz Ahmed put up a 67-run partnership off only 33 balls. Shahbaz was finally bowled by Boult in the 18th over, but Karthik stayed till the end, and he and Harshal Patel, who sealed the victory with a six, guided RCB to victory.
Faf du Plessis won the toss earlier in the game and didn’t hesitate to bowl first. For this match, both captains named the same teams.
Jos Buttler and Devdutt Padikkal, a former Royal Challengers Bangalore player, then put on a 70-run stand off 49 balls to set the tone. Padikkal appeared to be in good form until Harshal Patel entered the attack in the 10th over and removed him. Kohli grabbed a brilliant catch at mid-off after the left-hander slashed the ball high into the air.
In the 12th over, Samson (8) smacked Hasaranga for a six, but he was out two balls later when Hasaranga (1/32) got the ball to grip in the pitch and the RR skipper weakly chipped it back to him.
Buttler reached his half-century in 42 balls and went on to score 70 off just 47 balls in an innings that featured six sixes but no fours.
As RR posted a tough total of 169/3, Hetymer finished unbeaten on 42 off 31 balls, and Harshal Patel was the pick of the bowlers, ending with miserly figures of 1/18 and surrendering only one boundary in his final over.