RCB vs RR, IPL 2021: Royal Challengers Bangalore returned to the top spot on the points table with a convincing 10-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in Match 16 at the Wankhede on Thursday.
Devdutt Padikkal starred in RCB’s crushing win over RR. (Courtesy by BCCI)
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (181/0) beat Rajasthan Royals (177/9) by 10 wickets in Match 16
- This is the first time that RCB have won their first 4 matches of an IPL season
- RCB returned to the top of the IPL 2021 table with 8 points, ahead of Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings
Royal Challengers Bangalore stretched their unbeaten streak to 4 matches in a row on Thursday as they gunned down the 178-run target against Rajasthan Royals in Match 16 to return to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 points table.
Padikkal and Kohli forged an unbeaten 181-run stand with RCB captain remaining not out at 71 while young Karnataka opener hit 11 boundaries and six maximums to reach his maiden century in just 51 balls.
Padikkal started attacking the Rajasthan bowlers from the word go in their pursuit of 178 at the Wankhede Stadium, hitting twin boundaries against Shreyas Gopal. Royal Challengers Bangalore top the table now with 8 points from 4 games and will play their next match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai for the second time this season when they take on Chennai Super Kings on April 25.
Earlier, Shivam Dube (46) and Rahul Tewatia (40) ensured a fighting 177 for 9 for Rajasthan Royals after yet another familiar top-order no-show on a flat Wankhede track on Thursday.
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Dube smashed two sixes and five fours and with Riyan Parag (25 off 15 balls) giving him good support, added 66 runs for the fifth wicket off only 6.2 overs to give his team’s total some respectability.
For RCB, Mohammed Siraj (3/27) cleaned up Jos Buttler (8) while Manan Vohra (7) failed again as Kyle Jamieson accounted for his wicket. Siraj then unleashed a perfect toe-crusher for David Miller (0) as skipper Virat Kohli made a perfect call for DRS.
Samson (21) started well but a six-off Washington Sundar was followed by an indiscreet chip shot at mid-wicket.
Dube hardly used his feet as the two sixes in one over from Yuzvendra Chahal (0/18 in 2 overs) over long-on forced Kohli to take his leg-spinner out of the attack. In the case of fast bowlers, he used the ramp shot when anything short was bowled on the off-stump channel.
Meanwhile, Harshal Patel (3/47), the highest wicket-taker in the tournament, made an impact with the ball again even though he was a tad expensive on Thursday.