4.6 the slower delivery works, Rahane is gone! It was an offcutter coming in from outside off, Rahane moved across to help it to leg but could not connect and was trapped in front of middle stump 36/1
    5.4 another shortish ball, another shot in the air and he's holed out to wide long-on! It was not a good delivery, but it looked like a trap as Watson went back to pull it but found Starc in the deep. The fielder didn't have to move at all 46/2
    17.1 he has made a blow first up! Serves up one that is full and fast, Smith wants to smash it over long on but that's too quick. All he can manage is a thick top edge that swirls in the air towards gully. DK has plenty of time to move to his right and settle under this. This is going to hurt Royals even more 119/6
    9.5 full toss gets a wicket, it's a run out, so what? Smith slashed at the high full toss that was well outside off, Harshal at sweeper cover came around as the batsmen looked for the second. It was a pretty flat throw, Kohli went to his right a bit, collected and threw the ball to the stumps, like Dhoni, to send Nair back 72/3
    11.2 wild slog for the straight delivery and that's gone through! The length delivery pitched on middle stump and turned away a bit as Hooda looked to slog it to the leg side and missed it by miles 84/4
    12.4 another slog against the away-going delivery, another wicket! Looked like a pre-meditated shot as Samson went down on a knee and slog-swept the ball against the turn and missed the line completely. Off and middle stumps are rattled 89/5
    17.5 makes some good connection on this but clearly it's not enough! Binny hits the fuller delivery inside out but can only sky it towards Wiese at deep extra cover. Starc takes out two. Hail the Avengers 121/7
    18.5 this is a superb catch! What a wonderful piece of anticipation.. DK starts moving towards his left as soon as he sees Faulkner shaping for the scoop shot and once the batsman doesn't make a good connection, he is always in business. It still takes some doing as he has to dive full length to his left to complete this one-handed. Superb effort from DK 126/8
    not out
    19.1 sheer pace and accuracy, Starc smiles as the off stump goes for a walk! Kulkarni made some room and the ball landed on length and rocketed onto the stumps to send it flying 127/9
    not out
    4 (lb 1, w 3)
    130/9 (20 Overs, RR: 6.5)
    Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Ajinkya Rahane, 4.6 ov), 2-46 (Shane Watson, 5.4 ov), 3-72 (Karun Nair, 9.5 ov), 4-84 (Deepak Hooda, 11.2 ov), 5-89 (Sanju Samson, 12.4 ov), 6-119 (Steven Smith, 17.1 ov), 7-121 (Stuart Binny, 17.5 ov), 8-126 (James Faulkner, 18.5 ov), 9-127 (Dhawal Kulkarni, 19.1 ov)
    MA Starc402235.50133020
    Iqbal Abdulla402817.00101210
    HV Patel402325.7582000
    YS Chahal3.102527.8972100
    D Wiese402706.7552000
    V Kohli0.50404.8010000

Match Details


Royal Challengers Bangalore , elected to field first

Player Of The Match


Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50-23.20

Match days

24 April 2015 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee


Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Rajasthan Royals 0

Match Notes

  • How RCB's bowlers turned it around

    Five moves that worked perfectly was Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad

  • Kohli's cathartic roar

    Plays of the Day from the match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad

  • Bowlers help Royal Challengers to a big win

    Led by a fiery Mitchell Starc and ably supported by the rest, Royal Challengers Bangalore dismantled the Rajasthan Royals' batting line-up with precision to set-up an important nine-wicket win in Ahmedabad

  • Make the ads fade to black

    Flashing advertisements on the sightscreen behind the batsman causes bowlers and umpires to be unsighted leading to dropped catches and possibly even injuries

Trouble Defending


Number of times Royals' have previously batted first in the IPL and scored 140 or less. They went on to lose each of those games.

Rare Outing


Previous instances of AB de Villiers batting at No. 3 or higher in 66 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Man for the Death


Runs conceded by Starc in the 20th over, the fewest by any bowler this IPL. Starc has done this twice.



Runs scored by Royals in the last 5 overs, the fewest for any team this IPL. They only hit 2 during this phase.

Twin Score


Royals' score after 10 overs - exactly the same as when batting first in their win against Kings XI earlier this season.

The turning tide


Number of consecutive games where Rajasthan have beaten Bangalore. They lost 5 out of 6 before that.