lifted over deep midwicket! Casual. Full and into leg stump, hangs deep in the crease and and brings out a beautiful swing on this lofted flick
6:04pm And that is all from here. Head over to the other match, Delhi Capitals v CSK, where Tushar Deshpande has already dismissed Sam Curran for a duck.
AB de Villiers: Extremely happy. I felt we bowled as well as we could have. Leaked some runs, no-balls which usually Yuzi doesn't do. Went in feeling we gave away 15-20 too much. But Virat and I spoke that we string together some partenrships and then go ahead. I'm very very nervous and erratic [in chase] and I get very stressed like any player. I want to perform for the team and show the owners I'm here for a good reason. And family, fans, and also for myself. Last game I didn't perform my role as well as I should have, but this time I did. It's a cat and mouse game, I always respect the bowlers. If they bowl well to me, they'll have the upper hand. I didn't hit even one of them [sixes] off the middle. When Unadkat was bowling, I was looking leg side but to be honet I was nervous because I knew I had to hit it well. Luckily I got a few away. we've had some good games and we've had some average games as well, let's not kid ourselves. There's a reason we're not at the top of the table.
AB de Villiers is the Man of the Match.
Kohli:The individuals are stepping up and we've been done that all through the tournament, which is why we have 12 points. Very happy right now because after this we get three days off. To be honest, you're always tense in chase because you're not sure how many balls AB is going to get. Credit to Gurkeerat as well, he stuck with AB, got that important boundary. It doesn't matter who the bowler is, he does what he does. AB is always been someone who's been ready to look at the situation and adapt his game accordingly. In my eyes he's the most umpactful player in the IPL. If he goes, the opposition know they have a slim chance and there's a good reason for that. It's purely because of the presence of someone like him that teams feel we are never out of the team. [Opening?] No our game pattern is very clear. Young Dev has batted beautifully, finchy has played some impact innings. We understand the dynamics and we're sticking to our plans. The bowling has really stepped up this season. Looks we're gonna be put under pressure but the guys have come back strongly. Morris has been brilliant, just that energy he brings. Saini, Washy and Isuru as well, the bowling has come together well.
Morris:I think we bowled as well as we could have. It still blows my mind how AB is so calm and hits it so far. I think we maybe gave a bit too many extras today. A bit of street smarts at the end might have made a difference but it was a good wicket, we'll take the win and run with it. I think the wickets are getting a bit tired and bit slow. Like I said, just being a bit street smart with slower balls, boundries, yorkers that sort of stuff. I said to a few of the Rajasthan boys, I know you lost but sometimes it doesn't matter which side you're on, you can only go wow [when AB is batting].
Smith: Sure is a hard pill to swallow. Just got AB'd there. That's two in a row we were in the box seat to win but didn't. Disappointing. I think it was a good score on a slow wicket. I thought we built the pressure pretty well and it took a pretty special innings to take RCB home. We wanted to use Jaydev to the bigger boundary, he bowls a lot of slower stuff into the wicket. Obviously boundary not big enough for AB. [On his batting] Nice to spend a bit of time in the middle and get a bit of rhythm.
Arjun: "Much like Messi in football, AB makes the impossible look simple. And he does it with such regularity and such ease, it ceases o surprise you. "
Dennis Daniel: "Somebody please please tell the captain Smith that when you have better bowlers than Jaydev. Wish Smith the Aus Captain turned up. You have two good leggies in Gopal and Mayank Markande then select both especially when both Kohli and ABD are not strong against leg spin. Instead you keep persisting with Jaydev season after season. Uffff!! Tough to be RR fan:("
Mohsin: "He batted at 6 in previous match. SMH"
5:39pm Finished with two balls to spare and RCB climb to 12 points. Rajasthan had this in the bag for long periods, but they've given that man AB de Villiers an opening right at the end and paid for it massively. That last six also brought up de Villiers' fifty, by the way, off 22 balls. RCB learnt from their mistakes after sending him down at 6 in the last match. Today, he came in with the scoring rate drying up and two wickets falling in the matter of a few deliveries. But he brought both calm and impetus to the innings, even as Royals had Gurkeerat struggling at the other end. But most importantly, he brought six sixes and a four, a boundary ratio that made the difference on an evening when RCB weren't getting too many boundaries. What a knock.
full and at middle stump, mistimed drive to long-on's left and Gurkeerat has hared the first run down while screaming "two two two"
miscued hook but that will get AB on strike. Short and climbing at the helmet. A feeble fend in the end, but well in front of square leg
lofted to midwicket's right. Low full toss outside off, shuffles into line and scoops that. Maybe looking to go squarer coz square leg is in but he gets two
Jofra has to defend 11 in the last over. Gurkeerat on strike. Is he going short and fast to collect a dot ball or two at the start of the over? Mid-off is in. So is point.
Dezz: "Poor captaincy from Smith. Basic rule of a close T20 chase is your best bowler bowls the 19th!!"
yorker outside off, driven along the floor to sweeper's left
Going back over the wicket
connects on one. Slower ball, short and wide outside off. Waits on it and chops it to sweeper's right
Stays around the wicket
Kaushal: "Shouldn't your best bowler be bowling the 19th over? "
slower bouncer from around the wicket, loops over Gurkeerat who can't get bat on that because it's a wide
Purv Negandhi: "'Cometh the hour, cometh the man,' AB, you absolute beauty"
yorker outside off, jammed out to sweeper cover
swiped over square leg! Too predictable now. Another slower ball dug in at a middle stump line. Waits on it again and nails the pull, to deep square's left
23 off 10 now. On-air chat already about whether Jofra should have bowled this over.
drilled over wide long-on! This is a poor length. Full slower ball at middle, gets the front leg out and clubs that slog to the top tier
waits on that and clobbers it over midwicket. Good length, slower ball at middle. Iwas always going to be that, wasn't it? And AB nails the connection this time. Deep in the crease and clears the big side of the ground by some distance
Pretty good over there from Tyagi, Smith will take 10 from that. Here's Unadkat for the 19th.
yorker wide outside off, shuffles and shapes for the scoop, but is forced to push into the covers with a straight bat
backward point gets a hand on that at backward point and saves two. Would have been a heck of a catch if he got this one-handed. Full ball outside off, sliced to try and beat point but Unadkat was leaping up with his left hand
slides through under the bat. Yorker in the corridor, gets down and looking to sweep that over square. Not in line and ultimately not close to making connection as that skids past off stump
low full toss at middle stump, punched to long-on
sliced over point! Yorker at off stump, gets deep in the crease and he looks to jam this through the leg side. It pings off the back of his closed face and that's four
low full toss just outside off, drilled down to long-on
survives a miscue into the off side and then possibly a run-out as well. Unadkat outfoxes AB with a cutter at middle stump, rising away from him. He looks to slog, slices into the vacant region to extra cover's right. Unadkat runs over there and throws at the striker's end where AB has gorunded the bat nicely. Extra cover was back on the line in that instance
sliced over sweeper cover. Full and wide outside off, hangs leg side and low of that and then opens the face and lifts it over the off side
Reetam Mitra: "@Varun: How do you compare Padikkal to Gill? Sid Monga called it right weeks ago by saying that T-20 is not Gill's best format ." --- Wouldn't go the same path with Padikkal yet given all his major heroics have been in the shortest formats
full and wide outside off, driven along the ground to extra cover's left
|Dubai International Cricket Stadium|
|Toss||Rajasthan Royals, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
AB de Villiers
|Hours of play (local time)||14.00 start, First Session 14.00-15.30, Interval 15.30-15.50, Second Session 15.50-17.20|
|Match days||17 October 2020 - day (20-over match)|
|Points||Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Rajasthan Royals 0|