Riding on Riyan Parag’s fighting batting effort and Kuldeep Sen’s clinical bowling performance Rajasthan Royals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 29 runs at the MCA Stadium. With this win, RR have claimed first place in the points table. Chasing an average target of 145-runs, RCB batters failed to stay on the crease as RR bowlers did a brilliant job to restrict them for 115. Pacer Kuldeep Sen took four wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin returned with three wickets.
The Royals started on a poor note as their openers Devdutt Padikkal and Jos Buttler failed to provide good start to their side. Ashwin chipped in with 17-runs at the no.3 position. RR skipper Sanju Samson batted beautifully before Wanindu Hasaranga cleaned him up on 27. Shimron Hetmyer too fell cheaply, adding just three runs on the board.
Though wickets kept falling, Riyan Parag batted with confidence at one end. Parag played some excellent shots and scored an unbeaten 56-run to help RR post a challenging 144/8 on the board. Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood, and Wanindu Hasaranga bagged two wickets each for RCB.
In response, RCB lost Virat Kohli cheaply on 9. Faf du Plessis, who looked in good touch, was dismissed by Sen on 23. He struck again in the same over to dismiss Maxwell for a golden duck. Ashwin then bowled out Rajat Patidar on 16. The carrom-ball specialist then removed Suyash Prabhudessai, while Dinesh Karthik was run-out on 6. RCB then kept losing wickets in regular intervals and was eventually bundled out for 115.