IPL 2020 | RCB vs RR: What experts said as Virat Kohli finally hits form in UAE
3 Oct 2020
The Royal Challengers Bangalore continued their winning momentum from the super over victory against the Mumbai Indians to defeat Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets in the 15th match of the Indian Premier League 2020.
Playing at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, RCB dominated from the get-go cleaning up the top order for just 31 runs under the powerplay, a hit Rajasthan could never recover from.
Chasing a modest target of 155 should never have been a problem for the Virat Kohli-led tall batting order, and they made a professional job out of it pulling it off with 5 balls remaining.
On that note, here are the three reasons why RCB won the game and now are at the top of the league table in this year’s Indian Premier League.
Yuzvendra Chahal has been in excellent form in the early phase of this tournament, and he on song today as well cleaning up the entire middle order after the pacemen had done their job upfront. After picking up Sanju Samson (with a bit of luck on this one) and Robin Uthappa, he returned late in the innings to remove the dangerous Mahipal Lomror with a beautiful plan. He neutralised Lomror’s effective sweeping technique pushing the ball wide to the batsman and in turn getting the ball scooped up in the air.
If Chahal continues this form into the tournament, it would be a big advantage for the RCB camp with the pitches getting spin-friendly day by day.
This is a big season for him if he wants to break into the national side, and he is playing like he is fully aware of that. Since the day Padikkal stepped onto the IPL arena, he has not looked out of place that so many youngsters do.
Since debuting, Padikkal has scored 174 runs from four games in his IPL career at an impressive average of 43.50. If you were to consider that he has done this with Finch (who has had a rough patch) it looks even better.
Today, Padikkal scored 63 off 45 before he was bowled out by Jofra Archer, but he had done enough till that point to make sure that his team does not face a debacle.
RR’s top order
There are risks of having a top-heavy team and there are rewards for having a top-heavy team. While the first two games reaped the rewards, it has been downhill since.
With horribly out of form Robin Uthappa coming in at 4, it puts immense pressure on Jos Buttler, Steve Smith and Sanju Samson to deliver the big runs, and they possibly are feeling that pressure.
Steve Smith twice now, has got himself out playing poor shots and Buttler has not exactly established himself at the tournament yet. And that hurt RR again in the day with their batting order losing 4 of their prime batsmen within 11 overs for 70 runs. There is only so much that you can expect of big hitters like Rahul Tewatia and Jofra Archer every day. Rajasthan need to sort out their approach with games coming thick and fast.
With Ben Stokes landing in the United Arab Emirates on 3 October, Rajasthan will get a huge boost for their all-rounder department, somewhere they have massively struggled this season. Stokes’ arrival in the UAE would mean that RR have to rejig their first XI again and it is possible that Tom Curran will face the axe to accommodate his countryman who has been in stellar form for over a year now. RR are scheduled to play their next match against Mumbai Indians on 6 October and would be looking to get out of the bottom of the table.
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