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The two openers are gone
Virat Kohli looks to squeeze out of a missed field at back point, and a direct hit from Riyan Parag finds him running out of his crease at the pitcher’s end. The RCBs are 58 for 2 in 6.5 overs. Has the smallest window of opportunity opened for the Royals?
Not quite deja vu
When these two teams met on this season’s Indian stage, it happened. Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal threatened to repeat, rushing to 48-0 in five overs, but Padikkal slipped across the line in the last over of the power play, played a touch early and was knocked down by Mustafizur Rahman. Padikkal had crushed Mustafizur for two fours in his previous one. RCB 48 for 1 in 5.2 overs.
RCB quickly out of the blocks
The first two overs of the chase bring five fours, four out of the bat for Virat Kohli. One was on one edge and the other on a stump-leg half volley, but he also showed early intention, especially with a shovel in the middle of Kartik Tyagi. RCB is 27 for no loss in two overs.
24, 25, 26
Final over. Harshal Patel, the season’s best wicket-taker, asks Riyan Parag to cut one in the air for extra coverage, and goes on to catch Chris Morris at the sweeper’s next cover ball. There is no treble, but Chetan Sakariya slogs the last ball of the innings straight long, and Harshal now has 26 wickets for the season.
The Royals finished 149 for 9. They were 100 to 1 at one point, so that was a hell of a downfall for them. Harshal picked up three wickets, but the key bowlers for RCB were the spinners. Chahal got 2 for 18 in fours, and Shahbaz 2 for 10 in two. There is clearly something in the field for the Spinners, but the Royals don’t really have a gun spin attack. Mustafizur Rahman, however, could have fun here.
Here is a nice statistic from Sampath Bandarupalli:
Most wickets in an IPL season by an uncapped player:
26 * – Harshal Patel (For RCB in 2021)
23 – Yuzvendra Chahal (For RCB in 2015)
21 – Sreenath Aravind (For RCB in 2011)
21 – Siddarth Kaul (For SSR in 2018)
The death overs begin, and RCB is guarding Chahal, because he was brilliant today, landing just before the batter’s hitting arc, and getting enough ground to jeopardize big shots this length. . He throws a stump off at Livingstone, and he can’t get his hands on the slog against the turn. Obediently slaps him in the throat for a long time, and the Royals are 127 for 6 in 16.2.
With that, here are Livingstone’s numbers by type of bowling: 23 out of 15 balls counter beat, with two throwbacks, and 13 out of 20 counter spin, with two dropouts. By keeping Chahal on that one to death, RCB made sure he wasn’t facing pace at all today.
Before I say it, yes, those are tiny samples.
Two more for Shahbaz
Tewatia has been sent to attack the left arm spinner, and he tries to do so, but ends up hitting a blow in the throat of the deep back square leg. Royals 117 for 5 in 14 overs.
A big test of the Royals’ punching depth
Looking for his third six, Sanju Samson looks to hit Shahbaz Ahmed on some extra blanket, but ends up slicing it squarer than he’d like and chooses a sweeper blanket. A first bale wicket for the left arm spinner today. The Royals have lost their last three wickets for the addition of 13 races, and are now 113 for 3 in 13.1 overs. A promotion for Rahul Tewatia, which is not a bad idea with a left arm spinner and a legs spinner in Chahal operating for RCB.
Chahal gives RCB a bit of a break
Lomror exits and Chahal sees him coming. Pull a large stump over the wicket, and it doesn’t spin as much as the left-hander expects as it tries to squeeze out the side of the leg. It is lacking, Bharat whips the deposits, and the The Royals are 113 for 3 in 12.5 overs. Finally, here is Livingstone.
Ian Bishop’s earliest memories of watching George Garton, from 2016
Garton gets the big wicket
A short ball that comes out of the field and ends up cramping Lewis to have room on the sweater. Lewis tends to play a lot of pull-ups with his bat face pointing skyward, and it can be dangerous when there is extra bounce like there is. Retrieve a high hold that the keeper, KS Bharat, takes running to his right. Royals 100 for 2 in 11.1, and they maintain the right-left combination by sending Mahipal Lomror rather than Liam Livingstone.
The Royals brought home their 100 on the last ball of the 11th. Yuzvendra Chahal initially threw a good throw so far, but it floats a bit too full and also offers width. Samson strokes him for a flat six left long-off.
He really looks threatening today, it’s Lewis. And Harshal Patel makes it easier for him as well. Lewis brings fifty out of 31 balls with a top shot – a pull to beat the deep square leg to his right of a ball that wasn’t really all that shot – but the next ball is a batted, short and long ball. of the side leg, and he happily crushes it past a short, thin leg to pick up another limit. The Royals finished 10th at 91 to 1.
Yashasvi Jaiswal throws an extra six cover, then looks to get past the middle, but that ball is a bit too full for him to get the elevation he wants, and he chooses the fielder for the extra cover. A good hand, however – 31 of 22 – and not the worst time for Sanju Samson to enter the middle, with 11.4 overs left. The Royals are 77 for 2.
Jaiswal joins the fun
From 15 of 15 he’s now grown to 24 of 18 with a pair of limits on Dan Christian, a slash back and a nice little scoop after a short thin leg. The Royals are 67-0 in seven overs.
The power play ends
After six overs, the Royals are 56 to 0, with Lewis on 41 on 21 and Jaiswal on 15 of 15. Mohammed Siraj has just knocked down an excellent sixth, pushing the ball away from lefties without giving them too much width, while hitting lengths. hard. The Royals are on track for 179, according to ESPNcricinfo’s Forecaster tool.
Early indications – no ground for the slower ball
Lewis clears his front leg to make some room for the swing and absolutely hits a slower ball from Harshal Patel over the long limit in the fifth round. He was one of those slower cutters that Harshal often plays, but he just didn’t hold on to that hard, grassy pitch, and Lewis barely had to adjust his bat swing against him. There seems to be a lot of trails to go here.
Welcome to IPL, Mr. Garton
After a quiet first, Garton trades the end for his second, fourth in the Royals’ innings, and he meets Evin Lewis, who quickly sets the mood here. Two sixes drawn sandwiching a precise back cut between back point and third man short, and 18 overall. Lewis is on 28 of 15, and the The Royals are 39 years old for no foursome loss.
The match-up doesn’t quite go well for RCB
After George Garton and Mohammed Siraj reduced the Royals to 8-0 in the first two overs, RCB called on Glenn Maxwell. A quite reasonable blow with two left-handers at the fold. But he floats one and sets it a bit too full, and Yashasvi Jaiswal hits him for a straight six. Then he drops a bit and Evin Lewis stabs him past the back point for four. Thirteen come out, and the The Royals are 21 to 0 of three.
Bowl of the RCB, Tyagi returns to the attack of the Royals
Virat Kohli expects the pitch to do a bit in the opening overs and then get good for the rest of the day. As we had expected, Jamieson is giving way to Garton.
“We had a long conversation yesterday and refreshed the purpose of playing this game,” Sanju Samson said of Royals’ morale. He wants his team to enjoy the game and make his fans smile. A change in the fast bowling department for them, with Kartik Tyagi returning in place of Jaydev Unadkat.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1 Virat Kohli (capt), 2 Devdutt Padikkal, 3 KS Bharat (week), 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 Daniel Christian, 7 George Garton, 8 Shahbaz Ahmed, 9 Harshal Patel, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Mohammed Siraj.
Royals of Rajasthan: 1 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Sanju Samson (capt and week), 4 Liam Livingstone, 5 Mahipal Lomror. 6 Riyan Parag, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Kartik Tyagi, 10 Chetan Sakariya, 11 Mustafizur Rahman.
A new RCB cap
George Garton, the fast left arm of Sussex and Southern Brave, will play his first game for RCB today. It will be interesting to see who he replaces. Dan Christian? Kyle Jamieson? It could be Jamieson, who missed the RCB game against CSK, then came back against the Mumbai Indians, but only succeeded twice.
If you’re not familiar with Garton, he had a Super Hundred for the Braves, and he just won a BBL call with the Adelaide Strikers.
Erratic in the United Arab Emirates
5:10 p.m. (UAE time)
Hello and welcome. It’s time for the Royals against RCB. So far, two teams that have achieved one in three wins in their respective heats in the United Arab Emirates. Two teams that don’t have much recent form behind them, but two teams in very different situations when it comes to their playoff hopes.
RCB is currently third and has a two point advantage over his closest pursuers with a game in hand, which is a very good place to be. The Royals are second from the bottom and their net run rate is no flash either, but a win here will keep them in playoff contention. This is a line-up that features Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson, and Liam Livingstone – they sure have a big total one of these days. Could today be that day?
Karthik Krishnaswamy is Senior Editor at ESPNcricinfo