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After losing their previous encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore evened the score with a convincing seven-wicket win at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. RCB were led by their captain who scored an undefeated 93 to see his team home.
Chasing 162, RCB got off to a flier with Mayank Agarwal dismissing Hanuma Vihari for a six and a boundary in the very first over. Chris Gayle also got into the act and RCB scored 15 off Ishant Sharma's 5th over. Thisara Perera (29) then struck sending back the dangerous Agarwal.
Sharma struck soon after having Gayle (13) edge to the wicketkeeper.
Virat Kohli played some aggressive shots and along with AB de Villiers counter-attacked putting on 49 runs for the third wicket. Cameron White provided the breakthrough, when de Villiers (15) pulled a long hop but found the man in the deep. Kohli brought up his 50 of just 31 deliveries before hitting Amit Mishra's 16th over for two consecutive sixes, taking 21 runs from it. He followed it up with three boundaries of Perera putting RCB in the driver’s seat. Playing some breathtaking shots, Kohli enabled RCB to reach the target with 14 balls to spare.
Earlier SRH won the toss and elected to bat. RP Singh playing his first match of the season got RCB their first wicket when he had Akshath Reddy (12) caught at mid-on. Parthiv Patel (20) and Kumar Sangakara put on 38 runs for the second wicket before Muttiah Muralitharan bowled Patel. Disciplined bowling by the RCB bowlers restricted the flow of runs and SRH struggled to find any sort of momentum scoring just 62 runs by the halfway stage.
Sangakkara (23), giving the charge, fell to Murali Kathik, caught by Kohli. Perera (40) hit the first six of the SRH innings when he smashed Kartik over long off. White, along with Perera got into the act smashing Henriques for 18 runs, following it up with 19 runs off R Vinay Kumar. RP Singh provided the much needed breakthrough when he got rid of Perera but not before he had added 80 runs with White. White (52), who brought up his fifty with a massive six fell soon after holing out in the deep. SRH eventually finished at a competitive score of 161 for 6.
Man-of-the-Match: Virat Kohli
Brief Scores: Sun Risers Hyderabad 161 for 6 (Cameron White 52, RP Singh 3-27) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 162 for 3 (Virat Kohli 93*, Cameron White 1-14) by 7 wickets.
Rajasthan Royals continued their winning form with a convincing 19 run win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Defending a modest 144, the RR bowlers put on a good show to bowl out KKR for 125 to script their second win of the tournament.
Chasing 145, KKR started off briskly with Gautam Gambhir giving the charge to Sreesanth and depositing him for a six in the very first over. Rahul Shukla struck twice in the third over, first bowling Manvinder Bisla (1) before having Jaques Kallis (0) caught behind. Siddharth Trivedi then further sunk KKR dismissing Gambhir (22) and Manoj Tiwary (14) in quick succession. Yusuf Pathan (0) fell the very next over to Kevon Cooper leaving KKR reeling at 44 for 5.
Laxmi Shukla (2) fell to Trivedi handing him his third wicket. Eoin Morgan (51) who was given an early reprieve by Shane Watson on 2, made the most of it smashing Rahul Shukla for a boundary and a six off the 14th over. KKR lost Rajat Bhatia (12) holing out at deep midwicket off Shaun Tait, before Sreesanth picked up Brett Lee (5).
Needing 23 runs from the last two overs, Cooper sealed the match taking the wicket of the well set Morgan who was slow to begin but played some sparkling strokes once he had his eye in. KKR were finally bowled out for 125 runs, 19 short of RR’s total.
Earlier in the evening, KKR won the toss and elected to field. Lee struck first having the dangerous Watson (5) caught at short extra cover. Ajinkya Rahane hit two consecutive boundaries off Mohammad Shami, but RR struggled to find momentum and managed just 35 runs in the power play. Bhatia bowled Rahul Dravid (17) to give KKR their second wicket. Stuart Binny (14) followed soon after out leg before to Laxmi Shukla.
Rahane put his foot on the pedal hitting Mohammad Shami for a six, as RR took 14 runs of his over, but KKR struck back with Sunil Narine striking twice. He first removed Rahane (36) caught behind before having Kevon Cooper stumped. Brad Hodge (46*) struck a few lusty blows to push forward RR's score. He found an ideal companion in Dishant Yagnik (16) who smashed a six and a boundary of Narine to score 18 runs of the 19th over. RR eventually finished at 144 for 6 from their 20 overs.
Man-of-the-Match: Siddharth Trivedi
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 144 for 6 in 20.0 overs (Brad Hodge 45*, Sunil Narine 2-28) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 125 all out in 20.0 overs (Eoin Morgan 51, Siddharth Trivedi 3-23) by 19 runs.