Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Abu Dhab

High on the popularity charts but with nothing to show for it in their trophy cabinet, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have been runners-up three time. But, on Saturday they came good against Rajasthan Royals as they cantered past the 155 taget sent by their rivals to be home with eight wicket in hand here on Saturday.

It was the second wicket pair of Devdutt Padikkal (63) and skipper Virat Kohli unbeaten on 72 together added 99 runs for the wicket, to notch up their third win in four matches and go on top of the points tally with six points.

Earlier, wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal snared three wickets to help RCB restrict Rajasthan Royals to 154 for six.

With the three wickets, Chahal (3/24) jumped to joint top spot in the bowlers' chart with Kings XI Punjab's Mohammed Shami on eight wickets.

Opting to bat, the Royals lost their top-order batsmen cheaply inside the powerplay overs but recovered to some extent to post a decent total, thanks to Mahipal Lomror's knock of 47.

Royals skipper Steve Smith (5) fell cheaply for the second consecutive time with Isuru Udana taking his wicket in the third over. He was followed in the hut by Englishman Jos Buttler (22) who got the start but failed to come up with a big score yet again.

Sanju Samson (4), who had two sensational innings of 74 and 85 in the first two matches, was the third Royals batsman to be dismissed with Chahal taking a low catch in his follow-through in the fifth over. The third umpire took a long time to come to a decision but ultimately went with the 'soft decision'.

The Royals were 31/3 and they reached 70/3 at halfway mark with Robin Uthappa (17) and Lomror stitching a 39-run stand for the fourth wicket. But Uthappa failed again with Chahal getting him caught at long off.

Chahal ended Lomror's innings in the 17th over as the batsman sliced up a widish delivery to Devdutt Padikkal at long off.

Rahul Tewatia (24 not out), looking for yet another explosive innings after the one against Kings XI Punjab, hit two sixes in the last over after enduring a beamer from Navdeep Saini on his chest.


Rajasthan Royals

J Buttler c Padikkal b Saini 22 (12)

S Smith b Udana 5 (5)

S Samson c & b Chahal 4 (3)

R Uthappa c Udana b Chahal 17 (22)

M Lomror c Padikkal b Chahal 47 (39)

R Parag c Finch b Udana 16 (18)

R Tewatia not out 24 (12)

J Archer not out 16 (10)

Extras: (lb-1, nb-1, w-1) 3

TOTAL: (20 overs) 154-6

FoW: 1-27, 2-31, 3-31, 4-70, 5-105, 6-114

BOWLING: I Udana 4-0-41-2, W Sundar 4-0-20-0, N Saini 4-1-37-1, Y Chahal 4-0-24-3. A Zampa 3-0-27-0, S Dube 1-0-4-0

Royal Challengers Bengalore

D Padikkal b Archer 63 (45)

A Finch lbw b Gopal 8 (7)

V Kohli not out 72 (53)

AB de Villiers not out 12 (10)

Extras: (b-1, w-2) 3

TOTAL: (19.1 overs) 158-2

FoW: 1-25, 2-124

BOWLING: J Archer 4-0-18-1, J Unadkat 3-0-31-0,

S Gopal 4-0-27-1, T Curran 3.1-0-40-0, R Tewatia 4-0-28-0, R Parag 1-0-13-0

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