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Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 wicketsHarshal Patel was the pick of the bowlers for RCB, taking 3 for 34Glenn Maxwell remained unbeaten on 50 to see RCB through
IPL 2021: Royal Challengers Bangalore Won By 7 Wickets Against Rajasthan Royals

IPL 2021: Royal Challengers Bangalore put on a clinical display with both bat and ball to beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in the Indian Premier League in Dubai on Wednesday, improving their chances of finishing in the top two. RCB successfully chased down 150 runs with 17 balls to spare. Glenn Maxwell, the star all-rounder, smashed an unbeaten 50 off just 30 balls, while KS Bharat scored 44 from 35 deliveries. Following the dismissals of Virat Kohli (25) and Devdutt Padikkal by the RR bowlers, RCB needed 71 runs in the back 10 to win (22).

Kohli and Padikkal got the team off to a fast start, with RCB scoring nine runs per over on the power play. The Indian captain hit three boundaries in the first over, including one that flew over the slip cordon off a leading edge.

Both were out after settling down, with Kohli succumbing to a fine direct hit by Riyan Parag after a diving stop.

Earlier, Rajasthan Royals staged an outstanding comeback, blowing away a blistering start to finish at 149 for nine. After RR was cruising at 100 for one in the 11th over, left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed (2/10) and leg-break bowler Yuzvendra Chahal (2/18) triggered the slide.

Harshal Patel (3/34) came close to a hat-trick in consecutive matches in the final over, but Kartik Tyagi denied him as RR lost 8 wickets for 49 runs.

Evin Lewis top-scored with 58 off 37 balls, but he, like skipper Sanju Samson (19), was guilty of throwing away his wicket at a crucial juncture.

When given the first strike, RR batted quietly for two overs before Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal (31) decided to let rip at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

RR raced past the fifty-run mark in the next over, having gone from eight for two in two overs to 39 for no loss at the end of the fourth. Lewis was the aggressor.

Jaiswal smashed Mohammed Siraj through the covers for the first run of the day, and then clobbered Glenn Maxwell for a big six over far on in the next over.

After that, Lewis took charge, slamming debuting English left-arm bowler George Garton for two sixes and a four as RR amassed 18 runs off the over. Garton was returning to the attack after being mysteriously removed from the attack despite a very economical first over. As RR reached fifty in the fifth over, Lewis smashed another six and a four off Harshal Patel.

Even as Kohli switched his bowlers regularly, India pacer Siraj returned to bowl a tight sixth over, but Jaiswal hit two boundaries off Daniel Christian to establish RR’s biggest opening partnership of the present season.

In the next over, Maxwell kept things tight, allowing only four runs, until Jaiswal smoked Christian for a maximum over extra cover.

Christian, on the other hand, got the last laugh when Jaiswal misjudged his timing and failed to pass Siraj at mid-off.

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