IPL 2020: Smith half century takes RR to 177/6 vs RCB

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli

De Villiers' blitiz ensured Jaydev Unadkat's penultimate over went for 25 runs, including 3 sixes by the South African to start the over.

Archer was smote for two early sixes by Finch in the chase - one a 100m heave over square leg - but the Australian fell to spinner Shreyas Gopal for 14 and Rajasthan's attack contained Devdutt Padikkal (35) and Kohli during their half-century partnership. Gurkeerat contributed 19 runs off the 17 balls, to the team's victory.

After the dismissal of Kohli, Rajasthan made a strong hold in the match. He then went on to finish the game with a six off Jofra Archer. De Villiers finished the game with two balls to spare with his sixth six, ending on 55 off 22. Tewatia caught a brilliant catch at the boundary line.

India coach Ravi Shastri said this week that de Villiers should come out of his global retirement.

His catch was taken by Ben Stokes.

Batting first, Chennai had set Delhi a target of 180 for the victory in Sharjah, thanks mainly to an unbeaten 50-run fifth-wicket partnership, off just 21 balls, between Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja. With a little shuffle outside his off-stump, Uthappa used Sundar's hard-lengths and hit sweep shots behind square and well past the deep mid-wicket fielder waiting on the long boundary for the attempted pull. Stokes played second fiddle to him, rotating the strike well. While Rajasthan Royals posted a highly competitive total of 177/6 in 20 overs courtesy some great batting by Robin Uthappa and Steve Smith but it was de Villiers who took the game away from RR single-handedly with his incredible knock.

RCB had to score 35 runs off the last two overs and ABD turned it on and did it in some style.

Former Australia captain Steve Smith has finally broken out of his run of bad form with a fine half-century for his struggling Rajasthan Royals side.

The coach also said that they learned from their mistake in the last game and ensured that de Villiers batted at his usual number four spot.

After Stokes departure, Sanju Samson and Uthappa further chipped in 19 runs for second wicket, but it was Uthappa who was removed by Yuzvendra Chahal at 41 off 22 (7 fours, 1 six) in 8th over.

Meanwhile, Smith too kept the scoreboard ticking as he and Buttler completed the fifty-run stand in the 15th over, with Smith hitting two fours in the over. "It was nice to spend a bit of time in the middle and get a bit of rhythm".

For RCB, Chris Morris was the pick of the bowlers with figures 4-0-26-4 - He have away just 4 runs in the final over of the innings and also racked-up two wickets.



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