IPL 2023, RR vs. RCB: Rajasthan Royals’ batting performance fails, and Royal Challengers Bangalore prevails by 112 runs
At the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Rajasthan Royals by a score of 112 runs.
With the victory, RCB climbed to the fifth position with 12 points from 12 games, putting them in the running for a playoff spot, while RR dropped to sixth with 12 points from 13 games.
RCB defeated RR by 112 runs
By choosing to bat, RCB posted a respectable 171 for five thanks to half-centuries from captain Faf du Plessis (55 off 44 balls) and Glenn Maxwell (54 off 33).
Rajasthan Royals, who won the championship in the first edition in 2008, were dismissed for a pitiful 59 in 10.3 overs by RCB bowlers as a response.
RR’s second-lowest total
It was RR’s second-lowest total, surpassing their previous mark of 58 against the same opponents in 2009 by a mere one run.
Wayne Parnell steals the show with his impressive bowling figures
Wayne Parnell (3/10), the South African pacer who was named Man of the Match for his incredible bowling statistics, was the master wrecker for the RCB.
RCB Bowlers took charge and destroyed RR’s lineup
Along with Parnell, Michael Bracewell, Karn Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, and Glenn Maxwell, each claimed one wicket, while Michael Bracewell and Karn Sharma claimed one.
In the powerplay, the Royals lost five wickets for 25 runs, with Parnell taking two of them, including those of captain Sanju Samson (4) and Jos Buttler (0).
However, Siraj was the one to start the chain reaction by getting rid of the excellent Yashasvi Jaiswal (0).
When Buttler left in the following over after Parnell threw a short, wide delivery, it was a rare occurrence as both RR openers were out for ducks.
The only batter who put up a fight was Hetmyer, who hit three consecutive sixes off Karn Sharma in the eighth over before finally being bowled out by Glenn Maxwell in the tenth over.
In one of the IPL’s most lopsided games, Adam Zampa and KM Asif decided against prolonging the Royals’ misery by being dismissed in the space of three balls in the eleventh over.
RCB put a competitive score
Earlier, after deciding to bat, RCB posted a competitive 171 for 5 thanks to half-centuries from the skipper Faf du Plessis and Maxwell.
Du Plessis and Maxwell maintained their strong form on a slower pitch with scores of 55 off 44 balls and 54 off 33 balls, respectively.
In the seventh over by Asif, Kohli (18 off 19 balls) gave the Royals their first success. At halfway, RCB was 78 for 1, but they were unable to pick up the pace. Maxwell, however, had already calmed down and was starting to dominate the RR bowlers by that point.
Mahipal Lormor (1) and Dinesh Karthik (0) were out two and four balls after du Plessis was dismissed, respectively, and their dismissals marked the beginning of RCB’s batting collapse.
The RCB total passed 170 as they added 51 runs in the final five overs thanks to Anuj Rawat’s 29 not out off just 11 balls down the order.