Royal Challengers Bangalore’s marketing campaign confronted a minor setback on Thursday when the aspect confronted an Eight-wicket defeat to the bottom-placed Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2020. Scoring 171/6 in 20 overs, the RCB bowlers did not step up as former RCB gamers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle steered the Punjab aspect to a much-needed victory.
The RCB will now be taking over the Rajasthan Royals on Saturday of their first match of the double-header weekend. The RR batsmen had been outclassed by Delhi Capitals of their earlier match and face a must-win recreation right this moment, as a loss might significantly deter their possibilities to make the playoff stage within the event.
RCB’s 5 wins to this point embody a Tremendous Over overcome Mumbai Indians right here on the Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium. The Royals, then again, lie on the seventh spot within the factors desk with simply three wins from eight outings.
Towards KXIP in Sharjah, AB De Villiers, who has been in advantageous type, was despatched in to bat at quantity six, a baffling choice by the RCB. Left-hander Washington Sundar (13) and Shivam Dube (23) had been promoted up the order to accompany skipper Kohli within the center.
The experiment did not work as all three batsmen struggled with the South African scoring simply two off 5 balls.
So as to add to RCB’s woes, whereas defending the entire, Kohli determined to save lots of the in-form Sundar for the big-hitting Chris Gayle, who got here to bat within the eighth over.
That gamble did not repay both because the 41-year-old Jamaican smashed the younger off-spinner for 4 sixes.
“We had a chat, a message from exterior about left-right mixture and we wished to go together with it as a result of that they had two leggies. Generally issues do not come off. We’re fairly pleased with the choices we took, however it did not come off,” Kohli mentioned after the match.
Nonetheless, Kohli and his males will look to shrug off the defeat.
The Royals, in the meantime, produced a powerful bowling efficiency with Jofra Archer stepping up for the aspect once more in opposition to Delhi Capitals, limiting the table-toppers to 161/7 in 20 overs. However their batting woes continued because the top-order did not step up, with the heavy weapons like Jos Buttler, Steve Smith and Sanju Samson struggling to spend time on the crease.
After failing in his first match of the season, Ben Stokes, who has been elevated to the function of an opener, hit 41 earlier than he was run out in opposition to the Delhi Capitals.
The inaugural season champions have relied on Rahul Tewatia to rescue them from precarious positions and the all-rounder managed to do this twice in opposition to KXIP and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively. However he failed in opposition to the Capitals when but once more the top-order botched a simple run-chase.
Jofra Archer spearheads the Rajasthan bowling unit, together with the spin duo of Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal, who’ve constantly figured in an XI that has gone via numerous chopping and altering.
RCB: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (wk), Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa.
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Andrew Tye, Kartik Tyagi, Steven Smith (c), Ankit Rajpoot, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shashank Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Robin Uthappa, Aniruddha Joshi, Jofra Archer.