IPL 2021 - RR vs RCB - Squandering good start proves fatal for Royals, lose by 7 wickets

Maxwell, Bharat take RCB home. Harshal, Shahbaz and Chahal shine with the ball.

Royal Challengers Bangalore 153/3 (Maxwell 50*, Bharat 44, Mustafizur 2/20) beat Rajasthan Royals 149/9 (Lewis 58, Jaiswal 31, Harshal 3/34, Shahbaz 2/10, Chahal 2/18) by seven wickets

IPL 2021, RR vs RCB: RCB defeat RR by seven wickets, Maxwell scored 50 of 30
Maxwell hits his fourth fifty, 350 runs overall in IPL 2021. (Image: Cricbuzz/Twitter)

In the hunt for a place in the playoffs, the confident Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) met the dejected Rajasthan Royals (RR) in a one-sided showdown in favour of the former.

Rajasthan squander a great start and lose wickets in heaps

Rajasthan, after losing the toss, were sent in to bat by Bangalore. Their openers, Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal, provided a dream start to their side but the RCB bowlers had a few different plans of their own. Purple cap holder Harshal Patel, with some able help of spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Shabaz Ahmad brought back RCB into contention in the second-half of the first innings.

Lewis and Jaiswal started the innings with an attacking approach. Together, they built up a partnership of 77 runs in 50 balls, but after dismissal of both the openers, no other batter was able to make use of the stage set for a huge score.

Jaiswal scored 31 runs from 22 balls with three fours and two sixes and Lewis scored his maiden half century for the Rajasthan Royals. He got dismissed on 58 runs from 37 balls and his knock included five fours and three sixes. He continued his brilliant form from the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) where he scored a whopping 420 runs at an average of 52.5 with a strike rate of 164.7 in CPL 2021.

Sanju Samson then came to the crease but was able to score only 19 runs from 15 balls which included two sixes. This was an important wicket for RCB as Samson is the second highest run-scorer in IPL 2021. He got dismissed to Ahmad on the first ball of the 13th over just after the second time-out attempting an inside-out shot.

Harshal Patel and spin duo of Shahbaz Ahmad and Yuzvendra Chahal were spot on with their bowling. All the three bowlers were miserly in conceding runs. Patel took three wickets and that too in his last over of the spell which was also the last over of the innings while on the other hand, Chahal and Ahmad took two wickets each. Patel and Chahal conceded 34 runs and 18 runs respectively in their spells of four overs each while on the other hand, Ahmad conceded just 10 runs in his spell of two overs.