Dhawan stars in Delhi win, Bangalore beats Rajasthan

AB de Villiers onslaught earns RCB win over Rajasthan in IPL thriller

In the last two overs, RCB needed an improbable 35 runs when de Villiers hit Jaydev Unadkat for three consecutive sixes in the 19th over. That over made the game in favour of RCB, the team was just in need of 10 runs of the last over. Padikkal and skipper Virat Kohli stitched a crucial 79-run stand for the 2nd wicket. Gurkeerat contributed 19 runs off the 17 balls, to the team's victory.

The partnership was finally broken when Rahul Tewatia removed Padikkal for a scrappy 35 off 37 balls. De Villiers finished the game with two balls to spare with his sixth six, ending on 55 off 22. Kohli had whipped the ball but Tewatia stopped the ball, leaped over the boundary and then hoped back inside to complete a thrilling catch. There were de Villiers.

Earlier, Rajasthan Royals won the toss and opted to bat first. n a surprising move, Robin Uthappa was sent in to open the innings alongside Ben Stokes. Meanwhile, Tewatia scored 19 runs off 11 balls.

Dhawan was unbeaten on 101 off 58 balls, hitting 14 fours and a six, but the lefthander was dropped three times and also successfully went for referral just before reaching his first hundred. Uthappa changed gears in the third over as the right-hander hit four fours off Washington Sundar. Stokes played second fiddle to him, rotating the strike well. The duo engaged in a solid 50-run opening stand.

Leg-spinner Chahal dismissed Sanju Samson (9) next ball - revenge for Samson creaming him for a monster 94-metre six over midwicket earlier in the over - to leave Rajasthan 69-3 after eight overs. He's six ahead of Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who occupies the second spot. Skipper Steve Smith, generally regarded as an astute tactician, was once again in the spotlight for a couple of questionable calls. Even Smith got runs later (57 off 36) and felt the total was above par.

In the 33rd match at Dubai International Stadium, it was De Villiers bang.

The 41-year-old, who has scored the bulk of his over 13,000 runs in Twenty20s (T20) in the opening slot, has struggled to break into the side this season due to success of the opening pair of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal.

Brief score: Rajasthan Royals 177/6 (Robin Uthappa 41, Steve Smith 57, Chris Morris 4-26) lost to RCB 179/3 (AB de Villiers 55*, Virat Kohli 43, Karthik Tyagi 1-32) by seven wickets.

"It was nice to spend sometime in the middle, having not done much of it in 5 or 6 games".

Morris, then added two more wickets to his account in the final over and RR posted 177/6 on the board.



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