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IPL 2020 RCB vs RR highlights: Kohli, Devdutt 50s help RCB win by 8 wickets

Earlier, middle-order batsman Mahipal Lomror's valuable 47 helped RR set a 155-run target for RCB

IPL 2020 | Royal Challengers Bangalore | Rajasthan Royals

BS Web Team  | New Delhi 


In the first afternoon match of Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), captain Virat Kohli finally ended his run of low scores with an unbeaten 72 off 53 balls as (RCB) beat (RR) by eight wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. RCB ended its innings on 158/2 with five balls remaining after RR scored 154/6. With this win RCB moves to top of the points table.

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RR struck early with the wicket of Aaron Finch in the third over but Kohli gave company at the other end as Devdutt Padikkal's (63) aggression kept RCB on track. The 20-year-old, who had scored 56, 1 and 54 in matches before Saturday, continued his run of form as he closed any window of opportunity RR may have seen after the dismissal of Finch.

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Padikkal and Kohli put up 99 runs for the second wicket before the former fell to Jofra Archer in the 16th over. By then, however, Kohli had broken the shackles that had held him down and reached his first half century of the season. AB de Villiers joined Kohli in the middle and the pair saw RCB through to their third win on the trot.

Earlier, middle-order batsman Mahipal Lomror's valuable 47 helped RR set a 155-run target for RCB.

Electing to bat, Royals didn't have a great start as they lost skipper Steve Smith (5), Jos Buttler (22) and Sanju Samson (4) inside the first five overs with just 31 runs on the board.

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Lomror -- who was playing his first match in this IPL season -- then took control of the innings and along with Robin Uthappa, took the team's score to 70. Uthappa looked to be finding his form before his 17-run knock came to an end in the 11th over.

Uthappa's dismissal, however, didn't affect Lomror as he held one end and stitched another 35-run partnership with Riyan Parag. Parag was dismissed after contributing with 16 while Lomror felt short of scoring a well-deserved fifty as he lost his wicket while going for a maximum and was caught at long off after scoring 47.

Rahul Tewatia and Jofra Archer then added 40 runs in the last 20 balls to take the team's score past 150 mark. While Tewatia remained not out on 24 (12 balls), Archer contributed with unbeaten 16 from 10 deliveries as Rajasthan managed 154/6 in their allotted 20 overs.

For Bangalore, Yuzvendra Chahal starred with the ball as he returned with figures of 3/24 from his four overs. Isuru Udana also picked up two wickets but he was expensive, giving away 41 runs in his full quota of overs. Navdeep Saini also chipped in with a wicket.

IPL 2020: RCB vs RR scorecard
RCB vs RR playing 11: has made one change in its playing 11, bringing in Mahipal Lormor in place of pacer Ankit Rajpoot will Bangalore is unchanged from its previous match. 

Playing 11 of both the teams:

RCB Playing 11: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Yuzvendra Chahal.

RR Playing 11: Jos Buttler(w), Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Mahipal Lormor, Jaydev Unadkat.


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