RCB won the toss and elected to bat first. The visitors began their inning on a decent note. Both the openers, Faf du Plessis (55) and Virat Kohli (18), struggled a bit at the start with no regular boundaries and few mishaps between the duo while running between the wickets. While Kohli got out, du Plessis continued and scored a fifty which included three fours and two sixes. The skipper along with Glenn Maxwell (54) built 69-run-partnership in which the Aussie batter hammered five fours and three massive sixes. Towards the end, Anuj Rawat (29) scored some important runs at the strike rate of 263.64 to take RCB to a score of 171 runs.
While chasing, none of the Rajasthan based side’s batters looked in any kind of mood to bat in the scorching heat of Jaipur. Shimron Hetmyer (35) was the only batter who shined and did not give his wicket away cheaply. The only other batter with double digit runs was Joe Root (10).
It was a complete bowling effort from the Bangalore-based team with the ball as they bundled the home side in just 10.3 overs. While defending, Wayne Parnell plucked three massive wickets upfront. Two wickets each were also grabbed by Michael Bracewell and Karn Sharma. Moreover, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammad Siraj took one wicket each.
Adam Zampa scalped two wickets in the first innings with the ball. KM Asif also bagged two wickets while one wicket was grabbed by Sandeep Sharma.
Wayne Parnell was adjudged Player of the Match for his amazing bowling show. Following this victory, RCB now have 12 points in 12 games and have made the playoffs qualification scenario more interesting.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 171/5, Overs 20, Faf du Plessis 55, Adam Zampa 2/25
Rajasthan Royals: 59/10, Overs 10.3, Shimron Hetmyer 35, Wayne Parnell 3/10