DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (WNN) – The bowlers started Royal Challengers Bangalore’s comprehensive seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.
Rajasthan, reeling at the halfway point with 91-1, were down to 149-9, as spinners Shahbaz Nadeem and Yuzvendra Chahal took four wickets between them.
The tournament’s leading wicket-taker Harshal Patel extended his tally of wickets to 26, claiming 3-34. The right-arm pacer came close to a second consecutive hat-trick before taking all his wickets in his last six balls.
Australia’s Glenn Maxwell scored an unbeaten 50 off 30 balls and wicketkeeper-batsman Srikar Bharat made 44 as Bangalore eased to 153-3 with 17 balls to spare.
Rajasthan’s multi-million dollar signing Chris Morris was dismissed for 50 in his four overs, which included three fours and a six by Maxwell in the last over of the South African pacer.
Bengaluru captain Virat Kohli said, “We are coming back strongly with the ball in two matches in a row, which is a good sign. “The opponents were 56-0 in the powerplay in both games, but in both games we took wickets to make sure the opposition didn’t get carried away.”
Bangalore are third on 14 points and need just one win from their remaining three league matches to qualify for the playoffs. Rajasthan are at number seven with eight points from 11 matches.
Rajasthan looked to put up a challenging total after West Indies opener Evin Lewis (58) hit three sixes and five fours in his 37-ball half-century.
But England’s George Garten, playing his first IPL game, dismissed Lewis in the 12th over when the batsman hit a pull shot to wicketkeeper Bharat.
Nadeem and Chahal then ran down the middle and lower order before Patel provided a perfect finish with three wickets in the last over of the innings.
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