Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR) by seven wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 match at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai. R.C.B. With a slow start to the brink of defeat, the arrival of AB de Villiers kept the momentum going for Virat Kohli’s side. South Africa were unbeaten on 55 off 22 balls. It had six sixes and a four. After the match, captain Kohli complimented the T20 expert and welcomed him for reading the game. “It doesn’t matter who the bowler is, he does what he does. AB is always ready to look at the situation and adapt his game accordingly. In my view, he is the most influential player in the IPL,” he said. Kohli.
“If he goes, the opponents know he has a low chance and there’s a good reason behind it. It’s entirely because of the presence of someone like him that the teams think we’ll never get out of the game,” the RCB captain was asked.
Praising RCB, the Indian cricketer said some kind words about Gurkeerat Singh Mann. His partnership with de Villiers helped the 36-year-old Slam win. Gurkirat scored 19 off 17 balls and remained unbeaten.
RCB didn’t start their chase, Aaron lost Ron Finch early. Asked if the openers could get some tweaks, Kohli said, “Our game pattern is very clear. Young Dev has batted beautifully, Finchi has played some impact innings. We understand the dynamics and we are relying on our plans.”
Kohli also praised Chris Morris. He took four wickets in 4 overs in 26 overs. He took important wickets like Ben Stokes, Steve Smith and Jose Butler.
Lost captain Steve Smith felt that his team could not face AB de Villiers despite RR being in a winning position.
Defending the decision to give Jaydev Unadkat in the 19th over, not Joffra Archer, the Australian cricketer said, “We wanted to use Jaydev to the big boundary, he threw the ball very slowly into the wicket.”
After the victory, RCB is in the third position in the league table with 12 points and nine matches. Meanwhile, RR is second in the table of eight teams with six points.
In the second match on Saturday, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won the toss and elected to bat against Delhi Capital (DC) in Sharjah.