IPL 2020: Smith half century takes RR to 177/6 vs RCB

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

Both the sides will head into their upcoming clash on the back of their eight-wicket wins.Quinton de Kock's blistering knock of 78 runs saw Mumbai Indians seal an easy win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), while the Punjab franchise overcome Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the last over in their previous match. He brought up victory by hitting Jofra Archer for a big six over midwicket as Bangalore reached 179-3 with two deliveries to spare.

However, Finch got out in the next over as Shreyas Gopal gave RR their first breakthrough after Robin Uthappa completed the catch.

This was followed by a 79-run partnership between Virat Kohli and Devadatta Padikkal. The over ended up costing 25 runs. While Padikkal was holed out at long-on, Kohli got out for 43 after Rahul Tewatia took a fine catch at the deep mid-wicket boundary rope.

RCB needed 35 runs from the last two overs and De Villiers whacked three sixes on the trot at the start of the penultimate over. Just look to score runs and not think pitch is doing this or that. The Rohit Sharma-led side is now sitting second in the points table with six victories from eight games, being just a couple of steps away from securing a playoff berth. The RCB bowlers had given away 177/6, a score de Villiers said was "15-20 too much". Even Smith got runs later (57 off 36) and felt the total was above par. His catch was taken by Ben Stokes. For the first time in the history of the game, the scores were tied at the end of regulation 20 overs and then the first Super Over.

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Uthappa creamed a drive through the off side to start the proceedings and followed it up with three fours through the leg-side. They won the toss, and finally promoted Robin Uthappa (41 off 22) to open, which is where he belongs.

"I said to a few of the Rajasthan boys, I know you lost but sometimes it doesn't matter which side you're on, you can only go wow", said de Villiers' South African teammate Chris Morris. The Royals scored 50 runs before the completion of the powerplay. Yuzvendra Chahal picked up the other two wickets.

Steve Smith and Jos Buttler then rebuilt innnings as the Royals' completed 100 runs in the 13th over. Buttler was quick to get off the blocks as he moved to 17 off 13, with a four and a six.

Pollard cleared the fence twice, while Coulter-Nile smashed two boundaries in the 18th over bowled by Arshdeep Singh. Smith struck six fours and one maximum before Chris Morris bowled a brilliant final over, conceding only four runs while taking two wickets to check RR from going past 180.

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