RCB’s net run rate goes north in biggest ever defeat for RR
by crickethighlights.one • Published on Sun, May 14, 2023
In one of the more brutal demolition jobs of recent times, the Royal Challengers Bangalore blew away the Rajasthan Royals with a peerless bowling performance, bowling out the hosts for 59 in just 63 balls, and rising to the fifth spot on the points table, ever so close to a spot in the playoffs.
A sedate start
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli were circumspect to begin with, scoring only 42 in the powerplay on a wicket where even the new ball didn’t seem to come on as well as the batsmen would hope for. Kohli was dismissed after putting on fifty with du Plessis, at a run-rate just above 7rpo. RCB needed to up the tempo, and they had just the weapon to do it…
The Big Show
As if batting on a different wicket, Glenn Maxwell hit the ground running as soon as he entered the arena, allowing Faf to play the sheet anchor and get to his fifty, while blazing away at the other end, lifting the run-rate to 8rpo by the end of the 15th over, right after the dismissal of Faf. Maxwell got to a fifty off just thirty balls, but eventually fell attempting a reverse-sweep, regretting the possibility of a death-overs flourish.
The shift in momentum
The wicket of du Plessis had triggered a couple of wickets from Zampa in the form of Lomror and Dinesh Karthik, and the departure of Maxwell seemed to have come as a relief for the Royals. However, there was a hidden gem that they didn’t quite see coming. Anuj Rawat barely needed time to get his eye in and smashed a handy cameo, hammering 19 runs in the final over and lifting RCB to 171-5.
It started. And it never stopped. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler were the in-form players. Were. Before the trauma of the last hour of this game kicked in. It was Yashasvi first, and then Buttler, both departing for ducks, and setting the Royals back considerably. Parnell, who had scalped Buttler in his first over, got rid of Samson later that same over. Their top three batsmen were gone, but all was not – yet – lost.
And yet, there was simply no relief. There wasn’t enough time for the wound to clot before another one came along. Joe Root, who earlier survived an LBW shout (courtesy DRS) was dismissed by Parnell, making it five wickets for the powerplay, for only 28 runs.
The Hetmyer show and the inevitable climax
It isn’t the heroic comeback you would expect, but it was a sign of life. A ray of hope. Shimron Hetmyer struck a few blows in his 19-ball 35, but his departure hammered in the final nail in the coffin. In the end, Rajasthan Royals crashed to a 112-run defeat, and their second-lowest total (the first, 58, was also against RCB). This heavy defeat puts Rajasthan at a disadvantage in the race for a playoffs spot, with only one league game to go.
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 171-5 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 55, Glenn Maxwell 54, Anuj Rawat 29*, Adam Zampa 2-25, KM Asif 2-42) beat Rajasthan Royals 59-10 in 10.3 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 35, Wayne Parnell 3-10, Michael Bracewell 2-16) by 112 runs.
After their final home game, Rajasthan Royals travel to Dharamsala to play the Punjab Kings for their final league game on Friday (May 19). The Royal Challengers Bangalore, who still have a couple of games to go, travel to Hyderabad after this, to play the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday (May 18).