They have been called favourites due to their power-packed batting department with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers leading the line. But the susceptible bowling department has always led to their downfall with too much onus being put on Kohli and de Villiers.
Rohit Sharma was Man of the Match after their third ODI against Australia at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. Rohit scored 119 off 128 balls as India beat Australia by seven wickets to win the series 2-1.
While Australia triumphed emphatically in Mumbai, it was India who roared back in Rajkot. And now, both the teams would be looking to deliver the final punch when they lock horns in the series decider at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.
As it Happened: Bangalore went ballistic at the start when Kohli and de Villiers opened and scored 23 runs off the first over, but post that, it all went downhill. Gopal’s hat-trick really derailed them and eventually, the home side only finished with 62 on the board.In response, Rajasthan paced the chase well with Samson and Livingstone finding the fence comfortably without taking much risk. When 23 runs were needed in 12 balls, Chahal came on and got rid of Samson. And just when we thought things could get interesting, the rain decided to make an appearance again and the game had to be called off, as we had no more time left for any more breaks. Quite a tame finish, to this game and Bangalore’s chances in this tournament. They needed a win but having no result here has officially ended their run in this campaign. This hurts Rajasthan’s chances of qualifying for the playoffs. They’d have backed themselves to chase this down but now have to win their last game and rely on other results to go their way.
Highlights: Navdeep Saini’s fabulous penultimate over kept Royal Challengers Bangalore afloat as they beat Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs in an Indian Premier League encounter. AB de Villiers’ unbeaten 82 off 44 balls took RCB to a healthy 202 for 4 and things could have gone awry with young Nicholas Pooran (46 off 28 balls) hitting five sixes at the rear before Saini sealed it in the 19th over. Kings XI Punjab finished at 185 for 7 as RCB are now on eight points with three games left.
Both teams have their bases covered though Delhi have an upper hand in the pace department with Navdeep Saini and Kulwant Khejroliya doing the job for the team in helpful conditions at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Maharashtra bowlers put up a spirited show to bundle out the Railways for a paltry 180 in 48.2 overs. And then their batsman took the side home with 8.4 overs to spare at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium with Ruturaj Gaikwad (84 off 93 balls) top-scoring for the side.
The bomb blast in the Bengaluru stadium that left 15 people, including five security men, injured, occurred on April 17, 2010, during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Royal Challengers and Mumbai Indians.
Although Afghanistan struggled massively in the first two sessions leaking runs and looking a bit lost in the middle, the team did manage to pull things back in the last session by taking five wickets.