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IPL-2023: RCB registered a thrilling win over Rajasthan by 7 runs

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In IPL, RCB registered a thrilling win over Rajasthan, after a see-saw game saw them flirt with defeat before they held their nerve with the ball.

There are some stats that he wouldn’t be wanted to associate with and one such stat is that only one player in IPL history has more golden ducks than him. Virat Kohli vs Trent Boult has seen some memorable battles at the international level but he had never been dismissed by Boult in the IPL, until today.

Here, after being happy to bat first on a dry wicket, Kohli missed a full ball shaping in a touch and was trapped plumb in front. So obvious was the decision that Kohli left without reviewing, much to the dismay of a full house at the Chinnaswamy stadium. Boult also got Shahbaz Ahmed caught on the pull to dent RCB early.

The fireworks, though, came from RCB’s other big guns with the bat. Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell scored fifties for the second game in succession at the Chinnaswamy and the third time in the season to turn the innings around. On a pitch that was still good to bat on, the duo enjoyed hitting whatever was thrown at them. Faf notched up 9000 T20 runs in the process while Maxwell reached the 1000-run milestone for RCB. Their partnership was worth 127 in just 67 balls signalling another run-fest at the ground.

Runs: 122 Balls: 59 Dismissals: 2 SR: 206.77 4s: 9 6s: 9 – This is how the record for this match-up ended after today. Maxwell’s innings had kickstarted with a four and a six off Ashwin and he made sure that he remained on top of the wily spinner all through — almost. He hit Ashwin for 25 off 13 balls, but off the last ball of his spell, Maxwell holed out to backward point off a reverse sweep. The wicket closely followed the run out of Faf, which put the brakes on RCB’s onslaught.

The wickets in the back end including that of Sanju Samson (cut to short third man) and of Shimron Hetmyer (run out) did not deter a free-flowing Dhruv Jurel. With two fours and two sixes, he almost single-handedly kept RR in the chase, and the pressure started to show. RCB fluffed a couple of run out chances, and with 20 to defend in the final over, Harshal began on the wrong note conceding 10 from the first three balls to Ashwin. However, his dismissal off the fourth ball turned out to be crucial as Jurel remained off strike for all but one ball as RCB scraped home by 7 runs, keeping the points table very tight yet again.

Brief ScoresRoyal Challengers Bangalore 189/9in 20 overs (Glenn Maxwell 77, Faf du Plessis 62) beat Rajasthan Royals 182/6in 20 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 52, Yashasvi Jaiswal 47; Harshal Patel 3-32) by 7 runs

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