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IPL 2021: Centurion Padikkal, unstoppable Kohli hand RCB emphatic 10-wicket win over RR

It is the 14th season of the Indian Premier League, the most glamorous Twenty20 league globally. Royal Challengers Bangalore continues to hunt for its maiden IPL title, currently led by Virat Kohli. Rajasthan Royals has not won the title since 2008.

IPL 2021, Match 16: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals (RCB vs RR) report-ayh
Mumbai, First Published Apr 22, 2021, 9:35 PM IST
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Royal Challengers Bangalore came up with a brutal performance with the bat as it cruised to a comfortable 10-wicket win over former champion Rajasthan Royals in Match 16 of the 2021 Indian Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. The RCB openers, Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal played effortlessly to ensure that the side sails to a comfortable win and make the chase look easy.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli elected to bowl first, as he made a change by bringing in Kane Richardson for Rajat Patidar. As for RR, skipper Sanju Smason, too, made a change in the form of Shreyas Gopal coming in for Jaydev Unadkat.

RR was off to a jittery start, losing its opening three wickets within the powerplay (Jos Buttler- 8, Manan Vohra- 7 and David Miller- 0), while the score read 32/3 at the end of the sixth over. Just 11 runs later, Samson departed for 21 to spinner Washington Sundar in the eighth over.

However, it was then followed by a rescuing 66-run stand between all-rounder Dube and Riyan Parag before the latter fell for 25 to pacer Harshal Patel in the 14th over. Although Dube looked in good touch and on course for his maiden IPL half-century, he dropped four runs short after being dismissed by pacer Richardson in the 16th over.

Meanwhile, all-rounder Tewatia hit some big shots and scored 40 before falling to pacer Mohammed Siraj in the 19th over, at 170. At the same score, Chris Morris (10) and Chetan Sakariya (0) departed in the final over before the last pair could add seven more runs and finish on 177/9.

As for RCB, six bowlers went all-out at the RR batsmen. While Siraj and Harshal attained the most success, the former was also the most economical of all.

FULL SCORECARD: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals (RCB vs RR)

When RCB came out to bat, it was all about the openers, who kept attacking the RR bowlers right from the start, maintaining a run rate of around ten. While Padikkal slammed his tenth IPL half-century, Kohli slammed his 41st.

Following his 50, Padikkal went after the bowlers in full swing, as he eventually brought up his maiden IPL century towards the closure of the chase. The RR bowlers simply had nothing in the bag to get the pair out, let alone slowing down the hunt, as it was eventually a comfortable ten-wicket win for Kohli and co in just 16.4 overs.

For RR, six bowlers were utilised. While none of them attained success, pacer Chetan Sakariya was the most economical of the lot.
Brief scores: RR 177/9 (Dube- 46, Tewatia- 40; Siraj- 3/27, Harshal- 3/47) lost to RCB 181/0 (Kohli- 72*, Padikkal- 101*; Parag- 0/14) by ten wickets.

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