AB de Villiers seized control in the final overs, smashing a hapless Jaydev Unadkat to lead RCB to seven-wicket win.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on the back of a single, heavy duty hitting spree by none other than AB de Villiers (55* off 22 balls). The mercurial South African secured a seven-wicket win to take his team closer to a spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs.
RR won the toss and chose to bat first. Robin Uthappa (41 off 22 balls) proved his mettle as an opener, having one of his best games of the season. Captain Steve Smith also came to the party (57), before Chris Morris (4/26) stemmed the bleeding and restricted RR to 177.
The RCB batsmen were well poised to play their part, bridging the game to the batting masterclass. Devdutt Paddikal (35) and captain Virat Kohli (43) wove excellent individual innings before de Villiers seized control in the final overs, smashing a hapless Jaydev Unadkat (0/46) around the park.
RCB maintain the third spot on the points table, with six wins from nine matches, while RR's hopes of qualifying further remain bleak, with only three wins in nine games.
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