AB de Villiers most impactful player in the IPL: Kohli

AB de Villiers most impactful player in the IPL: Kohli

Chahal, RCB's most dependent bowler finished with wonderful figures of as he tightened the spinners tightened the screws around Rajasthan in the middle overs. Jofra Archer could have pushed that equation further, but Steve Smith entrusted Jaydev Unadkat to bowl the 19th. Unfortunately for RCB, the go-slow has been two prong. Mumbai play King's XI Punjab on Sunday. Here it was Kohli-Padikkal, who went 23 balls without a boundary after the PowerPlay before Kohli pulled Shreyas Gopal for a six off the last ball of the 10th over. The RCB bowlers had given away 177/6, a score de Villiers said was "15-20 too much". He eventually hit a Rahul Tewatia ball down long-on's throat to fall for a 37-ball 35.

Kohli whipped Kartik Tyagi powerfully towards the boundary where Tewatia caught the ball, threw it back into play before his momentum took him over the rope, and then returned to the field to complete a stunning grab. But AB was still around and once more, he was the difference. They won the toss, and finally promoted Robin Uthappa (41 off 22) to open, which is where he belongs. In my eyes he's the most impactful player in the IPL. Uthappa changed gears in the third over as the right-hander hit four fours off Washington Sundar. His catch was taken by Ben Stokes. To be honest, I didn't want to be on the bench but I was enjoying it.

Smith finds his batting touch.

After losing three quick wickets, skipper Steve Smith and Jos Buttler took to the crease. Sanju Samson then joined Uthappa in the middle and the duo looked good until Yuzvendra Chahal spun a web and sent both the batsmen back in the dugout on consecutive balls. Even Smith got runs later (57 off 36) and felt the total was above par. The Sri Lankan bowled short and wide at Smith with no third man and conceded two boundaries.

Dhawan was twice dropped in the 20s and, soon after completing his half century, survived again when Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni couldn't hold onto a low edge. In four overs today he bowled 12 dots, maintaining that outstanding 50% ratio of dots into his fourth game now (48 dots/96 balls). We were in the match with those two successive wickets. He did field through the chase but was visibly limping.

AB de Villiers smacked a blitzkrieg 22-ball 55 after Chris Morris' four-wicket haul to propel Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their IPL match on Saturday.

RCB will next face Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday. Gurkeerat contributed 19 runs off the 17 balls, to the team's victory.

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