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IPL 2020 Live Score, RCB vs RR Today's Match at Abu Dhabi: Kohli, AB Take RCB to 8 Wicket Win

IPL 2020 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals, Latest Updates: IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 158/2: RCB WIN BY 8 WICKETS HERE! Comprehensive win for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Royals. Kohli remains unbeaten on 72 while Padikkal scored 63 before that in the chase.

Rajasthan vs Bangalore (T20)

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RAJ vs BLR Cricket Scorecard (T20)

Match 15 T20, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 03 October, 2020

Rajasthan

154/6

(20.0) RR 7.70

Rajasthan Steven Smith (C)
Bangalore beat Rajasthan by 8 wickets
Bangalore Virat Kohli (C)

Bangalore

158/2

(19.1) RR 8.24

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19:18 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 158/2: RCB WIN BY 8 WICKETS HERE! Comprehensive win for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Royals. Kohli remains unbeaten on 72 while Padikkal scored 63 before that in the chase. 

19:15 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 154/2, 19 overs. 1 run to get in the final over as AB and Kohli do it slowly and throw in an excellently run three in the middle of all that too. Brilliant running from Kohli and AB.

19:10 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 147/2: 16 runs from Tom Curran's over as Virat Kohli takes him to the cleaners. Three masterfully put away boundaries by the skipper along with some sharp running with AB has put RCB within 8 runs of the target. 

19:04 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 131/2, 17 overs: 7 runs from Gopal's last over. No success against Kohli for him today. The Indian captain and AB work him around well to make that a productive over. 24 needed off three overs.

18:58 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 124/2, 15.5 overs: WICKET! Padikkal's fantastic knock has come to an end for 63 with Archer bowling full and fast and hitting the woodwork. This means AB de Villiers will now join Virat Kohli.

18:52 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 118/1, 15 overs: Virat Kohli attacks Tewatia and beautifully lofts him back over his head for a SIX and then plays him into the  gap to complete what has been a confidence boosting half century for him. Superb knock out there today! Padikkal at the other end chipping away but tired. 

18:47 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 107/1, 14 overs: 3 runs only from Archer's over. You can see the players tiring and the batsmen not looking to take the quick singles. RCB definitely primed to win it from here but can Smith force something else to happen and change the tide?

18:43 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 104/1, 13 overs: Parag however bounces back well in the over and concedes just a couple of runs after that. Kohli is denied a risky single by Padikkal as well, that would have been dangerous. 

18:41 (IST)

Four and SIX! Virat Kohli's taken on Riyan Parag, slaps him over mid off for a boundary and then inside out and over extra cover for a maximum. Superb shot and he's getting his mojo back.

18:38 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 91/1, 12 overs: 9 runs of that over with Padikkal playing Unadkat really well. Both he and Kohli are in no hurry but the tall left hander is showing signs of tiredness in the heat. Can he bat through? 

18:36 (IST)

FIFTY! Padikkal's dabbed Unadkat away through to the fine leg fence past the straight-ish short fine leg. Brilliant innings from him and gets a big hug from his captain Virat Kohli, who's had the best seat in the house.

18:33 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 82/1, 11 overs: 5 runs of Tewatia's over with an interesting appeal for lbw against Kohli as well. Not out and no review from Steve Smith. Padikkal meanwhile inching closer to a half century. 

18:28 (IST)

IPL 2020 Live Score RCB 77-1:Gopal has bowled well so far and he needs to remove Kohli here. If RR can get that wicket, they might just comeback in the match. It's all too easy at the moment for Bangalore. 

18:24 (IST)

IPL 2020 Live Score RCB 71-1: Tewatia comes back for another over. And Kohli pulls him for a four. Kohli is finally looking in some sort of form here. This partnership has been excellent between Padikkal and Kohli. 

18:21 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 64/1, 8 overs: Kohli's starting to get a move on here as he puts Tom Curran away through the covers for a boundary to complete a good over for RCB. 9 runs from it with Padikkal and Kohli both looking solid. 

18:13 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 55/1, 7 overs: Five runs from Tewatia's first over. Kohli and Padikkal trying to ensure there are as few dots as possible if nothing else. 

18:09 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 50/1, 6 overs: Padikkal is showing off all his colours to Kohli here with some top notch timing on the leg side and then a forceful punch through the offside. Almost loses his wicket at the end of the over but Smith and Archer can't decide who should attempt the catch and Padikkal survives. 

18:05 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 39/1, 5 overs: 7 from the over of Gopal with Kohli pulling a short one away for a boundary. One over left for the powerplay to get over here. RCB need another 116.

18:01 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 32/1, 4 overs: Archer's conceded five with Padikkal picking him off for a boundary with a flick past short fine leg. Kohli, who hasn't been in good touch, plays out a few dots to end the over. 

17:56 (IST)

IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 27/1, 3 overs: Shreyas Gopal bowls a fantastic first over and is also now up against Virat Kohli, a batsman he has dismissed quite a few times over the years. 

IPL 2020 Live Score, RCB vs RR Today's Match at Abu Dhabi: Kohli, AB Take RCB to 8 Wicket Win

IPL 2020 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals, Live Score and Latest Updates: IPL 2020, Live Score, RCB 158/2: RCB WIN BY 8 WICKETS HERE! Comprehensive win for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Royals. Kohli remains unbeaten on 72 while Padikkal scored 63 before that in the chase.

Preview: Time for the 'Royal' battle. Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Rajasthan Royals in the first afternoon game of IPL 2020 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. Both teams are on 4 points with two wins from three games, with Rajasthan having the better net run-rate. Bangalore, though, are having the better momentum having defeated defending champions Mumbai Indians in their previous match while Rajasthan suffered a big loss to Kolkata Knight Riders in their latest game.

It's early days in the tournament but it's already clear that teams are evenly matches, which means every point will be crucial going into the latter stages. Which team will get the two crucial points on Saturday?

Rajasthan Royals

RR started the tournament with a bang with a couple of victories in Sharjah. They adjusted to the small ground and flat pitch superbly, out-batting CSK and KXIP with the relentless big hits, led by Sanju Samson. With two consecutive wins in the pocket, they came to Dubai high on confidence but failed to adjust to the different pitch and ground dimensions.

As captain Steve Smith said after the game, a few of their batsmen thought they were still in Sharjah. It included himself as he too fell cheaply looking for a big hit.

RR have a more or less settled side but will need to tinker a few things. Their batting beyond the top three of Smith, Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson is thin. Do they keep faith in Robin Uthappa in the middle order? Or do they bring back Yashasvi Jaiswal to open and push Smith to No. 4? Or how about bringing in David Miller for Tom Curran? Curran made that choice difficult scoring a fighting half-century in the last game.

The other issue for RR is the form of Shreyas Gopal. He, understandably, struggled in Sharjah. However, a spell of 0/43 in DUbai against KKR will do his confidence no good. He has picked up only 1 wicket from three matches so far and has to bounce back to give RR the control in the middle overs. Their new ball and death bowling is more or less sorted with Jofra Archer's presence.

Predicted XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Rajpoot

Royal Challengers Bangalore

W L W. RCB have been punching hot and cold this season. But they'll take 2 out of 3 especially given they lost their first six last season. Among that 2 is a victory over Mumbai, which they won in a Super Over.

RCB are getting closer to playing their best combination. They started the tournament by giving Dale Steyn a couple of games but he's clearly not at his best. Isuru Udana and Adam Zampa came in for the last game, and although they weren't good either, it gives them more balance going forward. If Chris Morris is fit, he walks into the team being a death bowler and a lower order batsman.

RCB, though, will be concerned that they let the Mumbai game go to a Super Over. They let MI score 104 runs in the last 6 overs, before Navdeep Saini bailed them out with a terrific Super Over.

Their batting fell in place though, with Devdutt Padikkal showing consistency and Aaron Finch striking form, before de Villiers did what he does best. Virat Kohli is yet to strike form, but he can't go too long without a big score.

Unless Morris is fit and/or AB de Villiers can't keep wickets, there's little to change in the RCB team. Moeen Ali for Zampa could be an option going forward, but they might not do that given Washington Sundar's terrific spell of 1/12 in 4 overs against Mumbai.

Predicted XI: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana/Chris Morris, Adam Zampa, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini

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