Virat Kohli’s team Royal Challengers Bangalore has put up a great show in the IPL today on how to keep the target small by keeping the opponent at bay. While the Rajasthan Royals looked set to score 180-200, Bangalore were bowled out for just 149. After that Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten 50 and Srikar India’s 44 runs surpassed the target with 8 wickets and 18 balls in hand.
Kohli’s hopes of playing in the IPL play-offs are even brighter with this great win. With 14 points in 11 matches, they have risen to number 3 in the points list. On the other hand, it has become very difficult for Kohli to play in the play-offs at this rate for Mostafizur Rahman’s team Rajasthan Royals. Mostafizra is at number 7 in the list of 6 teams in IPL, they have only 6 points in 11 matches.
The top four teams will advance to the play-offs, with the Kolkata Knight Riders at number 4 having 10 points in 11 matches. Mumbai Indians at number 5 also have the same score as Kolkata in 811 matches. Despite winning the remaining three matches in the group stage, it is not certain that Mostafiz will play in the play-offs. Their fate hung in the balance with the win-loss equation of others. Mostafiz did absolutely nothing bad today. The left-arm fast bowler of Bangladesh could not fix the line-length in his first over. Despite scoring 12 runs in that over, Mostafiz ended the match with 2 wickets for 20 runs in 3 overs. No other Rajasthan bowler got a wicket. Chris Morris and Karthik Tyagi have basically drowned Rajasthan with the ball. Morris gave 50 runs in 4 overs, Tyagi 23 in 2 overs. Rajasthan skipper Sanju Samson bowled the first four overs with four different bowlers as part of a plan to keep Virat Kohli and Devdut Parikkal out of the opening innings for Bangalore. Mostafiz came to bowl in the fourth over. Parikkal was on strike with six balls. Mostafiz didn’t seem to understand at the beginning how to bowl a left-handed Indian batsman. Parikkal, who took two runs in the first ball, hit four in the third and fifth balls and two more runs in the sixth ball.
But Mostafiz took revenge in the fifth and second overs of the innings. This time too the strike was over, no run was scored in the first ball. Mostafiz bowled the second ball to Parikkal. Bangalore’s opening partnership was broken by 48 runs. Parikkal made 22 runs off 16 balls. In that over, India and Kohli took 6 more runs. Kohli, who took 3 runs in the sixth ball, was defeated by Mostafiz with a great delivery in the previous ball.
Mostafiz was then bowled in the 18th over, but by then the match was almost out of Rajasthan’s hands. At that time Bangalore needed only 26 runs from 30 balls with 8 wickets in hand. At the crease, Maxwell, who was batting with 42 off 32 balls, made 26 off 21 balls. Mostafiz’s first five balls came in four singles with four runs. Mostafiz returned to India with the last ball, India returned with a catch in the fine leg. He has scored 44 runs from 50 balls But Mostafiz put some pressure on him, but in the next over, all the pressure was blown away by Morris’ ball at Maxwell’s bat. Maxwell hit six off the first ball, then three more fours in that over.