Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Highlights today, Wednesday 29-09-2021 – 43rd Match (N), Indian Premier League season 14th from Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Virat Kohli win the toss and will bowl first.
Kohli: “Pitch will remain the same, if we start decently, can get runs. As a batting unit, we’re doing a good job so want to continue that. On the new wicket that we’re playing on, we’ve seen the ball do something in the first innings. Asked guys to be brave, someone like bluffing batters was courageous. Bowlers showed that body language. I’m feeling good, hitting the ball better than I have, am in a good space, sure of what I want to do. It’s about contributing as much as I can, be able to do that at the top of the order. Kyle Jamieson misses out, George Garton debuts.
“Was ready to do both,” Samson says. “As a team, we were down, we had a long team chat yesterday, refreshed the purpose of playing this game. A lot of fans support us, we want to entertain and put a smile back on their face. Kartik Tyagi comes in for Jaydev Unadkat.
IPL 2021 Points Table
Royal Challengers Bangalore team: Kohli, Padikkal, Bharat, Maxwell, de Villiers, Christian, Garton, Shahbaz, Harshal, Chahal, Siraj.
Rajasthan Royals team: Jaiswal, Lewis, Samson, Livingstone, Lomror. Parag, Tewatia, Morris, Tyagi, Sakariya, Mustafizur.
Sanju Samson: We got a great start, couldn’t capitalize. Middle order needs some confidence. We went in with intent, the wicket was two-paced and our batters kept mistiming it. To be honest, it’s been a hard one week for us, we need to put in a fight as a franchise. Happy with the effort and intent with the bowling. We don’t have anything to lose. That kind of mindset brings a lot of freedom, have seen some funny things happen. Need to keep on believing and fighting till the last match.
Glenn Maxwell: We played really well, they got off to a flier but to bring it back in the last 10 was outstanding. I felt good from the moment I’ve come here, got into a nice routine at training, it’s clicking for me nicely as well. I suppose, don’t think RCB is different from any other franchise. Nice to be able to have a bunch of guys doing different things, instead of aligning with just one particular player. KS Bharat is a genuine top-class batter, won’t call him batting at No. 3 as an experiment. It’s working beautifully for us at the moment.
Post match presentation
Virat Kohli: “We have come back strongly in two games back-to-back with the ball. Which is a great sign. We know if you can hold your nerve with the ball you’re going in the right direction. In both games, the opponents were 56/0 in the powerplay, but in both games, we took wickets to ensure the opposition does not get away. We knew that with the kind of bowling attack we have, things can open up when we take wickets. As batters you can’t take too many risks when you’re searching for two points too, so we went to look for mistakes from their batters. Lewis hit a few sixes and it was courageous from Garton and the others.
We’ve got the rewards because we’ve been fearless and confident in the moments that the game can go either way. A couple of important things are clicking: middle-overs bowling is one. If you take wickets you can change the game. And batting also, we’ve got a few good opening starts. Devdutt and I have focused on giving the team a good start so that the middle-order with AB, Bharat, and Maxwell can make more. Boys have stepped up, so that’s been key for us. The break was tough as you saw initially. We were blown away in game 1. That defeat gave us confidence though. In the second game we were not quite there either, left 25-30 out there with the bat. But last two games we are going in the right direction. Slowly but surely we are getting in the groove.”
Player of the Match Yuzvendra Chahal for his 2/18: ” (On starting spell late) Two left-handers were batting, so Virat said let’s go with the medium pacer. He told me I will come when Lewis gets out, but I came on since Lewis was still going well. (Bowling style) I wanted them to play over covers since it’s wider there. Wanted to also blow slower. In the first half of IPL, I didn’t bowl well in 3-4 games. Then I spoke to players and family on what I’m doing wrong. And then I regained confidence in Sri Lanka. Confidence is key in bowling, so I am using that here.”