Rajasthan Royals fight back to record 29-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore 

Rajasthan Royals moved to the top of the IPL 2022

Rajasthan Royals (RR) recorded a 29-run victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Tuesday night to go to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 points table at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune, thanks to a fine half-century from their 20-year-old all-rounder Riyan Parag and vital contributions from the experienced Ravichandran Ashwin and the young Kuldeep Sen. 

After being asked to bat first, Rajasthan Royals (RR) finished at 144/8 with the right-handed batsman Riyan Parag scoring 56 not out from 31 balls and Ravichandran Ashwin hitting 17 from 9 balls with 4 fours to push them to a total which proved a challenging one for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, whose batsmen disappointed for the second game in a row. 

RCB were once again bowled out for 115 with Ravichandran Ashwin returning with impressive numbers of 4-0-17-3 while the right-arm fast bowler Prasidh Krishna taking 2/23 from his 4 overs. The pick among the bowlers, however, for Rajasthan Royals was their right-arm fast bowler Kuldeep Sen, who returned with 3.3-0-20-4 to record his best performance in the IPL 2022 competition.

For Royal Challengers Bangalore, their captain Faf du Plessis top scored with 23 from 21 balls with the help of 3 boundaries and a six whereas their former captain Virat Kohli, who has been struggling desperately for runs, could manage only 9 from 10 balls with the help of 2 boundaries.

Rajasthan Royals were in trouble early when they lost their star batsman Jos Buttler for 8 and Devdutt Padikkal for 7, whereas Sanju Samson also could not make a big score despite getting a start, falling for 27 from 21 balls. Playing his first match of the season, New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell made 16 while Riyan Parag to the rescue of the 2008 title winners, scoring 56 not out from 31 balls with 4 sixes and 3 boundaries.

Josh Hazlewood was once again impressive with the ball for RCB, returning with 4-1-19-2 while Mohammed Siraj also took 2/30 from his 4 overs. Wanindu Hasaranga took 2/23 in his spell of impressive spin bowling whereas Harshal Patel was also among wickets, taking 1/33 from his 4 overs. 

Rajasthan Royals could manage only 144/8 from the 20 overs  but in the end it proved to be more than enough against RCB. 

Rajat Patidar made 16 from as many balls but Glenn Maxwell was out for a first ball duck. RCB’s dependable lower order batsmen Shahbaz Ahmed (17) and Dinesh Karthik (6) could manage only 23 between them, and Wanindu Hasaranga tried to provide late resistance with a 13-ball 18 which also included 2 fours. 

Rajasthan Royals will next face the Mumbai Indians on Saturday, April 30 whereas Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to bounce back against Gujarat Titans on the same day in the afternoon match.