Guwahati: Royal Challengers Bangalore dished out a clinical display with both bat and ball to record a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in Dubai on Wednesday, boosting their prospects of a top-two finish. Chasing 150, RCB completed the task with as many as 17 balls to spare.
Star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell blazed away to an unbeaten 50 off just 30 balls, while KS Bharat played sensibly for his 44 off 35 deliveries. RCB needed 71 runs in the back 10 after the RR bowlers checked the flow of runs following the dismissals of Virat Kohli (25) and Devdutt Padikkal (22).
Pacer Harshal Patel (3/34) came close to picking a hat-trick in successive matches, in the final over, but Kartik Tyagi denied him that as RR lost eight wickets for 49 runs.
Samson pulled Garton over deep square leg for a six but RR lost the plot after that, the slide starting with the wicket of Mahipal Lomror off Chahal.