Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers batted Royal Challengers Bangalore out of trouble to post 190 after being reduced to 40-3 inside nine overs. Virat Kohli decided to bat first after calling the right side of coin and promoted himself to open the innings with Chris Gayle. Kohli (4) looked in hurry and soon perished when an outside edge from his bat flew to Rajat Bhatia at third man who took a simple catch. Gayle and Vijay Zol then looked to rebuild the innings as both batsmen were not afraid of playing shots.
Once spinners Pravin Tambe and Rahul Tewatia were brought in to attack Gayle (19) found it tough to play shots, his struggle ended when he slashed hard at wide ball from Tambe only to find an outside edge. Two balls later Tewatia had Zol (16) caught at first slip and RCB flunked to 40-3.
RCB top order once again imploded and it looked like team will fail to put up a big score but Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers had some other ideas. The duo especially Yuvraj Singh was on the move right from the beginning and kept playing stokes throughout their 132 run stand for the 4th wicket.
Yuvraj brought up his seventh IPL fifty and continued his good show. On the other end de Villiers too joined in and hammered Royals
bowlers. Yuvraj lost his wicket in 19th over when he was given lbw off Richardson. He scored 83 off 38 balls hitting seven 4s and equal
number of sixes.
AB de Villiers too brought his 13th IPL fifty in style as he clobbered bowlers out of the park, he fell in last over to James Faulkner for
well-made 58 off 32 balls. AB hit a four and five 6s. Courtesy Yuvraj-AB stand RCB finished on 190-5. Kane Richardson (2-43) was expensive in his four overs so was James Faulkner (1-42). Tambe (1-38) and Tewatia (1-17) picked one wicket apiece.
Power Play: 31-1
RCB: Parthiv Patel(w), Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Zol, AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, Varun Aaron,
Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashok Dinda.
RR: Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson(w), Shane Watson(c), Stuart Binny, Steven Smith, Rajat Bhatia, James Faulkner, Kane
Richardson, Pravin Tambe, Rahul Tewatia.