Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) got the much-needed breakthrough against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Tuesday courtesy of a well-judged catch from the 33-year-old Virat Kohli.
Devdutt Padikkal and Jos Buttler had built a steady partnership and were looking to take the game away when Harshal Patel was brought in to do what he does best – take wickets.
The threatening 70-run partnership was broken by Harshal’s traditional slower ball. Padikkal failed to read it off the hands and was through his shot early, only managing a top-edge that flew high into the night sky.
Kohli trundled backward slowly before grabbing the ball and taking a tumble. The third umpire checked if Kohli was in complete control of the ball which caused a delay but it was confirmed via replays that it was a clean catch.
Earlier, RCB won the toss and opted to bowl going in line with the trend at the Wankhede where dew sets in and the defending team finds it tough to grip the ball. Both teams opted to field the same playing XI.
RR playing XI:
Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal.
RCB playing XI:
Faf du Plessis, Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj.