RCB winning off last ball in run chases

There have been two instances of Royal Challengers Bangalore pulling off a chase on the last ball in the IPL.

The first such moment arrived in IPL 2012 when Royal Challengers Bangalore were part of the 21st match of the IPL against the now-defunct Pune Warriors India.

Robin Uthappa opened the batting for Pune Warriors alongside Jesse Ryder and the two had a brilliant partnership. The openers added 63 runs from 7 overs with Ryder the first man to be dismissed on 34 off 22 deliveries. Uthappa went on to smash 69 runs off 45 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes, batting at a strike rate of over 150.

Marlon Samuels also made a crucial contribution in the middle order with 34 off 20 balls at a strike rate of 170. Vinay Kumar was the best bowler for Royal Challengers Bangalore and picked up two wickets while conceding 34 runs from his four overs.

In reply, Royal Challengers Bangalore did not get off to a good start and lost opener TilakratneDilshan in the third over of the match to Ashok Dinda. Mayank Agrawal and ViratKohli also departed soon after but it was Chris Gayle who kept RCB in the game, scoring 81 off just 48 deliveries at a strike rate of 168.75.

Saurabh Tiwary and AB de Villiers scored rapid 30s to finish the job for RCB on the very last ball of the match as the team registered a thrilling 6 wicket victory.

The next instance of RCB winning in the IPL on the last ball of the match came recently in the season opener of IPL 2021 between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Mumbai batted first and made a par total of 159 on the back of a 35-ball 49 from Chris Lynn and a 23-ball 31 from Suryakumar Yadav.

Harshal Patel was RCB’s best bowler and bagged a five wicket while conceding 27 runs from his four overs. RCB were well on track with a brilliant partnership between Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers but a few quick wickets put RCB in a spot of bother.

However, it was a masterful run chase from de Villiers – he was finally dismissed for 48 off 27 balls in the last over – that helped RCB get over the line and win by two wickets on the final ball of the match.

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