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Recent Match Report – Royals vs RCB 16th Match 2021

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Kane Richardson replaced Rajat Patidar for the Royal Challengers, while Shreyas Gopal came in for Jaydev Unadkat for the Royals

Royal Challengers Bangalore chose to bowl vs Rajasthan Royals

“I’m not used to winning tosses”. It has gotten so bad that even when Virat Kohli wins one, he doesn’t believe it. At the Wankhede Stadium against the Rajasthan Royals, he had to be prodded by Ian Bishop before he managed a wry smile and a bold claim. “We’re going to bowl. We believe we can chase anything.”

The Royal Challengers Bangalore have played – and won – all of their three matches on a ground that shouldn’t have suited their style; but this one does and Kohli knows it. “It’s very exciting for me as a batsman,” he said, standing in the middle of one of India’s highest scoring venues. As captain though, he knew he needed more bowling cover here than in Chennai. So he dropped Rajat Patidar from the last game to bring in seamer Kane Richardson.

The Rajasthan Royals made one change as well, bringing in legspinner Shreyas Gopal for left-arm fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat presumably to exploit the head-to-head he has against Kohli (three dismissals in T20s) and AB de Villiers (four dismissals in T20s).

Rajasthan Royals: 1 Jos Buttler, 2 Manan Vohra, 3 Sanju Samson (capt & wk), 4 Shivam Dube, 5 David Miller, 6 Riyan Parag, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Shreyas Gopal, 10 Chetan Sakariya, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1 Virat Kohli (capt), 2 Devdutt Padikkal, 3 Shahbaz Ahmed, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 AB de Villiers (wk), 6 Kyle Jamieson, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Harshal Patel, 9 Kane Richardson, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo



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ENG Women vs IND Women 2021 Rajeshwari Gayakwad recovering from Covid-19 left out of India squads for England tour

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ESPNcricinfo understands Gayakwad tested positive last month and is currently recovering in Bengaluru

Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad has been left out the India Women’s squads for the tour of England because of an injury she is understood to have been carrying during the home series against South Africa earlier this year and also because she is currently recovering from Covid-19.

ESPNcricinfo understands Gayakwad, who played just two matches for the Railways in the Women’s Senior One Day Trophy 2020-21 after the South Africa series, tested positive for Covid-19 last month and is currently recovering in Bengaluru. In the domestic tournament, she had walked off the field in the semi-final against Bengal without finishing her quota of overs. She did not play the final against Jharkhand on April 4.

No official announcement was made during or after the South Africa series about Gayakwad carrying the injury. The squad announcement for the England tour did not contain any information concerning Gayakwad’s exclusion either.



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Recent Match Report – Middlesex vs Hampshire Group 2 2021

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Hampshire 131 for 7 (Vince 62, Bamber 3-41, Murtagh 2-16) trail Middlesex 172 (Gubbins 51, Abbott 6-44) by 41 runs

With three wickets on the first evening, Kyle Abbott felt he’d found his rhythm for the first time this season. By halfway through the second day, he’d slayed his gig at Lord’s with a haul of six to bowl Middlesex out for just 172.

But then the Middlesex bowlers got in on the act and ripped that to shreds as Hampshire, who slumped to 9 for 3 at one stage, closed at 131 for 7 in reply on a day when 13 wickets fell in total.

James Vince‘s fighting half-century, which included a partnership worth 54 with Keith Barker, kept Hampshire in the contest, just.

At the close, Barker, who scored an unbeaten 52 in a losing cause against Somerset last week, was not out on 23 with Abbott yet to score after Ethan Bamber and Tim Murtagh had claimed five wickets between them to dig Middlesex out of a hole.

Bamber had impact from the outset, bowling Ian Holland for a duck with a gem that angled in slightly and crashed into off-stump.

He then had Joe Weatherley out edging to Martin Andersson at third slip and, next ball, Murtagh dismissed Tom Alsop lbw to put Hampshire in terrible trouble inside seven overs.

It looked like it would come down to the experienced duo of Sam Northeast and Vince, their captain, to steady the visitors but when James Harris trapped Northeast clearly lbw, they were seriously struggling.

Vince and Liam Dawson returned from tea with their side 47 for 4 but they were unable to form the big partnership that was so desperately needed, with Dawson caught by a leaping first slip Robbie White as Murtagh claimed his second wicket.

With Lewis McManus going cheaply and unarguably lbw to Bamber, Vince continued to build a tenacious innings with Barker in support. But then 19-year-old Blake Cullen tempted Vince into a missed drive and pegged back his off-stump with a fuller ball that nipped back a little to end his knock on 62.

“It was a hard day for batting, it felt really tough out there,” Vince said. “It got a little bit easier as the ball got softer but there was always something happening. The ball is taking some divots out where there is still grass on the pitch.

“I think I used every part of the bat out there with some of them even coming off the back. I rode my luck a bit and tried to strike a balance between trying to hang in there until the ball got a bit softer but trying to score runs as well.”



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Shikha Pandey and Taniya Bhatia return, Shafali Verma gets maiden ODI, Test call-ups

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Also in the squad is the uncapped Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batter Indrani Roy



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