• Rain stifles AB’s bid to close in on Warner

    Former South African captain AB de Villiers’ opportunity to narrow Australian David Warner’s lead among the 2019 Indian Premier League’s run-scorers was hampered by rain on Tuesday.

    The clash between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru was reduced to five overs per side Рand later washed out entirely.

    The no-result left Rajasthan and Bangalore in seventh and eighth position respectively in the competition’s eight-team standings. While the Royals remain in contention for a berth in the play-offs, the Royal Challengers are out of the running.

    De Villiers currently has 441 runs in 11 innings this IPL season, while Warner boasts 692 in 12. The latter, though, has left the tournament to join Australia’s World Cup preparation.

    De Villiers won’t likely surpass Warner’s tally, but a big innings against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bengaluru on Thursday might yield a climb from seventh to second position among this year’s top IPL run-scorers.

    Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen, Gurkeerat Singh, Marcus Stoinis, Kulwant Khejroliya, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini.

    Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Liam Livingstone, Steven Smith (captain), Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas.


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