Riding on the blistering innings from AB de Villiers and the young Sarfaraz Khan, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) put up a match-winning total of 200 against Rajasthan Royals (RR) before rain played a spoilsport at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, and as a result of that, the match had to be called off. Both teams shared a point each with RR strengthening their second position and RCB rising to third.
After being put into bat, RCB were off to a bad start as they lost both their openers Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli in quick succession courtesy some great bowling from Tim Southee. Mandeep Singh and AB de Villiers steadied the ship with their 74-run partnership before the former got out leg before wicket to Stuart Binny. de Villiers continued to build the innings and brought up his half-century. He scored 57 before a mix-up with wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik led to his run-out.
In a few balls, Karthik also ran himself out as well and that left the 17-year old Sarfaraz Khan as the only recognized batsman left with all-rounder David Wiese at the other end. With just 4 overs to go, the youngster threw his bat at everything that came his way and played some sliced shots that crossed over the ropes and muscled some that landed into the stands.
It was an innings that Sarfaraz would be proud of as he it came against a disciplined Royal attack. While he was walking back, everyone in the RCB dugout appreciated him for his magnificient innings. Skipper Virat Kohli greeted the young sensation with a Namaste gesture and bowed down with a fantastic smile to let him know how much he enjoyed his innings.
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