Royals stay alive; RCB knocked out

Rajasthan Royals have kept their playoffs hopes alive after a dominant 30-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in match No.53 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. They have moved to fourth place.

Royals stay alive; RCB knocked out

Royals elected to bat first in the do-or-die contest. They brought Heinrich Klaasen and Ben Laughlin to replace English duo Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, who left IPL for national duty.

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RR made fast bowler Jofra Archer open with Rahul Tripathi. Archer-experiment didn’t work at all as he was sent back for four-ball duck. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane hung in with Tripathi. They pair added 99 runs for the second-wicket. Tripathi reached his fifty in 38 balls.

Umesh Yadav brought RCB back in the game with back-to-back wickets of Rahane and Sanju Samson. Rahane made a steady 33 while Samson got a golden duck. Heinrich Klaasen was given lbw on his second ball off Yadav but DRS saved him.

Klaasen made a handy 21-ball 32 including 3 fours and 1 sixes and Krishnappa Gowtham hitting 14 off 5 supported Tripathi, who top-scored with unbeaten 80 runs from 58 deliveries comprising 5 fours and 3 sixes. Rajasthan put 164/5 on board. Yadav picked 3/25.

In reply, Bangalore lost their captain Virat Kohli for 4 to Gowtham. It was his eighth dismissal to a spinner this season. AB de Villiers and Parthiv Patel accelerated to a 55-run stand.

Then Shreyas Gopal came in sent back Patel and Moeen Ali in one over. Patel scored 33 off 21 with 3 fours and 2 sixes. Gopal dismissed Mandeep Singh in the next over to put RCB in trouble.

Meanwhile de Villiers brought up his sixth half-century of this season in 31 balls. Colin de Grandhomme was required to fire but he too fell to a leg-spinner, Ish Sodhi. There was further trouble for RCB as the big fish de Villiers was stumped off Gopal. AB made 35-ball 53 hitting 7 boundaries.

RCB were bundled out for 134 runs in 19.2 overs. Gopal bowled a match-winning spell of 4/16. Ben Laughlin and Jaydev Unadkat took two wickets each.

Watch De villiers’s innings here-


Brief scores:

Rajasthan Royals 164/5 in 20 overs (Tripathi 80*, Rahane 33, Klaasen 32; Umesh 3/25)

Royal Challengers Bangalore 134 allout in 19.2 overs (de Villiers 53, P Patel 33; Gopal 4/16, Laughlin 2/15)

Rajasthan Royals won by 30 runs

Man of the Match: Shreyas Gopal


-Ruffin, Correspondent,

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