IPL 2019

IPL 2019: Match 49 – Rain Knocks Out Hosts, RR Still Hopeful

IPL 2019: Match 49 - Rain Knocks Out Hosts, RR Still Hopeful


Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) proved to be a thriller as the match was reduced to 5 overs a side due to rain. The two bottom-ranked teams battled it out at Bengaluru for crucial points, especially for the away side.

Match Report

In Battle Royal, Rajasthan won the toss and asked RCB to bat first. Shorter matches are more fun as they provide high-octane entertainment while producing results. A no result at this stage of the league was a shame for a team like RR who entered into the contest eyeing 2 points for improved chances of making it to playoffs.

1st Innings: Virat Kohli Plays a Blinder

A reduced game meant a shuffle of the batting order for the home team as they opted to open with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. RCB captain, Virat Kohli came out to bat and the first two balls read 6, 6. Kohli and AB smashed 23 off the first over from pacer Varun Aaron.

Next came Shreyas Gopal as Kohli faced; 6, 4, 2.

Gopal Bags Hattrick

Shreyas Gopal has earned a reputation for dismissing big names this season. He was at it yet again as he removed Kohli, de Villiers and Stoinis – the best trio of hitters for RCB – in successive balls to dent the dazzling start provided by openers.

Bowlers Pull it Back

After a destructive start, the away team’s bowlers tightened the screws to curb the flow of runs. RCB were 35/3 at the end of 2 overs.

The next over from Riyan Parag yielded 10 runs and 1 wicket. Jaydev Unadkat conceded 9 runs and claimed 1 wicket. Oshane Thomas bowled the last over, giving away only 8 runs while bagging 2 wickets as RCB managed 62/7 in their 5 overs.

2nd Innings: Samson-Livingstone Strike Big Blows

Ajinkya Rahane was not the preferred choice as an opener for Rajasthan as the away side opted to open with Sanju Samson and Liam Livingstone.

Both Samson and Livingstone started off the first two overs in great fashion with a four and a six each, however, they failed to finish the first two overs on a high.

The third over from Khejroliya proved to be a nightmare for the hosts as he gave away 18 runs, bringing the required runs to 23 from 12.

Chahal Breaks the Partnership

Yuzvendra Chahal removed Sanju Samson on his second ball to make things interesting in the middle.

Rain Wins the Match

RCB have officially been knocked out of the tournament as it started drizzling yet again at Bengaluru. The match was called off as both teams earned one point each.

Moment of the Match

A triple strike by Shreyas Gopal to remove Kohli, AB and Stoinis dented RCB’s innings real hard.

Man of the Match

The match did not yield a result.

Up Next

The next match is scheduled between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals, the top two teams.

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