Match – 14 RCB VS RR : Winless RCB & RR lock horns against each other for opening account in this year’s IPL!

TOSS : Rajasthan Royals opt to bowl first

Match stats:

#1 – Virat Kohli will be leading RCB for the 100th time. Among the eight captains to lead in 50+ matches in IPL, Kohli’s win % of 45.45 is the poorest.

#2 – Jofra Archer has an ER of 6.33 in the first three games while the rest of RR pacers cumulatively concede at 11.26 per over.

Skipper Virat Kohli & Parthiv Patel comes to the crease

Is it a Safe start? – RCB 20/0 in 3 overs

End of PowerPlay – RCB 48/0 in 6 overs

Both men are playing quite nice here as compared to the collapse in the last game.

Shreyas Gopal shatters RCB skippers’ stumps

Gopal bowls back-to-back googlies and Virat fail to pick them both, he gets away with the first one but second one rattles the middle and leg stump. Virat goes. ABD comes in.

4 1 4 2 1 4 – welcome back to the IPL 2019

Straight away runs off Varun Aaron

Shreyas Gopal’s googly does the trick again! ABD departs!

ABD was playing so well here, but tries to do something extraordinary and gets struck bat to bowler where Gopal takes a low catch.

Shreyas Gopal vs AB de Villiers:

3 innings

27 balls

21 runs

3 dismissals

Gopal is on a roll here!

Shimron Hetmyer has also gone to the googly. He was staying back and trying to probably read the turn off the pitch. He ended up feathering the ball to the keeper. Not the best situation for Marcus Stoinis to make his RCB debut in, but what choice does he have? RCB are down to 74/3 in 10.1 overs.

50 off just 29-ball for Parthiv Patel

Not for the first time, the left-hander is trying to do it all by himself. The top-order stalwarts have been sent packing but Parthiv has been unaffected. Gets his 12th IPL half-century.

Parthiv Patel goes!

The fight comes to an end, at a 41-ball 67. He’s done so well in a game where no other RCB batsman has managed even half the amount of control. He goes trying to score another boundary, caught in the deep off Jofra Archer.

Shreyas Gopal finishes off with figures of 4-16-12-3

Delighted for Shreyas Gopal. In a match that featured Virat ABD Butler Stokes Archer, Gopal walks away with the player of the match award. Superb confidence boost for the young man. And what a spell it was. Could have got 4.


11:57 PM – Apr 2, 2019

RCB 132/4 in 18 overs

Death-overs spell improvement for Royals

RR have gone from conceding 24 and 8 in the 18th and 19th overs in the previous game to 8 and 9 in this one.

RCB end with 158/4

Not the best outing for the Jofra Archer, as he finishes with none 1 for 47 – 17 of which came in the final over of the innings. Moeen Ali’s 9-ball 18 cameo and Marcus Stoinis’s steadying-the-ship 31 off 28 has actually pushed RCB closer to a competitive total. Since the dew has already started to set it, RCB are probably still about 15-20 runs short.


RAJASATHAN ROYALS needs 159 off 120 balls

Kohli DROPS Rahane!

Not the start RCB wanted. Rahane nicks Navdeep Saini but Virat Kohli’s jump is not very well timed while trying take it. He ends up spilling the catch.

No spinner in but Mohammad Siraj gives away just a single in his over. Yet, Rajasthan Royals have 46 for 0 in 5 overs.

RR fly off the blocks…

End of the powerplay – RR 55/0 after 6 overs

RCB bowling Powerplay

v CSK 16-1

v MI 52-0

v SRH 59-0

v RR 55-0

Yayy Chahal strikes!

Spin comes on and there’s a wicket straightaway. Kohli and RCB could’ve been better served getting this before the partnership blossomed. Anyway, they’ve got the wicket now as Rahane didn’t pick the googly. He rocked back inside the crease in the hope to cut a length-ish ball away but Chahal had unfurled a googly that turned in and struck the pad in line. Rahane considered reviewing it but decided against – and wisely so. RR 60/1

RR cruising towards victory

10 overs are up and RR already have more than half of their target in their kitty (80/1). It’s only just about more than half, but that’s enough for now as a base.

Jos Buttler gets another half-century…

The Englishman is on fire at the moment. You know what this means, don’t you? Bowlers need to start observing his movements….at the non-striker’s end.

Chahal strikes again…

It’s taken a teasing delivery tossed up outside the off-stump to get the Englishman to miscue a big him. He goes back for a 43-ball 59. Can RCB do a KXIP and sneak back in very late in dramatic fashion?

RR 125/2 in 16 overs – Need 34 off 24 balls

Chahal’s four overs are done with figures of 2 for 17. He’s conceded just two runs in his final over RCB’s headaches begin now. Who bowls the last four overs with only 34 to get. Siraj has the ball for the 17th over…can he spark a late, late comeback?

RR 147/2 in 17 overs – Need 18 off 18 balls

Steve Smith falls off the last ball of the 19th over, for a 31-ball 38. And now the Stokes-Tripathi combo needs to get five off the last six balls. Surely this game is already done?

Equation says RR Need 5 off 6 balls

RCB remain winless

That’s four losses in a raw for the Bangalore franchise as Rahul Tripathi quashes any hopes of a Super Over when RR needed 1 off the last two balls with a pull shot that soared for a six. RR have picked their first two points and RCB are left pinged to the bottom of the table. Next up for them? A home game against the Andre Russell-fuelled RCB – good luck to that bowling attack! Two days later, Rajasthan Royals will host KKR.

Most matches as captain in IPL (Win %):

162 MS Dhoni (59.88)

129 G Gambhir (55.04)

100 V KOHLI (45.45) *

92 Rohit Sharma (57.61)

74 A Gilchrist (47.30)


Man of the match:Shreyas Gopal for his spell – 4-1-12-3

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