IPL 2019, RR vs RCB Match report: Shreyas Gopal spins Rajasthan Royals to maiden win of season; Challengers suffer fourth loss

Gopal claimed three wickets, including that of Virat Kohli (23) and AB de Villiers (13), conceding just 12 runs in his four-quota over to unsettle RCB.

Press Trust of India, Apr 03, 2019 00:11:12 IST

Jaipur: Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal bamboozled the batsmen with his googlies before Jos Buttler struck 59 as Rajasthan Royals finally won their first game of this IPL season with a seven-wicket defeat of Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday.

Gopal claimed three wickets, including that of Virat Kohli (23) and AB de Villiers (13), conceding just 12 runs in his four-quota over to unsettle RCB.

It was opener Parthiv Patel who resisted the Royals attack with aplomb, hitting a belligerent 67 off 41 balls with nine boundaries and six to help his side put 158 for four after being sent in to bat.

Shreyas Gopal finished with bowling figures of 3-12 in 4 overs claiming wickets of Virat Kohli AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetymer

Shreyas Gopal finished with bowling figures of 3-12 in 4 overs claiming wickets of Virat Kohli AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetymer. Sportzpics

Marcus Stoinis (31 not out) too played a key part in shoring up team's total, add 32 quick runs in partnership with Moeen Ali (18).

Buttler led the chase with his confident knock as Royals overhauled the target with one ball to spare, handing RCB their fourth defeat in a row.

RCB, who dropped plenty of catches in this match, are placed at bottom of eight-team table without any points.

Buttler packed a lot of power in his strokes and went on to score his second fifty of the season. He hit eight fours and a six on a wicket which got slower as the game wore on.

Royals were off to a steady if not fiery start with Ajinkya Rahane (22) and Buttler adding 60 runs for the first wicket. Rahane was dropped on 1 by Kohli off Navdeep Saini but the skipper did not utilise on the reprieve as much as he would have liked, getting trapped by Yuzvendra Chahal (2/17).

Buttler and Steve Smith (38) added 44 for the second wicket but Chahal struck again, dismissing the British batsman.

Chahal could have got the Australian as well but Umesh Yadav dropped a sitter near boundary line when Smith on 23.

Smith went on to add 50 runs for the third wicket with Rahul Tripathi (34 not out), who finished the match with a six in the penultimate ball of the match.

Earlier, Playing with a cautious approach, Kohli was happy working the ball around. Parthiv was aggressor of the two. Parhtiv hit three boundaries in Jofra Archer's first over as RCB finished the powerplay overs with 48 runs on the board.

Immediately after that, Gopal was introduced into the attack and he began to trouble the Indian captain with his googlies. Gopal deceived Kohli with one, which went through the gates.

The leg-spinner returned and this time got rid of De Villiers with another wrong one which stopped a bit as the South African hit it straight back to Gopal, who bowled a rare wicket-maiden.

Left-handed Shimron Hetmyer became his third victim when he edged one away-going delivery and Jos Buttler took a sharp catch behind the wicket.

Parthiv was still there but boundaries had dried up. The diminutive left-hander finally lofted one from Ben Stokes for a six over mid-wicket and followed it up with a crushing drive on the off side.

He completed his fifty with a single off Archer, who was smacked for a six by Stoinis soon after. The West Indian dismissed Patel later.

Updated Date: Apr 03, 2019 00:11:12 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
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2
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3
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10 6 4 0 12
4
Hyderabad
9 5 4 0 10
5
Punjab
10 5 5 0 10
6
Kolkata
10 4 6 0 8
7
Rajasthan
9 3 6 0 6
8
Bangalore
10 3 7 0 6
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