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Royal Challengers Bangalore crash out of IPL 2018


Rajasthan Royals (164-5) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (134-10) by 30 runs owing to a 80-run knock from Rahul Tripathi and a 4-fer from Shreyas Gopal to still stand a chance of making it to the playoffs.

RCB had to win this fixture against RR to harbor hopes of qualifying to the next round. If they had beaten RR within 15.5 overs, they would have edged MI with the Net run rate, but destiny had other plans.

Batting first on a slow pitch at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, RR who were playing with a depleted side in the absence of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes decided to experiment with their batting line up.

They sent quick bowling all-rounder Jofra Archer to open the batting along with Rahul Tripathi (80, 58b). However, the move did not work well as Archer was dismissed for a duck by pacer Umesh Yadav. Rahul Tripathi then stitched a valuable 99-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (33, 31b) to give RR a solid platform.

With some fireworks from off spinning all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham (14,5b) and South African keeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen (32,21b), Rajasthan reached 164 for 5, which was a good total given the tough pitch.

RBC’s chase felt a jolt as soon it started, as opener Virat Kohli (4) was bowled through the gap between bat and pad by Krishnappa Gowtham (2-6-1). It was then a 55-run partnership between Parthiv Patel (33) and AB de Villiers (53,35b) which calmed things down.

However, once Parthiv and subsequently AB were dismissed by leg spinner Shreyas Gopal (4-16-4, MoM), no batsman could hold the RCB batting line up together.

 Bangalore bundled up at 134 as RR clinched the match by 30 runs to stay alive in the tournament.

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