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Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets

MOM: Shreyas Gopal

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  • We're done with this one. A contrast in fortunes and the moods tonight in both camps. While Rajasthan grab their first win of the season, Bangalore are still in search of theirs. Virat Kohli and his men would like to turn things around quickly. Moving on, the next game takes place on Wednesday, at 2000 local (1430 GMT), as Mumbai take on Chennai at the Wankhede Stadium. You don't want to miss that one. See you, folks!
  • Shreyas Gopal is the Man of the Match. He says that he is lucky and happy to get those big wickets. Once again iterates that he is fortunate to have got the wickets of Kohli and de Villiers. Reckons that the pressure was exerted by the bowlers before him and he got lucky as he picked those wickets. Mentions that the execution of the plans was done well on their side. Informs us that he is not the best person to ask about the leg spinners doing well and thinks that it is all about bowling to your plans.
  • Ajinkya Rahane, the Rajasthan skipper, thought that the pitch would be a 150-160 one right from the beginning and expected the dew to come in. Reserves extreme praise for his spinners, especially Shreyas Gopal. He mentions that the plan was to bowl well upfront and that Gowtham did well on that aspect. He informs that the relief of getting off the mark is immense. Signs off by saying that it was a wonderful team effort and hopes it will continue in the games to come as well.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal, the leading wicket-taker in the tournament this season, feels good about getting the award for the same but is disappointed about losing the game. He reckons that leg spinners do well because they have a lot of variations and even though they go for runs, they get a lot of wickets. He informs us that despite it being the fourth loss in a row, there is no point being negative because it won't help the cause.
  • Virat Kohli, the Bangalore skipper, feels that today's performance was more competitive but they were 15-20 runs short. He reckons that those extra runs would have played a vital part even with the dew around. Also feels that they cannot afford to drop so many chances in such kind of a game. On this being the fourth loss in a row, he says that these kind of things look bad when they happen and that they'd have liked at least a win if not two out of the four games played so far. He states that they would still like to believe and hope to get on a roll with ten games left. He does take some positives out of this game and deducts that his side played decent cricket tonight as well as against Mumbai. Hints that the tournament is not a very long one like everyone thinks it to be and to get the combination right is not too easy by just chopping and changing. He signs off by saying that turning around things will happen over time but what is in their hands is to field the best possible eleven and try to put their best performance ahead.
  • Bangalore needed wickets. At the start, in the middle and towards the end, but it didn't come when they wanted. The dew didn't help their cause, along with the decent total, but they still could have been in with a chance had they taken their chances towards the fag end of the game. 2 or 3 good chances went down, that too of key batsmen, which could have maybe changed the outcome. Something doesn't end up clicking for Bangalore, which becomes their downfall. Earlier in the evening, Parthiv's fifty, along with Stoinis and Ali's late hitting, saw the visitors post 158 on the board. It eventually wasn't enough for them to bag their first points of the season.
  • First win of the season for the team in pink. The fact that it's come in front of their home crowd will please them more and give them some much-needed confidence for the campaign. They were right on top from the moment this chase began. Buttler and Rahane took their side off to a flier and from that point on, it was smooth sailing as they pretty much set the tone for the rest to come. Buttler went on to score his fifty. After his departure, Smith and Tripathi sealed the deal, with the latter scoring the winning runs and remaining unbeaten.
  • 19.5UYadav to RTripathi

    6
    SIX! What a way to finish things off! Tripathi doesn't let it go into the Super Over and calmly gets his side over the line. Short ball and it's pulled with absolute control, flat over the mid-wicket fence. RAJASTHAN WIN BY 7 WICKETS!
  • 19.4UYadav to BenStokes

    1
    Scores are level now! We could have a Super Over if Umesh can hold his nerve somehow. Good save from the man at point on this occasion. Stokes cuts it square where the fielder dives to his right and stops a certain boundary.
  • 19.3UYadav to BenStokes

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    Back of a length on middle, Stokes works it in front of short mid-wicket.
  • 19.2UYadav to RTripathi

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    Hurries the batsman with this shorter length ball. Tripathi looks to pull but it goes off the gloves towards fine leg for a single.
  • 19.1UYadav to RTripathi

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    Angling back into the batsman, Tripathi hits it through mid-wicket for a double.
  • Ben Stokes walks in next. Meanwhile, it is Umesh Yadav to bowl the final over. 5 needed off 6 balls now.
  • 18.6MSiraj to SSmith

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    OUT! Taken this time. Umesh Yadav the man to gobble it up. Virat Kohli applauds that. Smith backs away to this fuller length ball and looks to clear long on. Can hit it only as far as the fielder who takes it well this time. A wicket finally comes, but maybe a little too late.
  • 18.5MSiraj to RTripathi

    1
    Another DROPPED OPPORTUNITY! This time it's Moeen Ali who can't hold on. Virat Kohli is living watching this. Tripathi pulls it over square leg and Ali out in the deep runs to his right. He slips while running and that's why the ball slips through his palms. One run to the total.
  • 18.4MSiraj to SSmith

    1
    Has that carried? Seems like it has. Yes, it has. It's a DROPPED CHANCE! Substitute Pawan Negi makes a good effort, but he should have caught it. Steven Smith mistimes his pull shot towards mid-wicket. Negi there runs in, dives, gets his fingers under it but can't hold on. Single taken.
  • 18.3MSiraj to SSmith

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    Short and banged in outside off, Steven wildly throws his bat at it and mistimes the slap to the left of the bowler. Dot ball. 7 needed off 9 now.
  • 18.2MSiraj to RTripathi

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    A short delivery which has been pulled away. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 18.1MSiraj to SSmith

    1
    Shortish delivery angling into the body, pulled to deep square leg for a run.
  • 17.7NSaini to RTripathi

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    Rahul skips down the track and takes it on the full. Gets it off the inner half back towards the bowler.
  • 17.6NSaini to RTripathi

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    Chance of a run out! Just not Bangalore's night, it seems. Tripathi plays it to de Villiers at short mid-wicket. Smith takes off, but then turns back. AB misses his shy at the bowler's end. Smith wasn't even in the frame.
  • 17.5NSaini to RTripathi

    4
    FOUR! Once again, the execution from Tripathi is spot on. A full toss around off, the batsman backs away and slices it behind point. Third man tries to cut it off by moving to his right but can't stop it.
  • 17.4NSaini to RTripathi

    WD
    Wide! Bumper but it's angled down the leg side, the umpire signals it as a wide.
  • 17.3NSaini to SSmith

    1
    Takes the pull shot on and gets away with it. Short ball which rises quickly, Smith pulls and it goes off the top edge. The ball falls safely in the square leg area and the batsmen take a single.
  • 17.2NSaini to SSmith

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    Smith goes leg side as well. Slogs this through mid-wicket and comes back for the second.
  • 17.1NSaini to RTripathi

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    Tripathi slogs this, off the inner half and places it through towards wide long on. One run collected.
  • Navdeep Saini returns to the attack.
  • 16.7MSiraj to SSmith

    6
    SIX! Take that, Mohammed Siraj! Steven Smith with an immaculate hit. This is full again, right in the slot, Smith swings across the line and nails the slog. Clears the mid-wicket boundary with ease for a maximum. 18 runs needed in 18 balls now.
  • 16.6MSiraj to SSmith

    2
    Full and wide again, outside off, it's driven square through the off side for a double.
  • 16.5MSiraj to SSmith

    WD
    Wide! Darted full, well outside off, Smith tries to reach out and hit it away but fails to do so. It goes from the other side of the tramline and that's a wide.
  • 16.4MSiraj to RTripathi

    1
    Cutting back in on middle and leg, it's turned through backward square leg for one run.
  • 16.3MSiraj to RTripathi

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    Banged in short, just outside off, the batsman doesn't bother himself with it.
  • 16.2MSiraj to RTripathi

    2
    It's in the air but short of the fielder. Well done, Stoinis, for stopping that though. Length ball around off, Tripathi mistimes it off the outer half over point. Marcus runs in from the deep and stops it from going past him. Two runs taken.
  • 16.1MSiraj to RTripathi

    4
    FOUR! Clean as you like. What a hit. So much control. Full and wide outside off, Tripathi makes sweet connection as he smashes it over covers. Nobody out there in the deep, it's a boundary.
  • Mohammed Siraj is called back on to bowl.
  • 15.6YChahal to RTripathi

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    Sweeps this down towards the man at fine leg for a single.
  • 15.5YChahal to RTripathi

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    Just short. Behind a driving length, some flight on it, Tripathi steps out, unable to get to the pitch. Chips it back, but it falls short of Chahal.
  • 15.4YChahal to SSmith

    1
    Smith leans ahead to this full ball and eases it to long off. Single to the total.
  • 15.3YChahal to RTripathi

    1
    Works this against the spin square on the leg side and takes one.
  • 15.2YChahal to RTripathi

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    Stays right behind the line of this one and keeps it out.
  • 15.1YChahal to StevenSmith

    1
    DROPPED! Is that the game-changing moment? It has to be, doesn't it? Unbelievable. The simplest of catches, really. Tossed up leg break around off, spins away, Smith opens his body up and goes inside out. What should have been a straightforward catch to Umesh Yadav at sweeper cover, ends up becoming a missed chance. The batsmen take one. Virat Kohli is not a happy camper. No, sir.
  • Strategic break. Rajasthan on course to win this game. Just need 38 to win in 30 balls, with 8 wickets in hand. Unless there is a massive collapse, this game is theirs to win. Also, Yuzvendra Chahal is back on.
  • 14.6MStoinis to SSmith

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    Full and straight from the bowler, Smith flicks it in front of square leg for a run.
  • 14.5MStoinis to SSmith

    2
    Keeps a little low as it skids off the deck. Smith drags this length ball around off with a pull and places it over mid-wicket. Big gap out there, so the batsmen are able to come back for the second.
  • 14.4MStoinis to RTripathi

    1
    Tripathi does the same. With an open bat face he guides it behind point, towards third man, and crosses over.

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