Highlights, IPL 2019, RR vs RCB Match 14: Jos Buttler and Steve Smith made sure Shreyas Gopal’s valiant effort with the ball did not go in vain, as Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by seven wickets in their IPL game at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Tuesday. Leg-spinner Gopal (3/12) snared three wickets in his three overs to reduce RCB to 73/3 from a steady 49/0 and they could only manage 158/4 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first. Chasing a modest 159 for victory, Buttler (59; 43b; 8×4 1×6) made the most of a reprieve when he was dropped on 7 by RCB skipper Virat Kohli in the second over to bring up his seventh fifty in the last ten IPL games while Smith — dropped thrice — scored a 31-ball 38 before finally holing out to Umesh Yadav at long on off Mohammed Siraj. Yuzvendra Chahal (2/17) was the pick of the bowlers for RCB as he got the wickets of Royals’ captain Ajinkya Rahane (22) and Buttler but it was too little too late as Rahul Tripathi (34 off 23 not out) hit a six off the penultimate ball of the innings to take his team home. (SCORECARD)
HIGHLIGHTS, RR vs RCB MATCH 14 in JAIPUR
23.28 IST: 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 Royals (164/3) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (158/4) by 7 wickets in Jaipur. Buttler 59, Smith 38, Chahal 2/17
23.24 IST: OUT! Siraj removes Steve Smith for 38. 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. RR 154/2 in 19 overs, need 5 runs to win vs RCB (158/4)
23.18 IST: 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. Rajasthan Royals 150/2 in 174 overs, need 9 runs to win vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (158/4)
23.12 IST: 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. Rajasthan 141/2 in 17 overs, need 18 to win vs Bangalore (158/4)
23.08 IST: FOUR! Clean as you like. What a hit. 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. RR 130/2 in 16.1 overs, need 29 runs to win vs RCB (158/4)
23.03 IST: 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.
22.57 IST: FOUR! Tripathi welcomes Stoinis with a boundary. All too easy, this. Back of a length on middle and leg, the batter adjusts inside the crease and pulls it over mid-wicket, right in the gap. Nobody out there, so that will be a boundary. Rajasthan Royals 115/2 in 14.2 overs, need 44 runs to win vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (158/4)
22.55 IST: FOUR! Streaky runs for Steven Smith. Rajasthan will gladly accept all of them. Length ball rising off the deck outside off, Smith plays away from his body and gets an edge down to third man for a boundary.
22.50 IST: OUT! Chahal removes Jos Buttler for 59. Buttler holes out! Huge wicket for Bangalore. They have broken the 44-run stand. A flighted ball on middle, Buttler looks to slog it for a maximum but the ball takes the edge and goes high towards long off. Stoinis there settles under the ball and takes a good catch. Can this pave the way back for Bangalore? Rajasthan 104/2 in 12.5 overs, need 55 to win vs Bangalore (158/4)
22.45 IST: SIX! This is thumped over deep mid-wicket with the utmost ease. A short one on middle, pulled away by Buttler as he rocks back in his crease. The fielder out there is a mere spectator. Rajasthan 98/1 in 11.3 overs, need 61 to win vs Bangalore (158/4)
22.43 IST: FIFTY! Jos Buttler smashes 8th half-century in IPL. Bowled full and flighted outside off, hit hard down the ground and beats the long off and the long on fielder. It also brings up the fifty for Buttler! RR 92/1 in 11.2 overs, need 67 runs to win vs RCB (158/4)
22.31 IST: Y Chahal removes Ajinkya Rahane for 22. This is a big wicket for Bangalore, they needed that. It’s the googly, cleverly disguised and shorter in length. Rahane goes back to cut but the ball comes in and cramps the batsman for room. The ball goes on to hit the back pad and the appeal goes up, which is followed by the umpire’s finger. The opening stand of 60 is broken. Rajasthan Royals 60/1 in 7.4 overs, need 99 runs to win vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (158/4)
22.25 IST: Strategic break. A much-needed one for Bangalore. They are bleeding runs and really need to regroup. Buttler and Rahane have taken the attack to the hosts’ bowlers and have come out successful so far. The introduction of the spinners could work wonders for the home side. It needs a wicket and fast. Rajasthan 55/0 in 6 overs vs Bangalore (158/4)
22.08 IST: FOUR! This opening pair is only dealing in boundaries. Full and wide outside off, Buttler drives it through the big gap in the covers and gets another boundary to his name. Rajasthan Royals 45/0 in 4 overs, need 114 runs to win vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (158/4)
22.04 IST: FOUR! That’s cracked! Short and wide outside off, Rahane cuts this hard through point. Pierces the gap there and ends the over with a boundary. Everything about that shot was perfect. 15 runs from this over, Rajasthan are off to a flying start. Rajasthan 33/0 in 3 overs vs Bangalore (158/4)
21.59 IST: FOUR! Slapped and slapped hard. Good length delivery outside off, Buttler smacks it through covers for a boundary. RR 18/0 in 2 overs, need 141 runs to win vs RCB (158/4)
21.57 IST: FOUR! Buttler goes after Saini. Fuller delivery on middle, Buttler lofts it straight over the bowler’s head. He does not time it to perfection but times it well enough to get a boundary.
21.56 IST: DROPPED! Saini is an unlucky man. Pacy delivery outside off, Rahane looks to drive it but gets a thick outside edge. Kohli there dives to his right but cannot hold onto the ball. He should have taken that as it was a regulation catch there. The batsmen take a single as well. Rajasthan Royals 10/0 in 1.2 overs, need 149 runs to win vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (158/4)
21.52 IST: FOUR! No mistake this time and Buttler smacks this length ball on off through covers for a boundary. He is off the mark in style. Rajasthan 5/0 in 0.3 overs vs Bangalore (158/4)
21.49 IST: We are back for the chase. Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane will open for the hosts in their pursuit of 159. Meanwhile, Umesh Yadav will start off proceedings for Bangalore. Let’s play!
21.35 IST: FOUR! What a brilliant finish by Stoinis, big over for RCB – 17 off it. Marcus Stoinis finishes things off with a boundary. Premeditates this as he goes well across his stumps early, it’s a full toss. The Aussie paddles it fine down the leg side and beats short fine leg for a boundary. An expensive outing for Archer today, he finishes with figures of 4-0-47-1. Royal Challengers Bangalore 158/4 in 20 overs vs Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. Parthiv 61, Stoinis 31*, Gopal 3/12
21.32 IST: SIX! Ali rips apart Archer, what a shot from the left-hander. Picks his spot and nails this exceptionally well. Archer bowls the slow one but the line is too straight, Ali clears his front leg and pummels it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. Bangalore 147/4 in 19.1 overs vs Rajasthan
21.27 IST: FOUR! Not sure he intended to go there, but he’s certainly not going to complain. Extremely full and angling in on leg, Ali swings as it goes off the inner half. It races away to the fine leg fence for a boundary. RCB 139/4 in 18.4 overs vs RR
21.21 IST: OUT! Jofra Archer removes Parthiv Patel for 67. Parthiv looks to go big, rightly so, but can’t execute his shot as nicely as he’d have liked. Full and on off from around the wicket, the slower one, the opener looks to clear long on. Can’t get underneath the ball cleanly and hands a simple catch to Rahane in the deep. Got out at the wrong time, but a fine innings from Parthiv Patel comes to a close. Royal Challengers Bangalore 126/4 in 17.2 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
21.19 IST: FOUR! That is an excellent finish to the over for Bangalore! A length ball on middle and off, Parthiv Patel middles his short-arm jab and gets it through wide long on for a boundary. The timing was ominous on that one. Bangalore 125/3 in 17 overs vs Rajasthan
21.13 IST: FOUR! Patel going along well here grabs another boundary to his name. Full and wide outside off, Parthiv has room to free his arms. He does so and clears the cover fielder inside the ring. Boundary results. RCB 117/3 in 16 overs vs RR
21.03 IST: SIX! THAT IS A MASSIVE HIT! Wow. Marcus Stoinis has a lot of power. He’s continuing his good form into this tournament as well. Full and right in the slot for him, he gets under the ball and launches it high and deep into the wide long on stands for a maximum.
21.02 IST: FIFTY! Parthiv Patel hits 12th half-century in IPL. Around off, Patel runs it down to short third man and takes off. Comes back as the fielder is quick to the ball. A direct hit is scored and the batsmen take the run as the ball ricochets off the stumps. Plenty happening, with more to come. Free Hit coming up now… Royal Challengers Bangalore 97/3 in 13.4 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
20.59 IST: FOUR! Much better from Parthiv. In complete control this time. Short and wide outside off, Patel flays it through point and finds the fence. Bangalore 92/3 in 13 overs vs Rajasthan
20.56 IST: SIX! Parthiv just about gets enough on it! Not in complete control, but gets the job done. Back of a length on middle and off, Parthiv stays back, waits for the ball to come to him and then pulls it over square leg. Tripathi out in the deep leaps just inside the rope, but can’t reach the ball. RCB 88/3 in 12.4 overs vs RR
20.54 IST: Full delivery, swinging in and going down leg, Parthiv flicks it through backward square leg and runs hard. Nicely done, he’s able to come back for the second without any trouble. Bangalore 80/3 in 12 overs vs Rajasthan
20.44 IST: OUT! Shreyas Gopal removes Shimron Hetmyer for 1. Make that third for Gopal. He is spinning webs left and right around the batsmen. Flighted delivery around off, the ball spins away slightly. Hetmyer looks to play that but gets a feather on it and Buttler takes an easy catch behind the stumps. RCB 73/3 in 10.2 overs vs RR
20.35 IST: OUT! Shreyas Gopal gets the next big fish of RCB line-up, AB de Villiers departs for 13. Shreyas is having an evening to remember here. Rajasthan needed the wicket of De Villiers and Gopal has provided them just that. Slower through the air on middle, de Villiers is early in his shot, AB ends up chipping it straight. Shreyas shows great athleticism and dives in front to take a good diving catch. Bangalore have runs on the board but the loss of two wickets might be the cause of worry. Royal Challengers Bangalore 71/2 in 8.3 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
20.33 IST: FOUR! Lucky for the batsman and unlucky for the bowler. Good length delivery outside off, de Villiers looks to slash it on the off side but gets a under edge which flies past his stumps and through to fine leg fence for a boundary.
20.30 IST: FOUR! Not the start Aaron was looking for. He bowls a length ball on the pads of Parthiv. He easily flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary.
20.28 IST: FOUR! Cheeky from de Villiers. 50 up for the tourists. He does not wait long to show his skills. Shorter on middle, de Villiers premeditates and paddles it over fine leg for a boundary. RCB 55/1 in 7 overs vs RR
20.25 IST: OUT! Shreyas Gopal removes Virat Kohli for 23. Right through the gate! Everything about this delivery is perfect. The length, the flight, the deception, the turn. Beautiful. Royal Challengers Bangalore 49/1 in 6.3 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
20.20 IST: FOUR! The best of the three in the over. Overpitched delivery on off, Parthiv sees that the mid off is up so he just lofts it over him for a boundary.
20.17 IST: FOUR! Smart batting from Parthiv just uses the pace of the bowler. Back of a length delivery on off, Parthiv upper cuts it as there is no one at third man. The ball races away to the fence. Royal Challengers Bangalore 38/0 in 4.3 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
20.15 IST: FOUR! Second boundary of the over. The over started with a four and ends with a four. Dhawal bowls it on the pads to Parthiv, who stays in his ground and just lifts it to the fine leg region. RCB 29/0 in 4 overs vs RR
20.13 IST: FOUR! Back of a length ball on the legs, Kohli shuffles across and plays an uppish flick. There was no mid-wicket in place and the ball races away to the deep mid-wicket fence. Bangalore 24/0 in 3.2 overs vs Rajasthan
20.06 IST: Edged & Four! Kulkarni holds his line and bowls it full around off, Kohli looks to push it but gets a thick outside edge. There is no slip and the ball races away to the third man fence. Harsh on the bowler. Royal Challengers Bangalore 16/0 in 1.3 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
20.02 IST: FOUR! First boundary of the match and it has come off Kohli’s blade. Floated on the pads, Virat stylishly flicks it through deep mid-wicket for a boundary. RCB 8/0 in 0.4 overs vs RR
19.57 IST: We are all set to get underway here. Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli will open for Bangalore. The new ball is in the hands of Krishnappa Gowtham. All to play for! Let’s roll!!
19.53 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI) – Parthiv Patel (wk), Moeen Ali, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI) – Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron
19.45 IST: Kohli says – “It’s never nice to start without a win, but we are excited about this game. It’s a long tournament, if you get on a roll, you can win plenty. We wanted to bat first, if the pitch gets scruffed up, we might have a good chance. Plus, we have that type of combination, defending makes more sense. We have three changes, Akshdeep Nath replaces Shivam Dube, Navdeep Saini is in for Barman and Stoinis makes his RCB debut – de Grandhomme makes way”.
19.38 IST: Rahane says – “We have had three close games, should have closed it. But this is another opportunity and we are looking forward to it. We will bowl first, looks like a dry wicket, there might be some dew later on as well. Looking to keep them down to a small score. Sanju Samson is injured and he misses out, Stuart Binny is in. Varun Aaron replaces Jaydev Unadkat”.
19.32 IST: TOSS – Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane wins toss, opts to bowl versus Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore in Jaipur.
19.25 IST: Jaydev Unadkat has been expensive, and not just in the auctions. In fact, RR have been guilty of hiding him on the field for at least the first 12 overs and only once he has been bowled out.
19.20 IST: Kohli’s average of 21.27 against RR is the lowest for him against any opponent. In six innings in Jaipur, Kohli hasn’t crossed 40 and has a SR of 94.74.
19.10 IST: 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.
19.08 IST: PITCH REPORT – Ian Bishop is our pitch analyst. He informs us that the pacers get more wickets at this venue than spinners and tells us that there are dry areas on one side of the pitch where the spinners will get spin and the ball will grip. Walking to the other side, Bishop says that it has more grass and that will help the pacers get pace and bounce along with some balls skidding on. States that as a batsman, if one can play the horizontal bat shots then that person can score runs out here.
19.00 IST: Hello and a very warm welcome to our live cricket blog of match 14 between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore from Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
Brief Preview: Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bengaluru, the only two teams yet to win a game in the ongoing edition of IPL, will be desperate to outdo each other in a clash of strugglers at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on Tuesday. Both teams have been more than disappointing thus far in the IPL and need a win to revive their respective campaigns. Royals have failed to tighten the screws when it mattered most. In all three matches, they were in a good position but could not grab the moments, losing to Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Chennai Super Kings respectively.
In Chennai on Sunday, Royals had CSK reeling at 27 for three before skipper MS Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 75 off 46 balls to bail the hosts out of trouble and eventually win the game by eight runs. “We win as a team and we lose as a team. If we win the smaller moments in T20s we will do well. We have played well in the last three games and hopefully, with some luck, we’ll be able to turn it around,” said Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane after the loss against CSK. (READ FULL PREVIEW – MATCH 14)
Royal Challengers Bangalore (From): Parthiv Patel (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Prayas Barman, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Tim Southee, Devdutt Padikkal, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Milind Kumar, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Akshdeep Nath, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya
Rajasthan Royals (From): Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Prashant Chopra, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Stuart Binny, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun