The 49th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 expedition between the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) witnessed many astonishing events being unfolded. Firstly, the rain halted the game and the mood of the fans seated at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The matters got reduced to five-overs-a-side due to the rain invasion and RCB posted an imposing first innings total on the board, despite Shreyas Gopal stealing the show with an appealing hat-trick. But the rain once again showed up in the second innings and this time it proved to be a spoilsport as in an anti-climatic finish, the umpires were forced to call-off the game. With this abandonment, RCB are officially out of the tournament, while RR are still alive with a sigh of hope.
Shreyas Gopal has the last laugh with a scintillating hat-trick
As the game got reduced to five-overs a side, RCB team decided to promote AB de Villiers as the second opener along with skipper Virat Kohli. The two heavyweight RCB batters came out in an absolute dazzling mood, together pulverising Varun Aaron for a blazing tally of 23 runs in the opening over of the game. After smashing Aaron for two thunderous sixes in the first over, Kohli then blasted Shreyas Gopal for a couple of boundaries off the first two deliveries in the second over. But it was the RR leggie, Gopal, who had the last laugh, staging a fantabulous comeback by removing Kohli, de Villiers and then Marcus Stoinis off consecutive deliveries to pick up a staggering hat-trick, which also turned out to be the first one in VIVO IPL 2019.
After that over, the innings just moved on a constant pace as the home team kept losing wickets on regular intervals, but in that process the scoreboard also kept on moving at a rapid pace. In the end, RCB somehow managed to post a pretty challenging total of 62 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their quota of five overs. For RR, Gopal finished with three wickets to his name, while Oshane Thomas claimed two wickets.
Rain spoils the party for the Royals
The two RR openers, Sanju Samson and Liam Livingstone also came out in a full throttle mood, smacking an astounding total of 22 runs off the first two overs. Samson then took Kulwant Khejroliya on remand, oozing all the pressure out by blistering 18 runs in the over. The opening duo comprising of Samson and Livingstone compiled 40 runs in the first three overs to keep RR alive in the run-chase.
With 23 runs required to get from the final two overs, Yuzvendra Chahal bowled a beautiful delivery to dismiss Samson on the second ball of the fourth over, which also proved to be the last ball of the game as the rain had arrived once again. In the dramatic ending, the umpires were forced to call-off the match as the matters had got worsened and a time stretch wasn’t possible.
RCB: 62/7 in 5 overs (Virat Kohli-25, AB de Villiers-10; Shreyas Gopal 3/12, Oshane Thomas 2/6)
RR: 41/1 in 3.2 overs (Sanju Samson-28, Liam Livingstone-11*)
Result: NO RESULT (Match Abandoned)
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