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 team are still alive with a sigh of hope.
It feels good to be getting them out
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 pulverizing 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 to apply the brakes on the assault.
“I had a lot more nerves than what they would have had against me. It feels good to be getting them out,” said Shreyas Gopal during the post-match press conference.
In the first game of the season between RCB and RR, Gopal had then also dismissed both Kohli and de Villiers. Gopal stated that it is unfortunate that they didn’t end on the winning side. However, he stated that it feels good to those wickets in that duration of the game.
“Unfortunately for us, we didn’t cross the line and didn’t fall on the winning side. We still don’t know how things are in the (points) table. But it feels good to take those wickets in whatever overs that we had. I am pretty happy about that,” Gopal added.