Rajasthan Royals defeated Bangalore by seven wickets in the IPL match on the brilliant batting performance of Jos Buttler (59) and Shreyas Gopal (3 wickets). Rahul Tripathi, who hit six in the last over, gave Rajasthan the first win of this season. Batting first, losing the toss, the Bangalore team made 158 runs at the loss of 4 wickets in this match of the 20 overs.
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.
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 kinds 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.
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.
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.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), 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(w), Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron