Riding on Shreyas Gopal’s sensational spell of 4 for 16, Rajasthan Royals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 30 runs in the must-win clash.

Chasing 165 in the do-or-die game, the Royal Challengers suffered a huge setback early on. K Gowtham castled their talismanic skipper Virat Kohli for just 4. On the other hand, Parthiv Patel was taking the Royals bowlers to the cleaners. The southpaw and AB de Villiers set the tone for the chase by adding 55 runs before the visitors suffered a mini collapse. Shreyas Gopal took three wickets in quick succession to reduce the Royal Challengers to 85 for 4 from 75 for 1. Fortunately, for Virat Kohli & Co., de Villiers was still there.

The Proteas star went on to score his sixth fifty off the season off 31 balls, thus keeping the Royal Challengers in the game. However, he was receiving little support from the other end. Colin de Grandhomme also failed to get going and departed after scoring just 2, leaving his side reeling at 96 for 5. The Royal Challengers then suffered a body blow when Gopal took his fourth wicket in the form of de Villiers. At 98 for 6, it looked all over for the Royal Challengers. They entered the three-digit mark in the 14th over. The Royal Challengers kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually all out for 134.

Earlier in the match, Rahul Tripathi’s 80 propelled the Royals to a competitive 164 for 5 in the allotted 20 overs. With the net run-rate holding a great importance at this stage, Ajinkya Rahane surprisingly decided to bat first. Umesh Yadav then further added salt to wounds by dismissing promoted opener Jofra Archer for a duck in the first over.

However, Rahul Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane helped the Royals recover from the disastrous start as they laid the foundation a good total by adding 99 runs for the second wicket. But Umesh Yadav once again pegged the Royals back by dismissing Rahane and Sanju Samson on consecutive deliveries to reduce them to 101 for 3 from 101 for 1.

Tripathi and recalled Heinrich Klaasen then steadied the ship. The duo added 48 runs before Mohammed Siraj accounted for the South African. The Royals could not quite finish with a final flourish but Tripathi remained till the end, scoring an unbeaten 80 to ensure his side put up a respectable total.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:

#Heartbreak for Royal Challengers again:

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#Kohli’s rare failure:




#Umesh continues to torment opposition:

#Inconsistent Samson:

#Rahul Tripathi makes chance count: