A rain-marred evening in Bengaluru saw the high-profile clash reduced to five overs to set-up an exuberant clash at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Just when the game was up for a classic finish with 22 required off 10 balls, the rain gods came down heavily once again forcing the umpires to call it off. As a result, Royal Challengers Bangalores have officially been knocked off the tournament.

Chasing 63 runs, Sanju Samson provided Rajasthan Royals with a perfect they would have wanted. Missing the first ball from Umesh Yadav, he struck the next two for a six and a four to start the chase on a high. But the senior India fast bowler came back in style to bowl three dot deliveries to keep the game open. However, Liam Livingstone took on Navdeep Saini from the other end taking on 10 runs from the first two balls and the game shifted like a pendulum. The young Saini gave just two runs from the last four deliveries to keep Rajasthan Royals at 22 for 0 at the end of two overs.

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Despite getting hit for boundaries, the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers kept chipping with the dot deliveries which was like gold dust. With 23 required off the last two overs, Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Sanju Samson (28) who looked in devastating form to nip ahead in the game when the rains started pouring in once again compelling the umpires to call it off just ending Bangalore’s campaign this year.

Gopal – the hat-trick hero for Rajasthan

Previously, Royal Challengers Bangalore opened with their two-star cricketers in skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villers. Kohli started in the fifth gear hitting two consecutive sixes off Varun Aaron in the first two deliveries. Ab de Villiers also joined the party as they took 23 runs from the first over. The duo went all guns blazing as Kohli struck Shreyas Gopal for 12 runs in the first three balls before holing out to Liam Livingstone in the third delivery. But Gopal responded in style getting a hattrick from the next three balls to have Bangalore at 35 at three from 35 for 0. The young leg-spinner had made a habit of getting big wickets, and he has done it again at the M Chinnaswamy.

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Steven Smith played a masterstroke bringing in young Riyan Parag seeing in the slowness of the wicket. The 17-year-old held his composure to dismiss Gurkeerat Mansingh to keep Rajasthan Royals in the game. Royal Challengers Bangalore failed to recover from that as they could manage to post 62 runs as Oshane Thomas bowled a brilliant last over to keep the score within reach.

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