IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals Stay Alive After Ending Royal Challengers Bangalore's Campaign
Rajasthan Royals rode on a fine half-century from Rahul Tripathi, combined with leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal's four-for to outclass Royal Challengers Bangalore by 30 runs and more importantly keep themselves in the hunt for a place in the Indian Premier League Play-offs. With the win, Rajasthan rose to the fourth spot in the IPL tally with 14 points while RCB's campaign has ended on a disappointing note, thanks to their inconsistent performances in this edition.
Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss, opted to bat. (All Images Courtesy BCCI)
Umesh Yadav got rid of opener Jofra Archer (0), captain Ajinkya Rahane (33) and Sanju Samson (0).
Rahul Tripathi's 99-run second wicket partnership with Ajinkya Rahane resurrected the Royals innings after the slow start.
Rahul Tripathi rose to the occasion with an unbeaten 80 off 58 balls, hitting five fours and a six.
Ajinkya Rahane and Heinrich Klassen (32 off 21) made useful contributions at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
Umesh Yadav grabbed three wickets for 25 runs in a superb spell to restrict Rajasthan to 164/5.
Krishnappa Gowtham started the onslaught with the wicket of skipper Virat Kohli (4) in the third over.
Barring AB de Villiers and Parthiv Patel, none of the visiting batsmen could offer any resistance.
The visitors made a heavy weather of their chase of Rajasthan's 164/5 to be eventually bundled out for 134 runs.
With the win, Rajasthan rose to the fourth spot in the IPL tally with 14 points while RCB's campaign has ended on a disappointing note.