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IPL 2018: RR vs RCB Highlights - Ajinkya Rahane's Royals Sends Virat Kohli's RCB Packing

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19:30 (IST)

Match Ends: Siraj is the last wicket to fall as Rajasthan record a massive 30-run win over Bangalore to stay alive in the competition. While as for Bangalore, they have crashed out of the competition. Rajasthan will now need Delhi to beat Mumbai to have any chance to progress into the last four. While they will also have one eye over the result of SRH and KKR, which is the next match of the Super Saturday. 

19:21 (IST)

OUT: Tim Southee in trying to up the ante hits the ball into the hands of Gowtham at deep mid wicket. And with that Unadkat picks his first wicket of the innings and Rajasthan are now one wicket away from a big win. 

19:18 (IST)

Four: Southee seems to have not give up hope yet as he hits a boundary towards deep mid wicket to go into double figures. Southee and Siraj are doing there best to make a game out of this lost cause. 

19:16 (IST)

Jofra Archer has been very expensive today and he has been wicket-less as well and he won't be happy with his outing today - 3 overs 36/0. Bangalore need 44 off 18 deliveries to win the match and they have only two wickets left to go. 

19:14 (IST)

Rajasthan are on course of a big win in this clash and they will get to 14 points and not just that RR will also improve their run-rate drastically. And it might just help them sneak in the knockouts of the tournament. 

19:09 (IST)

OUT and OUT: Ben Laughlin is finishing off the tail very quickly as he gets rid of Sarfaraz and Umesh on back to back deliveries. First, Klaasen took a brilliant one hand catch to remove Sarfaraz and then he uprooted the wickets of Umesh. Bangalore are now eight down. 

19:05 (IST)

15 over have been bowled now and RCB's score reads 108/6. In five overs, Bangalore need to score 57 runs and they have only known batsman in Sarfraz Khan, and he has looked very shaky thus far. 

19:01 (IST)

Cricketnext’s IPL expert Aakash Chopra: Spin to Win for Rajasthan Royals. Good time for Sarfraz to show that retaining him was a master stroke by Royal Challengers Bangalore

19:00 (IST)

Ish Sodhi bowls another excellent over as he gives away just four runs. Then spinners have done the trick for RR as all the six wickets have been picked by them. The likes of Archer and Unadkat have been very unimpressive so far on this wicket. 

18:52 (IST)

OUT: AB De Villiers is the latest victim of Shreyas Gopal's magnificent spin bowling as he is stumped by Klaasen for 53. After getting the wicket, Gopal put his hands around his face to say that even he couldn't believe that wicket. Bangalore are 6 down now. 

18:48 (IST)

OUT: Another one bites the dust as this time Ish Sodhi gets rid of compatriot Grandhomme. The right hander edges the ball into the hands of the Rahane who was fielding at first slip. Sarfaraz Khan comes to bat now for RCB. 

18:47 (IST)

Four and 50: AB De VIilliers crashes a Sodhi delivery towards mid wicket for a boundary and with that he completes his well-deserved fifty. However, even ABD knows that the job is only half done now. 

18:42 (IST)

OUT: Shreyas Gopal has picked his third wicket of the day as Mandeep Singh departs for 4. The right hander went for the expansive shot by coming down the ground but is stumped comprehensively after he missed the ball. Bangalore are four down now for 85.

18:40 (IST)

Ish Sodhi keeps it tight and gives away just seven runs from the over. The onus is now on Ab De Villiers - who is batting on 42 - to anchor the innings. They need 81 off 60 deliveries to win the match. 

18:35 (IST)

OUT: Shreyas Gopal has done the trick for Rajasthan as he has now dismissed both Parthiv Patel and Moeen Ali in one over. Moeen hit the ball towards the keeper and it was an easy caught and bowled wicket for the spinner. RCB are three down now and in a spot of bother. 

18:33 (IST)

OUT: Shreyas Gopal has finally managed to break this partnership as he has gotten rid of Parthiv Patel for 33. Parthiv has been stumped by Klassen as Bangalore has lost their second wicket of the day. 

18:30 (IST)

Four and Four: AB De Villiers is now taking the attack to Ish Sodhi as he slams back to back boundaries off his bowling. First, he plays the reverse sweep and hits the ball for four towards third man. And then he plays the ball towards deep mid wicket for successive boundaries. RCB: 74/1 in 8 overs.  

18:26 (IST)

Shreyas Gopal comes into the attack and he gives away 8 runs from his first over of the innings. In 8 overs, RCB have now score 63/1 and for them to qualify in the playoffs today, they need to achieve the target in 15.5 overs. 

18:20 (IST)

Four and Four: Parthiv pulls an Unadkat delivery and it went towards Samson at square leg. He tried to take one-handed catch like Boult but the ball popped out of his hand and went for a boundary. Then Parthiv hit the ball through the covers for a four. RCB: 55/1 in 6 overs. 

18:15 (IST)

Four and Four: Laughlin comes into the attack and ABD welcomes him with a boundary straight down the ground. The South African comes dancing down the track and hits the ball over the down the ground for a boundary. Then on the last ball, Parthiv gets a four as the ball takes and outside edge and goes for a four behind the keeper. RCB 45/1 in 5 overs. 

18:12 (IST)

Four: AB De Villiers hits his second four of the innings after Archer once again bowled onto the body of the right hander. This time, he flicked the ball towards mid wicket for a boundary. RCB are back on track after Kohli's dismissal. 

18:09 (IST)

Four: Archer is conceding runs and that is not a good sign for RR. This time, he bowls a bit short onto the body of AB De Villiers and the right hander pulls the ball for a boundary towards square leg. ABD is on his way in the chase. 

18:06 (IST)

OUT: That is the wicket that Royals were hoping and spinner Gowtham has provided just that. Kohli came down the ground but missed the ball and it rattled the off stump. RCB have lost their first wicket and it is a big one. 

18:04 (IST)

SIX: Then on the last ball of the Archer over, Parthiv once again plays the upper cut to bring his second six of the over. The southpaw is dealing in sixes early on in the innings and is taking the attack to the RR bowlers. 

18:00 (IST)

SIX: Short delivery from Archer and Parthiv let the ball come to him and played the upper cut to perfection to hit the first six of the innings. Since coming into the side, Parthiv has done really well for RCB while opening the innings. 

17:58 (IST)

Excellent first over to start the proceedings from K Gowtham as he concedes just 2 singles. Virat Kohli, uncharacteristically, looked a bit nervy in the first over and he was beaten on the off side couple of times by the spinner. Jofra Archer to bowl the second over now. 

17:53 (IST)

While 165 may look like a small target against a high profile RCB batting line-up, on this wicket it is a more than par score. And with multiple spinners in their ranks, RR will definitely think they have a good score in this clash. 

17:42 (IST)

Innings Ends: Tripathi is run out on the last ball of the innings but he did the damage before that by hitting back to back sixes on the first two balls. Tripathi remains not out for 80 off 58 deliveries. Rahane hit 33 while Klassen slammed 32 off 21. Umesh was the pick of the bowlers for RCB as he ended with stunning figures of 3/25 in four overs. 

17:40 (IST)

SIX and SIX: K Gowtham is turning the match on its head as he slams back to back boundaries on the first two matches that he faces off the bowling of Southee. First he pulled the ball over the mid wicket region for a huge six. Then he hit the ball down the ground for back to back sixes. RR go past 160 now after this power-hitting. 

17:37 (IST)

OUT: Siraj finally gets his revenge after getting hits for two huge sixes as he gets rid of Klassen for 32 to pick his first wicket of the day. Gowtham comes onto the crease now as RR have now reached 149/4 in 19 overs. 

IPL 2018: RR vs RCB Highlights - Ajinkya Rahane's Royals Sends Virat Kohli's RCB Packing


The game at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium is crucial for both RR and RCB, placed fifth and sixth in the table respectively. As the race for playoffs heats up, five teams are in with a chance to make the cut. Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad are already through to the playoffs, leaving RR, RCB, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders to fight for the remaining two places. The live telecast of the IPL 2018 match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore will start at 4PM on May 19th (Saturday). The match can be seen live on the Star Sports network and live streaming will be available on hotstar.com. You can also follow the match live blog for ball-by-ball updates, full score and IPL match highlight on cricketnext.com. Both Rajasthan Royals, who saw their batting mainstays Buttler and Stokes leave for national duty, and Royal Challengers Bangalore will also have an eye on the net run rate, which could be decisive if more than one team finish with equal number of points. The momentum for now is with the visitors, whose campaign witnessed a resurgence following a 14-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad last night. Virat Kohli and his men have certain flaws to iron out but they have the momentum, confidence and also the resources to prevail over the hosts.

The visitors have a formidable batting line-up in Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Manjeet Singh and also Moeen Ali, who was drafted into the scheme of things rather late but justified his inclusion with impressive performances, the latest being his 34-ball 65 against SRH. RCB’s bowlers struggled to contain Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey, who added 135 runs in 65 balls for the third wicket and almost saw the Sunrisers home. The likes of Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee, though, have the pace to trouble most batsmen and the spin department, led by Yuzvendra Chahal, provide variety to their attack. With three consecutive victories against Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and SRH under their belt, the visitors have the winning momentum with them. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals might take heart out of the fact that they are back on home turf and also because they had beaten RCB in their backyard earlier in the tournament. Besides Buttler and Stokes, team mentor Shane Warne will also not be there in the RR dugout. The batting, in the absence of Buttler, who had hit five consecutive fifties in his last six games, looks vulnerable because skipper Ajinkya Rahane has not been in the best of form. Uncharacteristically, Rahane has often thrown his wicket away while going for unconventional shots. Sanju Samson has a 45-ball 92 to his credit this IPL, but he too has not fired lately. The rest of the batsmen such as Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, DJM Short and Jofra Archer have not lived up to the expectations. The bowling too lacks depth with Archer being the only one who has made some impression. Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni and K Gowtham have proved ineffective.

Teams: Rajasthan Royals : Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin. Royal Challengers Bangalore : Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

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