Buttler, Gopal shine as Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore

Rajasthan Royals finally registered their first win of the competition by beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets in a game played in Jaipur. Rajasthan Royals put in a disciplined bowling performance to restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore to a modest score of 159 runs.

In reply, Jos Buttler’s blistering half-century meant that Rajasthan were able to chase down the target in the final over of the innings. With this result, Royal Challengers Bangalore are currently languishing at the bottom of the league table with four consecutive defeats in the competition.

Chasing 159 runs to win, Jos Buttler got Rajasthan off to a flier with a boundary in the first over of the innings. He added 60 runs with Ajinkya Rahane to set the tone for the chase. Rahane scored 22 off 20 balls despite being dropped early in his innings.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Rahane to provide crucial breakthrough for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Buttler certainly attacked the likes of Navdeep Saini and Moeen Ali to see Rajasthan score their runs at a good rate. He smashed a delivery off the bowling of Moeen Ali to bring up his half-century in 38 balls. Chahal claimed his second wicket when Buttler departed after smashing a full-delivery to Marcus Stoinis.

Steven Smith looked good at the crease and scored 38 off 31 balls with the help of two fours and a six. He added 50 runs with Rahul Tripathi to take Rajasthan a step closer towards their first win of the competition.

Smith perished while trying to finish off the game. Tripathi looked fluent in his innings and smashed unbeaten 34 off 23 balls with the help of three fours and a six. He struck the winning runs to see Rajasthan win the game by seven wickets.

Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal and opening batsman Jos Buttler produced splendid performances to see Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in a game played in Jaipur

Earlier in the game, Royals won the toss and elected to bowl first. Virat Kohli opened the innings alongside Parthiv Patel for this game. Kohli smashed 23 off 25 balls with the help of three boundaries. Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal came early into the attack and dismissed Kohli with a wrong one, to see Royal Challengers Bangalore lose their first wicket with 49 runs on the board after 6.3 overs.

Gopal claimed his second wicket as he dismissed AB De Villiers with a googly. Shimron Hetymer was also flummoxed by the guile of Gopal to see lose their third wicket. Parthiv Patel scored 67 runs off 41 balls with the help of nine fours and a six. Marcus Stoinis and Moeen Ali chipped in with crucial cameos to see RCB post 158 for 4 in 20 overs.

For Rajasthan, Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal bowled economically and finished with figures of 3 for 12 from his four overs. Ben Stokes and Dhawal Kulkarni also bowled well without any wickets to their name.

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