RCB vs RR - Match Report
RCB vs RR - Match Report

The 49th match of the Indian Premier League 2019 was played between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals and the match abandoned due to rain.

Steven Smith, who was featured in his last game of this season, won the toss for his team and opted to bowl first. They made just a single change in their Playing XI as Mahipal Lomror came in place of Ashton Turner. On the other hand, RCB made two changes as they went on to play with Kulwant Khejroliya, who made his IPL debut and Pawan Negi also came back in place of Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube. This was also just the fourth occasion in the history of Indian Premier League when the both the sides played with just three overseas players.

Soon after the toss happened, it started pouring down at the stadium and the commencement of game looked almost impossible but after waiting for more than three hours than the scheduled and it was decided to be five over per side match and that affected the Strategy of both the teams immensely.

Striking first, RCB opened their batting with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers and they provided their team with a superb start as they together smashed 23 runs in the first over off Varun Aaron. But after that RR made a wonderful comeback in the game as Shreyas Gopal took a hat trick in the second over of the match.

Apart from Kohli and de Villiers, no other batsman was able to touch the double digit run mark and as a result, RCB could only score 62/7 after the play of their 20 overs. At one stage, Bangalore was looking comfortable of scoring at least 80-90 runs on board but Rajasthan bowlers bowled brilliantly after the first over.

While chasing 63, RR openers Sanju Samson and. Liam Livingstone went after all the RCB bowlers until the 3.2 overs after which the rain again started and the match was officially called off. After this game, one point was given to both the teams which meant RCB is finally out of this tournament while RR still have an outside chance of qualification.