Do or Die Game | RR vs RCB | IPL 2018 | Latest Updates | Points Table
The match 53rd of the IPL season 11 played between Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore was a do or die game for both the teams in order to qualify to the playoffs. Rajasthan Royal’s captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat first. There is no major change in Royal Challengers Bangalore team. However, in Rajasthan Royals both, the foreigners have been replaced by the local talents. This is a very important do or die game for both the teams to reach the qualification for the playoffs. Moreover, winning the game will not be enough as they would have to be dependent on the results of the other teams.
Before this match RCB, KXIP, RR, MI are tied up with 12 points each. On the run rate, RCB is ahead of RR. In the previous battle between RR vs RCB, RCB lost the game by 19 runs. But, this their batting is charged up with Ab De Villiers, Moen Ali in form. In their last match with SRH, RCB really performed as per their potential and they won the match. They hope to repeat the same in this game as well. However, RR lost their game against KKR in the previous match so they needed to win this match with a higher margin. RR is playing this game without Jos Butler and Ben Stokes.
Batting First RR at their home ground at Jaipur made 164 runs at the loss of 5 wickets. Rahul Tripathi batting in place of Jos Butler provided a good start for the team hitting 80 runs in 58 balls not out. However, Jofra Archer got out on 0. Ajinkya Rahane provided a stable inning and a stable partnership of 99 runs in 69 balls with Rahul taking their total to 164 runs in 20 overs. Krishnappa Gowtham fired 2 long sixes to make 14 runs off 5 balls. Henrich played an inning of a finisher hitting 32 runs when they needed it.
In this do or die game RCB had to achieve this target within 15.5 overs at a run rate above 10. Krishnappa Gowtham bowled first over for RR giving just 2 runs. Virat Kohli bowled out in the third over by Krishnappa. Ab De Villiers and Parthiv Patel responsibly handled the batting inning when they reached 74 runs in just 8 overs. But, in 9th over Parthiv Patel along with Moen Ali got out one by one by Shreyas Gopal. Parthiv Patel made 33 runs in 21 balls and Ab de Villiers made 53 runs off 35 balls. Tim Southee and Siraj tried to contribute but all in vain. RCB ran out of the fuel in the do or die game and made only 134 runs all out in 19.2 overs.
RR won the game by a big margin of 30 runs. Shreyas Gopal took 4 wickets in 4 overs giving 16 runs only. RR is now on the fourth position on the points table. Therefore, RCB is now out of the tournament. Next Match SRH vs KKR. KKR won the game and is third in the points table. Moreover, MI vs DD and KXIP vs CSK games will decide the fourth position contender.