With 22 needed of 10 balls, the game was slipping away from RCB’s hand but then the rain arrived and the game was called-off giving RCB and RR one point each. With this RCB’s remaining hopes of qualifying for the play-offs end while Rajasthan Royals too will be unhappy with the result as they got just one point from this match. Meanwhile the highlight of this eight over contest was Shreyas Gopal’s mind boggling hat-trick.
The match was reduced to five overs per team due to the rain interruption in the beginning and RR needed 63 runs in their 5 overs. They started with a bang as Sanju Samson breathed fire from the word go.
He hammered Umesh Yadav for a six and a four in the first over and then slammed Khejroliya for two sixes and one four in the third over. Livningstone was equally good from the other end as he cantered Nitin Saini for a six and a four in the second over.
Yuzvendra Chahal ended Samson’s blitzkrieg in the fourth over. Samson scored 28 off 13 balls and the rain started again just after Samson’s dismissal.
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Earlier in the night, RCB scored 62 runs in their five overs. Skipper Virat Kohli started the innings on a high as he tore apart Varun Aaron in the first over with sensational hitting. He slammed two sixes on the first two balls of the match and then ABD drilled two more fours to finish the over.
Kohli took on Gopal in the second over by scoring a six and a four of the first two balls but Gopal had the last laugh as he dismissed Kohli on the fourth ball.
On the next ball, ABD missed a hoick which was caught by Riyan Parag at covers. On the last ball of the over, Marcus Stoinis gave a catch to Steve Smith at mid-off and thus Gopal grabbed three wickets in three balls to register a terrific hat-trick.
RCB lost the momentum after Gopal’s hat-trick and managed just 27 runs in their last three overs. Oshane Thomas took two wickets in the last over and conceded just eight runs to restrict RCB to 62 runs.