Bengaluru, April 30: Rain played a major spoilsport at M Chinnaswamy Stadium as the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 was called off on Wednesday (May 1). This match would be mainly remembered for its rain and the hat-trick from the Karnataka boy Shreyas Gopal.
Having being reduced to the 5 overs per side after rain gods prevented the game to start after a delay of four hours, only 8.2 overs could be bowled in all before the skies opened up, forcing the umpires to call off the game. With the abandonment of this game, Virat Kohli-led RCB's have been officially ruled out of the tournament.
Kohli and his opening partner side started the proceeding with a bang after they came out to bat for the first five overs and set the target. Kohli and De Villierrs hammered 23 runs in the first over bolwed by Varun Aaron and looked to give the same treatment to leg-spinner Gopal before the latter turned things head on. After getting hit for a six and a four on the first two balls, Gopal removed Kohli (25 off 7), De Villiers (10) and Marcus Stoinis (0) off consecutive deliveries to claim his maiden T20 hat-trick.
The spinner from Karnataka dismissed Kohli for the third time while the South African legend for the fourth time in the IPL and stunned the hysteric Chinnaswamy crowd.
The dismissal of top-three opened the floodgates as rest of the RCB batsmen came into the middle and kept walking back towards the dugout. By the end of the fifth over, the hosts' scorecard read 62/7. They had scored 35 runs in the first 9 deliveries and scored 27 on the next 21 balls and lost seven wickets in the process.
Royals were off to a decent start in the run chase as openers Sanju Samson and Liam Livingstone gave them a solid start. Samson in particular looked in sublime touch as he scored 28 off 13 deliveries before Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed him. Rajasthan's scorecard read 41/1 in 3.2 overs and they needed 22 from the next 10 deliveries before the rain returned and the umpires decided to call it a day.
Here's how the match between RCB and RR panned out:
Oh No! Rain is back again and the match has been called off. The teams are walking outside the field. RCB are officially out of the tournament.
Wicket! Samson (28) hits Chahal high in the air and Pawan Negi takes a simple catch. Just the wicket RCB were looking for. RR - 41/1 after 3.2 overs.
Four! Thick edge from Samson and the ball races towards third man boundary on the final ball of the over. 18 runs came from that over. #RR - 40/0 after 3. 23 needed from 12 balls.
SIX!! Samson hits Khejroliya over long-off boundary. The ball lands in the second tier.
SIX!! Kulwant Khejrolia bowls his first ball in the IPL and gets hit for a maximum. Sanju welcomes the left-arm pacer to the crease with a brilliant six over long-on.
12 runs came from that over bowled by Navdeep Saini. RR 22/0 after 2 overs.
Dropped! Brilliant effort from Klaasen at point as he failed to hold on to the catch while diving towards his left and Livingstone gets a breather at 10. Would have been one of the catch of the season had he stuck to it.
SIX!! Livingstone pulls Saini and gets a maximum. 10 runs off 2 deliveries for the batsman.
Four! Navdeep Saini is welcomed by Livingstone by a boundary towards mid-wicket.
0,6,4,0,0,0! Back-to-back dot balls from Umesh after getting hit for a six and four on the previous deliveries. 10 runs came from the first over for #RR They need 53 more from the next 24 deliveries.
Four! Poor ball from Umesh and gets punished. Samson flicks him towards the fine-leg boundary.
SIX!! Sanju Samson hits Umesh Yadav over mid-wicket for a maximum. The ball sailed way back into the stands.
2nd innings! Sanju Samson and Liam Livingstone open innings for RR. Umesh Yadav starts with the new ball for RCB.
End of the innings! RCB have posted 62/7 in 5 overs. RR need 63 runs to win this game. RCB innings could be divided into two parts: First 1.3 overs - 35/0 (3 X 4s; 3 X 6s) Last 3.3 overs - 27/7 (3 X 4s).
Four & Wicket! What's happening out there? Pawan Negi gets a boundary off Thomas and later edges him to be caught behind by Samson. Negi departs for 4. RCB - 61/7 in 4.5 overs.
Wicket! Klaasen (6) too gets out. Thomas gets a wicket too. RCB - 57/6 in 4.3 overs.
Wicket! Parthiv Patel (8) tries to flick Unadkat and gives a simple catch to Thomas at short fine-leg. 9 runs and the wicket of in-form Parthiv for Unadkat. RCB - 54/5 in 4 overs.
Four! Leading edge from Parthiv's bat and he gets a boundary over fine-leg. With that shot came 50 runs for RCB.
RCB - 45/4 after 3 overs. 12 more deliveries to go in this innings.
Four & wicket! Gurkeerat gets a boundary off Riyan Parag and holes out the spinner to be caught at mid-wicket by Mahipal Lomror. They are losing wickets at regular intervals. RCB - 44/4 in 2.5 overs.
HAT-TRICK!! Marcus Stoinis departs for a golden duck and local boy Shreyas Gopal gets three-in-three. A simple catch by Smith at mid-off. RCB - 35/3 in 2.0 overs
Wicket! Two-in-two for Gopal. AB de Villiers (10) top-edges and Parag takes a simple catch. He's on a hat-trick. RCB - 35/2 in 1.5 overs
Wicket! Virat Kohli (25) tries to clear Shreyas Gopal over long-on. It was googly and the batsman couldn't time it well. Livingstone takes a simple catch. Gopal removes Kohli on third occasion in IPL. RCB - 35/1 after 1.4 overs.
SIX, Four! Virat Kohli welcomes Shreyas Gopal for a maximum over long-on and later gets a boundary towards long-off.
Four! AB de Villiers hits Varun Aaron over long-on boundary. 23 runs came from the first over.
Four! AB de Villiers too gets off the mark with a cut shot towards the third man.
Single to bring AB on strike! 13 off 3 balls so far!
SIX!! Thick outside-edge from Kohli and the ball sails over third man boundary for a maximum.
SIX!! Virat Kohli starts the proceedings with a maximum over long-off
Varun Aaron to start with the new ball for RR.
1st innings! AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli to open innings for RCB.
Powerplay 2 overs. 5 bowlers can bowl 1 over each.
Ground staff worked hard.
Big shout out to the ground staff at Namma Chinnaswamy!!— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 30, 2019
Getting the pitch ready after heavy rains & having to put on and take off the covers twice is not an easy job!
❤️❤️❤️❤️ Neeve namma Game Changers!!! You are our game changers tonight!#playBold #RCBvRR #VIVOIPL2019 pic.twitter.com/nJoo5HeJXb
Update: "It will be a 5 overs a side game. Start time 11.26 PM," reports Unnikrishnan from the stadium.
Update: "The umpires will perform next inspection at 11:05 PM," says Unnikrishnan from Chinnaswamy. Let's keep our fingers crossed and get some cricket.
Update: "Next pitch inspection at 10:40 PM," reports Unnikrishnan from the stadium. Fingers crossed.
Update: "Covers are off again as the rain stops," reports Unnikrishnan from the stadium.
It's still raining here.
Update: Drizzle restarts and covers are coming back.
The shortest IPL game was an 8 over a side and that too was played at Chinnaswamy.
The shortest #IPL game was an 8 over a side.— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 30, 2019
Also played at Bangalore on 18 May 2013 (rain delay began at 11:00 pm)
RCB 106/2 (8 overs) V Kohli 56* (29b)
CSK 82/6 (8 overs) M Vijay 32 (19b), Zaheer Khan 4/17 (2 overs)
RCB won by 24 runs#RCBvRR#IPL2019
Update: "Covers are off.. rollers are drying up ground... inspection will be on soon," reports Unnikrishnan from the stadium.
Update: Good news from the centre as it has stopped raining and the covers are coming off.
Update! Rain is back and covers are on at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. We are going to have a delayed start.
Only six overseas players featuring in an IPL match.
Only six overseas players featuring in an IPL match:— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) April 30, 2019
CSK (4) vs KKR (2), Chennai, 2011
Delhi (3) vs RCB (3), Delhi, 2017
Delhi (3) vs CSK (3), Delhi, 2019
RCB (3) vs RR (3), Bengaluru, 2019#RCBvRR
RCB (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Marcus Stoinis, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Yuzvendra Chahal
RR (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas
Virat Kohli: I was trying to practice the coin toss, nothing seems to be working. I've lost 10 tosses out of 12. This is a ground where the pitch is going to be nice in both the innings. Still if you play good cricket and bowl well, you have a good chance of winning. We can max get to 12 points, it's about enjoying these two games. The reason why we bounced back is because we focussed on that (Having fun). We can't afford to take too much of pressure. Couple of changes. Pawan Negi makes his way back into the team because of number of right-handers they have in their team, Kulwant plays his first game in place of Shivam Dube.
Steve Smith: We are going to bowl, looks a pretty good wicket. Hopefully, we can bowl well and restrict them to a good total. You don't try to think too much about that (playoffs). We just have to play to win. One change for us. Mahipal Lomror comes in for Ashton Turner.
Good to see Virat Kohli and Steve Smith having a laugh into the middle at M Chinnaswamy during the toss. It was the same venue where the infamous brain fade incident happened back in 2017 during the Bengaluru Test. Seems they've moved on.
Rajasthan Royals have been tight at the start of the innings this season.
Rajasthan Royals have been tight at the start of the innings this season - only Sunrisers Hyderabad have managed a lower economy rate in the first six overs of the innings. #IPL2019 #RCBvRR pic.twitter.com/NPZGeillzt— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) April 30, 2019
Varun Aaron has happy memories at M Chinnaswamy.