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RCB still searching for first win as Rajasthan win home game by 7 wickets


JAIPUR: It was an inauspicious start for the Rajasthan Royals. A few hours before the beginning of the match, the dispute between the State Sports Council and the Rajasthan Cricket Association reared its unpleasant head once more. The house ground of the Royals noticed the gates of the west block, that was sold out, shut.

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But as they say, all's well that ends well. By the time the match began, house enthusiasts made their approach into the SMS Stadium in full pressure and the hosts won the match by means of seven wickets against RCB on Tuesday.


After going wicketless in the powerplay, the Royals came again exhausting on the Royal Challengers Bangalore with their leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal brewing up magic. Gopal spun a web of mistaken 'united statesand sent packing two large fishes, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, in quick succession and adopted it with the wicket of Shimron Hetymer.

Gopal produced a dream spell after being handed over the ball as soon as the powerplay were given over. Rahane, well aware of the RCB batsmen's weakness against googlies, made optimal use of Gopal and reaped rich dividends. Attempting to force, Kohli (23 off 25 balls) were given it utterly mistaken and had his stumps scattered while de Villiers' (13 off 9 balls) bat found the leading edge as he tried a flick which resulted in a caught-and-bowled dismissal. Hetymer (1 off 9 balls) seemed indecisive and edged the ball that was simply pouched by means of Jos Buttler.

During powerplay, as offspinner Krishnappa Gowtham opened the bowling with right-arm seamer Dhawal Kulkarni, RCB were cruising and were 48 without any loss. Parthiv Patel, who opened together with his captain Kohli, took calculated dangers. While RCB's ship was sinking, Parthiv remained strong and nearly singlehandedly helped his group submit a decent goal of 159.


The wicketkeeper-batsman performed a fantastic innings of 67 runs from 41 ball that integrated 9 fours and a six. He was complemented well by means of Marcus Stoinis (31 from 28 balls). Both of them went after the Royals' speedy bowlers - Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Varun Aaron and Kulkarni.


No RCB bowler instead of Yuzvendra Chahal posed a threat for Rahane's outfit. Buttler (59 from 43 balls) anchored the innings well and brought his eighth half century in the IPL and fourth consecutive one at the SMS Stadium. Chahal, although, grabbed the wickets of the 2 Royals openers -- Buttler and Rahane -- to convey RCB again into the sport. But Steve Smith and Rahul Tripathi ensured that the house enthusiasts went house satisfied.


Earlier, after profitable the toss, Rahane made up our minds to bowl first. Royals had long past unchanged in the first three games of the season however Sanju Samson's injury effected a compelled alternate with Stuart Binny coming in.




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