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Indian Premier League 2019: Royal Challengers Bangalore Knocked Out

Indian Premier League 2019: Royal Challengers Bangalore Knocked Out Photo: TT
Bangalore Have Been Knocked Out

The Sunrisers Hyderabad beat the Kings XI Punjab by 45 runs in Hyderabad.

Put into bat, David Warner and Wriddiham Saha gave Hyderabad a fine start with an opening stand of 78 in a little more than 6 overs, until Saha was caught off Murugan Ashwin for 28. Warner and Manish Pandey then shared a stand of 82, until both fell in the same over to Ravichandran Ashwin: Pandey was caught by Mohammed Shami for 36, and then Warner, who had scored 81, including two sixes, was caught by Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Mohammad Nabi and Kane Williamson then added 34 before a late flurry of wickets fell – Williamson and Nabi both fell to Shami, and Rashid Khan was bowled by Arshdeep Singh. Late runs from Vijay Shankar and Sandeep Sharma enabled their side to close on 212 – 6.

The Punjab reply suffered an early blow when Chris Gayle fell cheaply, caught by Pandey with Khaleel Ahmed the bowler. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul then put on 60, before Agarwal fell to Rashid for 27. Rahul then combined with Nicholas Pooran until the latter, who had struck 2 sixes, fell for 21, caught off the bowling of Ahmed. David Miller added 11, but then Rashid struck in successive balls to remove both him and Ravichandran Ashwin.

Rahul and Singh then shared a stand of 53, but with the scoreboard telling its own story, Rahul gave Ahmed a third wicket, caught by Williamson for 79, having hit 5 sixes. Sharma then picked up two late wickets, in the form of Singh for 16, and Mujeeb for a duck, as the visitors closed on 167 – 8.

The match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Rajasthan Royals was abandoned because of rain.

With rain reducing the match to five overs a side, Bangalore were put into bat, with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers putting on 35 for the first wicket, before Shreyas Gopal took a hat trick, dismissing Kohli, who had struck 3 sixes, de Villiers for 10, and Marcus Stoinis. In the ensuing scramble for runs, wickets fell regularly, with Oshane Thomas picking up two, and Riyan Parag and Jaydev Unadkat one each. In the end Bangalore reached 62 for 7 from their five overs.

In reply, Rajasthan had reached 41 – 1 in their reply, Sanju Samson fall for 28 to the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal, when the rain returned again and caused the end of the match with no result.

As a consequence, Bangalore’s interest in the IPL is over for another year.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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