IPL 2019: Ajinkya Rahane relieved to get points on board after RR beat RCB for first win

first_imgRajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane finally got the monkey off his back as his team registered its first win of the IPL 2019 season on Tuesday after defeating Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in Jaipur.The Royals put the Royal Challengers in to bat first who managed to post 158 for 4 on the board with useful contributions from Parthiv Patel (67), Marcus Stoinis (31 not out) and captain Kohli (23). The visitors though, struggled against the RR spin-twins Shreyas Gopal and Krishnappa Gowtham.Gopal bagged three wickets including that of Kohli and AB de Villiers in quick succession to dent the Royal Challengers big time before Parthiv and Stoinis steadied the innings with a 53-run partnership. Stoinis then added 32 runs with Moeen Ali (18 not out) to take the team to a respectable total.But the Royals made light work of the run chase thanks to an explosive opening partnership of 60 runs between Ajinkya Rahane (22) and Jos Buttler (59).Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal tried his best to bring RCB back into the match as he removed both openers but Steve Smith (38) and Rahul Tripathi foiled all of Virat Kohli’s plans with a 50-run partnership that got the team closer to the target. Tripathi remained unbeaten on 34 as he finished off the match with a six.And that’s how you end a game!RT if you agree! #HallaBol #RRvRCB #RR pic.twitter.com/9N92bSuPd7Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 2, 2019″Thinking was dew factor, so we thought 150-160 would be a good total. Shreyas Gopal’s record against Virat and de Villiers we all know, but overall great team effort. After 3-4 overs, we thought wicket is slow, so I thought if spinners bowl well then batsmen will have a hard time.advertisement”Gowtham was excellent in the Powerplay, and Gopal backed up after that. Relief, yes, to get points on the board. We played good cricket last three games, but tonight it was all about giving more than 100%.”Tripathi was struggling before the match – he had twisted his ankle last game – but he was incredible with Stokesy and Smith. Overall, great team effort,” Rahane said at the post-match presentation.The result means that Royal Challengers Bangalore are now the only winless team in the competition after four games and are languishing in last place in the points table. The Royals meanwhile, surpassed Mumbai Indians to clinch the sixth spot having played a game more than Rohit Sharma’s team.Also Read | Virat Kohli after RCB crash to 4th successive defeat: We were competitiveAlso Read | Shreyas Gopal: The man who loves tormenting Virat Kohli and AB de VilliersAlso Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli joins MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir in elite captains’ listlast_img

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