The match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday was washed out by rain but still produced plenty to make it a day for fans in the stadium. It took a three and a half hours delay before players of either side could make their way onto the field for the action to take place. Virat Kohli and Ab De Villiers took the onus upon them to give RCB a flying start in a truncated encounter after RR skipper Steven Smith won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Virat Kohli went berserk in the very first over of the innings, smashing Varun Aaron for two sixes in the first two balls to hit the ground running for the hosts. The first ball from the Indian pacer was pitched right in the slot outside off and Kohli needed no sighters whatsoever to dispatch it over long off for a glorious six. Aaron corrected his length on his next delievery and bowled it short of good length, cramping Kohli for room, who threw his bat hard at it before watching the outside edge sail over the long on fence for another maximum.
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De Villiers helped himself to couple of boundaries in the same over itself as RCB raced off to 23/0 in the first six balls of the match. Kohli got another six and four of the first two balls of the second over bowled by Shreyas Gopal. It was however the leg-spinner who had the last laugh as Kohli miscued the slog to long on on the very next delivery. Gopal procured a skewed drive from de Villiers that landed safely in the hands of regulation cover, and then completed his maiden IPL hat-trick as Stoinis picked out mid-off perfectly to fall for a golden duck on the hat trick delivery.
Gopal’s hat-trick put the brakes on the RCB innings, with the hosts only adding another 27 runs off the 20 balls after Kohli’s dismissal having scored 35 off the 10 prior. Having restricted RCB to 7-62, the Royals looked on course to chase that total down thanks to Sanju Samson’s 13-ball 28 only for rain to end their chase at 1-41 after 3.2 overs. The points were shared at the end and RCB were officially ousted of the competition as their disappointing campaign came to an end. It was not an ideal situation for the visitors either who were well on course to get the two points before the game was called off.