What a day. We waited for the most part of the day for the rain to relent. It did finally post 11 pm and we had some hitting, a hat-trick and then the rain comes down again. Not an exciting day for an RCB fan but it did certainly have its elements. Till tomorrow, well tonight again as Chennai Super Kings meet Delhi Capitals, it is good night!
Just 10 balls left and the rain comes down again. The players and umpires shake hands and the match is abandoned. With this RCB is now out of the reckoning for the playoffs, officially, as the teams share one point each.
The rain comes down and the match is called off. What an anti-climax.
RR 41/1 in 3.2 overs: Yuzvendra Chahal strikes. He bowls it a tad wide and Samson tries to reach out and is caught at extra cover.
RR 40/0 in 3 overs: Edged by Sanju Samson and he gets a boundary. RR doesn't care about the edge, though. The ball runs away between the keeper and short third man.
RR 36/0 in 2.5 overs: Khejroliya bowls a little full and Samson caresses it over long-on for six.
RR 28/0 in 2.1 overs: Kulwant Khejroliya gets a splendid welcome to IPL. Sanju Samson just times this short of length ball and sends it soaring into the crowds at the deep midwicket region.
RR needs 41 runs off 18 balls.
RR 22/0 in 2 overs: The line outside the off stump works. The batsmen cannot time it, cannot get to the ball and it keeps the scoreboard quiet.
RR 20/0 in 1.2 overs: A short ball from Saini and Livingstone clears his front leg and deposits this into the crowds at long-on. He didn't middle this, but would anyone in RR care? The result is a six.
RR 14/0 in 1.1 overs: Liam Livingstone starts off with a boundary. He sends Navdeep Saini to the deep midwicket fence in a flash.
RR 10/0 in 1 over: Three good balls by Umesh Yadav and no damage done. RR needs 53 in 24 balls. Gettable by any IPL standard.
RR 10/0 in 0.3 overs: Umesh bowls on the pads and no prizes for guessing, Samson puts it away to the fine leg boundary.
RR 6/0 in 0.2 overs: Sanju Samson puts this away. Waist high, decent pace and Samson pulls and times it excellently for six over the deep midwicket region.
Umesh Yadav has the ball in his hand. Sanju Samson and Liam Livingstone open for RR.
The target for Rajasthan Royals is 63 in 30 balls.
RCB 62/7 in 5 overs: The players steal a bye and RCB finishes on 62. A below par finish considering the start Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers gave RCB. Shreyas Gopal's hat-trick stole the show and it is now the RR batsmen to back up a stupendous bowling effort.
RCB 61/7 in 4.5 overs: Pavan Begi edges one and Sanju Samson pouches a good catch. RCB is falling apart and Thomas gets anothe wicket in the over.
RCB 57/6 in 4.3 overs: Heinrich Klassen joins the procession. He departs for 6 as he gets a leading edge to deep cover. RCB cannot make the excellent start count.
RCB 56/5 in 4.1 overs: Thomas starts off with a no-ball. Steve Smith is distraught. The free hit doesn't do much damage. It is just a single to the long on fielder by Klassen.
Oshane Thomas to bowl the last over.
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RCB 54/5 in 4 overs: Parthiv Patel tries something cheeky. He moves across and tries to send Jaydev Unadkat past the short fine leg fielder, Oshane Thomas, but instead he finds the fielder to perfection. Parthiv departs and RCB in trouble.
RCB 44/4 in 2.5 overs: After the initial burst, RCB is losing its way. Gurkeerat Singh Mann heaves it and miscues one to Mahipal Lomror at deep midwicket. RCB is in tatters now. Riyan Parag breaks into a jig.
RCB 35/3 in 2 overs: Hat-trick for Shreyas Gopal. First Kohli, then AB and then Marcus Stoinis. Stoinis picks this up and then smacks it straight to Steve Smith at mid-off. The celebrations in RR camp is astounding.
RCB 35/2 in 1.5 overs: Two in two. He removes AB de Villiers, caught by Riyan Parag. AB skies it and then finds Parag at extra cover calls for it and settles under it perfectly.
RCB 35/1 in 1.4 overs: Shreyas Gopal strikes. He smacks it to long-on and Livingstone in the deep makes no mistake. Gopal has his man, again, for the second time this season, and RCB loses its first wicket.
RCB 33/0 in 1.2 overs: Kohli gets a boundary, past the mid-on fielder.
RCB 29/0 in 1.1 overs: Shreyas Gopal into the attack and Kohli welcomes him with a maximum. The crowd is going berserk and it is insane stuff from the batsmen. Kohli waits for the ball and smacks it over long off for six.
RCB 23/0 in 1 over: AB de Villiers smacks this to the vacant deep midwicket area and gets a boundary. RCB gets off to a rollicking start.
RCB 17/0 in 0.4 overs: This time it is AB de Villiers. He throws his bat, first ball, and it takes the edge and races to the third man fence.
Two balls and the leather is off the ball. We have a change of a ball.
RCB 12/0 in 0.2 overs: An expected start. RR and Varun Aaron are under pressure straightaway. This time Kohli slices it over third man region for six more.
RCB 6/0 in 0.1 overs: What a start from Virat Kohli. He targets the long-off area and smacks it over for a six. Full length and Kohli just lifts it. He is wasting no time.
AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli open the batting for RCB. Varun Aaron with the new ball.
Playing rules: Two-over Powerplay and one over per bowler. Ten minute break between innings.
So it is going to be a humdinger tonight. Just 30 balls per team and it is entertainment guaranteed! The short boundaries will help the batsmen but don't forget, it is damp out there.
Update: We will have a 5-over a side match and it will start at 11.26 pm.
Update: The next inspection is at 11.05 pm, says Anjana from the ground. The water has seeped on to the pitch. We'll mostly have a 5-6 over game tonight if it doesn't rain any further and the drying process works.
The inspections are over. The umpires are back. Let's wait for an official announcement.
An official update is due anytime now!
The umpires, the officials are in a deep, animated discussion in the middle says, Anjana. They are worried about some areas near the pitch which is soaked in water. Extra drying processes being carried out there. Nigel Llong was scraping his feet near the affected area.
Update: The rain relents. We have an inspection at 10.40 pm, which is about 20 minutes from now. Let us hope the rain doesn't come back!
The rain stops in Bengaluru. The groundsmen are at work. The covers are coming off. We will work out (actually the umpires will) and come back with the number of overs that will be played.
The rain continues and a spectacle in the sky lits up the mood — a series of lightning and thunder. The wait just gets longer!
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The rain comes back. It is drizzling and the covers are out. Phew! What a disappointment for all of us! If the game is a washout, RCB is officially knocked out of the IPL 12.
A positive update: The rain relents. The super soppers are out. The Men in Black (groundsmen in raincoats) run to the middle and clear the covers. A loud cheer from the M. Chinnaswamy crowd.
Update: For a five-over match, the rain needs to stop by 10.45 pm and after the groundsmen get the ground ready, play can start by 11.20/11.25 pm, according to a KSCA official. And as I type this, Anjana says, another thunderstorm expected in about 30 minutes from now.
Meanwhile it is Steve Smith's final game of IPL 12 . He leaves tonight to join Australia's World Cup camp.
Disaster averted: Fire extinguishers had to be brought out at the stadium to douse a spark coming from a speaker in a stand adjacent to the press box. Apparently, a short circuit is the cause of the spark, says our correspondent. Meanwhile, it is still a steady drizzle at Bengaluru.
Well, the intensity of the rain reduces. It is more of a drizzle now.
The super soppers are out! They go back in and wait on the sidelines.
Update: We will have reduction in overs post 9pm. Once the rain relents,
it won't take more than 20 minutes it will take less then 10 minutes, says our correspondent, for the ground staff to get the ground ready as the Chinnaswamy Stadium has one of the best drainage systems in the country.
This is how the view from press box is for now. The rain is coming down so hard that nothing is visible, and wait, Anjana Senthil says, it is pouring inside the press box too!
IT IS RAINING. No it is POURING. Bad news as it has started raining at the Chinnaswamy Stadium and the groundsmen are bringing on the covers. It started as a faint drizzle but has gone heavier. We will have a delayed start.
By the way, we only have six foreign players in the match tonight.
L, W, W, L, L, L, W, L, L, L, L, L, L — This is not RCB's win-loss ratio in the IPL but this is Virat Kohli's toss success rate in this edition. He has lost 10 out of 13 tosses. "I was trying to practice the coin toss, nothing seems to be working. I've lost 10 tosses now," says Virat Kohli at the toss.
Toss update and team news: Rajasthan Royals wins toss and will bowl first.
Pawan Negi and Kulwant Khejroliya are in the playing XI for RCB as Shivam Dube misses out while Mahipal Lomror comes in place of Ashton Turner for RR.
The covers on the pitch and the practice squares are being taken off now. Representatives from both the teams immediately headed to the middle to have a look at the wicket.
The activity at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is heating up. The teams are going through their paces, the match officials are monitoring the ground, the pitch, the conditions and for now - it is clear skies. No threat of rain.
Pitch: The 22-yards in Bengaluru is known to favour the batsmen and with short boundaries and a fast outfield, a run fest is always on the cards. Rarely have teams failed to entertain the crowd and we hope Tuesday doesn't disappoint.
Weather report: It rained earlier in the evening but there is no imminent threat of rain, says Anjana Senthil , as she is heading to the stadium. It is overcast, but knowing Bengaluru, there can be nothing that we can rule out! Fingers crossed for an uninterrupted match.
A contest within a contest is what makes an IPL match even more interesting and for tonight, we have picked,
Before the buzz gets bigger, isn't it a good idea to read the preview and understand the playoff chances for both the teams? Although Rajasthan Royals is placed slightly better than Royal Challengers Bangalore, would you believe if we say RCB has a chance to make it to the knockouts? Our correspondent Anjana Senthil has the details in her preview.
RCB vs RR preview
Mathematically, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is still in with a chance to qualify for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 play-offs; a miniscule spot of a chance which needs a mighty rub of luck. Rajasthan Royals, which will be RCB’s next opponent at M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday, is also chasing the odds to secure a playoff spot, though the team is slightly better placed on the scale of probability to achieve success considering it has two points (10) more than the Royal Challengers.
For starters, RCB needs massive wins in the last two matches to gain 12 points. It needs all the batsmen to fire and compile record scores and bundle out opponents — Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers — for paltry totals. The wins should be massive enough to change the net run-rate from the negative to the positive.
It then needs the top three teams — Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians to keep on winning and then hope for all the results — except for the insignificant match between table toppers DC and CSK) to go exactly in a way which will allow the teams currently placed fourth and below to secure no more than 12 points. These teams should also perform poorly enough to slump to a worse run rate than Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Virat Kohli, for all the superhuman batting skills he possesses, is a realist.
Shortly after the loss to Delhi Capitals on Sunday that all but ended RCB’s hopes of playoff qualification, skipper Kohli said: “We put ourselves under too much pressure in the first six games and then it is always hard work in the latter half. We just decided to have a lot of fun and that’s why we won four out of the last six games we have played.
“The important thing now, with two games left, is to go out there and have fun. Not take too much pressure. We have to go out there and play positive cricket. Once the last two games are done, we will sit down and see where the tournament had gone for us,” he said.
South African pacer Dale Steyn, during his brief two-match stint with RCB, brought with him an influx of energy and speed and gave a fresh lease of life for the woefully inept pace department. The team got its initial burst of wickets and fortunes swung in the team’s favour, albeit a little too late.
With its big influencer out of the picture because of a shoulder strain, it is left to Navdeep Saini and Umesh Yadav to inspire the side lacking depth in fast-bowling reserves.
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The team also missed the services of Moeen Ali in the match against Delhi Capitals where its middle-order broke down despite a solid start from the top-order through Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli. Ali, back in England for the national camp, offered stability and an extra bowling option for the Royal Challengers. The team’s biggest flaw season after season has been its heavy reliance on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to help come up trumps in games.
Rajasthan Royals, too, has had an underwhelming season so far. It is only marginally better than Royal Challengers with five wins in 12 matches. The team, though, has seen a resurgence after Steve Smith took over the captaincy from Ajinkya Rahane. The former Australian skipper will be playing his last IPL match of the season in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
The Australian, who landed heavily on his operated elbow while taking the catch of David Warner against Sunrisers Hyderabad allayed injury concerns. “I just landed on it quite heavily. Obviously, from surgery, I have still got some scar tissue and the impact of the landing just affected it a little bit but there is nothing wrong with it, it’s all good.”
Rahane, free of captaincy pressure, has also broken the shackles and has been contributing handsomely with the bat.
Shreyas Gopal was extremely successful, claiming the wickets of AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and Shimron Hetmyer the last time the two teams played. He has been in good form and will look to do his bit again to aid his team’s cause. Smith was full of praise for the leg-spinner.
“He has been terrific for us. Everytime we have given him the ball, he has done the job for us. He has taken wickets. He has got big players out, which is really important. He is bowling good variations, both in his pace and different balls like googlies and sliders and leg-spinners. He is mixing things up which I think is what you need to do as a leg-spinner.
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Teenager Riyan Prayag has been an asset since his late entry to the team and has delivered consistently in the batting department.
Varun Aaron, after making his Royals debut against RCB earlier this month, has impressed with the new ball in the last two outings. He also walked away with the Man-of the-Match award for his performance against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.
Against Rajasthan Royals, which no longer has the services of Englishmen Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes, RCB requires nothing less than an inspirational win to give its unrelenting fans the will to keep hoping for a miracle.
The match will start at 8pm and live streaming is on Hotstar.
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