Tripathi, Gopal star as RR thrashes RCB

Rahul Tripathi scored 80 and Shreyas Gopal picked up four wickets with his leg-spin as Rajasthan Royals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 30 runs.

Ajinkya Rahane (left) and Virat Kohli at the toss. Photo: Sportzpics/IPL

 

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Virat Kohli: "We would have bowled first as well. They don't have Jos and Stokes. So, we wanted to put them in first. It is important to find the right balance. We have done decently well in the last three games. We are playing with the same team."

Rahane: "I think the wicket looks very dry. Looking forward to bat here. I think it is important to start well. It is important game for both teams. We will definitely miss them. It is important for us to do well as a team."

TOSS UPDATE: Rajasthan Royals has won the toss and opted to bat.

While we're at it, the battle between RR batsman Sanju Samson and RCB pace spearhead Umesh Yadav could be decisive in today's encounter. Here's how the two stars stack up.

And before going any further, here's what the RCB skipper had to say about his team-mate A.B. De Villiers' 'Spiderman Stuff' near the boundary lines. Can AB better himself today? We'll find out soon enough! Kohli: 'AB can do freakish things'

As we warm up to the toss, here's what former India batsman, Amay Khurasiya, had to say about Kohli.

Here's our preview for Saturday afternoon's encounter: RCB, RR lock horns in a must-win match

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) firmly, and rightly too, believes it has arrived in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Having stuttered in the first half of the tournament, the Virat Kohli-led team can back itself to make it to the playoffs. Of course, RCB has to win its final game against Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Friday.

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