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Shreyas Gopal (3 for 12) laid the platform for RR's first win of the season

Curtains down - RCB remain winless

That's four losses in four for the Bangalore franchise as Rahul Tripathi quashes any hopes of a Super Over when RR needed 1 off the last two balls with a pull shot that soared for a six. RR have picked their first two points and RCB are left pinged to the bottom of the table. Next up for them? A home game against the Andre Russell-fuelled RCB - good luck to that bowling attack! Two days later, Rajasthan Royals will host KKR.

That's all for now, ciao!

RR in 19 overs - in 19 overs - Need 5 off 6 balls

Steve Smith falls off the last ball of the 19th over, for a 31-ball 38. And now the Stokes-Tripathi combo needs to get five off the last six balls. Surely this game is already done?

RR 147/2 in 17 overs - Need 18 off 18 balls

A 16-run over has completely tipped the scales in RR's favour. The required rate is down to just run-a-ball. Unlikely for RR to botch this up from here...

RR 125/2 in 16 overs - Need 34 off 24 balls

Chahal's four overs are done with figures of 2 for 17. He's conceded just two runs in his final over RCB's headaches begin now. Who bowls the last four overs with only 34 to get. Siraj has the ball for the 17th over...can he spark a late, late comeback?

Chahal strikes again...

I spoke too soon about watching Buttler at the non-striker's end. It's taken a teasing delivery tossed up outside the off-stump to get the Englishman to miscue a big him. He goes back for a 43-ball 59. Can RCB do a KXIP and sneak back in very late in dramatic fashion?

Jos Buttler gets another half-century...

The Englishman is on fire at the moment. You know what this means, don't you? Bowlers need to start observing his movements....at the non-striker's end.

RR cruising...

10 overs are up and RR already have more than half of their target in their kitty (80/1). It's only just about more than half, but that's enough for now as a base.

WICKET - Chahal strikes!

Spin comes on and there's a wicket straightaway. Kohli and RCB could've been better served getting this before the partnership blossomed. Anyway, they've got the wicket now as Rahane didn't pick the googly. He rocked back inside the crease in the hope to cut a length-ish ball away but Chahal had unfurled a googly that turned in and struck the pad in line. Rahane considered reviewing it but decided against - and wisely so. RR 60/1

Rajasthan Royals 55/0 in 6 overs

This game is swiftly slipping away from RCB. Rahane and Buttler have been supremely comfortable against an all-pace barrage.

No spinner in but Mohammad Siraj gives away just a single in his over. Yet, Rajasthan Royals have 46 for 0 in 5 overs.

RR fly off the blocks...

Rahane and Buttler has smashed 33 in the first three overs of bowling from Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini. Both are quick but have been easily dealt with here. Can Kohli do a Warner and throw the ball to his leggie Chahal to counter Buttler? We'll have to wait and watch...

Kohli DROPS Rahane!

Not the start RCB wanted. Rahane nicks Navdeep Saini but Virat Kohli's jump is not very well timed while trying take it. He ends up spilling the catch.

Jofra Archer taken apart; RCB end with 158/4

Not the best outing for the fast bowler, as he finishes with none 1 for 47 - 17 of which came in the final over of the innings. Moeen Ali's 9-ball 18 cameo and Marcus Stoinis's steadying-the-ship 31 off 28 has actually pushed RCB closer to a competitive total. Since the dew has already started to set it, RCB are probably still about 15-20 runs short.

Death-overs improvement

RR have gone from conceding 24 and 8 in the 18th and 19th overs in the previous game to 8 and 9 in this one.

RCB 132/4 in 18 overs

So, now what do RR do? Last game they had the final three overs bowled by Dhawal-Jofra-Unadkat which conceded 60 runs. Today, Jofra's bowled the 18th, Unadkat is on the bench and Rahane has turned to Ben Stokes in the 19th. The England all-rounder's change-up deliveries have been quite hard to put away.

Parthiv Patel goes!

The fight comes to an end, at a 41-ball 67. He's done so well in a game where no other RCB batsman has managed even half the amount of control. He goes trying to score another boundary, caught in the deep off Jofra Archer.

Shreyas Gopal finishes off with figures of 4-16-12-3

29-ball fifty for Parthiv Patel

Not for the first time, the left-hander is trying to do it all by himself. The top-order stalwarts have been sent packing but Parthiv has been unaffected. Gets his 12th IPL half-century.

Parthiv rolls along

He's watched some of his more esteemed teammates fall to Gopal's googly, but that's not hindered Parthiv Patel's momentum too much. He clatters a short ball from Stokes over the long boundary at deep square leg, and then scythes the next ball through point to drive RCB forward.

Gopal is on a roll here!

Shimron Hetmyer has also succumbed to the googly. The left-hander was a bit tentative, staying back and trying to probably read the turn off the pitch. He ended up feathering the ball to the keeper. Not the best situation for Marcus Stoinis to make his RCB debut in, but what choice does he have? RCB are down to 74/3 in 10.1 overs.

Gowtham back for his final over

Good move from Ajinkya Rahane there. RCB have looked shaky against the spinners and Parthiv Patel has particularly found life comfortable against pace. He concedes just two runs

A Gopal googly dents RCB again!

AB de Villiers has been dismissed by Shreyas Gopal for the third time in three meetings! And for the second time in this game, a googly has consumed a batting giant. Gopal bowled two leg breaks to the South African first up and casually slipped a googly on the third. De Villiers tried to flick it but didn't seem to be in too much control of it or having read it. A leading edge popped up and Gopal completed a good, low catch. Just like that, RCB are two down for 71 runs.

FYI...

4 1 4 2 1 4 - Welcome back to the IPL, Varun Aaron!

You could sympathise with him for the boundary off the third ball - it went off an inside edge from AB de Villiers, but his extra pace has helped both Parthiv and de Villiers to get boundaries with ease.

Shreyas Gopal knocks over RCB captain!

Look away Virat Kohli fans, this is not very pretty viewing! Shreyas Gopal unfurls two googlies back-to-back and Kohli fails to read both. He got the second one to go through the massive palace gates that Kohli exposed while trying to drive the ball through covers expecting it to move away from him. It turned in instead, and lit up the stumps. What a wicket for RR.

End of PowerPlay - RCB 48/0 in 6 overs

Not a bad start for RCB, considering K Gowtham has gone for just 17 runs in the three overs he has bowled.

Runs off Jofra!

Ajinkya Rahane brought in Jofra Archer perhaps with a view to trouble a batsman of Virat Kohli's caliber, but the fast bowler had to contend with Parthiv Patel first. The left-hander picked three fours off him in a 14-run over. With that, RCB have moved to 43/0 in 5 overs.

How's the pitch like?

I'd say the ball is stopping a bit after pitching. The second ball of the fourth over - from Dhawan Kulkarni - was an evidence. The length was ideal for Kohli to punch it through covers off the backfoot, but Kohli was early on his shot and the ball ended up fall to the leg side after getting an inside edge.

Safe start? - RCB 20/0 in 3 overs

K Gowtham has troubled Kohli in the past but the RCB captain has done alright today so far. The offie got the straighter one to beat Kohli's bat but that's about how dangerous he could be. Kohli's started cautiously, batting on 16 off 15 after the first three overs. But after the last game's outrageous batting collapse, could you really blame him?

RCB's opening roulette has landed back beside Virat Kohli's name. He comes out to bat with Parthiv Patel.

TOSS : Rajasthan Royals opt to bowl first

Changes galore for both sides...

RR: Sanju Samson (injury) and Jaydev Unadkat OUT; Stuart Binny and Varun Aaron in

RCB: Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme and Prayas Ray Barman OUT; Akshdeep Nath, Marcus Stoinis and Navdeep Saini IN

Tidbids about the changes...

Rajasthan Royals

- Stuart Binny was picked up by RR for his base price of INR 50 lakh last year and played as many as seven fixtures last year, but wasn't very impressive (44 runs and 0 wickets). He's in because one of RR's batting mainstays - Sanju Samson - is out due to an injury.

- RR fought off DC for the acquisition of Varun Aaron - for INR 2.40 Crore. He's not played a single game this year until today and the last time he played in the IPL was in 2017 (seven wickets in six games at an economy rate of 8.15). But he's had very good domestic performances this year for Jharkhand which justified the high price tag. Now, playing in place of the INR 8.4 Crore man Unadkat, comes another opportunity to further justify it and cement a spot. It is being said the wicket at the Sawai Mansingh stadium could be conducive for him.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

- Akshdeep Nath was a surprise pick for RCB at the auction this year - where they furiously tussled with the title holders all the way from the base price of INR 20 lakh, and eventually picked him for 3.60 Crore! That's a lot of money for someone who has started as a bench warmer. But here's his chance now, playing in place of Shivam Dube and will have to slot in at No.6. If he does well, RCB might have the flexibility to drop Parthiv Patel and pack their top-order with so much more firepower as Nath can don the gloves too. But let's not get too ahead of ourselves here. Parthiv hasn't done too badly based on how RCB's season is going so there's not a reason to put him out.

- Marcus Stoinis's return is much-needed for this side. He comes in for Colin de Grandhomme as a definite upgrade in the allrounders' slot. He also gives RCB the option of another explosive opener - which he has been for Melbourne Stars.

A couple of damning stats...

#1 - Virat Kohli will be leading RCB for the 100th time. Among the eight captains to lead in 50+ matches in IPL, Kohli's win % of 45.45 is the poorest.

The RCB skipper will want to mark the milestone with an upward nudge to that sorry percentage. He can also

#2 - Jofra Archer has an ER of 6.33 in the first three games while the rest of RR pacers cumulatively concede at 11.26 per over.

You've got to feel for the pacer. He's done so well but has been surrounded by bowlers who've erred far too often. In their last defeat - against CSK - RR conceded 60 in the last three overs, of which Jofra gave away just eight in his.

Prelude - The scramble for first points

Almost 10 days into the season, two teams that have started the slowest have reached a juncture where they can finally be a little optimistic. This is the game, where they can say with surety, that one of them is finally going to open their account this year. Rajasthan Royals started off in promising fashion until they got foxed by a Ravichandran Ashwin Mankad in the first game. Then SRH smashed them in a big chase before they were out-tactic'd by MS Dhoni's CSK on a ground dripping with dew. It wouldn't be too wrong to say they could've and should've taken some, if not all, points of the available six.

Ajinkya Rahane is hoping to win 'small moments' and have some rub of the green goes his way as they host their fellow luck-less side, RCB.

Virat Kohli's team has glamour, but where's the substance when you need it? Kohli and AB de Villiers is the finest pair that you could put together on a cricket field, but T20, unfortunately, needs a lot more thought going into entire team combinations. They need a lot of sorting out, specially after the absolute schooling they got at the hands of SRH to emerge from the current ruins they find themselves in - an NRR of -2.413.

Can the Aussies save Kohli's sinking ship?

RCB will welcome Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile into the squad after they finished their recent national assignment. And will have a few decision to make. If both are available to play right away, without having to grapple with jet lag, then they should both definitely be in, for Moeen Ali and Colin de Grandhomme. RCB can fill the void left by Moeen the bowler with the likes of Washington Sundar and Pawan Negi, who can also bat a bit.

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