Jaipur - AB de Villiers produced another gem of a half-century for the Royal
Challengers Bangalore, but it was in vain as they lost by 30 runs to the
Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match in Jaipur on Saturday.
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The result keeps alive the Royals' hopes of reaching the playoffs
while the men from Bangalore must reflect on yet another underwhelming
tournament in which their individual stars have sparkled but team
results have, for the most part, been dire.
The home side
reached a modest 164/5, but it proved far too much for the visitors for
De Villiers made 53 from 35 balls with seven fours and Parthiv Patel 33
from 21 balls. But a wretched collapse from 75/1 to 134 all out was
instigated by leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal who posted figures of 4-0-16-4.
Both batsmen were stumped by South African gloveman Heinrich Klaasen
who took the place of Jos Butler after the Englishman was recalled to
prepare for his country’s imminent Test series against Pakistan.
Umesh Yadav had earlier led one of the best bowling and fielding
performances of the tournament by the Royal Challengers as they made the
Royals work for every run on a slow Jaipur pitch.
would have been even less challenging had Klaasen not produced a
typically belligerent 32 from 21 deliveries with three fours and a six
in the closing overs. Krishnappa Gowtham also added some last-minute
gloss to the total with a brace of sixes in the final over from Tim
Southee which cost 15 runs.
The innings was held together,
however, by opener Rahul Tripathi who batted through the innings to
finish unbeaten on 80 from 58 balls (5x4, 3x6).
Rahane contributed a pedestrian 33 from 31 balls before swinging across
a straight one from Yadav who was excellent in posting figures of