IPL 2019: Match 13, RR vs RCB – We Still Have Ten Games to Come Back – Yuzvendra Chahal
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) spinner Yuzvendra Chahal once again starred with the ball, but it was not enough to beat the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Meanwhile, with two wickets against the Royals, Chahal has now climbed the ladder to be the highest wicket-taker in IPL so far.
Batting first, Bangalore managed to post only 158 runs on the board. Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel got them off to a good start adding 49 runs for the first wicket. While Kohli looked out of his place struggling to time the ball, Patel was fluent hitting the gaps easily. Shreyas Gopal provided the first breakthrough dismissing Kohli with a googly. The young leg-spinner, who has looked out of form so far, stormed back to form against Bangalore. He kept up the excellent work to make AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer his bunny to have Bangalore at 73 for three.
Parthiv Patel and Marcus Stoinis shared a good stand to cross the 100-run mark. In that process, Patel registered his half-century. Although Jofra Archer dismissed Patel, Stoinis and Moeen Ali played late cameos to take the score to 158 runs.
Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler got Rajasthan Royals off to a good start. They scored runs at will as the pacers failed to create any impact. The openers added 60 runs before Yuzvendra Chahal got rid of Rahane. He also dismissed Buttler, but by then they set the platform for victory. Steven Smith and Rahul Tripathi took the score close to the winning run before Smith departed giving Tripathi an opportunity to finish off the game with a six.
During the chase, Yuzvendra Chahal’s two wickets took him to eight wickets – the highest wicket-taker of IPL 2019 so far. He overtook Imran Tahir who has six wickets while the man-of-the-match from today’s game Shreyas Gopal founds himself in the third spot. Following his achievement, Chahal said that it is a great feeling but is sad as they failed to win the game.
Here is what Chahal said,
Obviously, it is a great feeling if you are the highest wicket-taker in the tournament but sad that we didn’t win the match. Leg spinners have many variations compared to other bowlers. We also get more turn from the surface. The googly and top spinner also spin more. It is the fourth loss in a row, but we have ten games to come back. You need to stay positive in such a situation. I am used to conditions there, sixth year with RCB, and I like bowling at the Chinnaswamy.
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