Twitter Reactions: Tripathi's 80 rallies Rajasthan Royals to 164 after Umesh's triple dent

Twitter Reactions: Tripathi’s 80 rallies Rajasthan Royals to 164 after Umesh’s triple dent

Umesh Yadav returned with figures of 3/25 to his name.

Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates fall of Sanju Samson’s wicket. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The royal derby kicked off in Jaipur with some serious stakes on line. The Rajasthan Royals hosted the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last league game for both the sides in the competition. Coming in to the game, both the sides knew they had to win the match to keep their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive. A win in the game will not guarantee a playoffs berth but certainly give the winner a sniff.

The winner of the game will have to wait for the result of the Sunday’s game between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils. For now, the RCB and the RR camp have their task cut out – they need to win the match. At the half way stage, the hosts Rajasthan Royals would know that they have possibly not put enough runs on the board. At the same time, they will have hopes from the fact that the Royal Challengers Bangalore have a vulnerable batting lineup.

In the match, the Rajasthan Royals won the toss and opted to bat first. They were severely jolted by the double exclusion of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. They surprised everyone by letting Jofra Archer open the batting with Rahul Tripathi. Archer bagged his third duck of the season as Umesh Yadav struck early for RCB. Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi then played very sensibly to get the Royals back on track.

Rahane largely struggled with his timing on the day. He scored 33 off 31 balls with 3 fours to his name before he became Umesh’s second scalp in the 14th over of the game. On the very next delivery, Sanju Samson bagged a golden duck to become the third wicket of Umesh Yadav. While wickets kept tumbling from one end, Rahul Tripathi held the fort from the other end.

He scored his fifty and it was a much needed anchoring knock for the Rajasthan camp. Towards the end, Heinrich Klaasen contributed with a quick 21-ball 32 runs with three fours and a six to his name. In the final over, K Gowtham smoked two sixes to see the Rajasthan Royals finish with 164/5 in their 20 overs. Rahul Tripathi remained unbeaten on 80 off 58 balls on the other end. Tripathi hit five fours and three sixes in the innings.

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