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IPL: Gopal takes a hat-trick in the rain-hit when RCB knocked out Cricket News

BENGALURU: Rajasthan Royals leg spinner Shreyas Gopal took a memorable hat trick in a five overs a side game that was eventually canceled due to intermittent rain, pushing Royal Challengers Bangalore out of the IPL play-off race on Tuesday.


Of the last 10 balls, 22 were needed, Royals was the favorite to score two points, but showers again threw Chinnaswamy and both teams had to share one point. The non-result keeps Royals alive mathematically in the tournament because they have 11 points from 13 games with one game to go. The visitors were 41 for one in 3.2 overs when the rain returned to the Chinnaswamy with Sanju Samson (28 out of 13) as their top scorer.

RCB got a point from the called contest and brought them to nine points from 13 games, ending all their hope for progress in the tournament.

Royals limited RCB to 62 for seven in five overs after Gopal & # 39; s hat trick.

Royals had won the pitch and opted for field, but the rain arrived and delayed the start of the game with three hours and thirty minutes.

The game finally started after a long delay, thanks to a commendable effort from the ground staff who prepared the ground after several periods of heavy rain.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli (25 out of 7) was on fire from ball one, resulting in pacer Varun Aaron being laid down for a straight six. The loyal fans of the hosts, who stayed behind for hours in the hope of a match, managed to get their money off with Kohli who hit Aaron another six before AB de Villiers (10 of 4) came into action when the first one was over for 23 runs.

However, Gopal immediately brought Royals back into the game by removing Kohli and de Villiers consecutive balls before Marcus Stoinis was sent back for a memorable hat trick.

With the next batters who went for the big hits from the start, RCB has managed to pass the 50-run score.

Royals pacer Oshane Thomas also immediately impressed by taking over two wickets in one.

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