RCB vs RR: Shreyas Gopal hat-trick restricts Royal Challengers Bangalore to 62/7 in five-over blast

A torrent of rain for over two hours was followed by a sensational passage of play that had the Virat Kohli smack 25 off just seven balls before Rajasthan Royals’ Shreyas Gopal claimed a hat-trick removing Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis of consecutive deliveries in the second over of a five-over innings in rain-curtailed Match 49 of IPL 2019 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday.

RCB eventually went on to post 62/7

Kohli had started with a bang after the lengthy break with two sixes off the first two balls of the innings bowled by Varun Aaron. A length ball was dispatched over long-off while the second one, an edge, went over the third man boundary. De Villiers added two fours as 23 runs came off the first over.

Gopal’s first three balls went for a six, four and a couple before Kohli mistimed one towards long-on, where Liam Liingstone held on to an easy catch. De Villiers sliced next one to extra cover where Riyan Parag took another easy catch. Stonis, facing the hat-trick ball then drove one straight to mid-on to hand Gopal his second hat-trick of the year. He had taken a hat-trick in the 2019 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Parah added the wicket of Gurkerat Singh in the third over while Parthiv Patel fell to Jaydev Unadakt in the fourth. Oshane Thomas then had Heinrich Klassen caught at deep point for six, followed by the wicket of Pawan Negi.

Earlier, after RR skipper Steve Smith won the toss and elected to bowl, the Bangalore clouds opened up and relentless rain meant the start was delayed. Even though rain stopped after nearly two hours, the umpires did not give the green signal for the match to start due to wet patches in and around the main strip.

The final inspection was set for 11:05 pm IST, with the cut-off limit for the match to be called off being 11:26 pm IST, but after the inspection umpires Nigel Llong and Ulhas Gandhe were happy with the condition of the pitch and play was started.

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