Gowtham and Gopal have booted RCB out of IPL 2018


Rajasthan Royals move to 14 points and are alive in the competition. This has been a superb defence of a total RCB would've gleefully accepted to chase nine times out of ten. What this does is it leaves Royals hoping a slew of results going their way. For starters, they'll want Sunrisers to beat KKR. Then have favours from Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils tomorrow, so that Mumbai Indians don't go ahead on points.

Virat Kohli says: It was a strange one, great position at one stage but the way we fumbled it wasn't ideal. AB was batting beautifully, the decision-making of the others was poor. It shouldn't have been repeated by five-six guys in a row. We wanted to strengthen our middle order that hasn't been our strength for the last few years, something we need to look forward to over the next year and beyond. Scoring and stress in the middle order can't always be on a guy like AB. Here, others around him just didn't show enough composure. Quite a few positives: Umesh was outstanding, Chahal was good, Siraj took his opportunities, Moeen grabbed his chances and gave us the balance. Disappointed to not finish this off after we were cruising, just to see the way it unfolded after that hurts.

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