The Royal Battle in Ahmedabad: RR Defeat RCB in Tense Eliminator

Eliminator (N), Ahmedabad, May 22, 2024, Indian Premier League
ScoreResultPlayer of the match
RCB172/8RR won by 4 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)Ravichandran Ashwin, RR 2/19

On May 22, 2024, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the decisive match of the Indian Premier League Eliminator took place between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). Both teams battled for the right to advance to the next playoff round and continue their pursuit of the championship title. 

Disappointing Batting Performance by RCB

The Royal Battle in Ahmedabad: RR Defeat RCB in Tense Eliminator

Despite an impressive streak of six consecutive wins leading into this match, RCB failed to continue their winning ways. Their main batsmen, Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar, showed decent performances, scoring 27 (21) and 24 (52) respectively. However, the rest of the batting lineup utterly failed to meet expectations.   Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, and Dinesh Karthik – all of them came out at the start but quickly returned to the pavilion without making a significant contribution. Cameron Green showed some resilience, scoring 25 off 22 balls, but overall, RCB’s middle order let the team down.

As a result, RCB could only muster 172/8 in their 20 overs, which appeared insufficient against RR’s formidable batting attack. Their batsmen were unable to accelerate the scoring rate or build substantial partnerships. This became one of the main reasons for RCB’s defeat in this match.

Lackluster Bowling by RCB  

In the bowling department, RCB also failed to deliver their best cricket. They had pinned their hopes on Mohammed Siraj, who took 1 wicket for 28 runs. However, the rest of the team’s bowlers looked pale in comparison to RR’s threatening attack. Rengareddy Singh was the most economical, conceding 27 runs in 4 overs. But he could not break through RR’s defense. Reece Topley (0/41), Glenn Maxwell (0/27), and Karn Sharma (0/24) completely failed to contain the opposition batsmen. Overall, RCB’s bowling looked quite lackluster. They were unable to create sufficient pressure on RR, allowing their batsmen to run rampant. This became another crucial factor that determined the outcome in favor of Rajasthan Royals. RCB’s performance let them down in both batting and bowling. Despite their impressive winning streak, the team failed to showcase their best cricket in this decisive Eliminator match against RR.

Dominant Bowling Display by the Royals  

Rajasthan Royals truly confirmed their status as favorites by demonstrating an incredibly balanced and powerful performance across all components of the game. Their bowling attack was simply superb in this match. The opening duo of Yashasvi Jaiswal (45 off 30) and Jos Buttler (27 off 21) provided an excellent start, scoring 45 runs in the first 6 overs. But the real heroes were RR’s bowlers, who simply stifled RCB’s batting attack. Leading the attack was Avesh Khan, who claimed 3 crucial wickets for just 44 runs. He was brilliantly supported by Trent Boult (2/19) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/16). This trio of RR bowlers operated at the peak of their abilities. Chahal utilized his guile and variations to bamboozle RCB’s batsmen. Boult was, as always, impeccable with his trademark inswingers. And Khan impressed with his pace and accuracy. As a result, RR’s bowlers displayed incredible economy. They did not allow RCB’s batsmen to accelerate, regularly breaking partnerships. Their collective efforts restricted RCB to a modest total of 172/8 in 20 overs. Then, while chasing, RR continued their dominance. Their bowlers did not give RCB’s batting lineup a single chance. Thanks to their economical bowling, RR comfortably reached the required 174 runs in 19 overs with 4 wickets remaining. Thus, it was the phenomenal bowling performance by RR that proved to be the key to their convincing victory in this Eliminator match. Their balanced squad demonstrated strength across all aspects of the game.

The Outcome

In a tense finish to the match, Rovman Powell delivered the decisive blow, sending the ball over the boundary off R. Ashwin. This match-winning shot secured Rajasthan Royals’ victory with a score of 174/6 and ended RCB’s journey in IPL 2024.

Consequently, RR secured an important victory over RCB in the Eliminator with a 4-wicket advantage. Despite their impressive winning streak, Bangalore could not withstand the might of Royals’ balanced squad. Now, RR awaits their encounter with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the next playoff round on May 24 in Chennai. As for RCB, they are forced to end their title pursuit this season, prolonging their wait for their first IPL championship.