Royals Eliminate RCB with 4 Wickets Victory to Set Up Knockout Against SRH: IPL 2024 Eliminator Recap

Rajasthan Royals (RR) ended Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) season, in an exhilarating IPL 2024 Eliminator, setting the stage for a knockout clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

Despite their dismal recent performance, Kohli, Patidar, and Lomror scored thirty runs to give RCB 172, but it was never going to be enough to halt RR.

Royals Eliminate RCB with 4 Wickets Victory to Set Up Knockout Against SRH: IPL 2024 Eliminator Recap

Royal Challengers Bengaluru 172 for 8 (Patidar 34, Kohli 33, Lomror 32, Avesh 3-44, Ashwin 2-19) were defeated by Rajasthan Royals 174 for 6 (Jaiswal 45, Parag 36, Siraj 2-33) by four wickets.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) had six straight victories going into the IPL 2024 Eliminator, while Rajasthan Royals (RR) had lost five straight games. However, momentum doesn’t actually exist in sports, especially in a sport as erratic as T20.

Royals won a crucial toss, and their bowlers did an outstanding job keeping RCB to 172 at a ground where dew makes chasing much simpler than setting goals. It was a two-part match, with RR crossing the boundary with an over remaining after some nervous moments during their chase.

It was a two-end game as well. In Ahmedabad, one square boundary was noticeably longer than the other, and the RR bowlers made excellent advantage of this asymmetry. In their odd-numbered overs, the right-hand batter’s lengthier boundary was to the leg side, and the RCB scored 51 for 6 from one end and 121 for 2 from the other.

The fact that the majority of RR’s bowlers for the evening—Trent Boult, R Ashwin, and Avesh Khan—bowled from the favorable end wasn’t a coincidence.

Even when RR batted, there was still an imbalance: one end scored 111 for 1 in 10 overs, while the other scored 63 for 5 in 9 overs. Though not significantly, RR benefited from having right-left couples occupy the crease longer than RCB did.

Ultimately, the decisive factor was the overall amount that RCB staked. Their captain, Faf du Plessis, acknowledged that they were short by roughly twenty runs. He thought the pitch was a 180 when RCB batted and a much higher scoring one when RR chased because of the moisture.

RR will now play Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Chennai on Friday in Qualifier 2. Although RCB will not be winning any trophies this season, it will be remembered with great affection for many years to come.

The two-end game started early. In the first three overs, Boult swung the new ball and was inch-perfect with his lengths and lines, giving the batsmen no space to release their arms and preventing slot balls and long hops. In those three overs, he gave up just six runs and two leg-byes, and he had du Plessis caught at deep midwicket to break the opening stand of 37.

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Royals Eliminate RCB with 4 Wickets Victory to Set Up Knockout Against SRH: IPL 2024 Eliminator Recap

However, the RCB hammered 42 in three overs at the opposite end. By the end of the powerplay, Virat Kohli, who frequently uses his foot to step out or make room, looked menacing as he raced to 30 off 19.

Ashwin replaced Boult at the end with the lengthy leg-side boundary (for the right-hand batsman), and it was still difficult to score from that end. Ashwin bowled superbly, mostly employing his carrom and reverse-carrom variations against the right-hand batters of the Royals. He bowled at a fast tempo, either into the pitch or straight up at the batters’ feet, offering no room.

However, he was also helped by the end from which he bowled and the fact that the RCB had lost significant wickets before to his first two overs. He bowled the ninth over, which came right after Yuzvendra Chahal had dismissed Kohli, and the seventh over, which came just after Boult had removed du Plessis.

The story of IPL 2024 has been Kohli’s slog-sweep. After being kept in cold storage for many years, the shot has provided Kohli an extra gear in the middle overs and helped him overcome a long-standing problem of slow scoring against spin. But on this particular day, he was caught on the midwicket boundary, out for his first slog-sweep.

When they could target the short leg-side boundary, RCB continued to play their strokes. They took Avesh for 13 in the 12th over and Chahal for 13 in the tenth. Rajat Patidar miscued a massive hit off Ashwin in between, but Dhruv Jurel, coming in from long on, knocked down a sitter to give him a respite.

However, Ashwin did not allow RR to dwell on that missed opportunity for long, as he forced Cameron Green to mishit in the 13th over, his fourth, and then removed Glenn Maxwell, who ended a poor season at bat by trying to hit his opening delivery for six and being caught far-on.

After Chahal delivered another costly over (19 overs conceded in the 14th over), it appeared that a 190-odd could be reached when Patidar hooked Avesh for six at the beginning of the 15th over, which was RCB’s first boundary in an odd-numbered over. However, Patidar miscued to a mid-off fielder who was backing up after Avesh delivered a somewhat short delivery that was huge on the next ball.

After he hit a superb first ball inducker to have Dinesh Karthik declared leg before wicket, he might have had two in two, but the third umpire appeared to have misread the bat hitting pad for an inside edge on to pad. The hitter challenged the ruling and it was overturned.

In what is probably his last innings at the senior level, Karthik was prickly even as he scored 11 off 13; nevertheless, in the 19th over, Avesh finally got him with a hard-length legcutter that climbed sharply on him. Even though Mahipal Lomror scored 32 off 17 at the finish, including two leg-side sixes off Chahal, RCB’s total of 172 at the half felt insufficient.

In the early stages of the chase, two opportunities were lost. The first was tough; in the third over, Green threw himself to his left at slip and edged a ball from Yashasvi Jaiswal. The second was easy; in the fifth over, Maxwell squared away a ball from Tom Kohler-Cadmore at deep square-leg.

Following those misses, the two openers repeatedly hit the boundary; Yash Dayal was especially unlucky to let up three fours to Jaiswal shortly after he was sent out; by the end of the fifth over, RR had reached 45 without losing.

With a superb sixth over that saw him give up only two runs and bowl Kohler-Cadmore with a slower yorker, Lockie Ferguson put a stop to the powerplay. But as Jaiswal and Sanju Samson grabbed 17 runs off the left-arm spin of Swapnil Singh in the seventh over, including a six and two fours, both towards the shorter boundary, RR was still well in control.

After entering the field in the tenth over, Green made an immediate impression with his hard lengths, giving up just 11 runs in three overs and trapping Jaiswal as he tried to scoop. Along with helping to run out Jurel, he misplayed a stunning one-bounce throw in the deep by Kohli, but still managed to break the wicket with the ball in his hands.

On the other end, RR lost Samson, who left his crease too early to be dismissed by Karn Sharma for a purposeful off-side wide. The Royals were four down and needed 58 off 36 at the end of the 14th over. That difference would be closed in the 16th over, when Riyan Parag and Shimron Hetmyer took 17 off of Green’s fourth. Then, in the 17th, Hetmyer hit Dayal for two fours, reducing the equation to 19 off 18.

Royals Eliminate RCB with 4 Wickets Victory to Set Up Knockout Against SRH: IPL 2024 Eliminator Recap

But there was still time for one last twist: Mohammed Siraj finished the over by forcing Hetmyer to make a mistake, bowled Parag for 36 with a full, straight delivery that he played across.

With two fresh batsmen at the crease, the Royals were now down 13 from 12, and an unexpected victory over the RCB was still possible. Nevertheless, Rovman Powell sealed the deal with a neat straight six after using some luck to edge two fours off Ferguson early in the 19th.

Tom Moody on Dhruv Jurel’s Run Out

In the high-stakes IPL 2024 Eliminator, a controversial run-out of Dhruv Jurel has sparked debate among cricket experts and fans alike. The incident occurred during Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) chase against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), when Cameron Green broke the stumps to dismiss Jurel. However, the legitimacy of the dismissal has been questioned.

The Incident

The controversy arose when Cameron Green, fielding a throw from Virat Kohli, appeared to break the stumps but possibly without complete control of the ball. The TV umpire, Anil Chaudhary, ruled Jurel out, deciding that Green had control over the ball at the critical moment.

Law Explained

According to Law, a dismissal is considered valid if “the ball is held in the hand or hands so used, or in the hand of the arm so used” to break the stumps. The debate centers on whether Green had the ball securely in his hand when the stumps were broken.

Expert Opinions

Mitchell McClenaghan and Tom Moody voiced their skepticism about the decision. McClenaghan remarked, “I think there was contact when the wicket was broken, but it was with the wrist… Even in his mind… I believe he thought he lost control.” Moody added, “The key word is ‘held’… It wasn’t being held. So, for me, that’s a huge grey area. I just don’t think you can give it out.”

Conversely, Varun Aaron supported the umpire’s decision: “I thought it was out… He somewhat had control over it… The umpire gave it out. It is debatable, but I just thought in that moment it was out.”

Impact on the Game

Despite the controversy, Jurel’s dismissal did not alter the outcome. Rajasthan Royals, at 112 for 4 in 13.1 overs following his run-out, secured victory over RCB with one over to spare, thanks to vital contributions from Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, and Rovman Powell.

FAF on the Defeat

In a tense IPL 2024 Eliminator, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Faf du Plessis admitted that his team fell short by about 20 runs, attributing the loss to the impact of the dew and the game’s changing dynamics due to the Impact Player rule.

Royals Eliminate RCB with 4 Wickets Victory to Set Up Knockout Against SRH: IPL 2024 Eliminator Recap

RCB, asked to bat first in Ahmedabad, managed to post 172 for 8 on a fresh pitch. Despite their bowlers’ spirited efforts, Rajasthan Royals (RR) chased down the target with four wickets in hand and an over to spare.

Faf du Plessis shared his thoughts post-match: “With the dew coming in the second innings, we thought we were a little bit short with the bat. We felt like we needed a few more runs to be competitive. We were about 20 runs shy of a good score on that pitch. But credit to our boys who fought really well, hanging in there right till the end.”

Analyzing the Batting Performance

RCB’s innings saw promising starts but lacked a final flourish. At 95 for 2 after 12 overs, ESPNcricinfo’s Forecaster predicted a total of 192. However, key dismissals halted their momentum.

Glenn Maxwell’s Controversial Dismissal

One pivotal moment was Glenn Maxwell’s first-ball dismissal attempting to hit R Ashwin for a six. Varun Aaron criticized the shot: “That was a shocking shot. It was a good ball coming in. He could have just absorbed a few balls and then gone big.”

Tom Moody echoed these sentiments: “If Maxwell was in red-hot form, I wouldn’t have an issue with him hitting that first ball for six. But given his form, it was reckless and an absolute brain fade.”

Reflecting on the Season

Despite the disappointing end, du Plessis praised his team’s resilience. “I’m extremely proud of how we bounced back from the brink of elimination to make the playoffs. Winning six games in a row took a lot of heart and character. It’s a sad ending, but we weren’t special tonight in pushing that extra 20 runs with the bat.”

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