Rajasthan Royals pulled off a stunning victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday evening at MCA Stadium in Pune. Young batter Riyan Parag emerged as a standout player for the Men in Pink as he saved the match for his side by scoring an unbeaten 56 in just 31 balls. After being invited to bat first, Rajasthan had not the best of the start as they were tottering at 68-4 in 9.3 overs.
While Rajasthan was on the verge of collapse in front of Bangalore's bowling, Riyan Parag took things in his hand and played a defining innings to post a defendable total on board. However, the stunning innings by the youngster ended on a bitter note as the all-rounder indulged in a verbal altercation with the RCB bowler Harshal Patel.
Notably, Parag smashed 18-runs off Patel's last over, including two sixes and one boundary. As per the fresh video doing the rounds on social media, Harshal didn't shake hands with Riyan Parag after the match as the latter approached him. Harshal's not-so sporting gesture attracted a lot of limelight, and social media users quickly called the RCB bowler 'immature'.
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Bangalore failed to chase 144 due to poor performance from batters in the second innings. Virat Kohli, who was promoted at top-of-the-order to open the innings along with Faf du Plessis, carried on his poor form as he added just 9 runs before returning to pavilion. In a high-stake game, the middle-order went for a toss as six of the Bangalore batters could not reach double-digit figures.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan displayed a collective effort from bowlers as Kuldeep Sen picked four wickets, R Ashwin picked three, and Prasidh Krishna clinched two wickets. Rajasthan Royals secured the top position in the points table with 12 points in eight matches with that win, whereas RCB has been slipped to fifth place.
Bangalore will now take on Gujarat Titans on April 30 at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, while Rajasthan Royals will face battered Mumbai Indians on the same day at DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai.