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Shreyas Gopal, the boy from Bengaluru who knocked out Royal Challengers Bangalore from 1PL 2018

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Shreyas Gopal starred for Rajasthan Royals on his return to the side as the Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 30 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday.
Gopal, who was born and brought up in Karnataka, picked up 4/16 from his four overs to knock Bangalore out of this year's Indian Premier League.

The 24-year-old replaced Anureet Singh in the playing XI and came in to bowl in the 6th over, right after the strategic time-out and bowled a quiet over as AB de Villiers and Parthiv Patel looked to accelerate in their chase of 165 to stay alive in the tournament. Gopal struck in his second over to remove Parthiv and dealt the first blow. He bowled a flat delivery around off, which skidded away and stayed low. Parthiv got back to cut but missed and lost his balance a bit in the process. Heinrich Klaasen did well to collect the ball and take the bails off in a flash. Parthiv's wicket set the tone for Rajasthan to make a comeback into the game.

Kohli Blasts batting unit of RCB after yet another IPL failure

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Individual brilliance notwithstanding, cricket remains a team sport and the fancied Royal Challengers Bangalore discovered that the hard way as they exited the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-off race after yet another middle-order meltdown.

Bangalore fans probably took a play-off berth for granted when the two-time runners-up managed to retain two of the biggest names in contemporary cricket, along with middle order prospect Sarfaraz Khan, in January.

Skipper Virat Kohli’s 530 runs in 14 matches and top order colleague AB de Villiers’ 480 in two fewer games suggest they were in no way to blame for the team’s shortcomings.
Their brittle middle order, however, constantly performed as they did in Saturday’s 30-run loss to Rajasthan Royals, which eventually sealed their play-off fate.
Mandeep Singh’s 252 runs from 14 matches was the best by a Bangalore middle order batsman this season. Sarfaraz, retained for 17.5 million rupees ($257,409) in a move that surprised many…

BSL 4: As it ended !!!

Mallick’s 50 helps Ayyannars clinch the titleBSL-IV came to a close last weekend with the Ravee Kumar led Assault Ayyannars (AA) prevailing over Nishanth AJ led Ravana Sena (RS), thereby preventing Nishanth from becoming the first captain to lift two successive trophies. There were many opportunities for RS to win the match, but Assault Ayyannars were able to hold their nerve and prevent that from being the case. Here’s a full review of the final weekend of this exciting 6-week tournament:Entertainer of the week: While most have struggled to time the ball on this slow wicket, there is one man who has hit the middle every single time and that is Tarun, VV’s stylish wicket-keeper and opening batsman. Tarun’s audacious assault on the hapless Thundering Typhoons bowling on Saturday paved the way for a VV triumph. His 46 off 29 balls powered VV to a very good score of 134 for 7. In all, he struck 4 fours and 1 six in his innings. His 152 runs in the tournament have come at a staggering str…

BSL4: Its time for the Semi-finals !!!

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The first semi-final of BSL IV will see Bharath Sequeira led 'The Centaurs' (TC) take on Ravee Kumar’s Assault Ayyannars (AA). The winner of this match will enter the finals on Sunday not only as favorites but with the added advantage of being more keyed up and fresh since the second semi-final is scheduled before the finals. If their previous meeting in the group stage is any indication, this semi-final promises to be a humdinger with AA keen to avenge their narrow loss to TC earlier.Full match preview is below:
Semi-Final I - TC vs AA (12.30 pm on 9th December 2017)
·Form:TC has had a good run with 4 consecutive wins in the Master’s Group, one of them coming against AA in a close contest two weekends ago. TC have been convincing in every match they have played in the tournament and their only loss to Zombie Killers on the opening weekend can be attributed to early tournament jitters. AA, on the other hand, has lost a couple of matches of late and thus may start off on the back…

BSL 4: A weekend that will decide the Champions of BSL 4

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The fourth edition of Bangalore Cricket Guild’s BSL tournament reaches a crescendo this weekend at Gopalan Sports Academy. 5 teams, namely, The Centaurs (TC); Ravana Sena (RS) and Assault Ayyannars (AA) from the Master’s Group and Thundering Typhoons (TT) and Villainous Vampires (VV) from the Do-or-Die group have survived to make it to the tournament’s last weekend. The two survivors from the Do-or-Die group – TT and VV will face off in an Eliminator match on Saturday with the winner playing against RS in the second semi-final on Sunday. Full match preview is below:
Match I -  TT vs VV (8.30 am on 9th December 2017)
·Form:These two teams’ BSL campaigns could not have been more contrasting. TT have been confident, aggressive and apart from a critical loss against Drakon Force have been in control for a majority of the tournament. They were also the first team to qualify from the Do-or-Die group. On the other hand, VV has had a stop-start tournament, losing both shoot-out matches to RS, w…

On song Bhargav Vishal scalps six as Griffin Warriors register their first win of BSL 4

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What promised to be an exciting game of cricket turned out to be a one-sided affair through and through. Griffin Warriors went into this game desperately needing a win to keep their hopes alive of making it to the next round. Zombie Killers just needed a win to ensure they were well placed to move to the next round. By the end of the game, the tables had completely turned around. Griffin Warriors not only secured two points from the game but also managed to go from a negative run rate of -2.6115 to a healthy run rate of 0.3387 in one game. Such was the humiliating defeat that Zombie Killers suffered at the hands of Griffin Warriors.
Things started off well for Zombie Killers with their Captain winning the toss and electing to bowl first. Zombie Killers pinned their hopes on their seam attack to exploit the overcast conditions but underestimated the role that dew was about to play. A wet ball meant that the seamers could not do much with the ball and batsman found it easy with the ball …

Avinash, Gaurav help Centaurs clinch a thriller against Assault Ayyanars

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The first match of BSL's 4th Sunday was a mouth watering clash between table toppers The Centaurs (TCs) and the team ranked second on the 'Masters group' table Assault Ayyanars (AAs) and it definitely lived up to its billing. Both teams came into the match after recording confidence boosting victories in their last game and had won 2 out of 2 matches in the Master's group. Both teams were without some key men with the Assault Ayyanars missing mercurial all-rounder Kishore DK and The Centaurs missing their skipper and frontline fast bowler Bharath Sequeira. In Bharath's absence, the "wily old fox", BCG President, Prashanth Menon was leading The Centaurs.
Choosing to bat first on a wet early morning surface, The Centaurs started on the backfoot as they lost attacking opening batsman and last match's Man of the Match Raghuraman for a duck in the first over. Anand Velu, promoted up the order to No. 3, and Avinash BM responded with a couple of swashbuckling…