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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…