JAIPUR: Jos Buttler (59) scored a fine half-century to script Rajasthan Royals’ first victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Tuesday. Buttler’s 43-ball knock helped the hosts seal the match by seven wickets over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) – who are still to get off the mark this season.
It was also the fourth straight loss for the Virat Kohli-led side in the IPL 2019. Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal laid the foundation for the hosts as he bamboozled the visiting batsmen with his googlies before Buttler’s heroics with the bat. Gopal claimed three wickets, including that of Virat Kohli (23) and AB de Villiers (13), conceding just 12 runs in his four-quota over to unsettle RCB.
It was opener Parthiv who resisted the Royals attack with aplomb, hitting a belligerent 67 off 41 balls with nine boundaries and six to help his side put 158 for four after being sent in to bat.
Marcus Stoinis (31 not out) too played a key part in shoring up team’s total, add 32 quick runs in partnership with Moeen Ali (18). Buttler led the chase with his confident knock as Royals overhauled the target with one ball to spare, handing RCB their fourth defeat in a row.
RCB, who dropped plenty of catches in this match, are placed at bottom of eight-team table without any points.