RCB bags unwanted record after losing IPL 2024 Eliminator to Rajasthan Royals

RCB were playing their 15th playoff match overall

By Web Desk
May 22, 2024
Mohammed Siraj looks at the ball. - BCCI

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) lost to Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2024 Eliminator by four wickets at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

RCB were playing their 15th playoff match and now holds the record for losing most matches in the knockout. They have lost 10 games in playoffs and won only 5.

Earlier, RCB were put into bat first by Sanju Samson. Faf du Plessis departed early, scoring 17, after Powell took a stunning forward diving catch, running from deep mid-wicket off left-arm quick Boult.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli attempted to set the pace with his 24-ball 33 but fell to Yuzvendra Chahal's leg-spin.

Kohli consolidated his position as the season's leading batter with 741 runs, including a century and five half-centuries, in 15 matches.

Rajasthan bowlers kept a check on the scoring and took regular wickets, including two off successive balls when off-spinner Ashwin sent back Green for 27, and Glenn Maxwell for a duck.

Trent Boult, with figures of 1-16, and Ravichandran Ashwin, 2-19, played pivotal roles in a disciplined bowling attack for Rajasthan.

Rajasthan stuttered in their chase after Yashasvi Jaiswal, caught behind off Cameron Green on 45, and skipper Sanju Samson, stumped for 17, departed within the space of five deliveries.

Riyan Parag, who hit 36, and Shimron Hetmyer, who smashed 26, put on 45 to get their chase back on track before Rovman Powell steered the team home with a six in his unbeaten 16.

Rajasthan, who won the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008 under the late Australian legend Shane Warne, bounced back from four losses in five matches, including a washout.

Bengaluru's dream run ended after they rose from the bottom of the table after eight matches to win six in a row and make the play-offs.

Remember, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) made their fourth IPL final after they hammered Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first playoff on Tuesday.

Hyderabad will now play Rajasthan on 24th May in Qualifier 2, and the winner will play KKR in the final on 26th May.