The must-win encounter was very well set-up for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Chasing a target of 165 against Rajasthan Royals with the might of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, the RCB got off to a fantastic start. They were 75-1 and looked like winning the game, that's when the unexpected collapse happened.
Riding on the outstanding spell by Shreyas Gopal of 4-0-16-4, Rajasthan Royals made a fantastic return and eventually bowled out RCB for just 134. They won the game by 30 runs and put RCB out of the Indian Premier League season.
It was a culmination of a poor season for RCB. Umesh Yadav, the RCB fast bowler, has stated that it was very disappointing to lose like this at the last hurdle. He was quoted saying after the game that, "It was rather slow and we were off to a good score and had compiled 55 runs in six overs but we lost 3-4 quick wickets which hurt us. There were no partnerships,"
He further said, "They (RCB batsmen) have attacking style and despite the wicket being slow they continued with it. Sometimes it comes off some time it does not, We have a good side but things have not come well. Sometimes it is bad batting or sometimes bad bowling. We have not been able to execute our plans."
Royal Challengers Bangalore has now gone through another poor season of the Indian Premier League and will have to now take some really tough decisions to build their side for the future.