RCB vs RR: Harshal Patel And Riyan Parag Have An Exchange Of Words; Refuse To Shake Hands

The bitterness continued even after the RCB vs RR match, with Harshal Patel turning down a handshake from Riyan Parag

Riyan Parag slammed an unbeaten 56 to guide Rajasthan Royals to a 29-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore at MCA Stadium in Pune. It was a low-scoring clash as batters from both sides struggled to break free on a pitch that provided ample grip to the bowlers. 

 

Halfway through the game, Rajasthan had lost their much-vaunted top four for just 68, and they needed a heavy lifting from Riyan Parag to reach the competitive total.

Parag took a measured approach for most of his innings before exploding in the last two overs. In the final over of the innings, bowled by Harshal Patel, Parag smacked two sixes and a four to bring 18 runs off an over.

Parag was walking back to the dugout, when Harshal, who was frustrated with his efforts, passed a comment. The 20-year-old batter turned back, and a heated conversation with the bowler ensued. Dishant Yagnik, Rajasthan’s fielding coach, intervened and took Harshal away from the scene. 

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Even Mohammed Siraj was charging toward the Rajasthan batter before being stopped by Yagnik.

 

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The bitter feelings continued until the end of the game. After Bangalore lost its last wicket, Harshal refused to shake hands with Parag.

 

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Bangalore were again let down by their batters, as they failed to chase down a mediocre target. Barring Faf du Plessis, none of the batters scored more than 20 runs. For Rajasthan, Kuldeep Sen claimed four wickets, while R Ashwin finished with three wickets.

 

Apart from scoring a brilliant half-century, Riyan Parag grabbed four catches, and was adjudged ‘Player of the Match.’

“The Royals have shown faith in me for the last three years, and I am paying them back bit by bit. I love pressure and I am just showcasing my abilities. During the time-out, Sanga came out and we agreed that 140 was a good total on this wicket. We decided to go big in the last two overs,” said Parag in the post-match conference. 

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