Sanju Samson's breathtaking strokeplay formed the cornerstone of Rajasthan Royals' 19-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in a high-scoring IPL encounter on Sunday. Riding on Samson's 45-ball-92, Rajasthan Royals posted a competitive 217 for 4 on a batting belter and then managed to restrict the home team to 198 for 6, earning their second victory in three games. RCB, on the otherhand, slumped to their second defeat in three games despite skipper Virat Kohli (57 off 30 balls)'s first half-century of this edition. It was 'local boy ' Shreyas Gopal who removed a rampaging Kohli in the 11th over to turn the match decisively in his team's favour. Kohli's pull shot was taken at deep mid-wicket by Darcy Short, who timed his jump to perfection. (Scorecard)
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals rode on a magnificent Sanju Samson innings to post a mammoth 217/4 in the 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Virat Kohli, winning the toss, put Rajasthan into bat. Ajinkya Rahane and D Arcy Short started steadily and upped the ante as they hit boundaries comfortably. However, Chris Woakes provided the breakthrough and sent a dangerous looking Rahane back in the hut for 37. After Rahane's departure, Short followed suit and returned back to the dressing room. Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes, the two new batsmen at the crease, steadied the innings and scored occasional boundaries to keep the score board ticking. Samson took it on himself and changed gears soon as he sent the RCB bowlers on a leather hunt in the last few overs leaving Virat Kohli unimpressed.
Samson's 92 off 45 balls included 10 sixes and four boundaries, leaving the opposition bowling department in tatters. For Bangalore, Yuzvendra Chahal finished with the figures of 2/22 and on the other hand, Umesh Yadav leaked 59 runs in his four overs. RCB will have to go deep and find their form in order to overhaul a record-chase. However, on the other hand, Rajasthan Royals bowlers will try their hard and stop the RCB top four - Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers -- from going full-throttle.
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