Sanju assault outguns RCB
Bangalore: Sanju Samson’s (92 n o, 45b, 2×4, 10×6) breathtaking strokeplay formed the cornerstone of Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) 19-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in a high-scoring IPL encounter here, Sunday.
Rajasthan Royals posted a competitive 217 for four on a batting belter and then managed to restrict the home team to 198 for six, earning their second victory in three games. RCB, on the otherhand, slumped to their second defeat in three games despite skipper Virat Kohli’s (57, 30b, 7×4, 2×6) first half century of this edition.
It was local boy Shreyas Gopal (2/22) 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 D’Arcy Short, who timed his jump to perfection.
Leg-spinner Gopal, who plays Ranji Trophy for Karnataka, then silenced his home crowd knocking out AB de Villiers (20), whose poorly executed pull-shot was snapped by Jaydev Unadkat at deep square leg.
Washington Sundar (35, 19b, 1×4, 3×6) and Mandeep Singh (47 n o, 25b, 6×4, 1×6) added 66 runs for the fifth wicket but they were left with an uphill task as the asking rate kept on mounting.
Put into bat, Samson sent the bowlers on a leatherhunt. The Kerala lad scored his half century off just 34 balls, showing one and all why he is so highly rated by India A coach Rahul Dravid. In Jos Buttler (21), Samson found an able partner as they put on 73 runs in just 37 balls.
Umesh Yadav (4/59) after his man of the match effort against KXIP was completely off colour. The last three overs yielded 60 runs for the Royals. Samson first got 16 runs off Kulwant Khejroliya (0/40), who bowled the 18th over and then hammered Chris Woakes (2/47) for 17 off the penultimate over. He saved his best for the last plundering Umesh for 27 runs. Only Yuzvendra Chahal (2/22) had respectable figures.
Earlier, Rajasthan began their innings with a flurry of boundaries hit by skipper Ajinkya Rahane (36, 20b, 6×4, 1×6). Woakes however had the last laugh by getting Rahane, whose miscued hit landed straight into the hands of Yadav.
Soon Short top-edged which landed safe into the hands of wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock, leaving the score at 53 for two in 6.5 overs. Samson and Ben Stokes (27) put on 49 runs partnership for fourth wicket in 33 balls.
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 217/4 (Sanju Samson 92 n o, Ajinkya Rahane 36; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/22) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 198/6 (Virat Kohli 57, Mandeep Singh 47 n o; Shreyas Gopal 2/22) by 19 runs.
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