Samson powers Rajasthan Royals to victory

Simon Moss
April 16, 2018

Earlier, a coming-of-age knock by Sanju Samson, who blasted 92 off 45 balls, stole the thunder from Bangalore.

Local boy K Gowtham struck in the first over of the chase to dismiss McCullum for 4 but Kohli combined with de Kock to shave 64 runs off the target in the first six overs. But Gopal had a bigger impact as his two wickets, that of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, derailed RCB's chase. Can Sundar and Mandeep turn it around for RCB. He got the wicket of risky Brendon McCullum at Mujib ur Rahim on the second ball of the second over. Rajasthan are well on their way to victory.

Virat Kohli plays a shot. "When it comes to getting the two biggest players in the world, it doesn't happen every day". Will the chance prove costly for RR?

The ball was handed to D'Arcy Short. In addition to Stokes, there's Jos Buttler, Ajiknya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi and Samju Samson.

Put into bat, Samson sent the bowlers on a leatherhunt. Short also fall in the next over cheaply for just 11 (17).

Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab by four wickets in the match.

Wicket! Ben Stokes sees his stumps disturbed by Chahal. It has been relaid this year and the expectation is that the ball will come on to the bat better now.

WICKET! Chris Woakes draws first blood for RCB. Scoring 16 runs off the first over, he imposed his will onto the bowlers.

Indian batsman who has hit more sixes in an IPL innings than Samson's 10 today: Murali Vijay hit 11 for Chennai Super Kings against Rajasthan Royals in 2010.

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Vandana took the field with bandage on her forehead and immediately made an impact as India got three consecutive penalty corners. Manish, on the other hand, lost 2-3 to local favourite Harry Garside, again on a split decision.

RR jump to the third spot while RCB remain intact at the sixth position in the 2018 IPL points table.

According to information, RCB and their skipper Virat Kohli presented their sapling to RR captain Ajinkya Rahane on Sunday. De Villiers completed his half-century in 40 balls with the help of two fours and four sixes.

Stokes (9/2) was promoted to number three last time out but it's likely that Samson will either open or come in at three.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan, who were making their comeback after two years, lost their opening game against table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad. "When we saw the wicket, we thought it was going to be slower than the previous game".

Earlier, Rajasthan began their innings with a flurry of boundaries hit by skipper Ajinkya Rahane (36 off 20 balls).

Conditions: The pitch at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium had been sluggish and not true to its generally batting-friendly character in IPL 2017. He's been run out in both of his matches so far.

Mandeep Singh contributed 22 down the order while Washington Sundar (9 not out) hit the winning runs - four - as RCB reached 159 for 6 in 19.3 overs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.

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