Rajasthan triumph in Royal Rumble

16 April, 2018, 12:04 | Author: Homer Porter
  • AB de Villiers

Shreyas Gopal of Rajasthan Royals celebrates after dismissing AB de Villiers of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Will the chance prove costly for RR?

Rajasthan Royals capitalized in the middle overs as Sanju Samson's unbeaten 92 powered them to 217 for four, the highest total in IPL 2018. Kohli in the process became the second batsman after Suresh Raina to score 4500-plus runs in IPL.

It was a relief for RCB fans last night when Virat Kohli's squad bagged their first win at the home ground of Chinnaswamy Stadium. Umesh and Woakes paid for not learning early that anything in the slot to be sent past deep midwicket fence will invariably find itself in the stands there, but Samson's exceptional, clean hitting came through off Khejroliya. There's always this view that one or more of their much-vaunted Top Four will play a big innings and to be fair to them, that's what happened on Friday with Quinton de Kock's 45 and AB de Villiers' 57 getting them over the line. Samson's insane knock helped RR score 75 runs of the last 4 overs. From there on, it was RR's game as seldom does RCB pull of stunning wins without their two mainstays. But after De Kock's exit much was expected from De Villiers who belted a match-winning half-century against the Kings, but against the rivals bowlers who had their tails up and more importantly had the big cushion of 217 runs, De Villiers found it hard to keep pace.

While he was on the losing team, Yuzvendra Chahal had reason to be pleased with his performance on an individual level. Rajasthan have played 2 matches so far in the tournament.

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Mandeep too was run out in the same over, but Washington Sundar smashed a couple of fours to take RCB home with three deliveries to spare. However, Rahane got going and made up for Short's struggles with a brisk 36.

Conditions: The pitch at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium had been sluggish and not true to its generally batting-friendly character in IPL 2017. The pacer will have huge responsibility alongside fellow pacer Dhawal Kulkarni to make early breakthrough for the away side against men in Red and Black.

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.

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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