Sanju Samson's explosive knock takes RR to a comfortable win against RCB


 Rajasthan Royals (217-4) trounced Royal Challengers Bangalore (198-6) on the back of Sanju Samson's 92-run decimating knock.


"Feels good, we know how dangerous they are against RCB. We were looking to score 160-170, but the way Sanju and Jos batted was incredible."

This is what RR captain Ajinkya Rahane said after sealing the match. This in some ways sums up the story of the mtach. After being put in to bat by RCB, RR were going at a decent clip with 64 runs at the end of the Powerplay overs with the loss of both openers Ajinkya Rahane (36) and D' Arcy Short (11). 

Short is a very highly rated batsman and was bagged for big money by RR but he failed to make an impact yet again as he was foxed by Yuzvendra Chahal.

Ben Stokes (27) then assisted Samson to maintain the tempo of RR with a stand of 49. However, it was actually the explosive 73-run partnership between English keeper Jos Buttler (23, SR: 164.28) and Samson that really took it to the RCB bowlers.

The bowlers that were particulary targeted by the duo were Chris Woakes (4-47-2), Umesh Yadav (4-59-0) and Kulwant Khejroliya (3-40-0). As a result, RCB who seemed to reach a 180-run total at one point ended up at 217-4. Amid harsh treatment of other bowlers, Yuzi Chahal was the stand out bolwer for RCB as he picked up two wickets after conceding just 22 runs in his four overs.

With a star studded batting line up, even this total did not look out of RCB's reach. Brendon McCullum (4) may have lost his wicket, but the 77-run first wicket partnership between skipper kohli and wicket keeper Quinton de Kock (26) really gave the RCB fans some real hope.

 However, it was the streak of wickets against some ordinary deliveries which led RCB to lose track of their chase. After the departure of Virat Kohli (57, SR: 190) and AB de Villiers (20) and the constantly mounting required run rate, it was always going to be a tough task for Bangalore.

Although Washington Sundar (35, SR: 184.21) and Mandeep Singh (47, SR: 188) showed some fireworks towards the end of the innings but it always seemed to reduce the margin of defeat rather than threaten to take the match away.

For RR, Shreyas Gopal and Krinappa Gowtham bowled well with figures of 4-22-2 and 4-36-1 respectively.

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