312dThe Report by Deivarayan Muthu

Sanju Samson outguns RCB's batting might

The batsman hit 10 sixes and launched Rajasthan Royals to 217 for 4, a score that proved too much for Royal Challengers Bangalore

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SV Samson
92(45) 2x4 - 10x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 22 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
5 1 7 4 15 21 16 23
V Kohli
57(30) 7x4 - 2x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
0 0 1 4 16 0 11 25

Best performances - Bowlers

YS Chahal
O4
M0
R22
W2
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
2W
S Gopal
O4
M0
R22
W2
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Royal Challengers Bangalore , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-17.50, Second Session 17.50- 19.20

Match days

15 April 2018 - day/night match (20-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Rajasthan Royals 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0

Commentator: Shashank Kishore

END OF OVER:
20 | 16 Runs | RCB: 198/6 (20 runs required, RR: 9.90)

  • Mandeep Singh47 (25b)
  • CR Woakes0 (1b)
  • B Laughlin4-0-46-1
  • BA Stokes3-0-32-1

Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane: "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. We've been trying without left-right combination upfront. All of them have experience, it was about one big partnership. K Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal bowled really well. When you score 200 plus, the opponents will come hard at you. They held their own really well. Sanju and I have played together, he's the future for India and we all back him.

"I'm grateful to play this tournament every two months of the year," says Man of the Match Sanju Samson. "I'm feeling good, hitting the ball well, but the tournament has just started. I want to win as many matches as I can on the field. I love doing what my team wants me to do, whether it's on the field or as a keeper.

7.32pm This is an emphatic victory for Rajasthan Royals, who now have two wins in three matches. This is the first time this season that a captain who has lost the toss has won the game. Ajinkya Rahane too wanted to bowl first, but as it turns out, he'll take the result gleefully. Sanju Samson's magnificent 92 the difference as RCB's bowling floundered.

As it turned out, with the ball, it was a local boy Shreyas Gopal who struck to remove Kohli and de Villiers to make the difference. Up until then, RCB were right in it, only to fall apart following those two blows.

Towards the end, Mandeep and Washington gave RCB a glimpse of what their batting order could look like going forward. Is it too early to make wholesome changes? What do they do with the opening combination? Do they strengthen their lower order by including Colin de Grandhomme? Who sits out? Plenty of questions as they have one win in three games. They have a tough next game, against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai.

19.6
0
Laughlin to Mandeep Singh, no run, swing and a miss. Beaten by this slower delivery that drifted away. Rajasthan have defended a score for a second time this season.
19.5
2
Laughlin to Mandeep Singh, 2 runs, makes room and drives inside out to deep extra cover, Mandeep scampers back. Can Mandeep get to his half-century? He's played beautifully.
19.4
4
Laughlin to Mandeep Singh, FOUR runs, stunning straight drive. Too full, he backed away and hammered this. Straight as an arrow. Long-on and long-off came around but had no chance.
19.3
4
Laughlin to Mandeep Singh, FOUR runs, thick outside edge that beats short third man. Looks to slice this behind point but the ball dips and takes the edge.
19.2
4
Laughlin to Mandeep Singh, FOUR runs, walks across the stumps and simply helps this slower bouncer over short fine leg. Easily done
19.1
2
Laughlin to Mandeep Singh, 2 runs, drilled down the ground, Gowtham comes around to stop that at long-off.

RCB 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st4BB McCullumQ de Kock
2nd77V KohliQ de Kock
3rd20AB de VilliersV Kohli
4th13AB de VilliersMandeep Singh
5th12Mandeep SinghP Negi
6th56Mandeep SinghWashington Sundar
7th16CR WoakesMandeep Singh