swing and a miss. Beaten by this slower delivery that drifted away. Rajasthan have defended a score for a second time this season.
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.
makes room and drives inside out to deep extra cover, Mandeep scampers back. Can Mandeep get to his half-century? He's played beautifully.
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.
thick outside edge that beats short third man. Looks to slice this behind point but the ball dips and takes the edge.
walks across the stumps and simply helps this slower bouncer over short fine leg. Easily done
drilled down the ground, Gowtham comes around to stop that at long-off.
plays and misses a full toss outside off.
Mohan: "I can not believe the number of comments about changes to be made to RCB batting. Its never easy to chase 200+. What it lacks is a good bowling line-up and it is a "Elephant in the room" situation i guess. PS: This is coming from a SRH fan."
paddles this full toss onto the middle stump. Went far too across and deflected it back. Wanted to go over the keeper's head. He's played a lovely innings though.
full and straight on middle, he backs away and drills this between long-on and long-off
angles this short of length delivery across, Washington looks to back away and slash but is beaten
back to over the wicket
lofted cleanly over extra cover. Slower and fuller outside off, he backed away and belted this without a trace of worry.
carved away over backward point. Lovely from Washington, making a case as a batsman too. Amidst his new ball ability, it's conveniently forgotten that he plays in the top order for his state side Tamil Nadu
Ahmed: "RCB should open with Vohra in place of McCullum and play CDG or Moeen Ali at no 6 instead of Negi in the next match. "
slower bouncer, pulled over square leg, lands short of the man coming in from the deep.
backs away and belts this full delivery to Stokes at wide long-off. A misfield gives them an opportunity to take the second
tipped over the long-on boundary by Gowtham. This was a short-arm jab and the ball flew off the blade. Had he been right at the ropes, this could've been an easier catch
right into the blockhole, squeezed to point. Superb from Laughlin
goes over cover, gets this into the gap. Wide long-off and deep cover converge to cut that off
slower and fuller outside off, squeezed to deep cover
Manish !: "@Shashank: Does RCB have other finishers as options sitting on the bench? Do you think ABD should be used as a finisher and come down at 5 or 6 instead." -- There's Colin de Grandhomme who should play in place of McCullum. Or Moeen Ali is another option then can consider.
walks across to flick, ends up yorking himself.
this one's lofted over cover, down to the boundary rider. Gowtham had 10 yards or so to move to his left, back comfortably for the second
Vyshakh: "RCB should've considered opening with Washington Sundar instead of including Negi. Then they could have played someone like Grandhomme at 7 whilst still playing Sarfaraz. Today's RCB batting line up looks very light."