Sanju Samson outguns RCB's batting might

16 April, 2018, 12:02 | Author: Jared Lewis
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Umesh's pace colleague Kulwant Khejroliya and Chris Woakes and off-spinner Washington Sundar then took over in the later part of the KXIP innings with two wicket apiece as the visiting side could not even complete their allotted 20-over quota as they were all out in 19.2 overs. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane scored 36 off 20 balls.

The Royals, however, began nervously, with D'Arcy Short unable to break free against RCB's spinners and his hesitancy continued between wickets, although neither partner ran each other out this time.

RCB, during the chase, fought to some extent as Virat Kohli got into his beast mode and smacked his first half-century in IPL 11, but once he was caught on the boundary off Shreyas Gopal trying to deposit a half-tracker into the stands, the game was as good as over for RCB.

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Chasing a monumental 218, RCB needed their top four to fire, but their star-studded top order was jolted early, with Brendon McCullum picking out Ben Stokes on the midwicket boundary in the first over, bowled by Krishnappa Gowtham. Samson's insane knock helped RR score 75 runs of the last 4 overs.

The 23-year-old Samson, batting at number three, was a virtual one-man show for the visitors but there were solid contributions by captain Ajinkya Rahane (36), Ben Stokes (27) and Jos Buttler (23).

Nearly four hours before Royal Challengers Bangalore's first home game of the Indian Premier League 2018 season, fans in red and black thronged the M Chinnaswamy stadium. Kohli in the process became the second batsman after Suresh Raina to score 4500-plus runs in IPL.

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RCB are now sitting in the fifth position on the points table, while RR are placed on the sixth position on the points table.

Virat Kohli: Team's looking good, we're going to bowl first today as well. Both teams have played two games each so far, with one win each. They needed 48 runs from the last two overs. While in their second match, RR recovered from a poor start to post a reasonable total in a rain-affected contest against the Delhi Daredevils.

While he was on the losing team, Yuzvendra Chahal had reason to be pleased with his performance on an individual level.

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The IPL fever has been gripping the entire nation resulting in cricket enthusiasts being excited about every match being played. De Villiers (57) packed punch in partnership with Mandeep Singh (22) and laid the foundation for Washington Sundar to score the final five runs from the last over.


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