Rajasthan Royals rode on a magnificent Sanju Samson innings to post a mammoth 217/4 in the 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday. Virat Kohli, winning the toss, put Rajasthan into bat. Ajinkya Rahane and D Arcy Short started steadily and upped the ante as they hit boundaries comfortably. However, Chris Woakes provided the breakthrough and sent a dangerous looking Rahane back in the hut for 37. After Rahane’s departure, Short followed suit and returned back to the dressing room. Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes, the two new batsmen at the crease, steadied the innings and scored occasional boundaries to keep the score board ticking. Samson took it on himself and changed gears soon as he sent the RCB bowlers on a leather hunt in the last few overs leaving Virat Kohli unimpressed.
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.