Bengaluru: Rajasthan Royals (RR) picked up their second Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 win after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 30 runs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.
After the hosts won the toss and opted to field, RR posted a massive 217 on board thanks to Sanju Samson’s thrilling 92-run knock.
During the chase, RCB lost Brendon McCullum early on but from there on Virat Kohli and Quinton de Kock steered the innings.
D’Arcy Short broke the partnership by dismissing the South African batsman and then Shreyas Gopal piled further pressure with wickets of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
The visitors never let RCB get back into the game and cruised to an easy victory in the end.
RCB 134-5 after 15 overs:
With Kohli and de Villiers back in the pavillion thematch seems to be out of reach for RCB and Rajasthan are well on course to their second victory of the season. Can Sundar and Mandeep turn it around for RCB.
WICKET! Laughlin gets the breakthrough, Pawan Negi edging ball straight to wicket keeper Buttler behind the stumps. Rajasthan are well on their way to victory.
WICKET! After Kohli, it's AB de Villiers , who holds out in deep. Unadkat stationed at Long leg takes low catch. Rajasthan on top.
WICKET! Virat Kohli who was looking dangerous is finally dismissed for 57 runs. Shreyas Gopal providing the big breakthrough. Short ball from the bowler and Kohli pulls it to mid wickets only to find Short taking couple of steps and holding onto catch.
RCB 49-2 after 10 overs:
It's all happening here at Chinnaswamy stadium, Jos Buttler has missed out on stumping chance of AB Devilliers. That's second chance and also a big one of . Will the chance prove costly for RR?
WICKET! D Arcy Short provides the breakthrough. Quinton de Kock was batting well on 26 untill he pulled one straight in the deep. Unadkat making no mistake
RCB 49-2 after 5overs:
After losing McCullum early, skipper Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock counter attacked Rajasthan bowlers as the duo unsettled the bowlers.
Sanju Samson was the star of the Rajasthan innings as he played solid knock of 92 runs of 45 balls to help Rajasthan Royals post a massive 217 runs on board.
The Kerala youngster hit 10 sixes and 2 boundaries as RCB bowlers failed to contain the right hander in the final five overs of the match. Samson's insane knock helped RR score 75 runs of the last 4 overs.
After been sent into bat openers Rahane and D Arcy SHort failed to get going with the bat. Ben Stokes also saw his innings cut short by Yuzvendra Chahal as he dragged the ball back onto the stumps.
While Samson went on rampage in the final over's , he found able partner in form of Jos Buttler (23 runs of 14 balls) and Rahul Tripathy (14 runs of 5 balls) as he registered the highest score of the tournament and also laid his hands on orange cap.
RR 217-4 after 20 overs:
Sanju Samson late flourish saw Rajasthan cross the 200 mark, but will the total end up being match winning one against strong RCB batting line up?.
RR 190-4 after 19 overs:
WICKET! Woakes gets his second wicket, Buttler hitting one straight into hands of Virat Kohli at Mid off
Wicket! Ben Stokes sees his stumps disturbed by Chahal. The leg spinner bowls the ball outside off as Stokes goes for slog sweep, the ball takes thick edge of the bat and hits stumps.
RR 76-2 after 10 overs:
Inspite of losing two quick wickets, the away side has managed to keep the score board ticking
RR 54-2 after 7 overs:
WICKET! DArcy Short once again fails with bat as he manages to score just 11 runs before being caught by de Kock off Chahal's bowling
RR 52-1 after 6 overs:
WICKET! Chris Woakes draws first blood for RCB. Change of pace and Rahane looks to go big. Miscues his shot, finding Umesh Yadav at long on.
RCB XI: B McCullum, Q de Kock, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, M Singh, W Sundar, P Negi, C Woakes, U Yadav, K Khejroliya, Y Chahal— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 2018
Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and have elected to bowl first. The home side have made one change bringing in Pawan Negi for Sarfaraz Khan
Preview: M Chinnaswamy stadium is all set to host the second home game of Royal Challengers Bangalore, who welcome Rajasthan Royals on Sunday. Both the teams are coming into the match after winning their last encounter.
RCB are currently sitting in the fifth position on the points table, while RR are placed on the sixth position on the points table. Both the teams have two points on board with 1 win and 1 loss from their two games.
Virat Kohli- led side won their first game of the season on their home ground, beating Kings XI Punjab by 4 wickets. South African star AB de Villiers once again was the star with the bat scoring half century at a quick pace. Pacer Umesh Yadav will be the one to look out for after his match-winning performance of 3-23 against Punjab in the last game. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar will once again have the responsibility to keep the scoring rate down in the middle of the innings.
Opener Brendon Mc Cullum and skipper Virat Kohli will be looking to fire with the bat after missing out on scoring runs in the last match.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan, who were making their comeback after two years, lost their opening game against table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad. In their second game Royals celebrated their return to the 'fortress' Sawai Mansingh Stadium with a 10-run win over Delhi Daredevils in the rain-hit match, getting past a revised target of 71 runs in six overs as per the Duckworth/Lewis method.
While skipper Ajinkya Rahane had a decent outing in the first two games, his opening partner D Arcy Short, who had a terrific Big Bash League season, is yet to find his feet. England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has failed to score big with the bat so far, will look to make good use of short boundaries at M Chinnaswamy stadium.
The most expensive Indian player in this years Indian Premier League (IPL) Jaydev Unadkat have been expensive with the ball and have only picked up 2 wickets. The pacer will have huge responsibility alongside fellow pacer Dhawal Kulkarni to make early breakthrough for the away side against men in Red and Black.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Brendon McCullum, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Quinton de Kock, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Corey Anderson, M Ashwin, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Pavan Deshpande, Anirudha Joshi.
When is the match?
The match is scheduled to start at 4 pm IST on Sunday (April 15)
Where is the match?
The match will take place at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Live telecast and timings:
With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.
The matches can be viewed live on Hotstar.com or on the Hotstar app....