Sanju Samson plays stellar knock as Rajasthan Royals comprehensively beat RCB

Henrietta Strickland
April 18, 2018

Sanju Samson destroyed Royal Challengers Bangalore's designs - in their designer greens to reaffirm their commitment to the environment - with an onslaught that left them scampering for cover as Rajasthan Royals secured a 19-run win in the 11th match of IPL 2018.

The Royal Challengers faltered in their chase despite Virat Kohli scoring his fastest IPL fifty off 26 balls.

Short's spin problem: With a high price tag and even higher expectations after a stellar Big Bash League season, D'Arcy Short hasn't had the start to the IPL he or the Rajasthan Royals would've wanted.

Leg-spinner Gopal, who plays Ranji Trophy for Karnataka, then silenced his home crowd knocking out AB de Villiers (20), whose poorly executed pull-shot was snapped by Jaydev Unadkat at deep square leg. Speaking of the partnership between Mandeep Singh and Washington Sundar, Kohli said: "It was an outstanding effort by lower order batsmen because it gives confidence to the team if the top-order fails". After which, Samson chose to break the shackles and started smashing the opposition bowlers for some powerful sixes. The Kerala lad scored his half century off just 34 balls, showing one and all why he is so highly rated by India A coach Rahul Dravid. Samson's contributed 58 to that tally. He was adjudged the man of the match. At the back of the powerful Samson Show, RR posted a huge total of 217 runs in the given 20 overs. He got off to a good start, then bowlers bowled well, he kept hanging in there. He saved his best for the last plundering Umesh for 27 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal was spitting fire by the time he'd arrived to bowl his final over, and was dealt with, with a lot of calm. Previously, Nitish Rana achieved this rare milestone, when he scored 62 runs while playing for Mumbai Indians past year and similarly ended up hitting no fours in his knock of 62 runs off 34 balls against the Kings XI Punjab in 2017. Woakes however had the last laugh by getting Rahane, whose miscued hit landed straight into the hands of Yadav.

Thereon, It was also Sanju Samson as the wicketkeeper-batsman smashed a blistering 92 off 45 deliveries to help RCB set a target of 218.

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