Samson stars as Royals beat RCB

K L Rahul

K L Rahul

The fiery Umesh Yadav, who picked up three wickets in one over in RCB's victory against Kings XI on Friday conceded 59 runs from his four overs and the offie Washington Sundar and left-arm pacer Khejroliya also proved easy meat for Samson, producing the maximum shots at will. It was clear that the visitors had finished 20 runs short and the onus was on their bowlers to produce some magic. D'Arcy Short, who was on my 5 players to watch list needs to sort out his running between the wickets, tough. Just after that, Mandeep also got run out in the same over.

During the chase, RCB lost Brendon McCullum early on but from there on Virat Kohli and Quinton de Kock steered the innings. Luckily these missed chances didn't cost the team a win. All blowers of RCB came under his blade as wokes wnt for a six in the 17th over and Kulwant suffered again for 16 runs in the RCB 16th over.

Rajasthan batsman Sanju Samson was the new owner of the Orange Cap after Matchday 9 of IPL 2018 on Sunday.

The next stop: Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to bounce back when they take on the winless Mumbai Indians on Wednesday at the Wankhede Stadium, before Rajasthan meet the Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday to try and complete a hat-trick of victories.

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It's hard to remember a year in which three of the semi-finalists are so closely matched, both in strength and fallibility. The first leg will be played April 24-25 with the return leg taking place on May 1-2.

RCB are now sitting in the fifth position on the points table, while RR are placed on the sixth position on the points table. Both teams have played two games each so far, with one win each. They did do it initially, with left arm spinner Axar Patel dismissing the risky Brendon McCullum in the first over and the leggie Mujeeb-Ur-Rehman from Afghanistan castling skipper Virat Kohli with a beauty. De Villiers upped the ante, hitting two towering sixes off Mujeeb in an over where RCB collected 19 runs.

Rahul (37 runs in 22 balls) and Gayle (63 runs in 33 balls) gave the hosts a rousing start, slamming 96 runs in eight overs. Delhi Daredevils ran away with the game as a result.

The high-scoring match match in Bengaluru saw Rajasthan successfully defend 217 runs as the home team were restricted to 198 for 6 in 20 overs with captain Virat Kohli top-scoring with 57 off 30 balls while Mandeep Singh remained unbeaten on 47 from 25 balls.

The home side, which will turn out in green on the occasion (an annual ritual), could be tempted to field an extra spinner although Kohli has spoken about his preference for giving only five bowlers total responsibility.

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