Twitter erupts as Rajasthan knocks out Royal Challengers at Bangalore

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Who would have expected Rajasthan Royals would thump Royal Challengers so badly in their home venue, Chinnaswamy Stadium. But, one man, Sanju Samson stood like a rock in the middle to hammer RCB bowlers all over the park. He smashed an unbeaten stunning 92* to hand his side a huge tally. The glorious knock was followed by a collective bowling effort and the calm and composed captaincy by Ajinkya Rahane.

Initially, it was Royal Challengers Bangalore who won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. Rahane and Short started the things in a steady way by finding the boundaries often than not. Rahane, in particular, gave the flashy start by smacking the spinners superbly. However, a mistimed shot saw the end of his knock but then comes Sanju Samson who knocked the ball like a dream to register 92* off just 45 balls.

RCB vs RR IPL 2018
Sanju Samson (Credits: Business Standard via PTI)

The blistering knock saw RR post a mammoth 217 on the board. In reply to the chase, RCB got the initial jolt as Brendon McCullum hammers a pull right into the hands of Ben Stokes in the deep. However, Virat Kohli and Quinton de Kock wrecked havoc by smashing the ball at a greater run-rate but D’Arcy Short’s magical hand given a crucial breakthrough for the side while Shreyas Gopal turned the things completely.

Gopal managed to send Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers back in his last couple of overs thus drawing the curtains on RCB hopes to chase the target. Despite losing the key players, Mandeep Singh and Washington Sundar tried their best to chase down the total but it was never going to be an easy task with some world class bowlers in the Rajasthan ranks.

The win ensured Rajasthan Royals to seal a couple of games in their first 3 games while RCB is riding on yet another roller-coaster year with a loss followed by the win and a loss. So far, Rajasthan Royals is the only team to be successful on 2 occasions even after batting first in the tourney. However, they finally proved that winning the toss is not everything.

Coming to future assignments, Royal Challengers Bangalore will now make a move to Wankhede in order take down wounded-Mumbai Indians on April 17th. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals will take on Kolkata Knight Riders at their hometown on April 18th.

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