Rajasthan Royals 217-4 (Sanju Samson 92*, Ben Stokes , Yuzvendra Chahal 2-22) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 198-6 (Virat Kohli 57, Mandeep Singh 47*, Shreyas Gopal 2-22) by 19 runs.
Sanju Samson’s breathtaking strokeplay formed the cornerstone of Rajasthan Royals’ 19-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in a high-scoring IPL encounter in Mohali on Sunday.
Riding on Samson’s 45-ball-92, Rajasthan Royals posted a competitive 217/4 on a batting belter and then managed to restrict the home team to 198/6, earning their second victory in three games.
RCB, on the other hand, slumped to their second defeat in three games despite skipper Virat Kohli’s (57 off 30 balls) first half-century of this edition.
It was ‘local boy ‘ Shreyas Gopal who removed a rampaging Kohli in the 11th over to turn the match decisively in his team’s favour. Kohli’s pull shot was taken at deep mid-wicket by Darcy Short, who timed his jump to perfection.
Leg-spinner Gopal, who plays Ranji Trophy for Karnataka, then silenced his ‘home crowd’ knocking out AB de Villiers, whose poorly executed pull-shot was snapped by Jaydev Unadkat at deep square leg.
Washington Sundar (35 off 19 balls) and Mandeep Singh (47* off 25 balls) added 66 runs for the fifth wicket but they were left with an uphill task as the asking rate kept on mounting.
Put into bat, Samson sent the bowlers on a leatherhunt hitting as many as 10 sixes and two fours.
Man of the Match: Sanju Samson, for his match-winning innings of 92.