Rajasthan were 100 for 1 at one stage before RCB bowlers stole the show to script a comeback.
Batting first, the Royals’ openers Evin Lewis (58 off 37 balls) and Yashasvi Jaiswal got their team off to a confident start, setting up a foundation of 77 runs in 8.1 overs, after which the latter was dismissed by Daniel Christian for 31 off 22 balls. This gave RR a good platform to launch a big total from, but they failed to kick on.
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“We got a great start, but couldn’t capitalise. Middle order needs some confidence. We went in with intent. The wicket was two-paced and our batters kept mis-timing it,” said Samson during the post-match presentation
The match turned when spin came to RCB’s rescue in the middle overs.
Yuzvendra Chahal (2/18) and Shahbaz Ahmed (2/10) took the fizz out of the RR innings. The spin twins bowled measly spells, highlighted by two wickets in the same over by Ahmed. The left-arm spinner dismissed Samson (19) and Rahul Tewatia (2) in the 14th over.
“To be honest, it’s been a hard one week for us. We need to put in a fight as a franchise. Happy with the effort and intent with the bowling. We don’t have anything to lose,” Samson said.
“That kind of mindset brings a lot of freedom, have seen some funny things happen. Need to keep on believing and fighting till the last match,” Samson stressed.
Glenn Maxwell hit 50 not out while Srikar Bharat scored 44 as the RCB chased down the 150-run target with ease in the end to defeat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets.
RCB restricted RR to 149/9 and then overhauled it with 17 balls to play, after the Maxwell and Bharat show. With this win, RCB now have 14 points in 11 games and are placed third on the points table.