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Royals of Bangalore vs Royal of Rajasthan

Royals of Bangalore vs Royal of Rajasthan

Earlier, a coming-of-age knock by Sanju Samson, who blasted 92 off 45 balls, stole the thunder from Bangalore.

Tahir conceded 17 in his first over against Gayle's early blitz but took two wickets for 17 more runs in his next three overs.

Skipper Kohli is leading the RCB and would like to create a good and big score after getting a good start.

Right-hander Rahane hit six fours and a six to provide the early fireworks for the visitors as they raced to 49 off 5.4 overs till the dismissal of the Indian worldwide.

However, Chris Woakes gave RCB break by sending Rahane back to the stands. These two quick wickets boosted RCB's confidence - only to be destroyed by Samson and Stokes later.

RCB are expected to continue with their young contingent of Washington Sundar and Mandeep Singh in the team, but Sarfaraz Khan may will have to make way for Murugan Ashwin if there is any late change in selections.

Samson and Buttler added 73 runs (off only 37 balls) for the fourth wicket as the former, who had begun carefully, went berserk.

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Kohli felt that while the pitch did surprise the home side, the Bangalore bowlers weren't wholly at fault for the loss.

Spinners Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal were really good on the day, but couldn't do enough from letting the opposition score above 200. Fuller ones, like two of Kulwant Khejroliya's in the 18th over, were effortlessly chipped over long-off. The final over from Umesh Yadav fetched 27 runs, Samson signing of in style with a couple of maximum shots.

Gopal picked up two wickets for Rajasthan. Quinton de Kock was batting well on 26 untill he pulled one straight in the deep.

The capacity crowd looked for the Virat Kohli team to deliver as the skipper won the toss on a hot afternoon, but opted the field first.

The strategy worked wonders as both the risky batsmen fell to Gopal trying to up the ante. D'Arcy Short, who was on my 5 players to watch list needs to sort out his running between the wickets, tough.

Bangalore 198/6 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 57 off 30 balls, Mandeep Singh 47 no off 25 balls, S Gopal 2/22 in 4 overs). The last three overs yielded 60 runs for the Royals. It is a home match for RCB hence it has more chance to get a victory for them against RR.

With strokemakers such as AB de Villiers, Kohli, Brendon McCullum and Quinton de Kock in the top four, they can make life hard for any attack.