IPL, RCB vs RR: Mc Cullum departs, RCB lose 1st wicket

IPL, RCB vs RR: Mc Cullum departs, RCB lose 1st wicket

The RCB spinner took two wickets for 22 runs from his four overs, becoming the franchise's record wicket taker. Earlier, Sanju Samson came to the wicket at the fall of his skipper Rahane (36) and straight away went to the top gear.

WICKET! After Kohli, it's AB de Villiers, who holds out in deep. However, he didn't have the greatest starts to his IPL career as he only managed to score 11 off 17 balls.

Shreyas Gopal was the star of the show with the ball for the Royals as he removed the risky Kohli and de Villiers in quick succession to land a telling blow on RCB.

While there were a couple of big power hitters in the Rajasthan Royals squad who were batting first, it was actually the classy and stylish Sanju Samson who stole the show as the young wicketkeeper-batsman from Kerala came into his own and played some of the extraordinary cricket shots that one can ever get to see. Moreover, he took a stunning catch to dismiss Brendon McCullum.

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7- In the thriller against RCB, RR's Sanju Samson hit 10 sixes which is also the second highest by any Indian in IPL in a single match.

Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and have elected to bowl first.

Nearly four hours before Royal Challengers Bangalore's first home game of the Indian Premier League 2018 season, fans in red and black thronged the M Chinnaswamy stadium.

Samson shared crucial partnerships with Ben Stokes (27 off 21), Jos Buttler (23 off 14) and Rahul Tripaathi (14 not out off five), as Rajasthan capitalised on a strong start provided by captain Ajinkya Rahane (36 off 20).

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Rajasthan are now third on the points table while RCB dropped down to 6th with just 2 points from 3 games.

In reply, RCB could only post 198 for six as skipper Virat Kohlis 57 went in vain. Both teams have played two games each so far, with one win each. South African star AB de Villiers once again was the star with the bat scoring half century at a quick pace.

After Royals sprinted to 52 for the loss of Rahane in the Powerplay, Yuzvendra Chahal set them back by bowling leg breaks wide of off stump. Biggest worry for the team is that their three big buys in the IPL player auction 2018 - Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat and D'Arcy Short - are yet to make a significant contribution. In-form KL Rahul who slammed the fastest 50 of the Indian Premier League at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday, hit two sixes and a boundary in the first over of the game off Chris Woakes.

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