There were questions over Ajinkya Rahane's role as an opener for Royals, and he answered them in emphatic fashion, hammering 36 off 20 balls at 180 - his second best strike-rate in the Powerplay in the IPL. His pull shot off a short delivery found Jaydev Unadkat at the deep. Short also fall in the next over cheaply for just 11 (17). In their chase, RCB overcame a mid-innings slump, thanks to AB de Villiers' stroke-filled 40-ball 57 that took them to 159 for 6 in 19.3 overs.
Starting for RCB, Brendon McCullum got out in the first over for 4 runs. The Kiwi, who was dismissed by Axar Patel in the first over in their last game against Kings XI Punjab, in his bid to pull local off-spinner Gowtham Krishnappa was brilliantly caught by Ben Stokes.
At the end of 15th over, KXIP were 122 for 7 and they could add 33 more runs at the expense of three wickets thanks to Ashiwn's 21-ball 33 which was laced with three fours and a six.
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The Kerala batsman reveled on the Kerala New Year, as it is the Day of "Vishu" in the land of Gods today.
Sanju Samson hit eight sixes before scoring his first four - an IPL record.
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Madrid have been drawn to face Bayern Munich in the semi-final, with the first leg taking place at the Allianz Arena on April 25. I'm happy and proud of how we played, we made the impossible possible".
RCB are now sitting in the fifth position on the points table, while RR are placed on the sixth position on the points table.
De Villiers hit two fours and four sixes in his knock.
The home side, which will turn out in green on the occasion (an annual ritual), could be tempted to field an extra spinner although Kohli has spoken about his preference for giving only five bowlers total responsibility. He's been run out in both of his matches so far.
Stokes (9/2) was promoted to number three last time out but it's likely that Samson will either open or come in at three. Delhi Daredevils ran away with the game as a result.
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals: 217/4 (Sanju Samson 92 not out, Ajinlya Rahane 36; Yuzvender Chahal 2/22, Chris Woakes 2/47) vs Royal challengers Bangalore: 198/6 (Virat Kohli 57, Mandeep Singh 47 not out; Shreyas Gopal 2/22, D'Arcy Short 1/11, Ben Stokes 1/32).