The bowling of Rajasthan Royals (RR) will be tested on Sunday as they clash with high on confidence Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
With Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum and Quinton de Kock, RCB has the mighty batting line up that can destroy any bowling attack on any given day.
AB de Villiers scored a brilliant half-centuryÂ to power RCB to their first victory of the IPL 2018 against Kings XI Punjab on Friday. ABD has scored 485 runs in 13 innings against Rajasthan, most by any batsman.Â
#Â Virat Kohli:Â We knew exactly where it went wrong. Having 70 in 10 overs, we were going good with the ball. But giving 140-odd in the last 10 is never a good sign. The wicket was slower than what we played like. We would have loved to have 20 runs lesser to chase. But then, I have never seen a game where four batsmen have got out to half-trackers. There is a lot of belief in the side, even when we needed 85 off the last 5 overs, we had belief. That mindset is important. We had 100 in 10 overs, we were confident and if we hadn't lost two wickets in six balls, things could have been different. No ifs or buts though. First game we were on track, we had our chances today as well. Too early (in the season) to make drastic changes though.
# Samson, Man of the Match:Â Feel very grateful to play this tournament for two months of the year. Playing an innings like this is a dream come true. I'm feeling good, hitting the ball well. Would like to keep up the form and win as many matches as I can. Whatever my team wants me to do, I'll do it - whether it's fielding or keeping.
# Rahane, RR captain:Â Feels good. We all know how dangerous RCB are. We were thinking of getting 160-170, wicket was a bit slow. But the way Sanju batted was incredible. It was all about getting that one big partnership. Knee is better. Slight niggle but will be fine. Shreyas bowled really well. We know when you score 200-plus, opponents will come hard. Sanju is a great talent, good to have him in our team. He's the future for India and we back him.
# And Rajasthan Royals win by 19 runs!Â
# 18.5 Overs: OUT! Sundar's cameo end!Â Washington Sundar b Stokes 35(19) RCB 182/6
# 18.2 Overs: SIX! Oh boy Sundar can bat, clean hitting. RCB 180/5
# 18.1 Overs: FOUR! Sundar at it again. RCB 174/5
# 17.4 Overs: SIX! Sundar showing some of his batting skills here. A lost cause though, almost. RCB 167/5
# 16.4 Overs: FOUR! CTRL C + CTRL V by Mandeep. RCB 155/5
# 16.3 Overs: FOUR! Mandeep with a signature cut shot! RCB 151/5
# 16.1 Overs: SIX! a big one that by Sundar. RCB 146/5
# 14.3 Overs: FOUR! Mandeep hits it clean. RCB 131/5
# 14.1 Overs: OUT! Laughlin strikes. Huge trouble for RCB.Â Â Negi c Buttler b Laughlin 3(4) RCB 126/5
# 13.1 Overs: SIX! Mandeep hits it big, RCB need plenty more of those. RCB 122/4
# 12.3 Overs: OUT! ABD departs! Shreyas Gopal strikes again.Â de Villiers c Unadkat b Shreyas Gopal 20(18) RCB 114/4
# 11.5 Overs: FOUR! ABD cuts it towards third man! RCB 113/3
# 10.2 Overs: OUT! Kohli has to walk back, big dent in RCB chase.Â Kohli c D Arcy Short b Shreyas Gopal 57(30) RCB 101/3
# 9.5 Overs: SIX! de Villiers joins the party. RCB 99/2
# 8.6 Overs: SIX! That sound off the willow of Kohli! RCB 91/2
# Virat Kohli completes his half century! 31st IPL fifty for him.
# 7.6 Overs: OUT! de Kock departs!Â de Kock c Unadkat b D Arcy Short 26(19) RCB 81/2
# 7.2 Overs: SIX! going...going...gone!! Kohli at it.. RCB 78/1
# 6.3 Overs: FOUR! Kohli slams it. RCB 69/1
# 5.5 Overs: FOUR! Kohli directed it to the perfection. RCB 61/1
# 5.1 Overs: FOUR! Lovely pull by Kohli. RCBÂ 53/1
# 4.5 Overs: FOUR again! de Kock is timing it perfectly there. RCB 49/1
# 4.4 Overs: FOUR! de Kock slams it. RCB 45/1
# 3.3 Overs: FOUR! Kohli with a lovely off drive. RCB 36/1
# 2.6 Overs: FOUR! de Kock cuts it fine! RCB 29/1
# After 2 Overs RCB are 19/1. Kohli and de Kock at the crease
# McCullum departs for a duck! Huge blow for RCB! Brendon McCullum c Stokes b Gowtham 4(4)
# RCB need 218 to win! Pheew what a show of batting by Sanju Samson!
# 19.5 Overs: SIX! Samson destroying RCB! RR 216/4
# 19.4 Overs: SIX! Clean hitting by Samson. RR 210/4
# 19.3 Overs: FOUR! Tripathy enjoying his time out there. RR 202/4
# 19.2 Overs: SIX! H U U U G G G E E E! Tripathy at it this time! RR 198/4
# 18.6 Overs: FOUR! Unbelievable Samson! WOW. RR 190/4
# 18.5 Overs: FOUR! Can you believe it, Samson has his first four here. RR 186/4
# 18.4 Overs: SIX! We are witnessing Sanju Samson show! RR 182/4
# 18.2 Overs: OUT! Buttler gone! Soft dismissal.Â Buttler c Kohli b Woakes 23(14) RR 175/4
# 17.6 Overs: SIX! OMG! Samson is having a field day! RR 173/3
# 17.5 Overs: SIX! Stand and deliver by Samson. RR 167/3
# 16.6 Overs: SIX! Buttler joins the party. Sends the ball deep into the crowd. RR 157/3
# 16.2 Overs: SIX! Samson manages to clear the mid wicket boundary. JUST! RR 148/3
# 15.1 Overs: SIX! Samson takes full benefit of the free hit! RR 137/3
# 13.6 Overs: FOUR! Edged, a slip there would have taken it but anyway.. RR 125/3
# 13.3 Overs: SIX! Samson hammers it. RR 120/3
# 12.6 Overs: FOUR! BYE boundary, the ball from Chahal missed the batsman, missed the keeper and missed everyone! RR 112/3
# 12.3 Overs: FOUR! Buttler slaps it hard to start his innings with a boundary. RR 106/3
# 12.2 Overs: OUT! Clean Bowled Stokes!Â Stokes b Chahal 27(21) RR 102/3
# 11.3 Overs: SIX! Ben Stokes is taking the charge here. RR 96/2
# 11.2 Overs: FOUR! Stokes with a delicate flick. RR 90/2
# 10.1 Overs: SIX! Huuuuuuuugggeee by Samson, some timing that. RR 82/2
# 9.6 Overs: FOUR! Stokes eases the pressure off the RR team with this boundary. RR 76/2
# 7.4 Overs: SIX! Samson hits it big. RR 61/2
# 6.5 Overs: OUT! D'Arcy Short is gone! His poor form in the IPL continues.Â D Arcy Short c de Kock b Chahal 11(17) RR 53/2
# 5.4 Overs: OUT! Rahane heads back to the pavillion.Â Rahane c U Yadav b Woakes 36(20) RR 49/1
# 5.3 Overs: FOUR! Rahane with a splendid shot! RR 49/0
# 4.6 Overs: FOUR! D'Arcy Short gets going now! What a shot. RR 43/0
# 4.3 Overs: FOUR! Rahane classy as ever. RR 38/0
# 3.6 Overs: FOUR! Rahane is on fire. RR 33/0
# 3.4 Overs: FOUR! RahaneÂ uses the pace of Umesh YadavÂ and hits it perfectly. RR 28/0
# 2.5 Overs: SIX! Rahane walks down the pitch and blasts it straight to the sight screen. RR 21/0
# 2.4 Overs: FOUR! Rahane sweeps it towards fine leg. RR 15/0
# 1.2 Overs: FOUR! Rahane slams Woakes for a beautiful boundary. RR 6/0
# After 1 Over RR are 1/0
# Rahane and D'Arcy Short open for RR and Sundar has the new ball for RCB.
# RCB has made one change.Â Negi in for Sarfaraz for the hosts. Rajasthan Royals unchanged.
# Rajasthan Royals playing XI - Ajinkya Rahane(c), D Arcy Short, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler(w), Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin
# Royal Challengers Bangalore playing XI -Â Quinton de Kock(w), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Pawan Negi, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra ChahalÂ
#Â RCB win the toss and chose to bowl first against Rajasthan Royals.