Bangalore v Rajasthan: Royals' batting deserves more respect

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For Rajasthan, local boy Shreyas Gopal was the pick of the bowlers with his figures of 4-0-22-2 which included the main wickets of Kohli and de Villiers which turned the match in their favor. Will the chance prove costly for RR?

Virat Kohli labelled Sanju Samson's unbeaten 92 a "brilliant" knock in the aftermath of Royal Challenger Bangalore's 19-run loss to Rajasthan Royals here on Sunday.

The Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, are yet to impress with the ball as Andre Russell bashed nearly all their bowlers in the havoc that he created at the Chepauk in the first home game of Dhoni's men.

Now in the 11th edition of Indian Premier League, Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan Royals did the same as the team's official Facebook page shared the video.

Unperturbed by the sudden fall of wickets, opener Lokesh Rahul (47) played sensibly and also hammered the bowlers all around the park before getting out in the 12th over to spinner Washington Sundar. Samson was ably supported with cameos from Ben Stokes (27), Jos Buttler (23) and Rahul Tripathi (14*). Quinton de Kock was batting well on 26 untill he pulled one straight in the deep.

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In reply, RCB could only post 198 for six as skipper Virat Kohlis 57 went in vain. With the likes of Suresh Raina and Kedhar Jadhav out of action, CSK will have to strike a balance between the Indian and overseas players to ensure they put a match-winning unit out at the PCA Stadium.

The result lifts the Royals to third after three matches, while RCB sit sixth. Yuzvendra Chahal was spitting fire by the time he'd arrived to bowl his final over, and was dealt with, with a lot of calm.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan, who were making their comeback after two years, lost their opening game against table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Captain Ajinkya Rahane can take a cue from Ravichandran Ashwin n how well to rotate his bowlers, and hope for them to make life hard for RCB's top-order. "When we saw the wicket, we thought it was going to be slower than the previous game". The pacer will have huge responsibility alongside fellow pacer Dhawal Kulkarni to make early breakthrough for the away side against men in Red and Black.

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).