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IPL: Rajasthan Royals maintain formidable home record against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Rajasthan keep big-hitting Bangalore batsmen in check in four-wicket win.

Toss Rajasthan, chose to field
Bangalore Gayle 34, Kohli 32; Watson 3-22, Trivedi 1-20
Rajasthan Samson 63, Watson 41, Hodge 32; Rampaul 2-28
Man of the match Sanju Samson (Rajasthan)

The Indian Premier League game yesterday between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) started with both sides formidable at home.

Rajasthan hosted Bangalore in Jaipur with panache, despite being set a stiff target of 172 with no major standout performance from the RCB batsmen. Royals won by four wickets.

Nobody got going for RCB after the danger man Chris Gayle was caught out by Shane Watson. He remained their top scorer with 34 runs.

It was Watson's evening as he returned from a spell of 3-22 to take the innings away from Bangalore with a timely knock of 41 runs from 31 balls with the bat. When he top-edged an RP Singh delivery to spoon it to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers, Rajasthan still needed 10 runs from as many balls.

Watson had dropped down to No 4 in the batting order behind Sanju Samson, who top-scored with 63 runs.

The IPL, which was supposed to throw young Indian players into the limelight, proved to be that stage for Samson, an 18 year old from the south Indian state of Kerala, who hit his way with seven boundaries and two sixes to keep Rajasthan in striking distance before Watson took over.

When Bangalore were batting, R Vinaykumar, one of the finds from last year's IPL, had pushed the score with a last-over flurry of three sixes from four balls with the bat.

Eventually his push and a cleverly bowled final over was not enough as Rajasthan lost a few wickets toward the end but managed to scrape a win with a ball to spare.

 

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