Abu Dhabi: Recovering from back-to-back defeats, a demoralised Rajasthan Royals have their tasks cut out when they clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore today. RCB too suffered a minor setback when they were beaten by Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.
After a last-over win against Hyderabad in their campaign-opener, Rajasthan suffered two successive losses against Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings and skipper Shane Watson will quickly have to address his teams’ batting and bowling issues.
Bangalore, on the other hand, were on a high with consecutive wins before Kolkata snatched a two-run unlikely victory to leave Virat Kohli and company stunned.
Rajasthan have to better their all-round showing as both their batting and bowling have failed on separate occasions. If it was Ajinkya Rahane and Stuart Binny who helped RR narrowly cross the line in their first match, Watson and Sanju Samson came good in the next match with twin half-centuries to put up a good total against Punjab but their bowlers could not defend the total. But in their last match, Rajasthan’s batting faltered against a disciplined Chennai Super Kings bowling attack.
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. Chris Gayle raced away, as he usually does, but Shane Watson got him out for 34 with an innocuous-looking delivery. From 44 for 1 in four overs, Royal Challengers Bangalore went without a boundary for the next 6.1 overs
. Rajasthan Royals promoted 18-year-old Sanju Samson to number 3 ahead of Watson, Brad Hodge and Owais Shah. This turned out to be a master-stroke and Samson scored 63 off 41 balls, leaving Royals 56 to get off 34 balls
. With the Royals needing 18 runs off last 15 balls, the result seemed a foregone conclusion. But that was not to be. The equation became six off six. However, Hodge was bowled, to leave five to get off four. Owais Shah then got run out, before Stuart Binny took Royals home . RR won by four wickets
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