Bowlers, AB de Villiers give RCB the ideal homecoming

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RCB bowlers were torn apart, especially Umesh Yadav who ended his figures with 4-0-59-0, with his last spell seeing 27 runs coming off it.

Earlier, Rajasthan began their innings with a flurry of boundaries hit by skipper Ajinkya Rahane (36 off 20 balls). Just after that, Mandeep also got run out in the same over. But, Shreyas Gopal managed to take the big wicket of a rampaging Kohli in the 11th over to turn the match decisively in his team's favour.

RCB's run chase did not have the best of starts as Brendon McCullum got out in the second ball of the innings itself for a first ball duck.

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Meanwhile, reflecting on his match-winning performance, a jubilant Samson said, "Feel very grateful to play this tournament for two months of the year".

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.

Rahul and Mayank, the KXIP openers, who are no strangers to this ground, showed a lot of promise, the former even hit Chris Woakes for 16 runs in the first over.

RCB are now sitting in the fifth position on the points table, while RR are placed on the sixth position on the points table. They did do it initially, with left arm spinner Axar Patel dismissing the risky Brendon McCullum in the first over and the leggie Mujeeb-Ur-Rehman from Afghanistan castling skipper Virat Kohli with a beauty. From there on, it was RR's game as seldom does RCB pull of stunning wins without their two mainstays. His 40-ball innings was laced with two boundaries and four sixes. In their second game Royals celebrated their return to the "fortress" Sawai Mansingh Stadium with a 10-run win over Delhi Daredevils in the rain-hit match, getting past a revised target of 71 runs in six overs as per the Duckworth/Lewis method. Biggest worry for the team is that their three big buys in the IPL player auction 2018 - Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat and D'Arcy Short - are yet to make a significant contribution.

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At 15 overs, Royals were 129 for 3.

Washington Sundar with 35 and Mandeep Singh with 47 had a late flurry as they took RCB to 198 for 6 in 20 overs.

Earlier, in a stark contrast from Ashwin's strategy of bowling only spin in the Powerplay, Kohli waited till after the Powerplay to bowl his spinners.

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