RCB's reply was very strong, launched by the 77-run second-wicket partnership between Virat Kohli (57 off 30) and De Kock (26 off 19). His unbeaten knock drew widespread applause from the cricketing fraternity while skipper Ajinkya Rahane bestowed him with compliments and identified him as the future of Indian cricket. Ben Stokes also saw his innings cut short by Yuzvendra Chahal as he dragged the ball back onto the stumps.
Ben Stokes took an excellent catch of Brendon McCullum 4 runs (4 balls) and Krishnappa Gowtham got his first wicket in the first over.
In a high scoring match, Gowtham had a decent outing as he conceded 36 runs in four overs and took a crucial wicket of the unsafe McCullum. Luckily these missed chances didn't cost the team a win. Rajasthan lost their D'Arcy Short after a good start, but Samson made up for the early loss. Samson obliterated the Bengaluru bowlers to stroke 10 maximums and two boundaries to anchor Royals to the behemoth total.
While Samson went on rampage in the final over's, he found able partner in form of Jos Buttler (23 runs of 14 balls) and Rahul Tripathy (14 runs of 5 balls) as he registered the highest score of the tournament and also laid his hands on orange cap.
Rajasthan are now third on the points table while RCB dropped down to 6th with just 2 points from 3 games. They did do it initially, with left arm spinner Axar Patel dismissing the unsafe Brendon McCullum in the first over and the leggie Mujeeb-Ur-Rehman from Afghanistan castling skipper Virat Kohli with a beauty. Buttler hit a six against Woakes and two fours against spinners Chahal and Pawan Negi before losing his wicket to Woakes. De Villiers completed his half-century in 40 balls with the help of two fours and four sixes.
Umesh Yadav who had one of his best bowling performances in RCB's previous game bore the brunt of the final onslaught. He's been run out in both of his matches so far.
Rahul (37 runs in 22 balls) and Gayle (63 runs in 33 balls) gave the hosts a rousing start, slamming 96 runs in eight overs. Washington Sundar scored 35 runs off 19 balls (bowled by Stokes) and Mandeep Singh (unbeaten 47 runs off 25 balls) added 66 runs for the fifth wicket but they couldn't chase the competitive total.