Rajasthan Royals maintained their unbeaten record at home with a thrilling four-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Sanju Samson played an incredible innings of 63 to lead in RR’s successful chase of RCB's 171. Chasing a stiff 172 for victory, RR were lucky as Virat Kohli spilled Rahul Dravid off the very first ball of the run-chase. Dravid made the most of it hitting Ravi Rampaul for two boundaries. Rampaul got the first wicket as Ajinkya Rahane (2) top edged a pull to be caught at fine leg.
Sanju Samson, promoted up the order smashed Vinay Kumar for consecutive boundaries. Moises Henriques then deceived Dravid with a slower delivery and broke the stumps behind him. Samson continued the assault with consecutive sixes off Mural Kartik in the 8th over. At the halfway stage, RR were 80 for 2, still requiring 92 runs. RR started to accelerate in the 13th over with two boundaries off RP Singh as Samson brought up his fifty. Rampaul provided the breakthrough having Samson (63) caught by Kartik leaving RR needing 52 off 30 balls.
Rampaul's 17th over was taken apart for 17 runs as Brad Hodge launched him for two sixes and helped his team inch closer to the target. Watson (41) fell to RP Singh and with RR needing six from the last over, they lost Hodge (32) and Owais Shah (1). Stuart Binny (6) hit a four to see RR through with a ball left. Earlier RR won the toss and put RCB in. Chris Gayle got RCB off to a stunning start with three boundaries in the first over bowled by Ajit Chandila. Gayle looking in ominous touch and smashed S Sreesanth for two boundaries before launching him for a six.
Watson got the big wicket of Gayle (34) having him caught behind. RCB were 55 for one from their power play overs. RCB lost the other opener, Abhinav Mukund in the eighth over when Siddharth Trivedi breached through his defences and broke the stumps. At the halfway stage, RCB were 75 for 2. Sreesanth sent back AB de Villiers (21) caught on the ropes by James Faulkner in the 12th over. Kohli then hit a couple of boundaries off Trivedi. Moises Henriques hit Faulkner for a six in the 16th over before the bowler got the better of Kohli (32) later in the same over.
Henriques (22) continued the assault with two boundaries off Sreesanth's 17th over before being run out by Faulkner. Though RCB lost Ravi Rampaul in the 19th over, Vinay Kumar (22*) helped finish the innings on a high, dispatching Faulkner for three sixes to help RCB to 171 for 6. Man-of-the-Match: Sanju Samson Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 171 for 6 (Chris Gayle 34, Shane Watson 3-22) lost to Rajasthan Royals 173 for 6 (Sanju Samson 63, Ravi Rampaul 2-28) by 4 wickets.