Sanju Samson led the Rajasthan Royals (RR) to an easy 4-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Wednesday. This victory gives RR a chance to qualify for the IPL 2024 finals.

Jaiswal hit the ball well, getting boundaries, while Samson kept keeping the score ticking. But SRH hit them back with quick wickets in the middle overs, including those of Jaiswal and Samson. Riyan Parag and Shimron Hetmeyer tried to rebuild the inning, but Rajasthan Royals bowed well and kept them under pressure. But as the required run rate was climbing, it put the pressure of some big hits on the Rajasthan Royals lower order. 

Good SRH bowling, especially spells of Rashid and Kumar, meant that the run rate was always out of reach for RR, who eventually succumbed to a 15-run defeat in their quest to continue their IPL dream into 2024. 

Highlights of the RR vs RCB Match

  • Toss and Batting First: Rajasthan Royals won the toss and chose to bowl first in Ahmedabad. Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis opened for RCB. Faf du Plessis was out for 17 runs in the 4th over, bowled by Trent Boult.
  • Virat Kohli’s Performance: Virat Kohli, who has been in great form this season, was dismissed for 33 runs in the 8th over.
  • Middle Order Contributions: Cameron Green scored 27 runs off 21 balls, and Rajat Patidar made 34 runs off 22 balls. RCB struggled after losing Green, Patidar, and Maxwell quickly.
  • Late Contributions: Mahipal Lomror’s 32 runs off 17 balls and Swapnil Singh’s 9 runs off 4 balls helped RCB reach 172/8 in their 20 overs.

Rajasthan Royals Innings

  • Opening Partnership: Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Yashasvi Jaiswal opened for Rajasthan Royals, giving a solid start until Cadmore was out for 20 runs.
  • Key Performances: Jaiswal’s aggressive play and Sanju Samson’s support helped RR reach over 80 runs in less than 10 overs. Both were dismissed before the halfway mark.
  • Tense Moments: Dhruv Jurel’s wicket in the 14th over made things tense for RR.
  • Crucial Partnership: Riyan Parag and Shimron Hetmeyer formed a key partnership, but both were dismissed by Mohammed Siraj in the 18th over.
  • Final Push: Rovman Powell’s brilliant knock in the 19th over helped RR win the match and secure a place in the second qualifier against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday.