He was also helped by the RCB bowlers, Umesh Yadav in particular, who time and again dished out length deliveries to him and with the altitude and dimensions of Chinnaswamy and the kind of mood Samson was in, they were never going to be spared. Supported by Ajinkya Rahane's 20-ball 36 Sanju went all guns blazing right from the start. Short also fall in the next over cheaply for just 11 (17). But Gopal had a bigger impact as his two wickets, that of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, derailed RCB's chase.
After conceding 217, the Challengers had to come out all guns blazing, but they suffered an early setback with Brendon McCullum (4) out in the first over. The Kiwi, who was dismissed by Axar Patel in the first over in their last game against Kings XI Punjab, in his bid to pull local off-spinner Gowtham Krishnappa was brilliantly caught by Ben Stokes.
WICKET! Laughlin gets the breakthrough, Pawan Negi edging ball straight to wicket keeper Buttler behind the stumps.
The Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, are yet to impress with the ball as Andre Russell bashed nearly all their bowlers in the havoc that he created at the Chepauk in the first home game of Dhoni's men.
Put into bat, Samson sent the bowlers on a leatherhunt hitting as many as 10 sixes and two fours.
Short's spin problem: With a high price tag and even higher expectations after a stellar Big Bash League season, D'Arcy Short hasn't had the start to the IPL he or the Rajasthan Royals would've wanted.
Nearly four hours before Royal Challengers Bangalore's first home game of the Indian Premier League 2018 season, fans in red and black thronged the M Chinnaswamy stadium. Samson was ably supported with cameos from Ben Stokes (27), Jos Buttler (23) and Rahul Tripathi (14*).
Rajasthan are now third on the points table while RCB dropped down to 6th with just 2 points from 3 games. Both teams have played two games each so far, with one win each.
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. AB de Villiers, the darling of the Bengaluru crowd, produced another match-winning half-century effort at this centre after rival skipper Ravichandran Ashwin's double strike provided the Kings XI an outside chance.
"He is a talented player, we have seen over the years he has done well in the IPL".