Samson’s half-century, Rajasthan’s 152 for five wickets

Mumbai, May 2 (PTI) Captain Sanju Samson’s (54) half-century helped Rajasthan Royals score 152 for five against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Monday.

Samson hit seven fours and a six in his 49-ball innings. In the last over, Riyan Parag scored 19 runs in 12 balls with the help of two sixes and a four and Shimron Hetmyer scored an unbeaten 27 runs in 13 balls with the help of two sixes and a four.

Team Saudi took two wickets for 46 runs in four overs for KKR. Umesh Yadav, Anukul Roy and Shivam Mavi took a wicket each while Sunil Narine conceded just 19 runs in four overs.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, the KKR bowlers bowled tight in the opening over and Umesh took the wicket of Devdutt Padikkal (2 runs) while bowling the third over maiden.

Jos Buttler (22 runs in 25 balls) and Sanju Samson hit fours in the fifth over of this bowler. Samson hit a six in the last ball of the power play against KKR debutant Anukul Roy, taking the team’s score to 38 for one after six overs.

KKR’s bowlers bowled tight against Buttler, who was in fine form, which benefited the Saudis who came to bowl in the ninth over. In the process of hitting a big shot, Butler gave the catch to Shivam Mavi near the boundary.

After this Samson made some good shots and sent the ball across the boundary line but could not increase the team’s run speed much.

Left-arm spinner Anukul showed the way to the pavilion on the first ball of the 14th over to returning to the team, Karun Nair (13). Samson completed his second half-century of the season in 38 balls in the same over while Riyan Parag, who came to the crease, ended the over with a six.

Parag sent the delivery of Southee to the visitors in the 17th over but the very next ball was caught by Anukul at deep midwicket. On the first ball of the next over, Mavi gave a big breakthrough to KKR by running Samson.

Shimron Hetmyer picked up the run-rate with a six off the first two balls of the 19th over. Rajasthan got 20 runs from this over of Saudi. Mavi spent only 10 runs in the last over.