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IPL 2018: Sanju Samson’s record-breaking batting performance against RCB1 min read

Sanju Samson

The 23-year old outdid himself with his fantastic performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday. He scored a whopping 92 runs – not out off 45 balls, with ten sixes and two fours, thrashing RCB on behalf of his team, Rajasthan Royals.

He beat Nitish Rana’s record of most runs in an IPL match without hitting a single four. Nitish Rana, who was a member of Mumbai Indians during this feat, had scored 62 runs off 34 balls with seven sixes and no fours in their first match against Punjab in IPL 2017. The game ended with the Mumbai Indians defeating Punjab by eight wickets.

Samson broke this record with a score of 65 runs with seven sixes and no fours pushing the total to 217-4. The commentary was filled with praise for his beautiful display of talent.

He started his innings in the fifth over, replacing Rahane (36), and started off slow with a single here and there. He hit his first six in the seventh over, bowled by Khejroliya. The second six followed in the tenth over, bowled by Sundar. Negi then allowed him his third six in the thirteenth over, right after Stokes’ wicket. His fourth six came in the fifteenth over, through Yadav and his fifth through Woakes in the very next over. He scored two consecutive sixes, including the record-breaking six, in the seventeenth over, bowled by Khejroliya, raising his score to 65. Hit his two fours and yet another six in Woake’s over and finished his ten in the final over, bowled by Yadav.

He almost broke Andre Russel’s record of the most number of sixes hit in any sub-100 innings in the IPL. Andre scored 88 runs off 36 balls with eleven sixes last Tuesday against CSK.

Samson was awarded the title of “Man of the Match” that night.