Wednesday 25 September 2013 

CLT20: Hodge, Tambe Deliver Another Royal Win

Brad Hodge of Victoria in the Champions League T20
Brad Hodge hit 46 in 23 balls to set up a victory for the Rajasthan Royals
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Rajasthan Royals 183-5 (Hodge 46no) beat
Highveld Lions 153-9 (Tambe 4-15) by 30 runs
Champions League Twenty20 Group A, Jaipur

Outstanding individual performances from Brad Hodge and Pravin Tambe were the highlights of the Rajasthan Royals' 30-run Champions League Twenty20 2013 win over the Highveld Lions.

Hodge struck an unbeaten 46 in 23 balls to hoist the Royals to 183 for five and Tambe then took four for 15 as the Lions limped to 153 for nine in reply.

The win - their second of the tournament -  puts the Royals back to the top of the group after the other four teams had their matches abandoned earlier in the week due to rain.

Rajasthan might have lost Ajinkya Rahane for six in seven balls but thereafter the runs flowed freely. Rahul Dravid led the way with 31 in 30, Sanju Samson made 12 in 11 and Shane Watson crashed 33 in 24.

Then, Stuart Binny hammered 38 in 20 balls and Hodge was unbeaten on 46 in 23, hitting six fours and two sixes and despite Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Dwaine Pretorius taking a brace of wickets apiece, the Royals had compiled an excellent score.

It proved to be a match-winning one.

The Lions started well enough through Rassie van der Dussen (14) and Quinton de Kock (18) before they lost their way.

Vikramjeet Malik removed van der Dusson and Temba Bavuma (0) and Watson accounted for de Kock before Tamble delivered his devastating return.

The leg-spinner first bowled Hardus Viljoen for 24, then had Jean Symes caught by Binny for three and two balls later trapped Sohail Tanvir in front for a duck.

Alviro Petersen had fought hard to keep the run chase on track with 40 in 24 balls but he too fell to Tambe, clean bowled as he attempted one big shot too many.

With him went the Lions' chances and although Thami Tsolekile (21) and Pretorius (19) hit some lusty blows at the end they only served to limit the damage as the Royals ran out comfortable victors.

Group A points: Rajasthan Royals 8 points, Otago Volts 6 points, Lions, Mumbai Indians, Perth Scorchers 2 points

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