Rajasthan Win Battle Of The Royals
Rajasthan Royals 71-4 beat
Royal Challengers Bangalore 70 by six wickets
Indian Premier League 2014, Abu Dhabi
The Rajasthan Royals inflicted a heavy defeat on the Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets at Abu Dhabi in the lowest scoring match of the Indian Premier League 2014 so far.
Bangalore were bowled out for their lowest total in IPL history - 70 all out in 15 overs - and Rajasthan cruised to victory in 13 overs. This was the third lowest total in IPL history and beat Bangalore's previous low-score of 82 scored in the first ever IPL match in 2008.
Chasing a paltry total, Rajasthan’s batsmen weren’t too eager to have a nice hit in the middle and use up the overs. It was a bout of attrition that rolled on from the first innings of the match, as poor judgment continued to account for wickets in the second innings as well.
The only respite for the Royals was that they had a very low total to score, easily chaseable in this smallest format of the game.
Ajinkya Rahane scored 23 runs off 19 balls, with four fours, and he was the most attractive batsman on display through the match. It allowed the Royals to get off to a quick start, but then they started losing wickets.
Rahane was the first to go, in the fifth over, quickly followed by Sanju Samson (2) and opener Karun Nair (8) as Mitchell Starc (2-29) made inroads.
Abhishek Nayar, coming down the order, and skipper Shane Watson then added 32 runs for the fourth wicket, making sure Royals wouldn’t collapse just as their opponents did before them.
Coming in down the order, Nayar spent some valuable time in the middle, scoring 11 not out off 17 balls with one four.
Meanwhile, Shane Watson scored a run-a-ball 24, with one four and two sixes, the highest individual score in the match. He fell to leg-spinner Yuzvendara Chahal (1-17) with the finish line in sight.
Earlier, Rajasthan won the toss and elected to bowl first on a wicket that looked good for stroke-making, but Bangalore never got into that mode as wickets fell in a heap.
Yogesh Takawale (0), Parthiv Patel (1), Yuvraj Singh (3) and AB de Villiers (0) left in a hurry, one after another, leaving them tottering at five for four in the third over.
Virat Kohli somehow survived this initial onslaught and went on to score 21 runs, off 25 balls with three fours, but he had no support whatsoever from any other batsman and couldn’t manage to dig his team out of this hole.
The procession of wickets continued as 42-year-old spinner Pravin Tambe came on and grabbed four for 20 from his quota of overs, including the wicket of
Kohli. Sachin Rana (3) and Albie Morkel (7) preceded Kohli’s wicket. It was only through Starc (18) and Ravi Rampaul (13) reaching double figures that Bangalore were able to cross the 50-run mark in the 12th over.
Stuart Binny (1-1), Kane Richardson (2-18), Watson (1-5) and Rajat Bhatia (1-7) were the other wicket-takers, completing a shambolic outing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
They now have four points from four games, as do Rajasthan Royals who are placed one spot above their opposition.
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