Jaipur restrict Royal Challengers to 135/8

Published: Saturday, April 26, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: Sticking to their task in brilliant fashion, Rajastan Royals restricted Bangalore Royal Challengers to a modest 135 for eight in the T20 IPL tie played at M Chinnaswamy stadium here today.

Leading from front, Royals skipper Shane Warne marshaled his bowlers to a nicety to give his team an easy target.

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor scored a whirlwind 44 off just 20 balls, while Praveen Kumar used long handle to some good effect scoring 34, but it was not enough as Challengers lost too many wickets too quick time and were never in hunt for a big score.

The innings belonged to the Royals bowlers who made use of the bouncy wicket to good effect. Shane Watson, Munaf Patel and Warne himself, who bowled the only second maiden wicket of the league, put the skids on the local team"s plans of putting up a stiff target.

Young Siddarth Trivedi and Pakistan left arm pacer Sohail Tanvir also bowled good spells.

Watson, the 'Australian expert' in the ultra abridged game, put the visitors in the right track removing home team"s skipper Rahul Dravid for a naught in the second ball of the game. He struck again in his second over to send back Shivnaraine Chanderpaul and the Bangalore team was reduced to 2/16.

The New Zealander however sent the score board ringing by hitting two huge sixes of Tanvir in his first over and took the home team to 50 for 2 in the sixth over. He later hit Munaf for three boundaries as Dravid"s men went on well for the next six overs.

However Taylor"s exit caught by Smith off Munaf, put Bangalore on the defensive.

Kallis, who was instrumental in Bangalore"s win against Mumbai Indians, departed cheaply making just eleven. Taylor"s loss in the eighth over put the skids on the home team"s progress and they never recovered after being down 65 for four in the eighth over.

The next six overs yielded just 14 runs with Munaf and Siddarth tying up the batsmen with good line. Under-19 World Cup winning skipper Virat Kohli (13) and Mark Boucher (4) too struggled against the Royals bowlers and the scoring rate fell sharply till Praveen tried some damage control.

Then came Warne, who bowled his four overs on trot, to put the Bangalore innings in disarray. He sent back the danger man Boucher who struggled against the Aussie"s leg spin and departed caught by keeper Mahesh Rawat. The Royals skipper conceded just 23 runs in his spell, while Watson and Munaf took two wickets each.

Praveen and Zaheer added 41 runs for the eighth wicket in 6.2 overs to give some respectability to the Bangalore score. Praveen hit two huge sixes off Yusuf Pathan.


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