Centurion: A devastating bowling display by Amit Singh (4/15), Ravindra Jadeja (3/15) and sensible batting from Naman Ohja (52) helped Rajasthan Royals to rout Bangalore Challengers by 7 wickets at Centurion on Thursday.
Chasing a modest target of 105, Rajasthan Royals finished off the match in 15 overs with 7 wickets in hands. Even though Royals lost Smith for 20 runs and Carseldine for 9 runs, Naman Ojha (52*) continued with his golden form to hit a fifty that was studded with three huge sixes and three fours.
Yusuf Pathan hit 2 fours in his 19-ball 22 before he was caught at deep square leg by Wasim Jaffer off Dillon du Preez.
Rajasthan Royals were 62/2 in 10 overs.
Earlier put into bat first by Royal Challengers, Bangalore Royal challengers were off to a terrible start as they lost their openers cheaply. Kallis was out caught by Niraj Patel at backward square leg. Dravid was the next to go without even tickling the score.
Wickets kept coming regularly and Bangalore never really looked like teeing off. None of the batsmen looked dangerous and there were no partnerships at all. Eventually, they ended with the lowest score in a completed innings in IPL 2009. None of the Bangalore batsman could even score 20 runs in the innings.
The major contributors in the Bangalore innings were Robin Uthappa (17), Virat Kohli (15) and Roelof van der Merwe (15).
Amit Singh was declared the Man of the Match for his magnificent spell of 4/19.
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Warne (Capt.), Graeme Smith, Naman Ojha, Ravindra Jadeja, Lee Carseldine, Yusuf Pathan, Abhishek Raut, Niraj Patel, Morne Morkel, Munaf Patel, Amit Singh.
Bangalore Royal Challengers: Anil Kumble (Capt.), Jacques Kallis, Wasim Jaffer, Robin Uthappa, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Mark Boucher, Roelof van der Merwe, Dillon du Preez, Praveen Kumar, R Vinay Kumar.