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IPL4: Challengers give Rajasthan a royal hiding

Published: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 7:34 [IST]
 
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Gayle-storm hits Rajasthan Royals

The visitors pulverised a hapless Rajasthan Royals by nine wickets with an unbeaten Chris Gayle (70* off 44 balls) and Virat Kohli (39 not out off 34 balls) taking the Challengers past the set total of 146/6 with 3 overs to spare. Earlier, RCB was given a robust start by Tillakaratne Dilshan who scored 38 off 24 balls. Royals' captain Shane Warne was the sole wicket-taker for his side with figures of 1/26 off his four overs.

Being put into bat, Rajasthan Royals got off to a forceful start. In the second over, Shane Watson dispatched S Aravind to the fence twice before Rahul Dravid subjected Zaheer Khan to similar treatment in the third over. In the following over, Dravid couldn't capitalise on a free hit from Charl Langeveld, he and Watson winding up with just 2 runs off the over. But in the 5th over, Dravid chipped Zaheer over mid on for another four as Rajasthan moved onto 32/0 in 5 overs. In the 6th over, Dravid and Watson teamed up to take 11 runs off Langeveld, including a four and a six. In the next over, Dravid knocked 7 runs off Chris Gayle to bring up Rajasthan's 50 in 6.5 overs.

Then Watson upped the ante, clobbering a six and a four off Aravind. But two overs later, the batting duo both ran out of steam as Aravind first removed Watson for 34 off 29 balls and two balls later, Dravid for 37 off 31 balls as the score read 73/2 in 9.5 overs. A couple of overs later, Johan Botha reversed swept Kazi for a boundary. Then Ajinkya Rahane got into act, cover-driving Virat Kolhi for a four and then launching Kazi for a six over long off. But three balls later, he was tragically run out as Rajasthan were 102 off 13.3 overs. It all went downhill for the Royals from there.

After a couple of quiet overs, Aravind had Botha caught behind for 19 off 20 balls before Langeveld removed Ross Taylor for 13 off 13 balls as the score read a dismal 124/4 in 17 overs. Then in the penultimate over, Chris Gayle sent back Ashok Menaria for 8 off 6 balls while Raut and Yagnik could only manage to take 5 runs off Zaheer in the final over as the Royals finished on 146/6 in 20 overs.

In their reply, the Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to an even more belligerent start than the Royals with Tillakaratne Dilshan smashing Shane Watson for two fours in the first over before joining forces with Chris Gayle to each knock a four off Johan Botha and Pankaj Singh and then again off Botha as the score moved to 42/0 in 4 overs. Then after Dilshan clobbered Siddharth Trivedi for two fours as the Challengers reached 50 in 5 overs, Gayle sent Botha for a straight six, after which Dilshan compounded the bowler's woes by knocking another boundary off him.

In the 7th over, the Royals finally had something to cheer about when Shane Warne had Dilshan caught at the boundary for 38 off 24 balls. But Gayle kept the momentum going, knocking a four each off Watson and Warne in the 8th and 9th overs. In the 12th over, Virat Kohli got Botha away for a four before running a single later in the over to bring up the Royal Challengers' 100. In the next over, Gayle lofted Ross Taylor for a six. But Gayle was not done with business. A couple of overs later, Gayle hammered Warne for a six and a four before teaming up with Kohli to knock another four and a six off Ashok Menaria.

Then Virat Kohli finished the match off with a flourish, knocking a four and a six off Pankaj Singh.

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