Bangalore, Apr 15: Ajinkya Rahane's brilliant century demolished Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Sunday night. As a result of his outstanding 60-ball 103 not out, Rajasthan Royals notched up a crushing 59-run victory in Game 18 of IPL 5 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
[Scorecard: IPL 5: Game 18: Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Rajasthan Royals]
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RCB, in pursuit of a huge 196-run target, were bowled out for 136 in 19.5 overs. Rahane's classy appearance with the bat was well complemented by Siddarth Trivedi with the ball, who took his IPL best of 4/25.
"This was a special knock for me," said Rahane after collecting his Man-of-the-match award. He added that he was learning a lot from his "role model" captain Rahul Dravid. This was his second Player of the match honour. He had got the same award after scoring 98 against Kings XI Punjab in Rajasthan's opener on April 6.
Rajasthan have rocketed to the top of the table with six points from five matches while RCB are at eighth with just one win from four games.
Having a mountain to climb, RCB's hopes rested with their explosive opener, Chris Gayle. But he disappointed, departing for a mere 8 runs. The other two big names, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers also faltered as Rajasthan had sealed the match within the 15 overs.
The highest for RCB was from opener Mayank Agarwal, who attacked from the first ball. The right-hander began with a six off Johan Botha on the first ball of the innings but his aggressive stint ended with 34 off 21 balls with three fours and three sixes.
The $1.6 million signing of RCB, Saurabh Tiwary is yet to justify his presence in the team and he continues to remain consistent in what he has been doing so far - failing to make any sort of impact. He made 17 tonight.
RCB were reduced to 107/7 in 15.4 overs and it was game over for the home team at that stage.
Six of RCB's batsmen were bowled. Trivedi had three of those dismissals. Amit Singh and Pankaj Singh took two wickets apiece as captain Dravid won in front of his home fans.
Rajasthan Royals Innings Report
Ajinkya Rahane's sensational 58-ball century powered Rajasthan Royals to 195/2 in 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Game 18 of IPL 5 here on Sunday night. Rajasthan smashed 10 sixes and 19 boundaries as it was a run-fest at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Rahane was outstanding on the night as Rajasthan hammered sixes and fours at will. It was Rahane and Owais Shah who stunned RCB team and their home supporters. The opener carried his bat with an unbeaten 103 off 60 balls with five sixes and 12 fours.
This was the 19th ton in IPL history and third in Bangalore. Brendon McCullum (158 not out for Kolkata against Bangalore, 2008) and Chris Gayle (107 for Bangalore against Punjab, 2011) are the other two century-makers at this ground.
The youngster had missed out on a ton in his team's opening match against Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur (April 6) where he was dismissed for 98. But this time, he did not fall in the nineties. He hit a straight boundary off Vinay Kumar in the final over to register his and the first ton of IPL 5. It was an innings full of classy strokes. This was also Rahane's highest score in Twenty20 cricket.
Rajasthan shocked RCB by plundering 103 runs in the last seven overs, thanks to the super show of Rahane-Shah pair. Shah was the more aggressive between the two. The England batsman hit a superb 26-ball 60 (5x4, 5x6). Shah was finally dismissed by Zaheer Khan in the 19th over as he attempted for another six, only to be caught by Vinay at long-on.
Shah-Rahane duo ransacked 121 runs in 8.2 overs for the second wicket at a run rate of 14.52.
Rahane scored six boundaries in an over (14th of the innings), bowled by left-arm paceman Sreenath Aravind. Shah made it seven boundaries in a row for the team as he dispatched Daniel Vettori for a four in the first ball of the next over. This was the first time in IPL history a batsman had scored 6 fours in one over.
The 23-year-old Rahane was oozing with confidence after a slow start. The right-hander showed what a class player he is. The six over extra cover off Muttiah Muralitharan was testimony to his talent. Rahane proved T20 is not all about slogging and power-hitting.
Aravind was playing his first game this season and it was a forgettable outing. He was hammered for 48 runs in 3 overs.
Earlier, Rajasthan made a good beginning as they did not lose a wicket in the opening 10 overs. However, it was not a brisk start.
Captain Rahul Dravid and Rahane associated for 62 runs in 10.2 overs before RCB skipper Daniel Vettori got his counterpart stumped by AB de Villiers.
Zaheer, who took the new ball for RCB, bowled a maiden over, the third of the innings.
Rajasthan Royals will bat first after their captain Rahul Dravid won the toss and decided to set a target for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Dravid said they had made one change to their line-up. They have brought in fast bowler Pankaj Singh in place of left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan. Dravid, who is playing at his home ground but representing Rajasthan, described this match as "away home match." He got a huge reception from the crowd when he was at the pitch for toss.
RCB made two changes. Left-arm paceman Sreenath Aravind and batsman Mohammad Kaif get to play their first game this season. Cheteshwar Pujara and Raju Bhatkal are dropped.
Left-hander Saurabh Tiwary, who was bought last year by RCB for $1.6 million, continues to play even after failing with the bat on numerous occasions.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Daniel Vettori (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Sreenath Aravind, AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Chris Gayle, Mohammad Kaif, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Muttiah Muralitharan, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar.
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Shreevats Goswami (wicketkeeper), Owais Shah, Ashok Menaria, Johan Botha, Brad Hogg, Amit Singh, Siddharth Trivedi, Pankaj Singh, Brad Hodge.
Umpires: Johan Cloete (South Africa) and Rod Tucker (Australia)
Third Umpire: S Ravi (India)
Match Referee: Raju Mukherjee (India)