Jaipur, Apr 23: Tillakaratne Dilshan, AB de Villiers and KP Appanna were the stars for Royal Challengers Bangalore as they led their team to a big 46-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in Game 30 of IPL 5 here at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Monday night.
[Scorecard: IPL 5: Game 30: Rajasthan Royals Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore]
First, Dilshan and De Villiers powered RCB to 189/3 with quick half centuries. And with the ball, it was the turn of the left-arm spinner, Appanna, to shine, as he removed Rajasthan"s top four batsmen. Rajasthan's dismal batting could only manage 143/7 in 20 overs.
De Villiers was adjudged the Man-of-the-match but in a nice gesture, he shared the award with Appanna. "I would like to hand over this award to the man who took four wickets, KP Appanna. It's a team game," said De Villiers.
This was also Rajasthan's first loss at their home ground this season in four games. They had won three matches here but could not add one more.
Bangalore are sixth with eight points from seven games in the points table. Rajasthan also have eight points from eight matches, but are placed fourth.
Appanna spun the ball and was rewarded. The 22-year-old dismissed Ajinkya Rahane, Owais Shah, Shreevats Goswami and skipper Rahul Dravid.
Rajasthan could not recover from the top order collapse and surrendered to RCB. It was only Dravid, who made a notable contribution in the chase. He scored a half century but the rest failed in the big chase.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Innings Report
Half centuries from Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to 189/3 in 20 overs.
Dilshan and De Villiers blasted the opposition bowlers for 72 runs in the final 30 balls as Bangalore recovered from Chris Gayle"s cheap dismissal. From 62 for two in the first 10 overs, Bangalore powered themselves to 189/3.
Dilshan and De Villiers scored 122 runs for the unfinished fourth wicket partnership in just 8.2 overs at 14.62 runs per over.
Dilshan reached his highest IPL score of 76 not out off 58 balls with 10 fours and 1 six. De Villiers was also unbeaten with hurricane 23-ball 59 (3x4, 5x6). The South African batsman was once again aggressive in his innings. He has been consistent throughout IPL 5 and yet again he was the brightest start under the lights.
The game started off with a big surprise. Gayle, the explosive opener, was not sent out to face the opening over. It was Virat Kohli and Tillakaratne Dilshan who were at the top of the batting order.
Later it was revealed that Gayle was unwell, as he vomited just before the start of the game. After a rest till the 10th over, Gayle walked out to bat at No. 4 when Mayank Agarwal got out.
But the explosive batsman was trapped LBW for just 4 runs by left-arm chinaman bowler Brad Hogg.
Rajasthan too had a surprise up their sleeve as they gave the new ball to Ajit Chandila, the offspinner. This was IPL debut for Chandila.
Kohli did not succeed as an opener as he was dismissed by Pankaj Singh for 16.
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to field first against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Bangalore have recalled opener Tillakaratne Dilshan and left-arm spinner KP Appanna. Andrew McDonald and Arun Karthik are out of the playing XI.
Rajasthan have brought back paceman Pankaj Singh. There is also all-rounder Ajit Chandila, who gets his first game in IPL. Chandila is a right-hand batsman and offspinner from Haryana. Ashok Menaria and Amit Singh miss out for Rajasthan.
Rajasthan had won the earlier clash between these two sides in Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. It was Ajinkya Rahane's day in Bangalore then, scoring an unbeaten century.
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Shreevats Goswami (wicketkeeper), Owais Shah, Kevon Cooper, Brad Hogg, Siddharth Trivedi, Ajit Chandila, Pankaj Singh, Stuart Binny, Brad Hodge.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Daniel Vettori (captain), Mayank Agarwal, KP Appanna, AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Harshal Patel, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar.
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and Sudhir Asnani (India)
Third Umpire: Subrat Das (India)
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)