Jaipur, May 13: Offspinner Ajit Chandila took a hat-trick while Shane Watson came up with an all-round show as Rajasthan Royals thrashed Pune Warriors by 45 runs here at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Sunday evening.
[Scorecard: RR vs PWI]
The 60th game of IPL 5 turned out to be a lop-sided affair. After Rajasthan posted 170/4, Pune were never in the hunt and finished a dismal 125/9 in 20 overs.
Pune's slump began in the very first over with Chandila taking two in two balls. First, he got Jesse Ryder and then added captain Sourav Ganguly. In his next over's first ball, he got rid of Robin Uthappa to claim the first hat-trick of this edition of IPL.
That hat-trick put Pune in dire straits at 11/3 in 2.1 overs. There was never a recovery for the already battered Pune team this year.
Watson, after hitting a breezy half century, took two wickets to complete a fine day in the field. Chandila had four wickets for 13 runs in only his second IPL game.
The 28-year-old Chandila, who plays for Haryana in first class matches, enjoyed a dream day on Sunday. Today's haul was his best in Twenty20 career. So far, he has played 13 games, including this one.
Rajasthan Royals innings report
Half-centuries from Shane Watson and Ajinkya Rahane helped Rajasthan Royals post 170/4 in 20 overs against Pune Warriors in Game 60 of IPL 5.
Shane Watson raced to his fifty in just 26 balls adding a quick 94-run stand along with Ajinkya Rahane. Watson (58) smashed six fours and four sixes while Rahane scored 61 off 47 balls with seven fours to guide his side to a competitive total.
Watson's all-round performances have been crucial for Royals so far as he scored his second fifty in five matches while Rahane reached his third half century. Punjab lost a bit of momentum after Watson was bowled by pacer Ashish Nehra. Nehra claimed his second when Pune skipper Sourav Ganguly caught Brad Hodge (14).
Nehra claimed three wickets with an economical four-over spell for 23 runs. Angelo Mathews dismissed Rahane in the last over.
Rasjasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to bat first against Pune Warriors here at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Sunday evening.
Pune Warriors had dropped Australia skipper Michael Clarke for this tie while Sourav Ganguly returned back to lead the Warriors after resting himself for their previous loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Warriors opener Jesse Ryder returned to the playing XI. Callum Ferguson also made comeback while Ashish Nehra and Murali Karthik were back in the side after Warriors made five changes in their playing XI.
Ajit Chandila replaced Pankaj Singh for Rajasthan while Dishant Yagnik sat out with a finger injury. Shreevats Goswami was included.
Royals are lying sixth with 12 points from 13 matches and have to win the remaining three to keep the play-offs hopes alive.
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (captain), Siddharth Trivedi, Shane Watson, Shaun Tait, Shreevats Goswami (wicketkeeper), Brad Hodge, Johan Botha, Stuart Binny, Ashok Menaria, , Ajinkya Rahane, Ajit Chandila.
Pune Warriors: Sourav Ganguly (Captain), Callum Ferguson, Ashish Nehra, Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa (wk), Angelo Mathews, Anustup Majumdar, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Murali Karthik, Steven Smith.
Umpires: Billy Bowden (New Zealand) and Shavir Tarapore (India)
Third umpire: Vineet Kulkarni (India)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)