Shane Watson scored a breezy 24 for Rajasthan © IANS
By R Vishal
Apr 26, 2o14
Rajasthan Royals (RR) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by six wickets in match 14 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 after Pravin Tambe and Kane Richardson cleaned up the formidable Bangalore batting for the lowest total of the IPL 7 so far. Bangalore were always had their tails between their legs after losing four wickets in the first four overs and despite stiff resistance from Virat Kohli and Mitchell Starc, the men in red folded cheaply.
Chasing a meager target of 71, Ajankya Rahane took Rajasthan off to a flying start with his flashy cut shots in full-display against with Karnataka youngster Karun Nair giving him good support at the crease. Ravi Rampaul bowled a tidy over which almost got him Karun’s wicket. Rahane though was in fantastic form, playing a gorgeous cover drive and pulling starc for a boundary.
With Rahane going strong at one end, Karun soon got on the act and grew in confidence at the crease. Despite Rampaul knowing that his team are slumping to a defeat was trying to bowl bouncers which briefly troubled the batsmen. Starc then produced a gem of a delivery and cramped Rahane at the crease to get an inside edge of his bat and it was in the keeper’s hands. With youngsters Karun and Sanju Samson getting the perfect opportunity to be there till the end but they spurned the chance when they decided to go for a couple when it wasn’t on offer and Samson was caught short of the crease.
Karun departed soon after, trying a wild slash of Starc and was caught behind and there were encouraging signs for Bangalore. Shane Watson came to the crease and played a couple of lovely straight drives before Yuzvendra Chahal, yet again tied down batsmen before Watson let loose and smashed a straight six over Chahal’s head. There was a run out scare later in the innings when Nayar and Watson decided to scamper for a three but Nayar narrowly made his ground. Watson readied himself for a final flourish to finish things off and it resulted in a huge six of Chahal and then holding out to Ab de villiers of a top edge and the Rajasthan captain was livid with himself to have not stayed till the end of the chase. Nayar finished proceedings with a nudge third man, where the batsmen ran three runs and Rajasthan brought their second win of IPL 7
Royal Challengers Bangalore 70 in 15 overs (Virat Kohli 21, Mitchell Starc 18; Pravin Tambe 4 for 20, Kane Richardson 2 for 18) lost to Rajasthan Royals 71 for 4 in 13 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 23, Abhishek Nayar 11*, Shane Watson 24; Mitchell Starc 2 for 29) by 6 wickets.
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(R Vishal is a journalist and an alumni of Asian College of Journalism. He can be followed on Twitter @vishhell)