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IPL 2015 RCB vs RR: RCB Inflict 9 Wickets Drubbing On Rajasthan

By on April 25, 2015

Royal Challengers Bangalore 134 for 1 (Kohli 62*, de Villiers 47*) beat Rajasthan Royals 130 for 9 (Starc 3-22, Patel 2-23, Chahal 2-25) by nine wickets…

After some spectacular highs, it was time for Rajasthan Royals to hit a low on Friday. The Royals were the only team to have won five straight matches in this IPL edition, but the law of averages have now struck them twice in the space of three days.

After Kings XI Punjab handed the Royals a cruel Super Over defeat on April 21, it was the turn of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) coming from a three-match losing spree to give the high-flying Royals a rude shock when they beat them by nine wickets in a one-sided game at the Motera on Friday.

The RCB spinners deserve the kudos for restricting Rajasthan to just 130 for nine in their 20 overs, the Royals’ lowest total this season. The total was never going to be a hard one for the power-packed RCB batting lineup to chase down and they won with 23 balls remaining.

IPL 2015 RCB vs RR: Mitchell Starc

Credits: ESPN CricInfo

Virat Kohli (62 not out; 46b, 1×4, 3×6) and AB De Villiers (47 not out; 34b, 6×4) made light work of the target and the only consolation for the Royals was the wicket of Chris Gayle.

The match, dubbed as the Royal derby, fizzled out early when the crowd, which had come out in full strength, saw the Royals batting falling apart like a pack of cards against the inspired RCB attack. The Royals failed to stitch any meaningful partnerships together. To add to their woes, they lost wickets to reckless strokes.

Only the top three batsmen Ajinkya Rahane (18), Shane Watson (26) and Steve Smith (31) managed to show a stomach for a fight. But with the openers departing early and the inexperienced middle-order crumbling, the Royals slumped to their lowest total of this season.

The crowds anticipated an ‘Aussie’ battle between RCB’s star bowler Mitchell Starc and the Royals Australian trio of Watson, Smith and James Faulkner. Starc did manage to move the ball in his first two overs and didn’t allow Watson to free his arms. But the Royals skipper managed to find two boundaries off his junior mate’s bowling.

All the RCB frontline bowlers bowled in good areas, not erring in line and drying up the big shots. The hosts only managed to hit 10 fours and three sixes in their entire innings.

RCB gave away just 48 runs and scalped two wickets in the Power Play. RR crawled to 100 only at the end of the 15th over, very slow by their standards.

Apart from their superb bowling, the visitors looked very sharp in the field too with most of their players throwing themselves around. An exception came in the 16th over when Stuart Binny got a life as Iqbal Abdulla grassed a sitter at long-on.

Source: Times Of India

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