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Rajasthan Royals maul Bangalore Royal by 65 runs
Dinesh Sharma | May 17, 2008 20:59 IST
Royal Challengers Bangalore continued their pathetic show in the IPL as they plunged to a humiliating 65-run defeat against Rajasthan Royals at Swai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur on Saturday.
Chasing a challenging 198 to win, the visitors could manage just 132, largely built around skipper Rahul Dravid's [Images] brilliant unbeaten 75-run knock.
Dravid waged a losing battle as he smashed Yousuf Pathan for three sixes in the 17th over but it was too late by then as Bangalore batsmen let their team down once again.
The former Indian captain hit six fours and as many sixes in his innings.
The run chase of the Bangalore team began on a disastrous note as opener Jagdeesh Arunkumar was dismissed for a nought on the third ball of the first over by Sohail Tanvir.
Pakistani Misbah-ul-Haq then got a first ball duck on the second ball of the next over reducing the visitors to two for two.
It was important to get a partnership from here but Tanvir struck again to pile up the agony of the Bangalore team when he castled Virat Kohli (3).
The scorecard read five for three bringing skipper Cameron White to the crease.
Skipper Shane Warne [Images] (3/23) joined the party when he took wickets off consecutive balls in his second over and then dismissed Zaheer Khan [Images] (1) off a stunning caught and bowled in the third.
Earlier, hosts Rajasthan Royals piled up 197 at the cost of just one wicket, thanks to a brilliant batting by their top-order.
Fine half-centuries by openers Graeme Smith [Images] (75 not out) and Swapnil Asnodkar (50) propelled hosts to the challenging total.
Shane Watson also played a handy unbeaten knock of 46 after the opening duo of Smith and Asnodkar put on 109 for the opening wicket, having sent in to bat.
Both the opener faced some good bowling by pacers Zaheer Khan and Praveen Kumar but kept the bowlers at bay as they did not lose concentration.
Rajasthan Royals reached 94 without loss at the halfway mark.
Veteran spinner Anil Kumble [Images] broke the partnership when he dismissed Asnodkar, who made 50 off 42 balls. His knock included seven boundaries and one shot over the ropes.
Smith remained unbeaten on 75 off 49 balls with eight fours and two sixes.
The South African captain shared unbeaten 88-run partnership with Australian Shane Watson, who hit a fiery 46 off just 28 balls with the help of six boundaries.