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Bangalore crush Rajasthan by 7 wickets to go top

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A fantastic bowling effort from the Royal Challengers Bangalore propelled them to the top of the Indian Premier League points table as they beat the high flying Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

Being put into bat on losing the toss, the Royals were bowled out for a paltry 117, 2 balls shy of their allotted 20 overs. Rahul Dravid (35) and Stuart Binny (30) offered the only semblance of resistance for the visitors as they shared a promising 40 run stand for the third wicket off which Binny contributed the lion share of the runs.

Dravid fell 5 overs later with the score at 97, and that triggered a late collapse with the Royals losing 7 wickets for 20 runs in a 30 ball window. Had they just played normal cricket, they would have easily posted in excess of 140, and that could have been a competitive score on a sluggish Bangalore track.

RP Singh, returning to the side after missing the last game, was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-13 from his 4 overs, while R Vinay Kumar was almost as good, taking 3-18. The early damage though was done by the excellent Ravi Rampaul, who picked up the big wicket of Shane Watson first up for just 6.

The Royal Challengers had an easy job with the bat, and made sure they just hung around for enough overs to see the side to victory. Chris Gayle (49*) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (25) shared a 53 run stand for the opening wicket to all but seal the win.

Three wickets for 11 runs, including two from the bowling a bit once again Shane Watson, gave Rajasthan a lifeline, but Chris Gayle showed terrific patience and saw his side past the finish line in the company of Saurabh Tiwary, who chipped in with a handy 25.

The Royal Challengers next welcome the Pune Warriors as they look to keep their unbeaten home run in tact, while the Rajasthan Royals continue on their Southern yatra as they take on the Chennai Super Kings on Monday.


Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Saurabh Tiwary, Arun Karthik (wk), Murali Kartik, R Vinay Kumar, Ravi Rampaul, RP Singh, Jaydev Unadkat

Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid (c), Dishant Yagnik (wk), Stuart Binny, Brad Hodge, James Faulkner, S Sreesanth, Shaun Tait, Ajit Chandila, Siddharth Trivedi

Mini Scorecard:

Rajasthan Royals 117 all out (19.4 overs, 5.94rpo)

R Dravid 35 (31) RP Singh 3-13

S Binny 33 (20) R Vinay Kumar 3-18

Royal Challengers Bangalore 123-3 (17.5 overs, 6.89rpo)

C Gayle 49* (44) S Watson 2-11

T Dilshan 25 (22) J Faulkner 1-21

Bangalore win by 7 wickets