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Royals crush Scorchers to book CLT20 semi-final spot

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The Rajasthan Royals crushed the Perth Scorchers by 9 wickets in a virtual no contest to book their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League T20. The Scorchers' batting came under severe examination from the Royals' bowling attack at Jaipur, and the visitors crawled to 120 from their 20 overs with Kevon Cooper the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-18 from his 4 overs, while James Faulkner and Pravin Tambe chipped in with 2 wickets apiece.

The Royals recovered from the early loss of Rahul Dravid for naught to coast to an easy win with 21 balls to spare on the back of half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane (62*) and Sanju Samson (50*) against a pretty decent bowling attack.

The win takes the Royals to the top of Group A and guarantees their progression to the knock out stages of the competition. They will take on an in-form Otago Volts side early next week to determine which of the two sides finishes the group stage in pole position. The Volts earlier today squeezed out a thrilling victory over the Highveld Lions based on a boundary count after the 20 overs and the subsequent super over both ended with the scores tied.

Mini Scorecard:

Perth Scorchers 120 (20 overs, 6.00rpo)

A Voges 27 (21) K Cooper 4-18 (4)

L Davis 18 (12) J Faulkner 2-16 (4)

Rajasthan Royals 121-1 (16.3 overs, 7.33rpo)

A Rahane 62* (53) J Behrendorff 1-28 (4)

S Samson 50* (42)

Royals win by 9 wickets