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Rajasthan win battle of Cricketing Royalty as Bangalore crumble in tepid affair

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore, one of the pre-tournament favourites for IPL 2014, have now lost back to back games, slumping to a 6-wicket defeat at the hands of the Rajasthan Royals in a dull affair at Abu Dhabi which saw the Royals make rather heavy weather of chasing down a paltry target.

Having won a good toss, Rajasthan were quick to insert the Royal Challengers Bangalore on a green wicket in Abu Dhabi, and earned instant rewards for their decision as RCB slumped to an incredible 5-4! Rookie Yogesh Takawale was caught behind for naught in the first over from Stuart Binny before Parthiv Patel was run out due to some indecisive running. Yuvraj Singh's poor 2014 continued as he gave catching practice to second slip, and Kane Richardson was soon on a hat-trick when AB de Villiers dragged one onto his stumps to depart for a golden duck.

RCB battled their way to 70 runs on the back of Virat Kohli making 21, and Mitchell Starc and Ravi Rampaul chipping in with 18 and 13 respectively lower down the order. Pravin Tambe joined in the fun by taking 4 wickets in the middle stages as Bangalore committed the unthinkable blunder of failing to bat out their 20 overs.

With the pitch not really offering all that much, Rajasthan Royals should have chased down the target with relative ease, but they did manage to drag on the game for 13 overs. Ajinkya Rahane showed his team the way early on with a decent 23 from 19 balls, but following his departure, Rajasthan went into a shell and looked content to ease their way to victory. Finally the pace got too much for Shane Watson, who spanked young Yuzvendra Chahal for consecutive sixes to hasten the end, but fell for 24 chasing the trifecta.

Abhishek Nayar notched up the winning runs with an outside edge which evaded the slip to bring an early end to what was a rather ordinary game.

Fans in Abu Dhabi will be hoping that game 2 of this double header between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab provides them a better contest between bat and ball.

Mini Scorecard:

Royal Challengers Bangalore 70 all out (15 overs, 4.66rpo)

V Kohli 21 (25) P Tambe 4-20 (4)

M Starc 18 (16) K Richardson 2-18 (4)

Rajasthan Royals 71-4 (13 overs, 5.46rpo)

S Watson 24 (23) M Starc 2-29 (4)

A Rahane 23 (19) Y Chahal 1-19 (3)

Rajasthan Royals win by 6 wickets