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IPL Match 22: Starc, Kohli crush Rajasthan Royals

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore got a much needed win under their belt, hammering the table topping Rajasthan Royals by 9 wickets in a non-contest in Bengaluru.

Having been put into bat by RCB, the Rajasthan Royals struggled to 130-9 in their 20 overs with Mitchell Starc and Harshal Patel doing the bulk of the damage, sharing 5 wickets between them.

Steve Smith top scored for the Royals, contributing 31 from 28 balls, while Shane Watson made 26 at the top of the order before the Royals had an uncharacteristically poor day with the bat.

The Royal Challengers responded to public criticism and restored Chris Gayle to the side, and the Jamaican powerhouse got them off to a decent start, smashing 3 fours and a six en route to a quick 20. He fell caught behind to Shane Watson.

However, that was as good as it got for the Rajasthan Royals with Skipper Virat Kohli (62*) sharing a 98-run unbeaten stand with AB de Villiers (47*) to steer their side to an easy 9-wicket win.

Mini Scorecard:

Rajasthan Royals 130/9 (20 overs, 6.50rpo)

S Smith 31 (28) M Starc 3-22 (4)

S Watson 26 (22) H Patel 2-23 (4)

Royal Challengers Bangalore 134/1 (16.1 overs, 8.28rpo)

V Kohli 62* (46) S Watson 1-23 (3)

AB de Villiers 47* (34)

Royal Challengers Bangalore win by 9 wickets