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IPL Eliminator 2015: RCB crush Rajasthan Royals to set up CSK Ranchi date

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A couple of outstanding half-centuries from AB de Villiers and Mandeep Singh helped the Royal Challengers Bangalore hammer the Rajasthan Royals by 71 runs to power into the penultimate game of IPL Season 8 against the Chennai Super Kings in Ranchi on Friday.

RCB made the most of winning a good toss and posted an outstanding total of 180-4 in their 20 overs on a grassy pitch in Pune that was definitely offering something to the seamers early on.

 

Chris Gayle (27) and Virat Kohli (12) saw off the seaming new ball as RCB struggled to 60 runs from the first 10 overs, but tripled their score over the second half of their innings as Mandeep Singh made an excellent unbeaten 54 from 34 balls to give his side some much needed impetus, while AB de Villiers played himself in.

De Villiers was batting on 17 from 21 balls heading into the 15th over of the match, but ended up with 66 from 38 balls, quite literally smashing 49 runs from the next 17 balls he faced before he was run out.

RCB finished their innings incredibly well, and one could already tell that the Rajasthan Royals appeared to have a herculean task on their hands to match the Bangalore side.

The Royals made a decent start, getting 11 runs off Mitchell Starc's opening over, but the returning S Aravind got rid of the dangerous Shane Watson for 10 to land a crucial blow at the top of the order.

Ajinkya Rahane attempted to bat through the innings, contributing 42 to his team's cause, but got absolutely no support from the other end as only three other batsmen got into double digits. The Royals bat deep, but faced with an uphill task, they kept looking for the big shots and could only find the fielders.

In the end the match was virtually a no contest as the Rajasthan Royals fell short by a massive 71 runs. The wickets were shared around by the RCB bowlers, with everyone with the exception of Starc picking up two wickets. The Aussie speed merchant got just the one.

It's the end of the road as far as this season is concerned for the Royals, while RCB will now set their sights firmly on beating the Chennai Super Kings in Ranchi come Friday.

Teams:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, David Wiese, Mitchell Starc, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, S Aravind

Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Steven Smith (c), Sanju Samson (wk), Karun Nair, James Faulkner, Chris Morris, Deepak Hooda, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ankit Sharma

Mini Scorecard:

Royal Challengers Bangalore 180-4 (20 overs, 9.00rpo)

AB de Villiers 66 (38) D Kulkarni 2-28 (4)

Mandeep Singh 54* (34) C Morris 1-42 (4)

Rajasthan Royals 109 all out (19 overs, 5.73rpo)

A Rahane 42 (39) H Patel 2-15 (3)

S Smith 12 (13) S Aravind 2-20 (4)

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 71 runs