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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.

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The Rajasthan Royals became the fourth team to open their IPL 2014 campaign with a win, squeezing home by 4 wickets against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in a game that was a lot closer than perhaps necessary.

Following up on a track that had seen 400 runs scored in the afternoon game, the Sunrisers Hyderabad struggled in their batting effort, posting a underpar 133-6 from their 20 overs. Captain Shikhar Dhawan top scored for his team making 38, while David Warner made an uncharacteristic 32 from 35 balls as the Sunrisers really struggled to get going against a Rajasthan bowling attack that was typically well disciplined and took the pace off the ball well.

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The reigning Indian Premier League champions, the Mumbai Indians, were crowned the Champions League T20 winners today with a hard earned 33 run win over a combative Rajasthan Royals outfit that failed to fire when the going got tough. All the pre-match hype was about Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, but once the action got underway it was all about the cricket being played on the pitch.

The Royals dominated the first 10 overs of each innings, but Mumbai came back well with the bat and the ball to script a win that most would have expected given their considerably greater budgets and depth of talent.

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The Rajasthan Royals completed a perfect home season, 13-0, to book their spot in the Final of the 2013 Champions League with a tense 14 run win over the Chennai Super Kings at Fortress Jaipur on Friday night. Ajinkya Rahane shone with the bat for the home team as his innings of 70 laid the foundation for Rajasthan to post 159-8 from their 20 overs, but on paper that shouldn't have really been enough.

The reality though was Pravin Tambe produced another man of the match winning effort to reduce Chennai to 72-7 before Ravichandran Ashwin (46) and Chris Morris (26*) took the match down to the last over with Chennai needing 17 to win from 5 balls before James Faulkner bowled Rajasthan to victory.

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Two contrasting half-centuries from Brad Hodge and Ajinkya Rahane at opposite ends of their innings, helped the Rajasthan Royals chase down a target of 140 to hand the Otago Volts their first defeat in 16 Twenty20 matches. In doing so, the Royals extended their own unbeaten run at home to 12 matches, and that will ensure that they play their semi-final match of the Champions League T20 also at Fortress Jaipur later this week.

The Otago Volts lost the toss and were invited to make first use of the pitch. They got off to a decent start before Man of the Match Rahul Shukla was brought on to bowl his first over of the tournament, and the rookie seamer stunned the Volts by taking 3 wickets in 5 balls to knock the stuffing out of their top order, removing Hamish Rutherford, Brendon McCullum and Derek de Boorder in a magical first over.

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The Highveld Lions met their match in 41-year-old Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner, Pravin Tambe, to slump to a 30-run defeat in their second Group A match at the Champions League T20 competition at Jaipur on Wednesday. Having had their previous match washed out, the Lions are now under serious pressure to qualify for the knock-out stage.

The Lions, having won the toss and restricted the Rajasthan Royals to 183/5, were well on target for victory at the halfway stage when they were ahead of their opponents even though they had lost an extra wicket.

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The Rajasthan Royals kicked off the 2013 edition of the Champions League T20 with a comfortable 7 wicket win over the IPL Champions Mumbai Indians in Jaipur today.

In a game which really failed to excite, Mumbai battled their way to 142-7 from their 20 overs after the Royals made the most of some friendly bowling conditions. Vikramjeet Malik took 3-24 to give the Royals an outstanding start to the game as the Indians slipped to 43-4 in the 9th over with Sachin Tendulkar the third of the early quartet to fall for 15.

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