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The Royal Challengers Bangalore were handed their second consecutive defeat as the Gayle-storm failed to breach Fortress Jaipur with the Rajasthan Royals winning an entertaining encounter with a ball to spare.

Sent in to bat by Rahul Dravid, the Royal Challengers Bangalore posted a competitive 171-6 in their 20 overs. Chris Gayle got his team off to a typical flier, racing to 34 from 16 balls before becoming the first of Shane Watson's three victims.

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The Rajasthan Royals continued to dominate sides visiting the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, producing a comfortable 8 wicket win against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Batting first, the Sunrisers posted an incredible 144-9, a fantastic performance considering they were 19-5 at one stage. A battling 60 from 41 balls from West Indies skipper Darren Sammy helped rescue the innings, but the day surely belonged to James Faulkner who took a career best 5-20. Rajasthan though cruised home in their run chase with more than 2 overs to spare, courtesy an excellent unbeaten 98 from Shane Watson, who smashed 13 boundaries and 4 sixes to take his side to victory.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad arrived at Fortress Jaipur on Saturday afternoon hoping for a change of fortune after their disappointing last over defeat at the hands of the table topping Chennai Super Kings earlier in the week. Kumar Sangakkara returned to captain the side, and took back the gloves with Quinton de Kock and Cameron White both sitting out of the game. Allrounders Thisara Perera and Darren Sammy also got the nod, while Dale Steyn retained his place. The Royals made just the solitary change to their side with the aptly named Sachin Baby coming into the side for his IPL debut in place of Rahul Shukla.

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A fantastic century, the first in this season's IPL, from Shane Watson went in vain as the Chennai Super Kings edged the Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets with a ball to spare in another last over thriller in what is turning out to be the best season of the Indian Premier League ever.

The Rajasthan Royals made the most of winning the toss in Chepauk to blitz their way to an imposing 185-4 in their 20 overs on the back of Watson's outstanding innings of 101. However, Chennai had their own Australian hero in Michael Hussey, who set up the chase perfectly with an 88 before the Super Kings' depth in batting came to the fore and steered them to an excellent victory which takes them level on points at the top of the IPL standings.

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A fantastic bowling effort from the Royal Challengers Bangalore propelled them to the top of the Indian Premier League points table as they beat the high flying Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

Being put into bat on losing the toss, the Royals were bowled out for a paltry 117, 2 balls shy of their allotted 20 overs. Rahul Dravid (35) and Stuart Binny (30) offered the only semblance of resistance for the visitors as they shared a promising 40 run stand for the third wicket off which Binny contributed the lion share of the runs.

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The 2013 season of the Indian Premier League continues to shock and awe as the Rajasthan Royals continued to protect their proud home record at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur by decimating the visiting Mumbai Indians in a virtual no contest.

Batting first on winning the toss, the Royals posted an excellent 179-3 from their 20 overs with Ajinkya Rahane dropping anchor at one end and batting through the innings for the second straight game. Rahane ended unbeaten on 68 from 54 balls, while the rest of the batsmen threw their bats around from the other end to keep the Royals on the rampage.

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The Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur continued to be a venerable fortress as the Rajasthan Royals picked up another crucial home win, beating the Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets in a low scoring contest.

Put into bat on losing the toss, the Kings XI Punjab failed to bat out their 20 overs, being bowled out an unacceptable 7 deliveries shy of their quota for just 124. S Sreesanth landed a double blow in his first over, removing both openers - Adam Gilchrist (0) and Mandeep Singh (2), and that set Punjab back tremendously.

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The Pune Warriors picked themselves up from the foot of the IPL table with a morale boosting 7-wicket win against the previously unbeaten Rajasthan Royals at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune.

Batting first on winning the toss, the Royals posted an under par 145-5 in their 20 overs on the back of yet another half century from veteran skipper Rahul Dravid. Some excellent bowling from Pune's spin twins Rahul Sharma and Yuvraj Singh helped the hosts pick up 4 wickets for just 43 runs in the middle overs and keep Rajasthan down to a manageable score.

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