While the Rajasthan Royals appear to be finding their feet, the Royal Challengers Bangalore are finding the road to the semi finals rather slippery as was seen in Supersport Park, Centurion.
Vijay Mallya’s RCB were hardly allowed a look in on the match as the Rajasthan Royals dug their claws in the opposition line up. RCB’s woes can be summed up by the fact that the top score was only seventeen made by the equally beleaguered Robin Uthappa. While most of the Rajasthan Royals bowlers took in their share, it was Amit Singh who stood out predominantly for his four wicket burst that wrecked havoc around the edges while Ravindra Jadeja came in with inspired wickets of Uthappa, Virat Kohli and Mark Boucher. Losing wickets in regular intervals became the norm and the Royals were in command of the match from the very beginning.
Left to chase a rather insufficient target of 105, the score that the RCB were all bowled out for, the Royals did not suffer hiccups despite losing Graeme Smith who made just twenty runs before his innings was cut short and Lee Carseldine who departed early. A half century partnership between Naman Ojha and Yousuf Pathan, with the former making a half century himself, ensured that the Royals would cruise to this victory rather comfortably by seven wickets and five overs to spare.