The Rajasthan Royals faltered at their fortress. But the Royal Challengers Bangalore did not blink twice. Putting up a strong performance, they have only enhanced their position on the road to the semi finals.
The Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, is crumbling in its fortress value, not as Shane Warne would like to believe. The inspired team though seemed a shadow of the past as they failed to get going in the batting department and really left their bowlers with an impossible task.
Dale Steyn is becoming a force to reckon with, and even when he is not taking wickets, he is stifling the opposition batting. And the Rajasthan Royals found themselves in trouble aplenty at three down for twenty-one. Shane Watson tried to shake the shackles with twenty-two runs before he was caught off Jacques Kallis. And the writing was on the wall when Yusuf Pathan was clean bowled by Steyn for eleven, Royals in a royal tumble at six down for seventy-two in the fourteenth over. In the end, it was Adam Voges’ twenty-eight and Abhishek Raut’s thirty-two that got Royals to a modest total of 130.
It would take extraordinary effort to stop RCB from chasing down 130 and the hosts would have felt relieved to see the back of Kallis. But there was onslaught in the form of Kevin Pietersen’s sixty-two runs innings from twenty-nine balls and cameos from Robin Uthappa and Virat Kohli, the latter perhaps getting an earful for running out KP.
However, the chase was resolute, determined and emphatic. And the royals did not stand a chance. And perhaps Shane Warne would agree that they did not deserve, not after such a sorry performance
from a team from which much was expected.
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