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Dominant Royal Challengers crush RR to top table

Toss: Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and chose to bowl first

Result: Royal Challengers won by seven wickets with 13 balls to spare

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Rajasthan Royals: 117 all out in 19.4 overs (Dravid 35, RP Singh 3-13, Vinay Kumar 3-18)

Royals never got going on a pitch where the ball didn’t come on to the bat quite as well as expected. Shane Watson and Ajinkya Rahane fell early. Rahul Dravid and Stuart Binny added 40 in quick time, with Binny in particular looking in great touch, but he couldn’t handle a quick bouncer from Vinay Kumar and was out for 33 from 20 balls. Brad Hodge and Rahul Dravid out on 31 together as they looked to build a platform for a late assault, before Dravid holed out to long-on trying to up the pace.

Vinay Kumar took back the Purple Cap with three wickets against Rajasthan. BCCI

Vinay Kumar took back the Purple Cap with three wickets against Rajasthan. BCCI

His wicket set off a stunning collapse as Royals went from 97 for 3 to 112 for 9 in the space of 22 balls before succumbing for 117. Vinay Kumar’s three wickets gave him posession of the purple cap once again, while RP Singh bounced back from two poor games to have the best figures of the match.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 123/3 (Gayle 49*, Tiwary 25*, Faulkner 1-21)

Gayle and Dilshan started brightly, adding 53 in less than 7 overs as RCB seized control of the chase from the start. There was brief hiccup, as Dilshan, Kohli and AB de Villiers were dismissed in short order as RCB slumped to 66/3, but Gayle and Tiwary played sensible cricket to see their side home.

With 10 required, Tiwary slapped Siddharth Trivedi for two fours and with the scores tied after a single, Gayle finished things off with a straight six, his first of the innings, to take RCB to the top of the points table.

Turning Point

The dismissal of Dravid. Royals were not scoring slowly but still had a chance of posting a competitive total with a strong finish. Dravid’s wicket led to a stunning collapse, and with it when Rajasthan’s chance of winning the game.

Man of the Match: Vinay Kumar

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