Sunday, April 27, 2008

Rajasthan Royals crush Bangalore Royal Challengers by seven wickets

Rajasthan Royals easily defeated Bangalore Royal Challengers by seven wickets in the 12th match of the Indian Premier League here on Saturday.

Chasing an easy target of 136 runs, the Royals completed their victory in 17.1 overs for the loss of three wickets at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Shane Watson and Graeme Smith were the architects of the victory as they added 104 runs for the third wicket stand.

Watson remained unbeaten on 61 runs off 41 balls with eight fours and two sixes while opener Smith made 49 off 42 balls with eight fours.

From the Royal Challengers, Zaheer Khan, Sunil Joshi and Praveen Kumar took one wicket each.

Earlier, Shane Warne, captain of the Rajasthan Royals winning the toss put the Bangalore Royal Challengers into batting and restricted them at 135-8 in the allotted 20 overs.

Bangalore batsmen could not make a big score and were restricted at 135 runs for the loss of eight wickets at the.

Ross Taylor top scored with 44 runs off just 20 balls. He hit six fours and three sixes. The second top-scorer was Praveen Kumar, who made 34 off 30 balls with three sixes and two fours.

Shane Watson and Munaf Patel both claimed two wickets for 20 runs each from the Rajasthan Royals.

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