Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2011, Jaipur May 11, 2011

Powerful Bangalore outclass Rajasthan

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 151 for 1 (Gayle 70*) beat Rajasthan Royals 146 for 6 (Dravid 37, Watson 34, Aravind 3-34) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

For the second successive match, Rajasthan Royals played on a true surface that did not suit them, and yet again, they were outclassed by a side that was clearly superior in all departments. Their batsmen, used to modest chases on sluggish tracks, were found wanting against a varied Royal Challengers Bangalore attack led by the impressive S Aravind. Their thin bowling resources proved to be expectedly insufficient against the might of Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Virat Kohli. Their fielders dropped whatever chances they had of even hoping to scratch at the surface of a comeback.

The nine-wicket thumping widened the gap between Rajasthan and the top four teams, took Bangalore to within a win of making the play-offs, and left the home side needing a miracle.

The story of the match was encapsulated in the approach of each side's openers. Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson motored to 73 in 57 deliveries before falling in the space of three deliveries to Aravind. Dilshan and Gayle flew to 68 off 40 and it took a sharp take on the deep midwicket boundary by Ross Taylor to prolong the game.

The assault by Dilshan and Gayle left the Jaipur crowd so stunned that noise was conspicuous by its absence for the remainder of the chase. Even Gayle seemed to be lulled into periods of relative inactivity, before enough deliveries found the middle of his bat in another big innings that took him to within 27 runs of claiming the orange cap from Virender Sehwag.

Bangalore had already galloped to 38 when Shane Warne dropped Gayle at mid-off, and that was as close as Rajasthan came to making a breakthrough. The first four overs all yielded 10 runs or more, Dilshan and Gayle taking turns to dismantle an attack that had already been sold short by its misfiring batsmen.

Setting a stiff target was Rajasthan's only hope on a flat pitch with a short boundary, but Aravind continued his impressive performance in this IPL, coming back from an expensive beginning with three crucial wickets that foiled the home side's plans of a late charge after a solid, if unspectacular, start.

Dravid and Watson had put on 73 when Aravind dismissed both in three deliveries in the 10th over. He then came back to remove Johan Botha in the 17th over as Rajasthan lost whatever little steam they had managed to build up.

Rajasthan look much better when they are chasing a modest total on a tough pitch than when they are trying to set a big target on a batting surface. The way Dravid and Watson batted showed just why that is true. On a pitch that could not have been more different from the slow tracks that Jaipur has seen, crisp shots mostly found the fielders.

Dravid hit six boundaries and Watson muscled a couple of sixes but there was always the feeling that they could have gone harder, considering the powerful batting line-up they were up against. Despite being in control throughout, Dravid played out 13 dot balls; Watson outdid him with 17.

Watson tried to target Aravind, a mis-hit just beat deep midwicket but the next ball was smacked over the sightscreen. It was in Aravind's third over that Bangalore wrested control. Watson went hard at a full delivery but only found AB de Villiers - Arun Karthik had replaced him behind the stumps today - on the wide long-off boundary. Two deliveries later, Dravid fell to another soft dismissal, hitting one straight back to Aravind.

Ajinkya Rahane carried on from his half-century in the previous game, but Johan Botha took off after reverse-sweeping to point and Rahane had to sacrifice his wicket with a needless run-out. Botha could not do much to make up for his error as Aravind found the outside edge with one that moved away for Arun Karthik to take the chance.

At 124 for 4 with three overs to go, Rajasthan needed some frenetic hitting from Ross Taylor and Ashok Menaria, but they fell in successive overs.

Against Gayle and Dilshan, 146 was not only inadequate, it set up what became a no-a contest despite Shane Warne trying his best with dipping legbreaks and flat sliders in his last IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Er-.S.R.shankar on May 12, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Poor match analysis Purohit--RR were 72 for no loss after 9 overs--splendid start and RCB were clueless at that time--Unfortunately both watson and DRavid were out when they tried to accelerate after power play--not because of exceptional bowling by Aravind--But Taylor was a miserable failure[ like White for DC ]this season That is the reason RR could not dominate in batting pitches--You have failed to record the the fact that Warne bowled a very good spell-- It is Gayle who made the difference between the two sides--RR has no batting depth after the openers and BOtha --That is the reason they lost There is nothing exceptional in Kohli's captaincy or Aravind's bowling Do not go by the results and praise the winning side sky high--and pull down the losers--There are certain turning points in every match--Observe properly and do the analysis --Lest it sounds amateurish

  • BULTY on May 12, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Riding on the crest of confidence, RCB carved out a deserving victory, egged on by their stand-in captain Virat Kohli. Now here is an youngster who is a captain material for India in future. The way he handled the post match presentation speech, was simply good. Now coming to the man of the match awarded to Aravind. Somebody had written in this column that it was absolutely absurd. You would remember that Iqbal Abdulla was given the MOM for his bowling in a KKR match when there were better performances from both sides; again Mohd.Kaif was given the karbon kaamal catch award in an RCB match when the catch by Zaheer in the same match could have been rated much higher. Some of the MOM seem to have been decided with a view to encourage the awardee when, otherwise they don't have much chance to win big.

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Gayle really is the triggering force. if he doesn't ooze with over confidence Rcb Wld be the hottest favourites for Ipl 4

  • sarga2006 on May 12, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    When Gayle joined in IPL i never thought he can make such an impact. But what an IPL he is having.' Fantastic Gayle '.He deserves the orange cap. This IPL truly belongs to Gayle and Malinga. I hope I can see Malinga vs Gayle battle.

  • furkhanhaq on May 12, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Gayle has again performed well with a well made 70 not out off 44 balls and 1 for 23 of 3 overs. it is a great allround performance and the MOM award Gayle deserved the award. better luck next match to Gayle for the MOM award.

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    west indies need to change the captain and board, youve got players like gale ,pollard,taylor and bravo playing ipl when they should be playin for wi. make dwayne bravo the captain. if this happens west indies will be a real force my team gale, bharrat, darren b,ramnaresh swann,dwayne bravo,b nash,d ramdin(keeper)pollard,taylor,roach, bishoo

  • jessiedog on May 12, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Was a terrible decision to sign Gayle wasn't it....... where r all t naysayers now!!!

  • SudhaMP on May 12, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    RCB Lost only 3 matches to MI, DC and CSK. Unfortunately RCB will not play MI and DC in second row. Eagerly waiting to see the RCB Vs CSK contest.

  • danieltcardoso on May 12, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    i wonder if the law of averages applies to Gayle, he just seems to be a one-man demolition squad,in the IPL-4, but a month back he hardly made an impact in the ICC world cup playing for Windies, its an amazing turnaround, perhaphs a few lessons for the Windies selectors?

  • Kkali on May 12, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Who is the clown who chose the Man of the Match? How can Aravind's 3 for 34 in 4 overs be better than Gayle's 1 for 23 in 3 overs and 70 not out off 44 balls? This is not the first time that Gayle has been robbed of an obvious Man of the Match!

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