Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2012, Jaipur April 23, 2012

De Villiers, Dilshan sink Rajasthan

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 189 for 3 (Dilshan 76*, de Villiers 59*) beat Rajasthan Royals 143 for 7 (Dravid 58, Appanna 4-19) by 46 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers helped Royal Challengers Bangalore overcome a major disruption to their plans and secure their fourth win of the season, bringing them level on points with the other top sides in the league. After Chris Gayle fell sick minutes before the match began and did not open, Royal Challengers stagnated, scoring only 67 for 3 by the 12th over, before de Villiers initiated the recovery during an aggressive partnership with Dilshan.

Following Gayle's dismissal for 4 - lbw to Brag Hogg's quicker delivery - de Villiers and Dilshan blitzed 122 in 8.2 overs, as the ball flew to and over the boundary through a combination of inventive and orthodox shots. De Villiers launched five sixes, hitting 59 off 23 balls, while Dilshan, who had scored only 38 off his first 39, ended on 76 off 58 deliveries. They powered Royal Challengers to 189, a total that seemed a pipe dream earlier.

During Royals' chase, Rahul Dravid played an innings similar to what Dilshan had done for Royal Challengers. Dravid opened and scored steadily at one end, motoring to a half-century, while his partners struggled at the other. The asking-rate was rising rapidly, though, and left-arm spinner KP Appanna, who was brought in for this game, broke Royals' chase. He dismissed the top four Royals batsmen, beginning with the in-form Ajinkya Rahane and Owais Shah, to finish with 4 for 19. While Dravid did a Dilshan, no one did a de Villiers for Royals, and the upshot was a 46-run defeat.

The impact de Villiers had on the match was immediate. After taking a three off his first ball, he began the acceleration by hoisting offspinner Ajit Chandila for consecutive sixes over midwicket in the 13th over. They were the first sixes of Royal Challengers' innings. Though the next two overs had only a boundary each in them, de Villiers and Dilshan ran aggressively to increase the run flow. Dilshan then broke free in the 16th over, lofting Siddharth Trivedi over the long-off boundary and pulling him for four through square leg.

Hogg, who had troubled the earlier batsmen with his left-arm wrist spin, lost his line and length and was punished for consecutive boundaries by Dilshan. Even Kevon Cooper, who bowled economically in his first two overs, suffered towards the end, de Villiers carting him over the straight boundary before fishing out the reverse-paddle through fine leg.

The penultimate over was the innings' most expensive - 21 runs came off it. After four quiet deliveries, one of which was a no-ball, de Villiers laid into Trivedi and hit the last three balls for two sixes and a four. Dilshan added the finishing touches by hitting the final two balls, from Cooper, to the fine leg and point boundary.

For Royals to challenge 189, they needed Rahane and Shah to fire. But only Dravid did. Rahane scratched around for 13 off 17 balls before swatting Appanna to long-on, where Luke Pomersbach, substituting for Gayle, took a well-judged catch running to his right. Appanna and Harshal Patel strung a few economical overs together between the sixth and tenth, which forced the asking-rate towards 13.

Shah eventually hit the innings' first and only six in the 11th over, whipping Harshal over backward square leg, but was beaten by flight and turn from Appanna and stumped in the 12th. Dravid too lost his fluency after that, struggling to attack the left-arm spin, and his dismissal, holing out to extra cover, ended the Royals' challenge.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sejani_12 on April 25, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    awesome show AB,Dilshan & Apanna.We all loved it!thnx for the entertainment!:)

  • TsoroM on April 24, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Sheer class from AB last nite! and @KK, based on your comments about AB, I also think u really haven't been watching cricket... Consistency and inventiveness are two words that easily define what AB has been doing with bat in hand for about 5 years now...

  • Romenevans on April 24, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    What exactly Dravid is thinking by playing these Tevedis, Pankaj SInghs and AMit SIngh? Jokers!

  • Safferfan on April 24, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    @josh2david: A batter can only play against the bowlers that are put in front of him. AB has been carting all and sundry for quite some time now (and not only in this tiddlywinks format)!! AB is yards ahead of any other batter in the game (across all 3 formats) at the moment, regardless of which bowlerts he faces!! No. 1 in tests, no. 2 in ODI's, as stated earlier!

  • parameshb on April 24, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Bangalore Rocks.. keep going and win first IPL title Mr. Vijaya mallya going bad phase in his life so let it be gud to me.

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    @kk_cricket . . do you watch cricket . . de villiers has been the most consistent batsman in world crocket for over 5 years in all formats of the game . averages close to 50 in one day internationals and tests . is the world number 1 batsman in tests and has been nunber 2 in odis for over a year ... and u question his credibility .... lol ... not to forget that he is a great ambassador for the game of cricket ....

  • letsgoproteas on April 24, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    AB is the finest batsman around. He has the potential to destroy any team. everyone talks about KP and his range of shots.... AB has twice as many and his just arent forced. pure class!

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    The Royal Challengers Bangalore will be the IPL champions this year .

  • Murali.Kesani on April 24, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    De Villiers - u beauty what a knock that was..RCB has the strong batting lineup...Dilshan also regain his form with his knock.. Gale, de villi , dilshan... wow if kohli get some form than RCB is unbeatable...

  • gimme-a-greentop on April 24, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    @josh2david..if you have never seen AB taking an international attack apart then I would have to suggest you don't watch all that many of South Africa's games...

  • sejani_12 on April 25, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    awesome show AB,Dilshan & Apanna.We all loved it!thnx for the entertainment!:)

  • TsoroM on April 24, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Sheer class from AB last nite! and @KK, based on your comments about AB, I also think u really haven't been watching cricket... Consistency and inventiveness are two words that easily define what AB has been doing with bat in hand for about 5 years now...

  • Romenevans on April 24, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    What exactly Dravid is thinking by playing these Tevedis, Pankaj SInghs and AMit SIngh? Jokers!

  • Safferfan on April 24, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    @josh2david: A batter can only play against the bowlers that are put in front of him. AB has been carting all and sundry for quite some time now (and not only in this tiddlywinks format)!! AB is yards ahead of any other batter in the game (across all 3 formats) at the moment, regardless of which bowlerts he faces!! No. 1 in tests, no. 2 in ODI's, as stated earlier!

  • parameshb on April 24, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Bangalore Rocks.. keep going and win first IPL title Mr. Vijaya mallya going bad phase in his life so let it be gud to me.

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    @kk_cricket . . do you watch cricket . . de villiers has been the most consistent batsman in world crocket for over 5 years in all formats of the game . averages close to 50 in one day internationals and tests . is the world number 1 batsman in tests and has been nunber 2 in odis for over a year ... and u question his credibility .... lol ... not to forget that he is a great ambassador for the game of cricket ....

  • letsgoproteas on April 24, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    AB is the finest batsman around. He has the potential to destroy any team. everyone talks about KP and his range of shots.... AB has twice as many and his just arent forced. pure class!

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    The Royal Challengers Bangalore will be the IPL champions this year .

  • Murali.Kesani on April 24, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    De Villiers - u beauty what a knock that was..RCB has the strong batting lineup...Dilshan also regain his form with his knock.. Gale, de villi , dilshan... wow if kohli get some form than RCB is unbeatable...

  • gimme-a-greentop on April 24, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    @josh2david..if you have never seen AB taking an international attack apart then I would have to suggest you don't watch all that many of South Africa's games...

  • Kyle_Jones235 on April 24, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    If Gayle, Devilliers, Dilshan, Kohli all manage to find some form then 250 will become a par score for opposition sides...

  • shatakoti on April 24, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    During the next match of RCB against Super Kings, Vettori should sit out and make way for Murali. Murali's spinning will put brakes on Du;plasis .

  • KK_Cricket on April 24, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Too early to comment on AB's batting credibility.. Agreed the knock yesterday was superb but it was more poor bowling then better batting.. Wonder why didn't Dravid give an over to Binny.. He bowled the final over against Chennai and showed he can contain the batsmen.. some how Dravid is unable to handle the crunch situations.. Brad Hodge is being wasted at 6.. He should be rotated based on match situation and definitely open the batting or come in at 3 if the target is above 170..

  • Bishu_XI on April 24, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Good win for Bangalore.... De Villiers..Absolute pleasure to watch him bat. Can come on tell me why Rameej Raja does commentry...its a torture

  • on April 24, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    @ josh2david When SA was in NZ a month ago they videoed AB in the nets and he was smashing steyn, philander, kallis and Marchant De Lange all over the place. So he is awesome you just dont know class when you see it.

  • SasankeJ on April 24, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    I think Royals should play Dinesh Chandimal as the wicket keeper and a specialist batsman. He did extremely well for SL in Australia. There is a problem with maximum overseas players and the mix needed... But this guy when in form massacres bowling apart...

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 24, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    @JG2704: If you despise everything about the IPL then why are you here ? the IPL is brilliant in spite of the exaggerated phrases they use for 6s and catches. Besides there are MANY domestic Indian talent on show in the IPL. I don't understand what you have been watching all the time. T20 has always been about intense cricketing action coupled with entertainment. The IPL is offering just that. You can't expect a test match environment in there. If you do then I feel sorry.

  • josh2david on April 23, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    The out fit of the teams are not matchable , RCB got all the most of the best players in the world , Rjastan has no big names but they are really doing well, I am not too excited about AB , just imagine the bowlers bowled him they never been in international arena in fact they are very ordinary , If he would have smashed to Steyn,Khan, Murali or Bollinger I would be excited.

  • maddy20 on April 23, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    @Hiten Sheth You surely cannot blame Dravid for the loss. A mediocre DC lineup scored 194 against RR. There was no way the batsmen would be sure as to what target will be enough for the strongest batting lineup in the tournament especially when Gayle and AB are in such blistering form? Also don't forget that they lost to Chennai despite of batting first and the fact that RCB chased down 164 without breaking a sweat!

  • Reverse_Bat on April 23, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Where is Sreesanth and Tait?....someone tell me pls!!!

  • SurlyCynic on April 23, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    AB was amazing again. Still think he comes in too late though, should be 3 or 4. He only got 23 balls today, just look what he did with them.

  • JG2704 on April 23, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    @KingOwl - 1 - You are in danger of overkill 2 - There will be less opportunities for younger Indian players . Already many of the Indian players are established , ageing or retired . Surely you need to have one eye on the development of your own players?

  • MaruthuDelft on April 23, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    AB is the world's finest batsman now. He can play long knocks in tests, can attack the best fast bowling, can do well anywhere in the world, can easily win T20s for his side and has been doing the stuff for 5 years now. Even though he doesn't have the charisma of Viv Richards, Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar I think on the whole he is better than Sachin because Sachin though brilliant on the off is poor on the leg; that is one reason why he finds it difficult to score quick in ODIs. That 200 and hundreds against Aussies in Sharjah? Somehow he did it but if you watch close you still can see he is a cut below on the leg side.

  • JG2704 on April 23, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 - For once I have to agree with you re Binny coming in ahead of Cooper. Even though they were doomed surely a Cooper blitz was the only chance. Brilliant from AB once more. Hopefully he'll go off the boil for the rest of the year after IPL. By the way I think I realised today one of the things that grates on me with IPL. Even more than the exaggerated phrases they use for 6s , decent catches etc.I absolutely loathe the music that was played everytime RCB scored a boundary

  • on April 23, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    Dont understand what is the purpose that Binny served in this match.. He didnt bowl .. then is he a geniune batsman ????

  • nzcricket174 on April 23, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    "while Dravid did a Dilshan, no one did a De Villiers" ah great line!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 23, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    @Hiten Sheth, RR didn't lose all the matches while chasing. They won against DC while chasing a mammoth 195+. I agree though. Dravid lost a trick or two by asking RCB to bat. Batting is RR's strength. He should allow their strength to control the match without the scoreboard pressure and let their below par bowlers to bowl with huge runs to back them up. This match is surely lost due to Dravid's mistake by asking RCB to bat. With Watson and Sreesanth to come in, RR is only going to get stronger from here on. Ajit and Sreevats have to go. Nuff said about Sreevats.

  • on April 23, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    why dravid wins the toss and fields first? when u have won many matches batting first, why change that formula? dravid was a poor captain when he was captaining india and he is doing the same with rathajsthan. they had won the previous match against bangalore by 59 runs by batting first. why change it? RR have lost all matches chasing.

  • KingOwl on April 23, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Why not allow 6 foreign players per team, at least. IPL will be so much more appealing and competitive! Even Indian fans do not want to see mediocre players. The thrill is to watch the world's best in action.

  • on April 23, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Some world class fast bowlers could have made the difference for RR with the side conceding around 120 runs in the last 8 overs. The inexperience of the bowlers, making Tait sit on the bench and sreesanth's injury has hurt RR. Tait might have been out of form but his experience comes handy. But RR has a bright side with Watson coming back into the side for the next match. He can fill in the gap of a top class bowler and a great hitter.

  • Mr.Nepal on April 23, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    It so boring to watch IPL with only four foreign players allowed per match. It would be nice to see local indian players competing for there chansce in each match. If they want to improve the standard of IPL then they must allow 5 internationals.

  • on April 23, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    @omicron dude the theory of 4 players vs 11 players isnt true. KP Apanna was a key player for rcb today. Its not about good foreign players as most of the teams have them, its about who has better Indian players in their ranks

  • maddy20 on April 23, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    @omicron Are you watching the same game? KP Appanna picked the all important wickets of Rahane, Dravid and Shah the three the wrecked havoc in Banglaore. Shah 60(26) Rahane 103(57). What on earth are you talking about?

  • on April 23, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    HATS OFF AB!!!... the players really are the ambassadors of world cricket!, (he handed over MOM award to appanna).. Great going RCB!!!

  • india_ipl_fan on April 23, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Congrats RCB... after 3 losses, its3 wins. Keep the momentum with you.

  • on April 23, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    woaw.. ABD you rock !!! Thank god Tiwari wasn't promoted today.

  • isurufdo247 on April 23, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    dilshan played da key role in rcb innings.if wasnt 4 his unbeatn 76 rcb wud hv been in troubl wit early blows. AB als played superbly...........

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 23, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    What's Sreevats Goswami doing in the team? Dishant is a much better player. Dravid, Rahane, Shah and Hodge are their best batsmen and they should bat in the top 4 slots. No place for Sreevats. Batting is RR's strength. RR should let their strength play without pressure by choosing to bat and then let their below par bowlers bowl with less pressure on them. Dravid's captaincy and the bowlers ineptitude lost this match. Time for Dravid to pull up the socks and owns up his mistakes as Captain.

  • on April 23, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Well done Dili n AB.lucky 2 see scoop back! thnkzz RCB 2 wrm up SL opener! nwy nw RCB bating is awasome with Gayle,AB b Dili hope.gud luck RCB

  • rahulcricket007 on April 23, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    DRAVID SHOULD SERIOUSLY THINK OF INCLUDING CHADIMAL IN TEAM . HE CAN KEEP WKTS TOO . HE IS ALSO AN ATTACKING PLAYER . ALSO WHY STUART BINNY WAS SEND AHEAD OF KAVON COOPER ? DRAVID 'S TACTICS ARE WRONG . OWAIS SHAH HAS BEEN FOUND WANTING AGAINST SPIN BOWLING .

  • omicron on April 23, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Dravid...The tragic Hero!!

  • chilled_avenger on April 23, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Take a bow,AB! I myself thought that there will be too few deliveries left for de Villiers to settle in and then accelerate the run rate,but the way he started the innings in top gear was just amazing. This innings just goes to show that as long as you have the class,you can succeed at any format and at any stage of the game! Contrast this innings to his previous innings against KXIP and you will see the awesome adaptability AB brings to his game,playing any role as per the demand of the situation. And remember that I am not praising him just for this innings but for being among the World's best batsmen in the last 3-4 years which is the reason why AB de Villiers is the No.1 ranked Batsman in Tests and No.2 ranked Batsman in ODIs. Go,AB! --- A fan from India!

  • chimesh on April 23, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    WoW what a oartnership, good luck for RCB

  • omicron on April 23, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Again it has turned out to be a 4 players vs 11 players match.... Nothing has been done by da local indian player of RCB! all credit goes to da monster innings of AB! Take a vow man!

  • on April 23, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    I though Dravid choose to field

  • on April 23, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    wanna see RR take the lead today

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  • on April 23, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    wanna see RR take the lead today

  • on April 23, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    I though Dravid choose to field

  • omicron on April 23, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Again it has turned out to be a 4 players vs 11 players match.... Nothing has been done by da local indian player of RCB! all credit goes to da monster innings of AB! Take a vow man!

  • chimesh on April 23, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    WoW what a oartnership, good luck for RCB

  • chilled_avenger on April 23, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Take a bow,AB! I myself thought that there will be too few deliveries left for de Villiers to settle in and then accelerate the run rate,but the way he started the innings in top gear was just amazing. This innings just goes to show that as long as you have the class,you can succeed at any format and at any stage of the game! Contrast this innings to his previous innings against KXIP and you will see the awesome adaptability AB brings to his game,playing any role as per the demand of the situation. And remember that I am not praising him just for this innings but for being among the World's best batsmen in the last 3-4 years which is the reason why AB de Villiers is the No.1 ranked Batsman in Tests and No.2 ranked Batsman in ODIs. Go,AB! --- A fan from India!

  • omicron on April 23, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Dravid...The tragic Hero!!

  • rahulcricket007 on April 23, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    DRAVID SHOULD SERIOUSLY THINK OF INCLUDING CHADIMAL IN TEAM . HE CAN KEEP WKTS TOO . HE IS ALSO AN ATTACKING PLAYER . ALSO WHY STUART BINNY WAS SEND AHEAD OF KAVON COOPER ? DRAVID 'S TACTICS ARE WRONG . OWAIS SHAH HAS BEEN FOUND WANTING AGAINST SPIN BOWLING .

  • on April 23, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Well done Dili n AB.lucky 2 see scoop back! thnkzz RCB 2 wrm up SL opener! nwy nw RCB bating is awasome with Gayle,AB b Dili hope.gud luck RCB

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 23, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    What's Sreevats Goswami doing in the team? Dishant is a much better player. Dravid, Rahane, Shah and Hodge are their best batsmen and they should bat in the top 4 slots. No place for Sreevats. Batting is RR's strength. RR should let their strength play without pressure by choosing to bat and then let their below par bowlers bowl with less pressure on them. Dravid's captaincy and the bowlers ineptitude lost this match. Time for Dravid to pull up the socks and owns up his mistakes as Captain.

  • isurufdo247 on April 23, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    dilshan played da key role in rcb innings.if wasnt 4 his unbeatn 76 rcb wud hv been in troubl wit early blows. AB als played superbly...........