Rajasthan v Bangalore, IPL 2010, Jaipur April 14, 2010

Seamers set up Bangalore win

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 132 for 5 (Pietersen 62) beat Rajasthan Royals 130 for 6 by 5 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

On a slow pitch that lacked bounce, Royal Challengers Bangalore restricted Rajasthan Royals to 130 before they knocked it off without much fuss to win a crucial encounter in Jaipur. With this crushing win, Bangalore now move to second position in the points table.

It was a disciplined performance from Bangalore who kept things simple and let Rajasthan's top order collapse under the pressure of setting a target. Shane Warne said at the toss that he reckoned 165-170 was a par total and perhaps, the attempt to set a big target did them in. The pitch too, certainly, played its part and they lost their way.

The chase was over in a blink, with Kevin Pietersen taking complete control of the innings with an entertaining and aggressive knock. He looted 18 runs in the fourth over, bowled by Kamran Khan, with the help of four boundaries - a slapped four, a muscled hit over mid-off, a scorching off-drive and a pulled six. When he collected three more boundaries in the sixth, bowled by Adam Voges, Bangalore were comfortably on course. The only hope left for Rajasthan was whether Warne could produce any magic but Pietersen and Robin Uthappa went after him in style to deliver the killer blow.

Though their bowling lacked bite, it was the batsmen who let down Rajasthan today. Things went wrong right from the start when Michael Lumb was run out trying to steal a single to backward point. The new batsman Amit Paunikar fell for a first-ball duck, edging an attempted hook to the keeper. The worst shot from a top-order batsman, though, was from Naman Ojha who heaved a back-of-a-length delivery from outside off to mid-on. In a blink, Rajasthan had slipped to 21 for 3 in 3.2 overs and though Shane Watson attempted a repair job, there was never a phase of play where Rajasthan dominated.

Once the top order collapsed and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, who likes to stay beside the line and thread the off side, struggled to pierce a packed off-side field, it was obvious that the responsibility of scoring runs would fall on Watson and Yusuf Pathan. And they seemed to have a plan. Jhunjhunwala would try to hit out while Watson would drop anchor, but with Jhunjhunwala failing to get any momentum, Watson tried to force the pace, and fell. He pulled Jacques Kallis low to the right of square leg where Pietersen took a sharp catch to leave Rajasthan wobbling at 53 for 4.

Much depended on Yusuf at that stage but he was kept quiet by a barrage of short-pitched deliveries. Some kicked up shoulder high, some reared towards his chest and some jumped just above his waist but, collectively, it was enough to keep him in check. He edged the pull shots, was late on attempted hooks, couldn't connect with his upper cuts and his mode of dismissal showed his mindset. When Dale Steyn, who turned in yet another impressive spell of pace bowling, came on to bowl at him, Yusuf expected a short delivery first up and retreated well inside the crease. However, Steyn surprised him with a full delivery that curved away gently and Yusuf, rooted to his crease, couldn't get bat to ball. It could have been worse for Rajasthan, who were struggling at 72 for 6, but Adam Voges played a calm hand, along with Abhishek Raut, to ensure they crossed 100.

For Bangalore, each bowler impressed with his discipline: Pankaj Singh hit the full length and varied his pace, Vinay Kumar hit the back of length, Steyn troubled with his pace and variations in length, Kallis used his offcutters to good effect and Kumble was, well, his typical nagging self. They kept Rajasthan down to an under-par score, and Pietersen finished them off.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • on April 15, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    Kevin Peterson played well but it was his fault wen he got run out....

  • was33m on April 15, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Nice to see KP back in the playing 11. RCB has the toughest choice to make when it comes out to select four oversees player. I feel really pity for player like Morgan. He is really one amongst the very best. I wish Taylor could justify his spot in the team sooner or later like KP did yesterday , steyn and kallis are doing through out.

    KP was unstoppable against RR. and if KOHLI hadn't run him out, he would have finished the match by 14th over. I wish seeing KP playing like this. He looks most influential and attractive to watch in this kind of form. Isn't it so???

  • on April 15, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    RR had really no chance against the really in-form RCB. RCB has improved in all departments this season and are looking for the kill, they sure are favorites to hold up the trophy after the Mumbai Indians given Tendulkar's form with the bat and mind. So, just to say; i agree sankalp sharma on this, RR players really aren't any good including Yusuf Pathan because he is not consistent and get this right in your heads guys, Shilpa only has 1% share in the RR team and nothing else, she is just for media encounter, nothing else. So, it's not upto shilpa but upto the investors in the RR camp to get good players.

  • on April 15, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Plain and simple. Rajasthan Royal have been THE most disappointing team this year. They have lacked consistency, conviction, inclination and ability to execute plans.

  • on April 15, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Hello Shane Its tough time 2 rebuild the team after a good chance when we played against Mumbai after the drop chance of sachin the team is not played up to the mark, Final match its good 2 up in the order for Abhishek Raut bcase he is confident 2 play, & in the balling line up inclued Morkel Good Luck for last match against KKR

  • on April 15, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    pieterson is the actual hero for RCB, I luv the way he bats and acts in the field to boost up the team spirit !! see his hug wid kallis

  • meetnittur on April 15, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Kudos to RCB on their Authoritative win ,i want to highlight few points

    1. Reason to let RR score 130 from close to 70 for 6 wickets. 2. Loose 5 wickets for no reason.3.Take 15.4 overs to score 131.

  • on April 15, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    RR has becum good for nothin...............the indian players are more than worst......examples are fazal,pauranikar,dole,jhunjhunwala etc etc.......shilpa shetty should invest sum money to buy sum good indian players......

  • BDHUNTER on April 15, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    RR realy sucks, as like 2009 ,the doesn't know yet how play the big match,mind game, proper game plan. I think this kind of team ready to lose against any team played in Uganda...and spoiled the beauty of IPL.

  • on April 15, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    planning alone cant win matches. RR needs match winners like KP. what happened to yusuf pathan?

  • on April 15, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    Kevin Peterson played well but it was his fault wen he got run out....

  • was33m on April 15, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Nice to see KP back in the playing 11. RCB has the toughest choice to make when it comes out to select four oversees player. I feel really pity for player like Morgan. He is really one amongst the very best. I wish Taylor could justify his spot in the team sooner or later like KP did yesterday , steyn and kallis are doing through out.

    KP was unstoppable against RR. and if KOHLI hadn't run him out, he would have finished the match by 14th over. I wish seeing KP playing like this. He looks most influential and attractive to watch in this kind of form. Isn't it so???

  • on April 15, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    RR had really no chance against the really in-form RCB. RCB has improved in all departments this season and are looking for the kill, they sure are favorites to hold up the trophy after the Mumbai Indians given Tendulkar's form with the bat and mind. So, just to say; i agree sankalp sharma on this, RR players really aren't any good including Yusuf Pathan because he is not consistent and get this right in your heads guys, Shilpa only has 1% share in the RR team and nothing else, she is just for media encounter, nothing else. So, it's not upto shilpa but upto the investors in the RR camp to get good players.

  • on April 15, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Plain and simple. Rajasthan Royal have been THE most disappointing team this year. They have lacked consistency, conviction, inclination and ability to execute plans.

  • on April 15, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Hello Shane Its tough time 2 rebuild the team after a good chance when we played against Mumbai after the drop chance of sachin the team is not played up to the mark, Final match its good 2 up in the order for Abhishek Raut bcase he is confident 2 play, & in the balling line up inclued Morkel Good Luck for last match against KKR

  • on April 15, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    pieterson is the actual hero for RCB, I luv the way he bats and acts in the field to boost up the team spirit !! see his hug wid kallis

  • meetnittur on April 15, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Kudos to RCB on their Authoritative win ,i want to highlight few points

    1. Reason to let RR score 130 from close to 70 for 6 wickets. 2. Loose 5 wickets for no reason.3.Take 15.4 overs to score 131.

  • on April 15, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    RR has becum good for nothin...............the indian players are more than worst......examples are fazal,pauranikar,dole,jhunjhunwala etc etc.......shilpa shetty should invest sum money to buy sum good indian players......

  • BDHUNTER on April 15, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    RR realy sucks, as like 2009 ,the doesn't know yet how play the big match,mind game, proper game plan. I think this kind of team ready to lose against any team played in Uganda...and spoiled the beauty of IPL.

  • on April 15, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    planning alone cant win matches. RR needs match winners like KP. what happened to yusuf pathan?

  • ruester on April 15, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Leaving KP out for Cameron White or Ross Taylor is crazy. They both can hit a long ball but KP is the class batsmen by far.

  • on April 15, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    I agree with DADA's comment about "mind games with KP" but I again fail to understand the game they are playing against RD. He is always padded up but comes in to bat at no. 7... continued insult for him I think. He played marvelous innings at no. 3. I understand KP at 3 but RD could have batted at 4 in that case. Why the hell he is padded up anyway???

  • SHYAM_AGRAWAL on April 15, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    uttapa need to show that kris and team have done a blunder by not selecting him for the world cup. now i think even if they lose, rcb will qualify for semis, on the basis of good net run rate

  • on April 15, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    Yep...Warne is excellent as a captain..but then again..its an unlikely event that RR..make it into the top 4 as unlikely as DC going into the top 4...which can only happen if DD loses to CSK tday...n then DC wins on DD..

  • on April 15, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    Good Performance By RCB..!!

  • on April 15, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    they sud've gone down pretty soon.. DC handed a match in a platter.... or else ths match wud've sealed their fate... i don support both the teams but if i hav to choosee RCB anyday....

  • popcorn on April 15, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    Can't beieve Kevin Pietersen, England's worst fielder, took a sharp catch to dismiss Watson! He probably had glue applied on his hands!

  • on April 14, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    Bangalore have the best team.. They wont lose a game from here on in!

  • skywalker_2026 on April 14, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Herein ends the so called the fairytale ride of the Raj Royals.Just like last year, this year too simply outstandingly pathetic display of cricket again.Big fan of RR, but can't fathom why such a poor show of character and that too in a crunch match like this one.If any of the owners and investors of RR is reading this, this is an earnest and heart-felt plea from a self-confessed fan of the RR, please bid and invest in good and performing players next season, don't just rely on domestic strength of the Indian domestic players and the international ones also.Go for big names and spend good money on bankable players who can perform in situations as big as today's game.Today was the way to the semi-finals.Too sad, RR botched it up. Coming into the last week before the semi-final stage, some teams are finding RR an easy target to make their way to the semi-finals, first Mumbai and now RBC, now I think even KKR will be licking their lips in anticipation.Yusuf was disappointing, sad,very sad

  • hotspice on April 14, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Warne should $crew RR & move to, lead DD . GG/VS need a tough skipper (like MSD for Ind) to perform to their abilities. Yuvi should ditch KX11 & come to Blore/mumbai. Dada should coach KKR & let other capable performers lead KKR .

  • DADA on April 14, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    I think Bangalore RC is playing mind games with KP. They let him sit outside for couple of games to hurt his ego. Now they take him back, the beast is furious and he is going to kill all of them..

  • on April 14, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Not surprising..RR were riding their luck far too long. It is reality-check time now!!

  • VaibhavMathur on April 14, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Is this all for Rajasthan Royals??? Are there any chances left for RR to qualify for semis?

  • on April 14, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    awesome performance for the team overall we shouldn't have lost those 5 wickets so we got to take a nice look in tht.............rest all were simply splendid bowling was awesome with rr finding it tough to hit balls...........go go rcb we can do it .........and gud to see pietersen back in hitting form nice :)

  • Reb73 on April 14, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    That looks to be the end of the RR fairy-tale after a disappointing start. It'll take an unusual set of results for them to qualify for semi-finals now.. Pity, as Warne is a great entertainer and a brilliant captain.

  • Shreyas_Sinkar on April 14, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    I admire Shane Warne as a captain..but I don't understand why he does'nt promote batsmen like Watson,Pathan & Voges higher up the order. They have failed to score runs in the power play which has led to their batting failure.

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  • Shreyas_Sinkar on April 14, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    I admire Shane Warne as a captain..but I don't understand why he does'nt promote batsmen like Watson,Pathan & Voges higher up the order. They have failed to score runs in the power play which has led to their batting failure.

  • Reb73 on April 14, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    That looks to be the end of the RR fairy-tale after a disappointing start. It'll take an unusual set of results for them to qualify for semi-finals now.. Pity, as Warne is a great entertainer and a brilliant captain.

  • on April 14, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    awesome performance for the team overall we shouldn't have lost those 5 wickets so we got to take a nice look in tht.............rest all were simply splendid bowling was awesome with rr finding it tough to hit balls...........go go rcb we can do it .........and gud to see pietersen back in hitting form nice :)

  • VaibhavMathur on April 14, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Is this all for Rajasthan Royals??? Are there any chances left for RR to qualify for semis?

  • on April 14, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Not surprising..RR were riding their luck far too long. It is reality-check time now!!

  • DADA on April 14, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    I think Bangalore RC is playing mind games with KP. They let him sit outside for couple of games to hurt his ego. Now they take him back, the beast is furious and he is going to kill all of them..

  • hotspice on April 14, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Warne should $crew RR & move to, lead DD . GG/VS need a tough skipper (like MSD for Ind) to perform to their abilities. Yuvi should ditch KX11 & come to Blore/mumbai. Dada should coach KKR & let other capable performers lead KKR .

  • skywalker_2026 on April 14, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Herein ends the so called the fairytale ride of the Raj Royals.Just like last year, this year too simply outstandingly pathetic display of cricket again.Big fan of RR, but can't fathom why such a poor show of character and that too in a crunch match like this one.If any of the owners and investors of RR is reading this, this is an earnest and heart-felt plea from a self-confessed fan of the RR, please bid and invest in good and performing players next season, don't just rely on domestic strength of the Indian domestic players and the international ones also.Go for big names and spend good money on bankable players who can perform in situations as big as today's game.Today was the way to the semi-finals.Too sad, RR botched it up. Coming into the last week before the semi-final stage, some teams are finding RR an easy target to make their way to the semi-finals, first Mumbai and now RBC, now I think even KKR will be licking their lips in anticipation.Yusuf was disappointing, sad,very sad

  • on April 14, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    Bangalore have the best team.. They wont lose a game from here on in!

  • popcorn on April 15, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    Can't beieve Kevin Pietersen, England's worst fielder, took a sharp catch to dismiss Watson! He probably had glue applied on his hands!