Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Indian Premier League, 2008-09

Nagraj Gollapudi

At Cape Town, April 18, 2009 (floodlit). Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 75 runs. Toss: Royal Challengers Bangalore. Royal Challengers Bangalore 133-8 (20 overs) (K. P. Pietersen 32, R. Dravid 66; A. D. Mascarenhas 3-20); Rajasthan Royals 58 (15.1 overs) (A. Kumble 5-5). Royal Challengers Bangalore 2 pts. Man of the Match: R. Dravid.

Bangalore feared the worst when Mascarenhas took wickets with the first two balls of the match, but Dravid scored more than the other ten batsmen put together to push his side to a defendable total. Praveen Kumar took two quick wickets when defending champions Rajasthan batted, then Kumble treated a sizable Newlands crowd - which had flocked to watch the second of the opening day's matches - to a delightful (and penetrative) spell of leg-spin bowling.

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