|Kane Richardson celebrates the wicket of
AB de Villiers, in Abu Dhabi, on Saturday. (PTI)
Abu Dhabi: A clinical Rajasthan Royals shot out Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for a paltry 70, the third lowest total in the Indian Premier League history, and then romped to a six-wicket victory, here, on Saturday.
The Rajasthan bowlers, led by 42-year-old spinner Pravin Tambe (4/20), justified their skipper Shane Watson’s decision to bowl first as only three RCB batsmen could reach a double-digit mark.
Ironically in 2009, Rajasthan were at the receiving end of Bangalore’s hostility when they were bundled out for 58 — the lowest IPL score by any team till now. Chasing 71, Rajasthan cantered to a win in 13 overs with Watson top-scoring with 24 runs.
The Rajasthan side though hit a few roadblocks when Ajinkya Rahane was caught behind off Mitchell Starc for 23, Sanju Samson was run out for two and Mitchell Starc struck his second blow to send Karun Nair back for eight.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal also picked up a wicket when Watson was caught at cover while trying to finish the game. It was finally left-hander Abhishek Nayar who hit the winning runs to give Rajasthan their second win in the tournament after four games.
Earlier, a star-studded RCB batting line-up collapsed like a pack of cards as they were shot out for their lowest total in the league.
The RCB innings was off to a disastrous start after their openers returned to the dug out in the very first over and the agony ended for them in the 15th over. Medium-pacer Stuart Binny got Yogesh Takawale caught behind for nought and the in-form Parthiv Patel followed suit soon after being run out for 1.
Australian pacer Kane Richardson then replaced Binny in the third over to choke the RCB top-order after picking up the prized wickets of Yuvraj Singh (3) and AB de Villiers (0) with consecutive deliveries. However, he was denied a hat-trick by Sachin Rana.
Rana, who plays for Haryana in Ranji trophy, though couldn’t last long after he was cleaned up by Watson for 3. The rot continued after leg-spinner Tambe got Albie Morkel for seven. Albie, who was batting patiently, went after a flighted delivery to lob a simple catch to Steven Smith at mid-off.
Virat Kohli (21) tried his best to build the innings but got very little support from his teammates. In the end, he fell to Tambe as Tim Southee took an easy catch at mid-off off.