An Emphatic Win for Rajasthan Royals

By: Dharmendrasinh Rathod

An emphatic win for Rajasthan Royals : The Hyderabad team today commenced their game on a thumping note, with a strong start provided by their openers after being sent into bat by the Rajasthan Royals. They however, failed to capitalise on the momentum and eventually went down by 8 wickets to the Jaipur team.

Shane Warne, the captain of the Royals, once again found luck with the coin and promptly decided to bowl first on the home track of Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Adam Gilchrist and Harschelle Gibbs opened for the Deccan Chargers to provide a flying start to the innings. The duo put in 61 runs in just 8 overs before Gibbs departed scoring 19 runs.

Gilchrist was the only batsman who could negotiate the bowling on display by the Rajasthan Royals. He blazed away with 61 runs off 49 balls hitting 9 fours and a six.

There after, it was a story of middle order collapse on the part of Chargers, until Venugopal Rao fought back with an unbeaten knock of 23 from 11 deliveries he faced. The Deccan Chargers ended their run with 140/8 in 20 overs. shane Warne returned with the figures of 2/20 from 4 overs.

In reply to the modest target set by the visitors, the batting from the Royals displayed a professional approach as they paced their innings brilliantly. In a seemingly planned reply, Yusuf Pathan played a dashing knock scoring 68 runs off 37 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes, while on the other end Smith played a responsible supporting role and kept one end going. He made 40 runs from 43 balls before he got out with the team score reading 133/2 in 15.3 overs. He had thus ensured an unbeatable situation for the Royals.

The formalities of the victory were concluded three balls later as the team tally went past the target at 141/2 in 16 overs.

Yusuf Pathan picked up the Man of the Match award for his all round performance.
The DLF sixes award too, was won by Yusuf Pathan.

The Rajasthan Royals regained their first spot in the points tally.

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