Jaipur: Thunderous hitting in the death overs by AB de Villiers 59 (23b) and KP Appanna’s 4/19 tore though the Rajasthan Royals’ fortress at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur, handing the hosts a hefty 46 runs defeat here on Monday.
Winning the toss and deciding to bowl first, Rajasthan were off to a usual good start but AB de Villiers changed the complexion of the match right from the time he came on to bat and along with T Dilshan (76 off 58 balls) amassed up 82 runs in the final 5 overs dispatching the Rajasthan bowlers all around the park to take the Bangalore total to 189 for 3. Sid Trivedi and Pankaj Singh were in particular guilty of bowling a tad short throughout their spells with Rajasthan putting up a mediocre fielding effort.
Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid started the run chase in a positive manner with Dravid being the aggressor. The veteran played some exquisite shots down the ‘V’ and executed some precisions square cuts to keep his team in the hunt. But, Ajinkya Rahane was struggling to middle the ball early on and the introduction of spin by Daniel Vettori in the form of KP Appanna opened the floodgates for the visitors.
Rahane in a bid to break the shackles was holed out in the deep as Dravid went on with his elegance. With Owais Shah and Brad Hodge at their disposal, the hosts would have backed themselves after a settled start, but the English curse of getting clueless against spin had Owais Shah stumped off Appanna. Keeper Sreevats Goswami perished in the same over and with the required run rate going over 13 rpo, the pressure was visible on Dravid.
Rahul Dravid who played freely in the powerplay overs failed to thrust forward once the field spread out eventually getting holed out at mid off giving Appanna his fourth wicket of the match.
Brad Hodge and Kevon Cooper tried to up the ante but perished without doing much as Rajasthan tasted defeated at home for the first time this season,that too by a big margin of 46 runs.