Rajasthan Royals defeat Bangalore Royal Challengers
Bangalore Royal Challengers’ insipid IPL campaign slumped to new depths at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium as they went down to a 65-run defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals, who are virtually assured a place in the semi-finals with their eighth win in ten games.
Apart from the toss, everything was perfect for Rajasthan as Bangalore put in another thoroughly abject performance with the ball, bat, and in the field. Swapnil Asnodkar and Graeme Smith were the protagonists for Rajasthan, putting together 109 in a mere 12.2 overs before Shane Watson applied the finishing touches with a 28-ball 46. They finally settled for 197, which was far too many for a batting line-up, which is completely lacking in form and confidence. The first three wickets went down within 14 deliveries, and though Rahul Dravid struck a defiant 36-ball 75, the result was never in doubt.