Rajasthan Royals vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore: Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterApril 26, 2014

Rajasthan Royals' Shane Watson bats during their Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match against Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad, India, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
Mahesh Kumar A

Rajasthan Royals stunned the Royal Challengers Bangalore to beat them by six wickets, having skittled them out for just 70 in 15 overs in Abu Dhabi.

Bangalore's much-vaunted batting line-up fell to 5-4 and never had any hope of recovering to a meaningful total.

In response, Rajasthan also wobbled in conditions that offered a little bit of assistance, but they had enough to get over the line with six wickets and 42 balls to spare.

The result leaves both sides with two wins and two defeats in the Indian Premier League so far this year.

RCB Scorecard
Parthiv Patelrun out (Ajinkya Rahane)11100.0000
Yogesh Takawalec Sanju Samson b Stuart Binny030.0000
Virat Kohlic Tim Southee b Pravin Tambe212584.0030
Yuvraj Singhc Steve Smith b Kane Richardson3742.8500
AB de Villiersb Kane Richardson010.0000
Sachin Ranab Shane Watson3837.5000
Albie Morkelc Steve Smith b Pravin Tambe71353.8410
Mitchell Starcc Stuart Binny b Rajat Bhatia1816112.5020
Ravi Rampaulc Tim Southee b Pravin Tambe1313100.0001
Ashok Dindalbw Pravin Tambe030.0000
Yuzvendra ChahalNOT OUT000.0000
EXTRAS (w 1, b 1, lb 2)4
TOTAL (All out; 15 overs)70TOTAL
Stuart Binny1111.005
Tim Southee31605.339
Kane Richardson41824.5011
Shane Watson2512.509
Pravin Tambe42045.0014
Rajat Bhatia1717.002
IPL Official

Bangalore may take some time to recover, however, from what threatened to be the lowest score in IPL history. 

They avoided that mark—58—but not by much.

Lowest totals by teams in the IPLs: 58 by Rajhastan Royals in 2009 67 by Kolkatta Knight Riders in 2008 70 by RC Bangalore today #IPL

— Mazher Arshad (@cricket_U) April 26, 2014

Stuart Binny started the rot by removing Yogesh Takawale with the fourth ball of the innings, then Parthiv Patel contrived to run himself out the very next delivery.

Two overs later, Kane Richardson took over, drawing an edge from Yuvraj Singh, then forcing AB de Villiers to chop on to his own stumps for a first-ball duck.

All that remained of the top order was Virat Kohli, but he laboured under the growing pressure. Sachin Rana and Albie Morkel exited with single-figure scores before Kohli's painstaking 21 was ended by a sloppy shot against Pravin Tambe.

Tambe fnished with four wickets as the tail tried and failed to prop the total up towards something defendable.

Rajasthan Royals Scorecard
Ajinkya Rahanec Parthiv Patel b Mitchell Starc2319121.0540
Karun Nairc Parthiv Patel b Mitchell Starc81266.6600
Sanju Samsonrun out (Yogesh Takawale)2633.3300
Abhishek NayarNOT OUT111764.7010
Shane Watsonc AB de Villiers b Yuzvendra Chahal2424100.0012
Stuart BinnyNOT OUT000.0000
EXTRAS (w 2, lb 1)3
TOTAL (4 wickets; 13 overs)71
Mitchell Starc42927.2514
Ravi Rampaul41604.0013
Yuzvendra Chahal31715.6613
Ashok Dinda2804.007
IPL Official

In response, Ajinkya Rahane played sensibly as part of an opening partnership that put on 31 runs.

But his dismissal for 23 sparked a mini-collapse that would have set hearts racing in the Royals' dugout.

Karun Nair and Sanju Samson also quickly departed, leaving Shane Watson and Abhishek Nayar.

They had time, they were patient. And once Watson had mastered the conditions, he took the Royals to the brink of victory with a six.

He tried to repeat the feat to take his side over the line and holed out, but with three more runs for victory, his team-mates did the rest.