The Match 18 held at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals turned out to be a one sided match. Rahul Dravid led Rajasthan team won the match comfortably by 51 runs, thanks to the ton of Rahane and disciplined bowling. Both teams coming from consecutive losses, the win means Rajasthan team win their first away match and move to the top of tables. While Bangalore team are lying at the bottom of the table just above Deccan chargers (DC have played only 2 matches compared to 4 matches played by Bangalore team).
Batting first, Rajasthan team scoreboard was tickling quickly due to the quick ton by Ajinkya Rahane with the able support of Owais Shah. The Rajasthan team captain could not do much better with his bat, but Rahane could not be controlled by Vettori led Bangalore team. He hammered S Aravind for two fours in his second over and then scored an IPL record of 6 fours in six balls for the same bowler. Bangalore team has the best international bowlers in the form of Zaheer Khan, Daniel Vettori, Muralitharan. Zaheer and Vettori bowled economical over’s giving only 35 runs in their allotted 8 over’s. But none of the other bowlers could work as per Vettori plan and Rajasthan batsmen feasted on Runs. Rahane remained unbeaten on 103 runs in 60 balls with 12 fours and five sixes. After Dravid departure Shah joined and he scored a quick fire 60 of 26 balls composed of 5 fours and 5 sixes.
Rahane was placing the balls well and he had plans to hit which bowler (especially the less experienced bowlers). Chasing 195 would never have been easy for Bangalore. But the presence of Gayle, kohli meant that the chase is not impossible for Bangalore team. The opener Mayank Agarwal of Bangalore team pulled the first ball for six over fine leg. But then double strikes by Rajasthan bowler Pankaj singh put the pressure on Bangalore batsmen.
The wickets kept falling and the big names of Bangalore team could not perform. Trivedi was the leading wicket taker for Bangalore. Trivedi's line and slower deliveries assisted by the slow pitch help him is getting his personal best in IPL of 4 for 23. Mounting run rate and good line and length by Rajasthan bowlers winded up the Bangalore batsmen in 20 over’s. Trivedi 4 wickets, Rahane ton, Shah quick fire 60 to name are the some of the important contribution in today’s match. In the end, the combined effort of Rajasthan team as put them on top of the table.