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RR punctures RCB challenge at Abu Dhabi

RR won against RCB by six wickets on 26th April 2014, Saturday in match 14 of Pepsi IPL 7 played in Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Shane Watson the RR skipper chose to field first against RCB who have one of the best batting line-up in the on going tournament upon winning the toss on a green Abu Dhabi track. The decision saw Stuart Binny claiming the wicket of Yogesh Takawale on a duck in the fourth ball of the first over of the RCB innings. As if it was not enough, Parthiv Patel was run-out off the fifth delivery of the Binny over leaving RCB on 1 for 2 in the first over. The RR bowlers got just the initiative that they had been looking forward to and made opponent RCB’s situation a worst nightmare that they would want to forget very quickly.

Kane Richardson dismissed Yuvraj Singh off the first ball of the third over of the RCB innings. Richardson also had AB de Villiers on a duck off the next ball he bowled. RCB were 5 for the loss of 4 wickets totally clueless as to what had struck them. While the collapse went on at one end RCB Captain Virat Kohli was simply a mute spectator. Virat was joined by Sachin Rana and they began to work out their job of building up a score when Shane Watson sent Rana batting on 3 back to the dugout. The RCB scorecard read a pathetic 17 for 5. When the score was at 28, Albie Morkel left having made a meager contribution of 7 as he tried to go for a big hit that Steve Smith did not miss of a Pravin Tambe delivery. Again Tambe struck to finish off the 18 run partnership between Kohli and Mitchell Starc by claimimg the prize wicket of Kohli on 21. Starc too left on 18 leaving RCB on 62 for eight. Ravi Rampaul made 13 and fell to Tambe. Ashok Dinda’s dismissal on a 0 cleaned up the slate for RCB as they fretted, faltered and finally abated under the pressure exerted by the RR bowlers and especially the 42 year-old leg spinner Tambe who claimed 4 precious wickets.

The score board exhibited an unbelievable and miserable 70 for RCB after 15 overs. Tambe returned the figures of 4-0-20-4 while Richardson had 4-0-18-2 to show for their immense efforts along with the unstinted support by the other five RR bowlers. RR’s chase was begun by Ajinkya Rahane who lashed out at any loose deliveries as he played along with Karun Nair. Rahane departed on 23 as he could not consolidate his innings making it 31 in the fifth over for RR. Sanju Samson was then run-out in the next over Nair was dismissed on 8 in the seventh over of the innings with the score board reading 36 for RR. Abhishek Nayar batting on 8, Shane Watson out for 24 and Binny unbeaten on 3 reached out for the target without much ado. The Royals ended up winning by a six-wicket margin with seven overs to spare. Pravin Tambe picked up the man of the match award for his incredible four wicket haul that fuelled the unfortunate collapse of RCB.

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