Deepankar Kaur | cricket20
The Rajasthan Royals hopes of reaching the IPL play offs suffered a massive blow after they were restricted to a total of 97 all out by the Kochi Tuskers Kerala at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.
Brad Hodge (13-4) led the way picking up four wickets as the Royals middle order collapsed in spectacular style to leave the Tuskers needing just 98 runs to seal victory.
With wickets falling around him, Ashok Menaria played the sole anchor role, reaming at the crease for 28 deliveries to score 31 vital runs as other around him lost their heads.
The Royals got off to a disastrous start; having been put into bat by Mahela Jayawardene, the visitors lost 3 wickets during the fielding restrictions to reach 32-3 at the end of the opening 6 overs.
Having dispatched 3 early boundaries, Faiz Fazal (16) was the first Royals batsman to return to the dug out go after he was trapped LBW by RP Singh at the end of the third over.
Rahual Dravid quickly followed after he was caught by Owais Shah in the slips to give a fired up Sreesanth his first wicket of the night; the 28 year old struck again two overs later when he trapped Ajinkya Rahane (8), plum LBW.
Shane Watson briefly offered hope after dispatching Padmanabhan Prasanth for three sixes in the 8th over as the Aussie took advantage of the small boundaries.
Any hopes the Royals had of fighting back were quickly ended by Prasanth Parameswaran who bowled Watson at the end of the 9th over to leave the slumping Royals 63-4.
With Watson back in the dug out the Royals middle order collapsed with Pinal Shah (5), Jacob Oram (0) and Shan Warne (2) offering no resistant’s as part time bowler Hodge picked up three quick wickets to put the Tuskers firmly on top.
With the pressure mounting Ankeet Chavan (1), Menaria and Nayan Doshi (0) quickly followed as the Royals innings was wrapped up with 9 deliveries to spare by a rampant Tuskers bowling attack.