Bangalore suffer further humiliation
Raul Dravid's captancy was put under further threat after the Bangalore Royal Challengers were thrashed by the Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur .
Shane Warne’s Royals have been superb in the Indian Premier League and they claimed their eighth win from ten games in impressive fashion.
Graeme Smith, Swapnil Asnodkar and Shane Watson were impressive with the bat and they were backed up by their bowlers as Bangalore fell to their eight defeat in ten games.
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Asnodkar and Smith looked ill at ease early on, but the edges flew safe and more often than not, over the boundary.
While Smith built his innings steadily, Asnodkar chanced his arm and he was rewarded handsomely as a mixture of good shots and fortunate edges brought him 50 runs in 44 balls.
Asnodkar was the only wicket to fall in the innings, becoming Anil Kumble’s first wicket of the competition, but his departure brought the in-form Shane Watson to the crease and sparked an acceleration from Smith.
Smith had been going at a run a ball in the 20s, but got going in some style and his 70 runs came from just 44 balls.
Watson has been one of the stars of the tournament and he showed strength and subtlety in equal measures in making 46 in 28 balls.
Bangalore did not aid their own cause, as they dropped a couple of simple chances, fielded poorly and their bowlers were expensive in terms of extras.
Bangalore hardly improved with the bat and Arunkamar’s awful shot to Sohail Tanveer’s third ball which cost him his wicket and set the tone for their innings.
Misbah Ul-haq departed first ball, getting in an awful mess trying to play an audacious hook, and Bangalore’s campaign was summed up when Virat Kohli played on to leave them 5-3.
Jacques Kallis and Cameron White reached the teens before falling and it was down to Rahul Dravid to save some face for Bangalore.
His 75 not out gave an air of respectability to the Bangalore total of 130/9, but the day belonged to Warne and co.
The Australian spinner took three wickets to propel him to the top of the bowling lists in the IPL, while Sohail Tanveer also impressed in taking three wickets.