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Rajasthan Royals in dire straits

Praveen Kumar of Bangalore Royal Challengers removed Graeme Smith and Asnodkar, the opening batsmen of Rajasthan Royals, early into the match to give his team a slight edge over the champions of the first IPL tournament.

Defending champions Rajasthan Royals restricted Bangalore Royal Challengers to 133 for eight in 20 overs in the second game on the opening day of Indian Premier League's second season here Saturday.

Dimitry Mascarenhas was the top bowler with three for 20 while skipper Shane Warne and Munaf Patel picked up two wickets each at the Newlands Stadium. Rahul Dravid was the top scorer for Royal Challengers with 66 off 48 balls.

Mascarenhas of Rajasthan Royals took three early wickets to put the Bangalore Royal Challengers under pressure early in the second match in the Indian Premeir League at Cape Town.

Electing to bat first, Royal Challengers lost the wickets of Ryder and Taylor in the initial overs.

Earlier, Bangalore Royal Challengers captain Kevin Pietersen won the toss and decided to bat against defending champions Rajasthan Royals in the second match of the Indian Primier League (IPL) here Saturday.

source - expressbuzz.com
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