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Royals under pressure after batsman slump

The Rajasthan Royals hopes of reaching the knock out stages of this years IPL were left in tatters by the Royal Challengers Bangalore who restricted the 2008 champions to a total of just 130-6.

Having won the toss Shane Warne decided to bat and the decision back fried almost immediately when Michael Lumb was ruin out after a mix up with Naman Ojha in the third over.

Amit Paunikar (0) was caught by Robin Uthappa having faced just one ball after edging a Jacques Kallis bouncer through to the wicketkeeper as the Royal lost two wickets in the space of three balls.

Ohja could only last three more balls before he was dimissed by Pankaj Singh to leave the home side on their knees with the score 21-3.

Aussie Shane Watson offered the Royals some hope with a gritty innings of 22 on a slow wicket before he was brilliantly caught by Kevin Pietersen to give Kallis his second wicket of the innings.

Abhishek Jhunjhunwala (13) and Yusuf Pathan (11) soon followed as the Royals were reduced to 72-6 after 13.1 overs and they were in danger of not lasting the full 20 overs.

Adam Voges (28) and Abhishek Raut (32) built a much needed partnership of 58 which allowed the Royals to reach 130-6 but they we need to make some early breakthroughs with the ball if they want to keep the semi final destiny in their own hands.

source - cricket20.com
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