Centurion Rahane guides Royals to victory
Ajinkya Rahane scored the first century in the years Indian Premier League to help the Rajasthan Royals seal an impressive 59 run victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
The opening smashed twelve boundaries and five sixes during his 60 ball innings to help the Royals record an impressive total of 195-2 after Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to bat first.
Having missed out on a century against the Kings XI Punjab last week when he was bowled on 98, Rahane made sure he didnít miss out a second time when he smashed a boundary through long on off the bowling of Vinay Kumar in the final over.
Owais Shah offered perfect support during the pairs 2nd wicket stand of 121 as he smashed 60 runs from just 26 deliveries which included five boundaries and five sixes.
The Englishman recorded the 2nd quickest century in IPL history with a 19 ball 50 which left the Royal Challengers facing a mammoth run chase to halt a two game losing streak.
With a good start essential, the Royal Challengers lost Chris Gayle (8) and AB de Villiers (4) early on and even though Mayank Agarwal led the way with a quick fire 34 the home side were already out of the game.
Siddharth Trivedi (4-23) led the Royals attack as they restricted the Royals Challengers to a total of just 136 to get back to winning ways after they had lost their previous two matches.